Monthly Archives: March 2017

You are missed!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

It is wonderful that in the four years of its existence, All Saints has grown together as a family.  Of course, as in any international church, people come and go, but we remain part of the family of All Saints!

Since Christmas we have been seeing congregations of close to thirty people, but last Sunday numbers fell to eleven!  Quite a number of our people have been ill, and others travelling, but if you were in good health and in Chiang Mai and didn’t come, you were certainly missed!  It is as we meet together week on week, that relationships build and friendships grow, so we can support one another in times of trial and rejoice with one another in times of celebration!

If you can join us this Sunday, please do so, but even more importantly make sure you are with us for Palm Sunday and the services of Easter which are listed below!  As we worship God together we are blessed, uplifted and prepared for the week ahead, and empowered to share God’s love with the world around us!  If you are not with us, you are missed!  There will also be two pot-luck lunches in the Easter Season, one following the Palm Sunday service, and one following the Easter Sunday service.  Join us if you can!

This Sunday our bible readings are Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11, and John 11:1-45, and we will be singing the hymns Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies, Will you come and Follow Me, Let us Break Bread Together, and Go forth and tell!  The readings can be found via this link!

Easter Services

Sunday     9th April 11 a.m. Palm Sunday Service
with Parade of the Palms
followed by a potluck lunch
Thursday 13th April 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service
with Taizé music and feet washing
Friday   14th April 11 a.m. Good Friday Service

Sunday 16th April 11 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship
followed by an Easter egg hunt and potluck lunch

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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Theology on Tap – This Friday

CORRECTION

Theology on Tap – will be this Friday Night, and not “tomorrow” night as stated in the last blog post!

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This Friday night, we will have our next Theology on Tap session.  This will be at the UN Irish Pub, beginning at 7 p.m. Our theme this month is Miracles and the Supernatural.

Please come along and join us!

Death to the Law!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
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Dear Friends,

In Romans chapter 8, Paul writes: “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”  The law of sin and death is legalism, obeying the letter not the spirit of the law!  In Jesus, we are set free in the Spirit, to obey the law of life, the law of love, not the law of rules and regulations. This is our freedom in Christ!

In this week’s Gospel reading we have the account of Jesus’ healing of a blind man on the Sabbath and the subsequent legal proceedings.  It is a long passage, filling nearly two sides in our bulletin.  Matthew records it in so much detail because he is so keen to emphasise that for Jesus, love and compassion over-rule adherence to man-made laws. This is at the heart of the Gospel.  We are called to love, not to keep laws, for God is a God of love!

This Sunday our bible readings are 1 Samuel 16:1-7, Ephesians 5:8-14, and John 9:1-41, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, Amazing Grace, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation.  The readings can be found via this link!

Theology on Tap – This Friday Night!

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This Friday night, we will have our next Theology on Tap session.  This will be at the UN Irish Pub, beginning at 7 p.m. Our theme this month is Miracles and the Supernatural.

Meanwhile, advanced notice of our Easter Services:

Sunday     9th April 11 a.m. Palm Sunday Service
with Parade of the Palms
Thursday 13th April 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service
with Taizé music and feet washing
Friday   14th April 11 a.m. Good Friday Service
Sunday 16th April 11 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship

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

Real Living?

From Father Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

We are now well into the season of Lent.  This week our Gospel reading looks at the woman at the well. Jesus asks her for water, but it is she that ends up receiving something a great deal more valuable!

This will be the theme of our sermon this week

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In just over a week’s time, we will have our next Theology on Tap session.  This will be at the UN Irish Pub on Friday 24th March, again beginning at 7 p.m. Our theme this month is Miracles and the Supernatural.

Also, If you would like to give regularly to All Saints by bank transfer, please fill in the sheet at the back of church with your name and the name of your bank.  We will then contact you with details of how this can be done.  You can also give in pounds or dollars via the church website: https://allsaintschiangmai.com/donate/

Meanwhile, if you would like to relive the past, video of our last two Sunday services, Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, and our Christmas Day Family Worship, are now on the Audio-Visual page of the All Saints website.  Our All Saints Facebook page is also now running.  If you would like to read or contribute, go to facebook.com/AllSaintsChiangMai/

This Sunday our scripture readings will be Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 5:1-11, and John 4:5-29, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia Sing to Jesus, I heard the Voice of Jesus say, One Bread One Body, and Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken.  We will also attempt a new setting for singing the psalm!  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

Born Again?

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai


Last Sunday at All Saints

Dear Friends,

What does it mean when someone says they are “born again”?  What does the Bible say about it?  This week our Gospel passage is from John chapter three, where Jesus talks about being “born again” or, more properly “born from above”.  What was Jesus talking about, and what do we have to do about it?  This will be the theme of our sermon this week.

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A little further ahead, we will have our next Theology on Tap session.  This will be at the UN Irish Pub on Friday 24th March, again beginning at 7 p.m.  Our theme this month is Miracles and the Supernatural.

Also, If you would like to give regularly to All Saints by bank transfer, please fill in the sheet at the back of church with your name and the name of your bank.  We will then contact you with details of how this can be done.  You can also give in pounds or dollars via the church website: https://allsaintschiangmai.com/donate/

This Sunday our scripture readings will be Genesis 12:1-4, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, and John 3:1-17, and we will be singing the hymns The God of Abraham Praise, I have decided to follow Jesus, When in our Music God is Glorified, and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!  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

This is Lent!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Ash Wednesday at All Saints

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Dear Friends,

We have now entered the season of Lent.  Fifteen of us gathered for our Ash Wednesday service last night and marked the solemn beginning of this holy season with the imposition of ashes and prayers of penitence.

However, although Lent is a season for reflection, it is not a time of darkness or sorrow, for although we consider our own short-comings, we also look forward to the good news of Easter.  Lent is released from the void of darkness because we have the knowledge that our sins are forgiven and that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Pictures and video from last week’s Pancake Sunday can be found on the All Saints Facebook Page.

This Sunday our bible readings are Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19, and Matthew 4:1-11, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Forty Days and Forty Nights, Take My Life, 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