Advent is here!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

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Advent Sunday!
Pot-luck Lunch this Week!

Christmas Services at All Saints:

Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December
7 pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
(A ticket is needed for this event)

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

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

Followed by Christmas Lunch
(You need to sign-up for the lunch)

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we will have another potluck as we decorate the church for Advent and Christmas.  This has become a yearly event enjoyed by all – especially the children and childlike among us!  It is also my 50th birthday so come and celebrate!

Advent is a time of hope, a time of looking forward, a time to embrace the promise that, in the end, all will be well.  We need hope after the recent election shocks that many of us have experienced!  That hope is found in Jesus who still promises a better world where swords are beaten into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks!

At All Saints we seek to bring hope and reach out to the marginalised and those in need in our community, to stand with sexual and racial minorities who suffer discrimination and abuse.  As part of this calling, more than forty people attended our worship last Sunday as we marked The Transgender Day of Remembrance. This our mission: to be here, and to bring God, to all.

Transgender Day of Remembrance at All Saints

Meanwhile, this Friday night we will have the second session of Theology on Tap.  We will again meet at the Gekko Garden at 7 p.m., and this month our topic is Heaven and Hell!

All are welcome to join us for our Advent and Christmas events, but you will need a ticket for the Festivals of Nine Lessons and Carols, and to sign-up if you want to share Christmas lunch in the church.

Our readings for Advent Sunday will be Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, and Matthew 24:36-44, and we will be singing the hymns O Come O Come Emmanuel, Born in the Night, Come Ye Thankful People Come, and Come Thou Long Expected Jesus!    

Our sermon will be entitled The Audacity of Hope!

The readings can be found via this link!

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, 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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