Monthly Archives: July 2018

Five Thousand!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Hello from a hot and sunny England!

The week the Rev. Mark Crawford will be preaching at All Saints!  Our Gospel Reading this Sunday tells the story of Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand!  God provides for us – but we are also called on to provide for each other!  Our deacon, the Rev. Dr. Gene Bourquin, will again be here this week, and the Rev. Mark Crawford will be presiding at the communion.

I will be back next week on the 5th August!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be 2 Kings 4:42-44, Ephesians 3:14-21, and John 6:1-21, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, Break Thou the Bread of Life, and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!  Past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

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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The Good Shepherd

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

The week Nate Tipton will be preaching!  Our Gospel Reading this week reveals Jesus as a shepherd with great compassion for his people.  Our God is a God of love!  Our deacon, the Rev. Dr. Gene Bourquin, will again be here this week, and the Rev. Mark Crawford will be presiding at the communion.

I will be back on the 5th August!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Jeremiah 23:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-22, and Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, and we will be singing the hymns The Lord’s My Shepherd, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, Let us Break Bread Together, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus!  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 worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Keep Quiet or Shout Out?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

The week the Rev. Herb Swanson will be preaching!  He will look at the story from Mark’s Gospel of the leper that Jesus healed, who just would not shut up about what God had done!  Our deacon, the Rev. Dr. Gene Bourquin, will also be back this week, and the Rev. Mark Crawford will be presiding at the communion.

I will be back on the 5th August!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Amos 7:7-15, Ephesians 1:3-14 and Mark 1:40-45, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, O Jesus I have Promised, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and Amazing Grace!  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 worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Persecution? Is it coming?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Is persecution coming?

Dear Friends,

Persecution as Christians is not about being forced to bake wedding cakes!  All around the world, Christians are persecuted for their faith, sometimes for nothing more than worshipping.  But in every country, we can suffer persecution when we stand up for justice and for what we believe to be right.

In “Christian countries” like the Philippines, priests are being killed for standing with the poor against injustice, and anywhere that we oppose those who are powerful consequences will follow.  Some people want their stories to be told, others have to remain silent, for their own safety and the safety of others.

But, as Christians we are told to expect persecution.  As Paul wrote in this weeks New Testament reading: I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.  Of course, we should all hope for a peaceful and contented life, but when and if the time comes, we are called to stand up for Jesus!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Ezekiel 2:1-5, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, and Mark 6:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, Jesus Lover of my Soul, Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts, and Lord of the Dance!  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 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

All Saints seeks to be a church that is welcome to all, whether rich or poor, Thai or farang, black or white, gay, lesbian, transgender, or straight, old or young, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew.  We aim to declare the inclusive love of Jesus Christ, and demonstrate his radical call to discipleship in our lives.