From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
In last week’s sermon I shared my New Year’s resolution for 2016 – to try to be more lazy. As I said then, it is not as easy as it sounds. In our busy connected world we always seek to fill each moment with some activity, some useful task. My phone has nine ways to get in touch with me: phone calls, Skype calls, Messenger calls, texts, school emails, private emails, Facebook messages, Facebook posts, and BBC News alerts! No wonder we have no time to listen to God!
Through the noise God says to us Be still and know that I am God! We are created as human beings, not humandoings, but so often we define ourselves by what we do, by what we achieve. Perhaps that’s why we find heaven so difficult to imagine: what will we do there?
Our two services this week will include the Methodist Covenant Prayer where we commit ourselves to God for the coming year. Let us remember that God cares much more about who we are than what we do! Let us stop rushing around, and find time to listen to God! This week our additional 9:15 a.m. service recommences after the Christmas break, and our readings for both services are Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, and John 2:1-11. We will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, Be Thou my Vision, and Guide me O Thou great Jehovah. The readings can be found via this link! Our sermon is entitled Be Still!