Monthly Archives: March 2018

This is Holy Week!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

We are now in the most sacred week of the Christian year, when we remember Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us.  Greater love has no one than this, that they lay down their life for their friends.

On Thursday evening we will gather together for our Maundy Thursday service, where we will wash one another’s feet and break bread together, in remembrance of the events in that upper room where Jesus met with his disciples.  This begins at 7 p.m.

Then on Good Friday we will gather at 11 a.m. for our Tenebrae Service.  In this moving liturgy, we read the story of the last hours of Jesus’ life, and as we read, seven candles are extinguished on the altar.  We leave the church in darkness and silence.

And then we will gather on Easter Sunday, again at 11 a.m., for our joyful Easter Sunday Eucharist as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead!   This will be followed by a potluck and Easter egg hunt!

There will be many readings telling the story of Easter during our three special services, details can be found via this link!

On Good Friday we will be singing the hymns When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, How deep the Father’s love for us, My Song is Love Unknown, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord, and O Love that Will Not Let Me Go.  

And then on Easter Sunday we will be singing Jesus Christ is Risen Today, The Day of Resurrection, Christ is Alive, and Thine Be the Glory.  Our special choir will be singing Up from the Grave He Arose.

I hope that if you are in Chiang Mai you can join with us!

Last week’s Palm Sunday service can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Easter Services

Sunday    25th March      11 a.m. Palm Sunday Service
with Parade of the Palms.

Thursday 29th March       7 p.m.  Maundy Thursday
Service with Taizé music
and feet washing

Friday      30th March       11 a.m. Good Friday Service

Sunday    1st April            11 a.m. Easter Worship
(followed by potluck and
Easter Egg hunt)

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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Hosanna in the Highest!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Palm Sunday is here!

Dear Friends,

Palm Sunday is upon us!  We will parade into the church on Sunday waving palms and shouting hosanna, just as the crowds did on the first Palm Sunday two thousand years ago!  Hosanna means deliver usset us freebring salvation. Are we crying out to God for ourselves, for others, and for the world?  Or are we comfortable with the way things are?

Jesus came to turn the world upside down – he threw the merchants out of the Temple, challenged those in authority, and was crucified for it!  How much are we prepared to act and pray to make this world a better place?

Our readings this Sunday will be Mark 11:1-11, Philippians 2:5-11, and Mark 14:1-11, and we will be singing the hymns Hosanna in the Highest, All Glory Laud and Honour, Hosanna Loud Hosanna, You are the King of Glory, and Ride on Ride on in Majesty!  The readings can be found via this link!

You can view last week’s sermon via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Lent Study Groups – Last Chance!

For the first time this year we are having Lenten Study Groups.  We are studying the book Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg.

In our final week, there will be two groups meeting: one meeting on Monday in Doi Saket at David and Shem’s house, and one meeting on Wednesdays in Hang Dong at William and Tarntip’s house.

As we approach Easter we will study chapter 9 and reflect on the meaning of this most holy of feasts!

Easter Services

Easter is almost upon us!

Sunday    25th March      11 a.m. Palm Sunday Service
with Parade of the Palms.

Thursday 29th March       7 p.m.  Maundy Thursday
Service with Taizé music
and feet washing

Friday      30th March       11 a.m. Good Friday Service

Sunday    1st April            11 a.m. Easter Worship
(followed by potluck and
Easter Egg hunt)

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

End of Lent?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


One more week in purple!

Dear Friends,

Lent, that time of reflection and fasting, is drawing to a close.  Mark will be preaching this week, reflecting on the centrality of Jesus in the Christian faith.  The following week we will be in red for Palm Sunday!

How has Lent been for you?  Has it passed you unawares, or has it had an effect on your life?  Has something changed through your Lenten observance?  Of course, we are all busy people, but it is never too late to spend a moment contemplating the deep questions of life, giving thanks for all that we have, and resolving to change our lives for the better.

Our readings this Sunday will be Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, and John 12:20-33, and we will be singing the hymns All for Jesus, Be Thou My Vision, Break Thou the Bread of Life, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!  The readings can be found via this link! You can view last week’s sermon via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Lent Study Groups – Last Chance!

For the first time this year we are having Lenten Study Groups.  We are studying the book Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg.

