From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
This coming Sunday, 9th November, is Remembrance Sunday. At All Saints we will be remembering those who have been the victims of armed conflict throughout the world during the 20th and 21st centuries.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the war which was suppose to have been the war to end all wars. Sadly we still live in a world striven with conflict, often now occurring not between nation states, but between different ideological groups within and across borders. We will remember those who have died, and pray for peace.
For Remembrance Sunday our readings will be from Joshua 24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Matthew 25:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns O God our help in Ages Past, Abide with Me, All my Hope on God is Founded, and The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended. You can find the readings via this link. The service will include The Last Post and a two minutes silence.
Our sermon will be reflecting on war and the Christian hope.
Last week we celebrated All Saints’ Day and were reminded that we are part of the church universal. A great service was followed by a short meeting and an excellent pot-luck lunch. Thanks to our great musicians who played Oh When the Saints, and to all who contributed to the lunch.
Last night, Thursday, we met at the church at 6pm to join the Loi Kratong celebrations. The cards, upon which were the names of loved ones on All Saints’ Day, were taken down to the river to launch them on the water and into the air.