From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
Christmas Services at All Saints:
Sunday 21st December
11 am Morning Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
5 pm Carols by Candlelight – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Wednesday 24th December – Christmas Eve 11:30 pm Midnight Mass
Thursday 25th December – Christmas Day 11 am Christmas Family Eucharist
Christmas is finally upon us. This Sunday we have our, much anticipated, Carols by Candlelight, consisting of a traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This form of service began at Kings College, Cambridge, in 1918, and has been broadcast by the BBC since 1928.
Our service is this Sunday at 5pm, while the Cambridge version can be heard in Thailand on Christmas Eve at 10pm via this link, We may not be quite the standard of King’s College – they have had more practice – but you can join us live on Sunday as we celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season.
The readings will tell the ancient story of Christmas, and we will be singing Once in Royal David’s City, Ding Dong Merrily on High, In the Bleak Midwinter, Away in a Manger, The First Nowell, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing! The choir will also be singing Adam Lay Y Bounden, The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came, andThe Coventry Carol. Light refreshments will follow the service.
We will gather again for Midnight Mass at 11:30 pm on Christmas Eve and then again on Christmas Day at 11 am. The Christmas Day service will be followed by a pot-luck and fun activities in the afternoon – nobody needs to be alone this Christmas. There will be games, music, and a Christmas movie! Our time together will end around 5pm.
For this Fourth Sunday in Advent, our morning readings are 2 Samuel 7:1-11, Romans 16:25-27, and Luke 1:26-38, and we will be singing the hymns O Come All Ye Faithful, Let all Mortal Flesh keep Silent, O Little Town of Bethlehem, andJoy to the World! You can find the readings via this link.
Our sermon will be reflecting on Jesus’ incarnation among us!
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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas! We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,