Remembering!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

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Dear Friends,

November is a month of remembrance in the Christian calendar.  It begins with All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, and they are followed by Remembrance Sunday, when we remember the dead from two world wars, and others who have lost their lives in conflict in the last hundred years.

This year the Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20th November, also falls on a Sunday so we have chosen to mark it in this week’s service.

Of course, there are many groups whose lives we should remember, the Black Lives Matter movement clearly illustrates this, and we should also set aside time to remember those who have died as a result of domestic abuse, endemic diseases such as malaria, or in other terrible situations.  But November 20th is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, so we will take this time to remember those who have been killed for no reason other than their courage to stand up and be the people that God made them to be.

Connie Mudore will be preaching, and our hymns and prayers will reflect the message of the day.  Our readings will be Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20, and Luke 1:68-79, and we will be singing All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Stand up stand up for Jesus, One Bread One Body, and Hear I am Lord!  The readings can be found via this link!

Meanwhile, this Friday and Saturday you can see our own Nate Tipton appearing in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Chiang Mai International School.  The performances begin at 5 p.m.  Tickets are THB 200.

This year, American Thanksgiving falls on 24th November.  To celebrate the day a group of us will be going to Bake and Bite.  The cost is THB 700 per person, which is expensive, but it is a great buffet with all the traditional dishes. You can sign-up on Sunday. We will begin eating at 7 p.m.

The next meeting of Theology on Tap will be on Friday, 25th November, at Gekko Garden, when we will discuss Heaven and Hell!  The adventure begins at 7 p.m.

Next Sunday, November 27th, is Advent Sunday!  We will have another potluck as we decorate the church for Advent and Christmas.  This has become a yearly event enjoyed by all – especially the children and childlike among us!  It is also my 50th birthday!

Christmas is coming!

Advanced notice of our Christmas activities:

This year the Prince Royal’s College chapel is not available due to extensive renovations, so instead we shall hold our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in our own church building.  This will be on both Friday 9th AND Saturday 10th December beginning at 7 p.m.   We will have two services to try to accommodate as many as we can!  There will be a limited number of tickets on sale for each night.

Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, so we will have our usual 11 a.m. service, and also a Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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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