From Revd Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
This week saw our first service of worship at All Saints, Chiang Mai.
We were few in number – only two in fact! But it was a very good time of worship as we celebrated and received communion together. I know there were lots of people who would have liked to have been there, but were out of town on the night. You can see my first sermon at All Saints by clicking here. Ivan’s apartment is small, but we look out over the lights of Chiang Mai as we worship, so it doesn’t feel enclosed – quite the opposite.
As I said in my sermon, we want to be a community that not only worships together, but also reaches out to the world with God’s love. All the candles and crosses, cassocks and surplices, mean nothing, if we are not truly worshipping God together and then going out to be the people of God – a people who love one another and share love in practical ways with others around us.
We will continue to proclaim the gospel message that ALL are welcome in God’s kingdom!
Next Wednesday, 10th July, we will again meet in the home of Ivan Hall, but this time at the EARLIER TIME of 6:00 p.m. This will make it easier for us to share a meal together following the service, which should last around an hour. This week we ate at West.
Meanwhile, I would ask you to pray for my second country, Egypt. You will be aware of huge protests which led to the ousting of President Morsi. While I, and many people in Egypt, are hopeful about the situation, much prayer is needed for a peaceful and fair outcome. You can read more in this letter from a friend of mine, Ramez Attalah, the General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt.
Finally, let me emphasise that our worship is open to all. Most people will probably find us by word of mouth, so please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.