From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai
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!
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
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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,