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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