From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
A child alone!
The world is being rocked by images of children separated from their parents on the US/Mexican border. Whoever is responsible, and whatever the cause, few disagree that this must stop. Christian leaders from across the political and theological spectrum have spoken out!
We at All Saints are far away and we may ask what can we do? Well we can pray, and we can write, and we can remember all the children in our world who suffer from loss of parents, war, famine, abuse, and all the other scourges of the world. And we can keep on working to make the world a better place. We will be praying this Sunday!
Our scripture readings this week will be Job 38:1-11, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, and Mark 4:35-41, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, A Mighty Fortress, When Jesus Went to Egypt, and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name! The third hymn focuses on the plight of those children held in detention facilities. The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!
Serving the World
Some people have rightly asked what we are doing at All Saints to be of service to those around us. Well, we are doing a lot. The people of All Saints are working or volunteering in more than half a dozen NGOs and charities, including relief organisations, orphanages, groups working with old people and with children, combating human trafficking, advancing human rights, and others. There are many opportunities if you would like to get involved.
I would like to make a list of all the organisations with which we are involved. Please let me know any groups that you are involved with and I will make a list which we can put on our website. We won’t list the names of those working with each group, but just the organisations!
All Saints Hymnal
I am currently compiling the All Saints Hymnal. If you have any favourite hymns you would like us to include, please email me at iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com. A few people have responded, but keep the ideas coming! You can view our current list of music and details of when we have sung each hymn here!
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,