From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
(No 9:15 a.m. service this week)
Some descriptions of God stick in the mind and enter into the popular imagination. The Lord’s my shepherd is one such name. But in Luke 13:34, Jesus laments over Jerusalem and says “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”
This is part of our Gospel reading this week and, as well as being one of the instances where Jesus uses female imagery, it emphasises how much God cares for us! So the LORD is our chicken and we are God’s chicks, his children! Perhaps it reminds us too of the eggs of approaching Easter – that symbol of new life! It is God’s warmth that enables us to hatch spiritually!
Meanwhile, we are thinking of starting a Wednesday Night virtual discussion group or prayer meeting. This will be an online video meeting via Skype beginning at 7pm and lasting maybe half an hour. It means people with young children, or those who live out at Doi Saket or Hang Dong can also be involved. If you are interested, send me an email.
There will be no 9:15 a.m. service this week, but at our 11 a.m. service, the readings will be Genesis 15:1-18, Philippians 3:17-4:1, and Luke 13:31-55, and we will be singing the hymns The God of Abraham Praise, Be Still My Soul, I will offer up my life, and In Christ alone my hope is Found! The readings can be found via this link!