Monthly Archives: February 2017

Ash Wednesday

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

 

Dear Friends,

Don’t forget!

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and we will have our Ash Wednesday Service beginning at 7 p.m.

This will included the imposition of ashes and we will be singing the hymns Abide with Me, O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, and The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended

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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Pancake Sunday

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Part of last year’s huge pile of pancakes!

This Friday:          Theology on Tap!
This Sunday:        Pancake Potluck
Next Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Service

Dear Friends,

This week at All Saints we will celebrate “Pancake Sunday”!  There will be a Pancake Potluck following the morning service. We will supply the pancakes, please bring toppings to share! We will also have pancake races – so bring your running shoes!  All are welcome to join!   Pancake Sunday is part of our preparation for Lent which begins on 1st March, Ash Wednesday. At All Saints we will be having our Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

Lent is a time for reflection and repentance – a time to consider how much we still need to change to become like Jesus – but this Sunday we will celebrate the Transfiguration when we see Jesus himself transformed.  The message of the Transfiguration may be that we need to change too, but it is the guarantee of God’s power to transform us if we allow the Holy Spirit to have her way!

Meanwhile, This Friday our Theology on Tap group will move to a new venue: The Pub!  The Pub is on Huaykaew Road opposite Maya shopping mall, and our meeting will begin at 7 p.m.  This month’s topic will be “Sin and Repentance”.  All are welcome – don’t worry if it is your first time!

This Sunday our bible readings are Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, and Matthew 17:1-9, and we will be singing the hymns Awake My Soul, and with the Sun, Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory, Be Thou My Vision, and Transfiguration Hymn!  The readings can be found via this link!

God bless,

Iain

Love Your Enemies!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Jesus said “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Why did he say such a thing?  In the remainder of the sentence he gives the answer: “so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”  We are called to love our enemies, because we are called to love all people, just as God loves all people.

Those of you who are English, may have been following the debate in the Church of England General Synod on same-sex relationships and marriage.  This is an area where the Church is divided and it is easy to see the “other” as the “enemy”.  I am rejoicing in the result, which rejected a report saying that marriage could only be between a man and woman, and that sexual expression in any other context was sinful.  However, we must still remember to love those who have a different view, for only then are we acting as children of our Father in heaven.

This week at All Saints, we will be looking at those very verses which call upon us to love our enemies, as we read from Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, and Matthew 5:38-48, and we will be singing the hymns Immortal Invisible God only Wise, They’ll know we are Christians by our Love, One Bread One Body, and Stand up stand up for Jesus!  The readings can be found via this link!

Next week our Theology on Tap group will move to a new venue: The Pub!  Our next meeting will be on Friday 24th February at The Pub, beginning at 7 p.m.  Our topic will be “Sin and Repentance”.  All are welcome!

It is the British tradition to eat pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on Wednesday 1st March. The day is known as Shrove Tuesday or, more popularly, Pancake Day.  At All Saints there will be a Pancake Potluck next Sunday, 26th February, following the morning service. We will supply the pancakes, please bring toppings to share! All are welcome to join!

A little further ahead, Lent begins on Wednesday 1st March when we will be having our Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

God bless,

Iain

Choose Life

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

In this week’s reading from Deuteronomy, Moses urges the people of Israel to choose life!  Every day we are offered the same choice: will we choose to really live, or will we compromise, perhaps hoping for an easy life?  Going God’s way is the way of real life – life in all its fulness!  “Do not be afraid!” said the Angel Gabriel. May God give us courage to step out in faith and live life to the full!

This week’s bible readings are Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, and Matthew 5:21-37, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, Give me Jesus, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and Now Thank We All Our God.  The readings can be found via this link!

This month our Theology in Tap group will move to a new venue: The Pub!  Our next meeting will be on Friday 24th February at The Pub, beginning at 7 p.m.  Our topic will be “Sin and Repentance”.  All are welcome!

A little further ahead, Lent begins on Wednesday 1st March when we will be having our Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

It is the British tradition to eat pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on Wednesday 1st March. The day is known as Shrove Tuesday or, more popularly, Pancake Day.  At All Saints there will be a Pancake Potluck on Sunday 26th February following the morning service. More instructions to follow! All are welcome to join!

God bless,

Iain

Salt and Light


From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus calls his disciples the salt of the earth and the light of the world.  That includes us too!  How are we being salt and light in our society, amongst our friends, in our work place or school?  Are we really “good news” to those around us?  This week I will be asking us these questions, and exploring how we can really make a difference in the world around us and so give glory to God!

This Sunday’s scripture readings are Isaiah 58:1-12, 1 Corinthians 2:11-16, and Matthew 5:13-20, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Salt of the Earth, Break Thou the Bread of Life,and A Little Bit of Salt.  The readings can be found via this link!

A little further ahead, Lent begins on Wednesday 1st March when we will be having our Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.  It is the British tradition to eat pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on Wednesday 1st March. The day is known as Shrove Tuesday or, more popularly, Pancake Day.  At All Saints there will be a Pancake Potluck on Sunday 26th February following the morning service. More instructions to follow! All are welcome to join!

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,

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God bless,

Iain