Monthly Archives: May 2018

Foundational! What is foundational in your life?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

How strong is your foundation?

Dear Friends,

This week’s Gospel reading contains the famous passage about the wise man building his house upon the rock, and the foolish man building his house upon the sand!  The important thing is the foundation – a part of the building which is usually not seen.  Metaphorically, we can apply this to our lives: what is our foundation?  Jesus said that if we hear is words and act on them, then we are building a strong foundation for our lives!  This will be the theme of our worship this Sunday.

Our readings this week will be Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28, Romans 1:16-17, 3:22-31, and Matthew 7:21-29, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, Let us Build a House, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Memorial for David Burdoin

It has been suggested that it would be good to commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.   Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.  We could have something beautiful carved here in Chiang Mai!  Please see Richard our treasurer.

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 worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

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Trinity Sunday

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Last Week’s Pentecost Peace!

Dear Friends,

The Trinity is not a doctrine for those who like their religion easy!  Many years ago, I remember a ten year old girl saying to me: “Some people say Jesus is God’s Son, but others say he is God!  How is that?  Who is right?”

You will be glad to know that I am not going to try to explain the Trinity here – nor will I try on Sunday!  There are some things that are too big for our tiny minds to understand!  However, there is much we can learn from the Trinity, not least that God is love and at the heart of God is an internal loving relationship.

Remember the words from 1 John, which I quoted last Sunday, as did a rather more famous preacher, Bishop Michael Curry at a recent royal wedding:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:7-8

We are all called to love one another, for at the heart of God is a loving relationship!

Our readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, and John 3:1-17, and we will be singing the hymns Holy, Holy, Holy; We All Believe in One True God; Mothering God; and Tell Out My Soul!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Memorial for David Burdoin

It has been suggested that it would be good to commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.

Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.  We could have something beautiful carved here in Chiang Mai!  Please see Richard our treasurer.

Christine Hall

Christine’s recovery from her knee operation is taking time and she is still in some pain.  Please hold her in your prayers!

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 worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Pentecost Sunday is Here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

This week is Pentecost Sunday!
Potluck this Week!

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Dear Friends,

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the church when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
God is with us as we see the fulfilment of the prophecy from Joel:
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In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my servants, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.

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In this we see that God’s love, and the power to be in relationship with God, is not confined to a select few but is offered and available to all!

This is the Good News of the Gospel: God is for us all!

Our readings this Sunday will be Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27, and John 15:26-27, 16:4-15, and we will be singing the hymns Come Down O Love Divine, Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind, O Breath of Life Come Sweeping through Us, and O God of Burning Cleansing Flame!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Pentecost Sunday Potluck

Our service will be followed by a Potluck.  Please bring food to share!

The Funeral of Allen David Burdoin

We gave David a wonderful send off!  He would have loved to see how much so many people valued him so highly.  Thank you to all who took part, and all who shared their thoughts of this wonderful man.  He is home with the Lord now and at peace.  Please continue to hold Shem in your prayers.

Video of the funeral can be seen by clicking here.

It has been suggested that it would be good to  commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.  Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.
There will be a plate at the back of the church, or please see Richard our treasurer.

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 worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

He is Ascended!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

This Thursday is Ascension Day!  We will celebrate on Sunday!

Dear Friends,

It is with deep sadness that I have to announce the death of one of our most loved members, David Burdoin.  As most of you know, he had leukemia and this quickly allowed pneumonia to develop.  He died at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, with his husband, Shem, by his side.

David’s funeral will be on Monday 14th May at 2 p.m. at All Saints, followed by the committal at McKean Hospital Crematorium at 3:30 p.m.  There will be a reception to follow back at the church.  He is home with the Lord now and at peace.  Please continue to hold Shem in your prayers.

This Sunday we will celebrate the Ascension of Christ as we mark the last Sunday of the Easter Season.  Even as we share the sadness of a loved one passing, we also share the joy of the resurrection and the promise that there is more.  If God is for us, who can be against us?

Our readings this Sunday will be Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, and Luke 24:44-53, and we will be singing the hymns Immortal Invisible God only Wise, Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise, Give me Jesus, and Lift High the Cross!

The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Pentecost Sunday

Sunday is 20th May is Pentecost Sunday.  Our service will be followed by a Potluck.  Please talk to Emily to discuss what to bring!

Building and Moving

Exciting possibilities in the pipeline – watch this space!

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 worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

More are Welcome!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

 

Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these?

Dear Friends,

This week, our reading from the Book of Acts continues the theme of radical inclusion.  Last week we saw the Ethiopian Eunuch receiving baptism.  This week we see a whole groups of Gentiles, the Italian Centurion Cornelius, and a group of his relatives and close friends, all being baptised.  The doors to the Kingdom are opening!  As we celebrate God’s love, we will remember again that All are Welcome!

Our readings this Sunday will be Acts 10:44-48, 1 John 5:1-6, and John 15:9-17, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, From Heaven You Came, One Bread One Body, and For All the Saints!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Prayer needed!


Christine Hall

Please continue to hold Christine in your prayers!  She is now in rehab following her knee operation, but says the pain seems unrelenting.


David and Shem

David Burdoin received the result of his bone marrow biopsy on Tuesday, and he has acute myeloid leukaemia.  The prognosis is not good and only palliative care can be offered.  Shem is flying back to Chiang Mai on Sunday so he can be here.

Please pray for David and Shem, and especially that Shem would have no problems with immigration in the Philippines or in Thailand as he travels back.


Selena Chase

Also, please pray for Selena, Ken and Emily’s daughter.  She is recovering in hospital but now needs a small operation.

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 worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain