Monthly Archives: September 2016

Weeping Bitterly!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

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The Syrian city of Aleppo

Dear Friends,

This week’s email is headed with a picture of the war-torn city of Aleppo.  Once a world heritage site, this ancient town is all but destroyed.  Our title is taken from our Old Testament reading where the author laments the destruction of Jerusalem:  “How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! … She weeps bitterly in the night…”  In our service this week, we will remember those who are refugees, through war, famine, and disease.  We will pray for them, and look to God for answers!

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This Sunday’s readings are Lamentations 1:1-4, 3:19-26, 2 Timothy 1:1-2, 8-14, and Luke 17:5-10, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Beauty for Brokenness, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and I the Lord of Sea and Sky!  The readings can be found via this link!

Meanwhile, you have a chance to join in Zumba!!! All are welcome to join us in Zumba on Wednesday at 5 p.m. here in the church! It will last about an hour. No previous experience is needed and Andy Ong will be leading the class.  All ages and fitnesses welcome! Come and join the fun!

And slightly further ahead, Nate Tipton is exploring the start of a discussion group “Theology on Tap.” This is a forum where a group of people, from All Saints and elsewhere, can discuss a theological issue over a pint of beer, or other beverage, in a relaxed setting. Initially it may meet once a month on a Friday night. If you might be interested, speak to Nate or me.

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,

God bless,

Iain

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The Root of all Evil?

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

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The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil

Dear Friends,

More money talk at All Saints, Chiang Mai!  In this week’s New Testament reading Paul writes that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  What does this mean to us? Nate Tipton will be preaching this Sunday – come and find out what he has to say!

This Sunday’s readings are Amos 6:1a, 4-7, 1 Timothy 6:6-12, and Luke 16:19-31, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, Be Thou My Vision, and What a Friend We Have in 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,

God bless,

Iain

The Bible tells me so…

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai


Thanks to David and Shem for my new chasuble!

POTLUCK LUNCH THIS SUNDAY!!!

Dear Friends,

This week’s Old Testament reading is from the Book of Exodus, and is a very troubling passage where God is shown threatening to destroy his people with fire for their worshipping of the Golden Calf.  He only “changes his mind” when Moses pleads that this will look very bad to the Egyptians.  How do we handle such passages in their contrast with our Gospel reading where Jesus talks of God searching for the lost sheep?  This week my sermon will attempt to answer this question.

Meanwhile, this Sunday we will all share a potluck lunch.  We haven’t had one for a while, and it will give everyone a chance to get reacquainted following the summer when so many people were travelling.  Just bring a dish to share, and feel free to invite your friends or anyone who hasn’t been for a while!

There is a great new opportunity coming up for those who are interested in some quiet time away in God’s presence.  The following retreats will be facilitated by our church member Ann-Christin Salomonsson.  They all have a contemplative style.

The Meditative Art Retreat is next Thursday, 15th September, from  9.30 to 12, and the Returning & Resting Retreat is on the following 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.  Many people have signed up but there may still be slots available! You register on The Well website http://www.thewellintl.org/ 

This Sunday’s readings are Exodus 32:7-14, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, and Luke 15:1-10, and we will be singing the hymns All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Come Down, O Love Divine, I will offer up my life, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!  The readings can be found via this link!

God bless,

Iain