From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
We are now in “Sweet December”, as many of my Burmese friends call it! Christmas will soon be upon us. Last Sunday we celebrated the First Sunday of Advent, with a congregation of twenty-six people, including nine children – our church is growing and changing. After worship, we decorated the Church and put up our Christmas tree. Mince pies and other delicious snacks were shared, as we hung swathes of greenery to the accompaniment of Christmas music.
Please put our Carols by Candlelight service in your diaries: at 5pm on Sunday 21st December we will gather for a traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. We will also have a Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 on Christmas Eve, and a Christmas Morning Service at 11am on Christmas Day.
We need people to distribute posters advertising our Christmas Events. Do you know somewhere that a poster could be displayed? You can pick them up from church on Sunday, or copy them from the Where and When page on the All Saints website. Right click on the posters and choose “save as…”
Meanwhile, for the Second Sunday of Advent, our readings will be Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15, and Mark 1:1-8, and we will be singing the hymns O Come O Come Emmanuel, Down by the Jordan, Jesus comes with Clouds Descending, and Come Thou long expected Jesus. You can find the readings via this link. Our sermon will be reflecting on the words of John the Baptist: Behold the Lamb of God!
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 and Happy Advent,