Monthly Archives: April 2018

All are Welcome!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Philip baptises the Ethiopian Eunuch

Dear Friends,

As is true of almost all biblical figures, we don’t know what the Ethiopian Eunuch looked like.  He encountered the Apostle Philip on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza and, after a short introduction to the Christian faith, was baptised.

The reason the story is included in the Book of Acts is that he was an outsider, a non-Jew, an African, and the type of person that would have been excluded from Temple worship even if he had been Jewish.   Curiously, a large number of classical works of art depicting the encounter show him with a beard – probably the one characteristic we know he would not have had!

At All Saints, we love to proclaim that all are welcome, but is that true?  If it’s not, how can we make more people feel that they too belong, and have a place in God’s house?

Our readings this Sunday will be Acts 8:26-40, 1 John 4:7-21, and John 15:1-8, and we will be singing the hymns O worship the King, Stand up stand up for Jesus, Lord I want to be a Christian, and Let us Build a House!  The readings can be found via this link!

Building and Moving

All Saints has been in its current building for four years and we need to redecorate as things are starting to look tired!

Also, in that time our congregation has grown from an average of ten to an average of thirty on a Sunday morning and we are starting to need more space! One possibility is to include the church office as part of our sanctuary so that we can add thirty more chairs.  We would then convert the outside storage area into a new office!  But, that would be a temporary solution which would keep is going for a couple more years.


However, in the long term, we will need somewhere bigger.  Before we start spending money on our existing building, we need to look around and see what else is available out there!  Do you know a great building, or a great plot of land, that is just waiting for All Saints?  Keep your eyes open and let us know!

Prayer and Thanksgiving!


Christine Hall writes from Washington DC:

Total knee replacement went well and I’m in my beautiful and spacious private room. Thank you to everyone for the messages, encouraging words, and prayers. I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and support from friends in my old  and new  homes.

Please continue to hold Christine in your prayers!


David Burdoin is also in need of your prayers.  He went to the hospital for a check-up on Tuesday and there is a possibility he has leukemia.  Please hold him and Shem in your prayers at this worrying time!

Past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

 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, and Happy Easter,

Iain

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Love one Another!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

We are all the sheep of God’s pasture!

Dear Friends,

This week we continue our reading from the First Letter of John where he writes about how we should love one another.  We will also say the Twenty-Third Psalm, The Lord’s my Shepherd, and in our Gospel reading Jesus declares that he is the Good Shepherd.  Being part of one flock means that we should care for and love one another.  It’s as simple as that – at least in theory – but really loving is always a challenge!  It is my prayer that we should become more and more people of love!

Our readings this Sunday will be Acts 4:5-12, 1 John 3:16-24, and John 10:11-18, and we will be singing the hymns Christ is Alive, They’ll know we are Christians by our love, The world needs love, and The King of Love My Shepherd Is!  The readings can be found via this link!

Past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

 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, and Happy Easter,

Iain

Children of God

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

We are all God’s children!

Dear Friends,

In our second reading this week, John writes: See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.

What a wonderful message!  God has made us his children, and Jesus our brother, through his love shown to us on the cross!  Christ is risen from the grave and all people are welcomed into God’s family.  Find out just what this can mean to us this week at All Saints!

Our readings this Sunday will be Acts 3:12-19, 1 John 3:1-7, and Luke 24:36-48, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia Alleluia Give Thanks, Jesus Christ is Risen Today, One Bread One Body, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!  The readings can be found via this link!

Our Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Palm Sunday services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

God bless, and Happy Easter,

Iain

Christ is Risen – He is Risen indeed!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Our wonderful Easter Eucharist!

Dear Friends,

Christ is Risen!  The blessings of Easter and the resurrected Christ to all!  This week we will continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus as we mark the Second Sunday of Easter.

Mark Crawford will be leading our worship and Christa Crawford will be preaching!  Please join with us as we give thanks for the risen Christ in our lives!

Our readings this Sunday will be Acts 4:32-35, 1 John 1:1-2:2, and John 20:19-31, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia! Sing to Jesus, The Day of Resurrection, Christ is Alive, and Thine Be the Glory!  The readings can be found via this link!

Our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services can now be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Many thanks to all who made our Easter weekend such a great success!

Thanks to Bill, Ken, Nate, Pamela, Emily, and Chris, who sang in our special choir, and thanks to Emily, Pamela, and Ken, for spending two days cleaning and rearranging our kitchen and coordinating our potluck!  And thanks to all who brought food to share and Warren for bringing the chocolate eggs for our Easter egg hunt!

 Our Easter Sunday Potluck!

However, we have a shoe thief about!  Somebody, again, took Sophie’s shoes.  If these shoes are yours, please bring Sophie’s shoes back and take your own!

Are these your shoes?

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, and Happy Easter,

Iain

Christ is Risen! – He is Risen indeed!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

This is Easter Sunday!  All is Ready!

Dear Friends,

Christ is Risen!  The blessings of Easter and the resurrected Christ to all!

Join us 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!

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!

Our Good Friday and Palm Sunday services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

God bless, and Happy Easter,

Iain