From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
We don’t have a Thurifer at All Saints, Chiang Mai – he or she is the one who swings the burning incense – but we have been raising money for smoke detectors so the cartoon seemed appropriate.
However, following Jesus is not about processing in church, it is about how we live our lives, how we follow him in everything we do, how we let our lives be transformed by our encounter with Christ!
This week’s sermon will look at how we follow Jesus and his call on our lives.
Our Online Survey Results
All Saints is not a perfect church, by any means, but we seek to follow Jesus and serve those around us. In order to do this we have recently had our online survey. We had twenty-five responses in total and here are some of the most significant findings:
When asked to specify the primary thing which attracted them to All Saints, two-thirds of those who responded said “I feel I am welcome”, and just over half said “I find the liturgy meaningful”, while just under half said “I love the friendliness”.
Unsurprisingly, nobody chose “I love the worshipfulness of our building” nor “I like the provision for children” – though the latter is something we are working on!
“I love the worshipfulness of our building”
Only two people said “I like the option of 9:15 or 11 am services”, while five people said “I do not like the split into 9:15 or 11 am services”.
Regarding new activities, about a third of respondents said they would like more outreach opportunities, and 25% would like a weekly discussion group. Perhaps someone would like to volunteer to organise one of these?
People were asked “How would you like our worship to change?” Three-quarters said “I am generally happy with our worship as it is”, while five people said they would like more contemporary music, and four people said they would like more varied music, while one person said they would like less contemporary music.
Again, if you were one of those people, talk to me. Maybe you could help us develop our music at All Saints!
75% are generally happy with our worship
Anyway, that’s enough survey news for now – more next week!
Meanwhile, there is a great new opportunity coming up. The following retreats will be facilitated by our church member Ann-Christin Salomonsson. They all have a contemplative style.
The Meditative Art Retreat is on Thursday 15th September from 9.30 to 12, and the Returning & Resting Retreat is on Saturday 17th September and will last fours hour and includes lunch. Both are held at The Well. Then @The Crossroads is a five days retreat held at Horizon Village in November.
People are starting to sign up but there are slots available! You register on The Well website http://www.thewellintl.org/
This Sunday’s readings are Jeremiah 18:1-11, Philemon 1-21, and Luke 14:25-33, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, O Jesus, I have Promised, Spirit of the Living God, and I have decided to follow Jesus.
The readings can be found via this link!
If you don’t know the way to All Saints, 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,