Advent is Here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

This is Advent Sunday!

POTLUCK THIS WEEK!
Dear Friends,
After this year of Covid, Advent is suddenly upon us.  Whether we’ve been trapped in Thailand or trapped outside, it has certainly been a unique year!  I left Thailand in Lent, expecting to be away for around six weeks, but here I still am!

But Christmas is coming – and above all Christmas is a time for hope.  It is a time when we see the light of Christ shining in the darkness.  It is a time when we have good news to share with all the world.

So, let us prepare our hearts as we enter the season of Advent.  Come, Lord Jesus!
 Our scripture readings for Advent Sunday will be Isaiah 2:1-5, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, and Mark 13:24-37, and our hymns will be O Come, O come Emmanuel and Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus!

Last week’s service for the Transgender Day of Remembrance can be viewed here!

The Advent and Christmas Season

Advent Sunday

Celebrations for Advent and Christmas begin this Sunday, 29th November, when we will mark Advent Sunday.  This will be followed by decorating the church for Christmas and a potluck lunch.

Thammapratheep Christmas Bazaar

We will join with Thammapratheep Church on 5th December from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for their Christmas Bazaar.  There will be Christmas decorations, food, desserts, secondhand items, cards, etc. for sale.  Clarice will be selling her jams and chutneys, and the Youth Charity Foundation will be selling their cards.

Festival of Christmas Carols

On Saturday 19th December we will hold our Festival of Christmas Carols at Thammapratheep Church.  We will be led by Lannacapella and some of the children from the Youth Charity Foundation. 

The service begins at 7 p.m.

You can print tickets and posters by clicking on the links!

Thammapratheep Christmas Eve Service

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Thammapratheep Church on December 24th beginning at 7.30 pm. It usually lasts for around one and a half hours.

Refreshments will be served after the service for everybody. All Saints people are invited to participate and there will be English translation throughout the service.

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

On Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, we will have our Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m.  This is always a beautiful, peaceful service, and usually attended by a lot of visitors.  It is a wonderful way to begin Christmas.

Christmas Day Eucharist

On Christmas Day we will have our Morning Worship at 11 a.m. followed by lunch!  Please join us if you can!  More information to follow! 
All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch
This is a weekly event!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Meanwhile, prayers and blessings to all!  Rejoice in the Lord – for God is good!

God bless,

Father Iain

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