Monthly Archives: November 2017

Advent Sunday

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

All is ready for Advent!

POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY!!!!

Dear Friends,

As Most of you will know from my earlier email, my dad passed away on Tuesday.  This is a very sad time for my family and me, and I would greatly value your prayers – especially for my mum.  The good thing is that we know that he is at peace with God.

Meanwhile, life and worship continues at All Saints, and I would like to thank the great work of Gene, Taylor, and Mark, in leading last Sunday’s service, and all the others who have so amazingly swung into action!  I will be back before Christmas, and look forward to once again celebrating the coming of the Prince of Peace with you all.

This week’s service will be followed by a potluck and decorating the church of the church for Christmas.  I am sure it will be a great time and I wish I could be with you.

Then on Saturday 9th, we will have our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the Prince Royal’s College Chapel.  This should be a very special event!  Please take tickets to sell and invite your friends.  Thanks to Chris, Tarntip, the Chase family, and so many others, for taking over the organisation of this event!

Our readings for this Advent Sunday are Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37, and Mark will be preaching this week. The hymns are O Come, O come Emmanuel, and Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.  The readings can be found via this link !

Advent and Christmas Events

The two posters shown below are now available for distribution at the back of the church.  Please take them.  We particularly need to make sure that a Christmas 2017 poster is in every Rimping supermarket.  They need to be handed in at the information desks before 15th December for display for the next two weeks.

Tickets are now available for the Nine Lessons and Carols.  Please take as many as you can to sell to your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, enemies (we have to love them too), and acquaintances.  Just bring the money and put it in the jar at the back of church.

Full details of all Advent and Christmas events below:

Advent Sunday.  December 3rd 11 a.m.
Service followed by potluck and decorating the church.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 
Saturday December 9th 7 p.m. at The Prince Royal’s College Chapel.

Christmas Eve
Sunday Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m.  Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day
Family Eucharist at 11 a.m. followed by shared lunch.  There will be a sign up sheet for this traditional sit-down Christmas 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 Christ of Christmas in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

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The Feast of Christ the King!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Last week’s Transgender Day of Remembrance

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, on Sunday night I flew back to the UK as my dad is in hospital.  He has double pneumonia and is on oxygen, but seems to now be responding to the treatment.  Please hold him and my mum in your prayers.

Last week we had a very moving service for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, in which a number of the ladies from M-Plus took part.  We thank God for their presence with us and for all the good work M-Plus does amongst the LGBT community in Chiang Mai.

This week is the Feast of Christ the King.  Taylor Pfaff will be preaching, Mark Crawford will be presiding at communion, Debbie Kramlich will be playing the organ, and our deacon Gene will be coordinating everything as usual!  We are very blessed to have such wonderful people in our church.

I should be back next week for Advent Sunday, which will be followed by a potluck and decorating the church for Christmas!

Our readings for this Sunday are Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, and Matthew 25:31-46, and the hymns are All Creatures of our God and King, When I needed a Neighbour, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, and The Lord’s My Shepherd.

Theology on Tap

This week’s Theology on Tap is cancelled.  The final one for this session should be on 8th December!

Advent and Christmas Events

Christmas is coming soon!  Next week we will be celebrating Advent Sunday as we decorate the church.  Put this important event in your diary!

The two posters shown below are now available for distribution at the back of the church.  Please take them.  We particularly need to make sure that a Nine Lessons and Carols poster is in every Rimping supermarket.  They need to be handed in at the information desks before 1st December for display for the next two weeks.

Tickets are now available for the Nine Lessons and Carols.  Please take as many as you can to sell to your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, enemies (we have to love them too), and acquaintances.  Just bring the money and put it in the jar at the back of church.

Full details of all Advent and Christmas events below:

Advent Sunday.  December 3rd 11 a.m.
Service followed by potluck and decorating the church.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 
Saturday December 9th 7 p.m. at The Prince Royal’s College Chapel.

Christmas Eve
Sunday Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m.  Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day
Family Eucharist at 11 a.m. followed by shared lunch.  There will be a sign up sheet for this traditional sit-down Christmas 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

Remember!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

This week we come to the end of our Season of Remembrance as we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance.  The official day is 20th November, but we will be using our service this Sunday to remember those who have been killed, or are discriminated against, due to their gender identity or expression.

As Christians, we believe that all people are made in the image of God and we are committed to reaching out in love to all God’s children.  We will be joined by some people from M-Plus as we worship together.

Our readings for this Sunday are Isaiah 56:1-8, Acts 8:26-40, and Matthew 19:3-13, and we will be singing the hymns Song of Mary, Stand up stand up for Jesus, Beauty for Brokenness, and Let Us Build a House!