Next week, there will be two groups meeting: one meeting on Monday in Doi Saket at David and Shem’s house, and one meeting on Wednesdays in Hang Dong at William and Tarntip’s house.

As we approach Easter, we will be discussing Chapter 8, the Death of Jesus, next week, and chapter 9, Easter, in our final meeting during Holy Week!  Even if you haven’t been yet, there is still time to join us!

Easter Services

Meanwhile, Easter is coming soon!

Sunday    25th March      11 a.m. Palm Sunday Service
with Parade of the Palms.

Thursday 29th March       7 p.m.  Maundy Thursday
Service with Taizé music
and feet washing

Friday      30th March       11 a.m. Good Friday Service

Sunday    1st April            11 a.m. Easter Worship
(followed by potluck and
Easter Egg hunt)

Prayers of the People

We want to include your prayers!  Please email Gene on oandmhk@msn.com to share items for prayer.  He will still be doing this task from New York!  We will include them in the prayers on Sunday.  (If you would like us to pray privately then please specify this in your message.)

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

A snake on the Cross? What does this mean?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


What is this?

Dear Friends,

In this week’s Old Testament reading, we hear of God’s antidote to poisonous serpents: a bronze serpent on a pole!  What is that about, and what does it mean?  How does it connect to the gospel?  Find out this week!

Our readings this Sunday will be Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, and John 3:14-21, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia Sing to Jesus, He lives He lives, Lord I lift your name on high, and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!  The readings can be found via this link!

You can view last week’s excellent sermon by Taylor Pfaff via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Lent Study Groups have begun!

For the first time this year we are having Lenten Study Groups.  We are studying the book Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg.  In this easy to read book, Marcus Borg explores what key Christian words really mean – you might be surprised! When Jesus said “You must be born-again”, what was he talking about?  Maybe not what you think… and what does salvation actual mean?

There are three groups: one meeting on Mondays in Doi Saket at David and Shem’s house, one meeting on Tuesdays in central Chiang Mai at the Vicarage, and one meeting on Wednesdays in Hang Dong at William and Tarntip’s house.  Next week we will be discussing Chapters 13 and 14: Sin, and Repentance and Forgiveness.

Meetings will continue until Easter.  You can buy a copy of the book for THB150.

Easter Services

Meanwhile, Easter is coming soon!

Sunday    25th March       11 a.m. Palm Sunday Service
with Parade of the Palms.

Thursday 29th March       7 p.m.  Maundy Thursday
Service with Taizé music
and feet washing

Friday      30th March        11 a.m. Good Friday Service

Sunday    1st April              11 a.m. Easter Worship
(followed by potluck and
Easter Egg hunt)

Prayers of the People

We want to include your prayers!  Please email Gene on oandmhk@msn.com to share items for prayer.  He will still be doing this task from New York!  We will include them in the prayers on Sunday.  (If you would like us to pray privately then please specify this in your message.)

God bless,

Iain

Keep it Clean! Why did Jesus cleanse the Temple?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Jesus cleanses the Temple!

Dear Friends,

Jesus cleansed the Temple, throwing out the money-changers and returning God’s house to a house of prayer.  Taylor will be preaching about this this week.

Our readings this Sunday will be Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, and John 2:13-22, and we will be singing the hymns When Morning Gilds the Skies, When Christ went to the Temple, O God of Earth and Altar, and Lord of the Dance!  The readings can be found via this link!

You can view last week’s sermon via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Lent Study Groups have begun!

For the first time this year we are having Lenten Study Groups.  We are studying the book Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg.

In this easy to read book, Marcus Borg explores what key Christian words really mean – you might be surprised! When Jesus said “You must be born-again”, what was he talking about?  Maybe not what you think… and what does salvation actual mean?

There are three groups: one meeting on Mondays in Doi Saket at David and Shem’s house, one meeting on Tuesdays in central Chiang Mai at the Vicarage, and one meeting on Wednesdays in Hang Dong at William and Tarntip’s house.  Next week we will be discussing the meaning Salvation!

Meetings will continue until Easter.

You can pick up a copy of the next week’s chapters on Sunday or buy a copy of the whole book for THB150.

Prayers of the People

We want to include your prayers!  Please email Gene on oandmhk@msn.com to share items for prayer.  We will include them in the prayers on Sunday.  (If you would like us to pray privately then please specify this in your message.)

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