From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
The Christian faith is all about life – Jesus said “I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” [John 10:10] But, there is also a time to remember those who have died. This week we will be looking at Jesus’ command to love our neighbour, but the following week, on 2nd November, we will celebrate All Saints’ Day. A pot-luck will follow our service! It is also All Souls’ Day when we remember all who have died. The following week is Remembrance Sunday when we remember those who have died in war.
Remembrance Sunday is celebrated throughout the British Commonwealth and around the world. November 11th is Remembrance Day commemorating the Armistice which ended the First World War on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Now we remember the victims of all wars, especially those who gave their lives in service. Currently the world is riven with armed conflict, particularly in the Middle East, and some soldiers are now having to put their lives on the line to fight the disease of ebola. On Remembrance Sunday, All Saints will have a special service where we remember those who have died through warfare and pray for a more peaceful world in the future. Hopefully we will be able to welcome some from outside the church who would like to mark the day with us.
This Sunday our readings are taken from Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, and Matthew 22:34-46, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus shall reign where’er the Sun, Lord What a Cloud of Witnesses, When I needed a Neighbour, and Let us Build a House. You can find the readings via this link. Our sermon will be reflecting on how we can be neighbours to the people around us in Chiang Mai.
Video of last Sunday’s service, and video and audio of our major services can be found on the Audio-Visual page of the All Saints website and as always, 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 share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives! We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,