Queen & Dragon

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai


Revelation 12:1-5

Dear Friends,

The Queen and Dragon is not the name of a cosy country pub, they are characters that appear in our New Testament reading this Sunday from Revelation 12.

A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth.

Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.

Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne.

How do we understand and deal with such passages?  It is easier to understand love your neighbour, but what about the spiritual world, or is it all metaphor?  Find out more at All Saints this Sunday!

Our readings this Sunday will be Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Revelation 12:1-5, and Mark 1:21-28, and we will be singing Holy, Holy, Holy,
Mothering God, and Now Thank We All Our God!

The readings can be found via this link!

Gene and Kong

Last Sunday we celebrated the blessing of a life-long covenant between Gene and Kong.  Video of the event can be seen via the All Saints website audio-visual page.  Congratulations Gene and Kong!

Theology on Tap – This Friday!

Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be this Friday, 26th January.  We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub!  The topic will be “What would a Christian economy look like?”

Nine Lessons and Carols

There will be a meeting after lunch this Sunday beginning around 2 p.m.  This will be to review last year’s event, and to formulate any changes and proposals for this year’s.  All are welcome!

Lent Activities

Pancake Potluck
Our Pre-Lenten Pancake Potluck will be on Sunday 11th February.

Ash Wednesday
On Wednesday 14th February we will have our Ash Wednesday service, beginning at 7 p.m.  This will include the imposition of ashes.

Lent Study Groups
We want to begin a number of Lent Study Groups meeting weekly during Lent in people’s homes.  We hope to have one group in Doi Saket, one group in Hang Dong, and one group in central Chiang Mai.  Let me know if you are interested.

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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