Advent has Come!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Welcome to Advent at All Saints!

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, 30th November, will be the First Sunday of Advent.  We will gather for our usual 11am Eucharist, which will include the lighting of the first candle on our Advent Wreath. Following the service we will share festive snacks, as together we decorate the church and put up our Christmas tree.  All are welcome to share in this festive activity!

Thanks again to all who helped with the All Saints stall at the City Life Garden Fair last Saturday, the day went very well.  It was good to let people know that we are here and to invite them to our Christmas services.  Last week I received a telephone call from India.  A British man who lives there wanted to know if we will be having a service on Christmas Eve.  I told him that we will have Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30pm.  “That’s all I wanted to know,” he said, “I will be there!”  Our fame is spreading around the globe!

Choir practices for our candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols service, on the 21st December, begin this Wednesday.  If you’d like to be part of the choir, contact me or Harvey before Wednesday evening!  Our Wednesday Night Bible Study on women in the Bible also continues at the church at 7pm.

This Sunday our Advent readings are Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, and Mark 13:24-37, and we will be singing the hymns O come O come Emmanuel, God You Alone Know, Sing we the King who is Coming to Reign, and Come Thou Long Expected Jesus!  You can find the readings via this link.  Our sermon will be reflecting on Christ’s coming.

Video and audio of our major services can be found on the Audio-Visual page of the All Saints website and as always, directions can be found on the Where and When page.  Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.

All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

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