Nine Lessons!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols!

Dear Friends,

This Saturday we have our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the Prince Royal’s College Chapel.  This will be a very special event!  Please spread the word and invite your friends.  Thanks to Chris, Tarntip, the Chase family, and so many others, for taking over the organisation of this event!  The Festival should be a wonderful time of worship and reflection as familiar carols are sung and familiar readings proclaimed.  Four diplomatic consuls will be reading, along with representatives of different expat organisations in Chiang Mai, and the singing will be led by the Lannacapella Choir!

As most of you will know, I am still in the UK and so will be unable to take part this Saturday.  I am very disappointed not to be with you for this event and all the other activities of Advent, but many thanks to so many people who are holding the fort in my absence.

My dad’s funeral will be this coming Tuesday, 12th December, and I will be returning to Chiang Mai, along with my mum, on the 20th December.  There is much to do here in organisation of the funeral and in arranging my dad’s affairs, so I appreciate all your love and prayers, and all the practical help so many have given me back in Chiang Mai, not least in moving house!

Dad and Mum, All Saints’ Christmas Lunch, 2016

On Sunday, following our very special Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, we will have our usual Sunday morning Eucharist.  Mark Crawford will again preside, and Taylor Pfaff will preach.  Our deacon, Gene Bourquin, will again assist, making sure everything runs smoothly in his calm professional way.

Our readings for this Second Sunday of Advent are Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15, and Mark 1:1-8, and the hymns are O Come, O come Emmanuel, Once in Royal David’s City, and O Come, All Ye Faithful!

The readings can be found via this link !

Advent and Christmas Events

The Christmas poster is still available for distribution at the back of the church.  Please take one.  We need to make sure that a Christmas 2017 poster is in every Rimping supermarket.  They need to be handed in at the information desks before 15th December for display for the next two weeks.

Full details of all Advent and Christmas events below:

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 
Saturday December 9th 7 p.m.
at The Prince Royal’s College Chapel.

Christmas Eve
Sunday Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m.
Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day
Family Eucharist at 11 a.m.
followed by shared lunch.

Christmas Day Lunch

This will be a full sit-down Christmas lunch with all the traditional trimmings!  Different people will be asked to bring different dishes so please sign-up at the back of the church if you intend to come.  I will be bringing turkeys and Christmas pudding from England!

God bless,


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