From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
Merry Christmas to one and all!
This is the most strange of Christmases, as I write this from the UK we are being quarantined from the rest of the world, and in Thailand the virus is emerging once again! Our services at All Saints will continue as planned this Christmas, but for much of the world plans are on hold and people are separated from loved-ones. And yet, the message of Christmas stays the same: God is with us!
The truth of our need for God remains undimmed and the light of Christ shines out in the darkness as we enter another magical Christmas. I am excited to see you all soon, but know that everything, even now, is in God’s hands.
On Christmas Eve we will have our Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 a.m. This is a very blessed and peaceful service, a time of seeing the light of Christ shine forth before the busyness of Christmas Day. Then on Christmas Day we will have our Christmas Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m. followed by lunch – see below for details! Christmas worship will continue of Sunday 27th December at 10 a.m.
Our scripture readings over Christmas will tell of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem and we will be singing many of the familiar carols of Christmas
The Advent and Christmas Season
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!
All our welcome to join the Christmas day lunch at the MCC compound near the church. If you want to bring a dish to contribute, please sign up at church or contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be enjoying turkey, ham, and many other delicious foods! A Christmas movie will be shown after the lunch, people are welcomed to bring board games, and stay for the afternoon.
New Year’s Eve
Thursday December 31st at 5.00 p.m. New Year’s Eve service, dinner and giving of Christmas presents at the Youth Charity Foundation. Stay until midnight if you want to bring in the new year together.
Prayers and blessings to all! Merry Christmas – God is with us!