Why Liturgy?

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Liturgical actions at All Saints, Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Why is All Saints a liturgical church?  Why don’t we just choose hymns and songs to worship with, and listen to the sermon?  We are liturgical because liturgy aims to include everyone in worship.  At its best it helps to draw us into the presence of God.  Our hymns and songs may contain great teaching and inspirational lyrics, but the words of the weekly liturgy should always point us towards God and the centrality of God’s love shown in Jesus and focussed in the Eucharist.  As people share in readings and prayers, and in speaking together as one, we proclaim our unity and restate our faith.

Find out more this week at All Saints!

Our bible readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter are Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25, and John 10:1-10, and we will be singing the hymns The Lord’s My Shepherd, When in our Music God is Glorified, One Bread One Body,and The King of Love my Shepherd is.  The readings can be found via this link!

Gene’s Ordination

Next Saturday evening Gene Bourquin will be ordained as deacon at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York.  Please hold him in your prayers.  He will join us here at All Saints in August.

Music in Worship

This week we will again be using a new version of the GloriaSanctus, and Kyrie – the parts of our worship beginning Glory to God, Holy, Holy, Holy, and Lamb of God…  You can listen to them by clicking on the name and you can view the music score here.

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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