Preparing the Way!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Preparing for Christmas!

Special Services for Christmas at All Saints

Saturday 12th December
7 pm  A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
at The Prince Royal’s College Chapel

Thursday 24th December – Christmas Eve
11:30 pm Midnight Mass

Friday 25th December – Christmas Day
11 am Christmas Family Eucharist

Dear Friends,

Only just over a week to our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and last Sunday we had great fun as we shared lunch together and decorated the church for Advent and Christmas. Advent is indeed a time of preparation, both practically and spiritually, as we shall see in this week’s sermon.

Our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is now just over a week away.  As you know, the service will begin at 7pm and is being held in The Prince Royal’s College Chapel.

Tickets are being sold for THB100 in aid of the McKean Rehabilitation Center and are now available for sale at the church, from Bake and Bite, and from the Front Office atChiang Mai International School.  Please take some to sell to your friends.

The service will be followed by refreshments at the Chapel.  Caitlin, who is coordinating this, requests that everyone bring cookies, desserts, etc, to share afterwards.

Choir Schedule: Dress rehearsal and Performance
2:30-4:00                The Prince Royal’s College Chapel
6:00 Warm up         The Prince Royal’s College Chapel
7:00 -8:00 Service  The Prince Royal’s College Chapel

Those who can help with setting up the tree, tables, organ, etc, should also come at 2:30.

Posters advertising both the Nine Lessons and Carols, and our other Christmas events are also still available for distribution.

Christmas Lunch in 2014

We again plan to share a Christmas lunch together on Christmas Day.  Please sign up this week if you would like to come!

Also, coming up this Wednesday, 9th December, at 7:30pm there will be a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Payap University.  It will be in the Leviticus Auditorium (on the MaeKhao Campus – in the Law Building east of the Ring Road 1) Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Let me know if you would like to go.

For this Second Sunday in Advent, our readings are Baruch 5:1-9, Philippians 1:3-11, and Luke 3:1-6, and we will be singing the hymns O Come O Come Emmanuel, Christ whose glory fills the skies, Lo He comes with clouds descending, and Come Thou long-expected Jesus!  You can find the readings via this link.
Our sermon will be entitled Are you ready?

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,

God bless,

Iain

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