Advent and Christmas Events

Christmas is coming soon!  In two weeks’ time we will be celebrating Advent Sunday as we decorate the church.  Put this important event in your diary!

Full details of all Advent and Christmas events below:

Advent Sunday.  December 3rd 11 a.m.
Service followed by potluck and decorating the church.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 
Saturday December 9th 7 p.m.  at The Prince Royal’s College Chapel.

Christmas Eve
Sunday Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m.  Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day
Family Eucharist at 11 a.m. followed by shared lunch.  There will be a sign up sheet for this traditional sit-down Christmas Lunch.

God bless,

Iain

Never Forget

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Lest We Forget!

THIS WEEK”S SERVICE BEGINS AT 10:30 a.m.!!!!!

Dear Friends,

This week we will mark both Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday.  These are both days in the British and Commonwealth tradition, when we remember all those who have died as a result of war and armed conflict.

Saturday 11th November is Remembrance Day.   People will gather at the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. for an observance organised by the Royal British Legion.  This year I will be officiating.  The event will be followed by lunch at the Gymkhana Club provided by the British Embassy.

This Sunday, our service will begin at the earlier time of 10:30 a.m.  This is to allow the observation of two minutes silence at 11 a.m.  Do not forget!

Our readings for this Remembrance Sunday are Isaiah 2:3-4, Revelation 21:1-6a, and Matthew 25:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns O God our help in Ages Past, Abide with Me, O God of Earth and Altar, and The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended.

Theology on Tap

Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be tomorrow night, Friday 10th, and we will again meet at the UN Irish Pub at 7 p.m.  Our topic will be “Who is Jesus?”

Benefit Concert for Shan Refugees

There will be a benefit concert for food aid to the Shan refugee/IDP camps on November 15th at ThaPae East.

The fundraiser is to raise money to purchase food for the Shan refugees in 6 refugee/IDP camps along the Burma-Thai border.  For more details speak to Sophie Roberts or go to the Shan Refugee Concert Facebook page.

God bless,

Iain

All Saints!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

We are All Saints!

POTLUCK THIS WEEK!

Dear Friends,

This week we will celebrate All Saints’ Day at All Saints.  It is a time to remember all those who have gone before us, both saints and sinners, and to think of loved ones passed.   It is also a time to think about the future of our church, All Saints, and we will be collecting the pledge cards which people have taken over the last few weeks.

Finally, this year marks the 500th anniversary of that All Saints’ Day in 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the church in Wittenberg.  That event is taken as the beginning of the Reformation, and we might not be worshipping in English today has not that mighty movement not occurred.

Our service this week will be followed by a potluck as we celebrate All Saints’ Day and that 500th anniversary!

Our readings for this Sunday are Revelation 7:9-17, 1 John 3:1-3, and Matthew 5:1-12, and we will be singing the hymns For All the Saints, Sing With All the Saints in Glory, The saints of God! their conflict past, A Mighty Fortress, and O When the Saints!

Loi Kratong

If you would like to join with All Saints people to celebrate Loi Kratong, meet at church this Friday evening at 6 p.m.  We will fly lanterns and float candles together!

Season of Remembrance

Our Season of Remembrance at All Saints includes:

Sunday 29th October         11 a.m.
Remembrance of Thailand – in the week of the King’s Funeral
Sunday 5th November      11 a.m.
All Saints Day Service – when we remember all who have died
Saturday 11th November 10:30 a.m.
Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery –
Remembering all victims of war
Sunday 12th November    10:30 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday Service at All Saints –
Remembering all victims of war
Sunday 19th November     11 a.m.
Service for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Remembrance Day

Next Saturday, November 11th, is Remembrance Day. I, will be taking the ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery.  This will begin at 10:30 a.m.  Please attend if you can.  The ceremony will be followed by lunch at the Gymkhana Club provided by the British Embassy.

Remembrance Sunday

Our service next Sunday on November 12th will begin at 10:30 a.m. to allow us to mark a two minutes silence at 11 a.m.
Please note the earlier time and do not be late!!!!

Advent and Christmas Events

Advent Sunday.  December 3rd 11 a.m.
Service followed by potluck and decorating the church.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Saturday December 9th 7 p.m.  at The Prince Royal’s College Chapel.

Christmas Eve
Sunday Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m.  Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day
Family Eucharist at 11 a.m. followed by shared lunch.  There will be a sign up sheet for this traditional sit-down Christmas Lunch.

God bless,

Iain