From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
We had a packed church last Sunday for Lillian Juniper’s dedication and we expect a large turnout again for Palm Sunday this week. Of course, Jesus attracted large crowds as he enter Jerusalem, who then turned against him five days later. It is not wrong to be popular, but as a church, and as individuals, we must take care not to put popularity ahead of doing what is right. I pray we won’t!
Lillian’s Dedication – Last Sunday
However, despite the dangers of popularity, I hope we will have a great service this Sunday! We will begin outside the church and parade-in singing and carrying palm branches. Our own special choir will lead our worship, as well as singing Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and theSanctus accompanied by an orchestra of strings from Chiang Mai International School.
The following week, we will have special services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. (See below.)
This week our readings will be Matthew 21:1-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, and Matthew 26:14-29, and we will be singing the hymns Hosanna Hosanna Hosanna in the Highest, All Glory Laud and Honour, Hosanna Loud Hosanna, You are the King of Glory, andRide on Ride on in Majesty. The reading can be found via this link! Our sermon will be entitled Want to be Popular?
Maundy Thursday – 2nd April
On Thursday 2nd April we will have a special service for Maundy Thursday at 7:30pm. This will be a time for quiet, candle-lit, contemplation including Taize chants and the washing of one another’s feet.
Good Friday – 3rd April
On Good Friday, 3rd April, we will have a solemn service at 11am to remember Jesus’ death on the cross.
Easter Sunday – 5th April
We will celebrate Easter Sunday on Sunday 5th April, with a joyous Eucharist to proclaim Christ’s resurrection. This will be at our usual time of 11am and will be followed by a potluck lunch. and an Easter Egg hunt!