Monthly Archives: November 2018

Thanksgiving!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Thank God for the Earth!

Dear Friends,

Our Season of Remembrance is drawing to a close and Advent will soon be upon us!

Last week we had a very moving service to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and video of the sermon and reading of names can be viewed now.  It was great to again be joined by people from MPlus, the Chiang Mai LGBT organisation, and have them take part in the service.

Some of the MPlus people at All Saints

video of events of the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery, produced by Steve Harrow, is also available.

God has blessed each of us in so many ways that we should be thankful people.  Sometimes we are, but then we forget to say thank you!  In this weeks service we will express our thanks to God for the wonder of his creation, and commit ourselves anew to protect the environment and all that God has given!

Our readings this Sunday will be Joel 2:21-27, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, and Matthew 6:25-33, and we will be singing the hymns Come Ye Thankful People Come, For the Fruit of All Creation, Now thank we all our God, and We Plow the Fields and Scatter!

Past services and sermons 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.

Advent Sunday

This will be upon us after only one more week!  On Sunday 2nd December we will mark the beginning of Advent, and the service will be followed by a special potluck – people are invited to bring Christmassy treats to share as we decorated the church for Christmas!

Festival of Carols

All is gradually coming together for our Festival of Carols!  It is going to be a wonderful night, and hopefully one which will raise a lot of money for the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage!  Posters and free tickets are now available at the church.  We will need lots of people to take these this week for placing in shops, businesses, schools, and Rimping supermarkets!  Please take some to share!

Christmas 2018

Many Christmas events coming up!  These will again include a sit-down Christmas lunch – the turkeys are already sitting in the freezer!  The meal is free but people will need to sign-up so we can calculate numbers, and people will be allocated things to bring!  Please sign-up now!

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

Advertisements

Transgender Day of Remembrance!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Remembering Together

Dear Friends,

This is the third week of our Season of Remembrance.  The 20th November is marked as the Transgender Day of Remembrance throughout the world.  This Sunday at All Saints, we will be joined by people from MPlus, the Chiang Mai LGBT advocacy group, to mark the day.  This year we have a list of 368 people who have been killed in the last twelve months because of who they are and how they appear.  It is far from a complete list, and most of the people listed are from the US and South and Central America, with a few from India, Pakistan, and Turkey.

Transgender people occur throughout the world and frequently suffer exclusion and marginalisation, leading to exploitation and abuse.  This week’s service is a chance for all of us to stand alongside these people in solidarity.

Our readings this Sunday will be 2 kings 23:1-2, 7-8, 11-12, Galatians 3:23-29, and Matthew 19:3-13, and we will be singing the hymns Stand up Stand up for Jesus, Lord We make this Cry for Freedom, Beauty for Brokenness, and Let Us Build a House!  Past services and sermons 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.

.

New House Group

Of course, we all have different experiences and knowledge about trans people, and for those who would like to know more, Ken and Emily Chase are hosting a get-together at their home next Wednesday, 21st November.  The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and Elena Kelly will lead and share some of her experiences.


Pamela, Elena, Jufil, Me, and Ken, at the Chase Home!

After the very successful Lent Meetings, it is hoped that this will develop into a regular meeting for All Saints people who live to the north of Chiang Mai, with other groups later also developing.

Contact Emily on emilylschase@gmail.com for directions.

Festival of Carols

This Tuesday, Pamela Chase and I went to look at the Chiang Mai Christian School chapel to plan the decoration for our Festival of Carols – it is going to look amazing!  Then this Wednesday, I popped in to All Saints to hear the Lannacapella Choir rehearsals – they are already sounding amazing!  Bill Moeller and Chris Tananone are part of the choir and it looks like being the best performance yet!

It is going to be a wonderful night, and hopefully one which will raise a lot of money for the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage!  Posters and free tickets are now available at the church.  Please take some to share!

If you want to print your own, or share the poster, you can download the pdf of the poster here, and the tickets here!

Advent Sunday

This will be upon us in only two weeks!  On Sunday 2nd December we will mark the beginning of Advent, and the service will be followed by a special potluck – people are invited to bring Christmassy treats to share as we decorate the church for Christmas!

Christmas 2018

Many Christmas events coming up!  These will again include a sit-down Christmas lunch – the turkeys are already sitting in the freezer!  The meal is free but people will need to sign-up so we can calculate numbers, and people will be allocated things to bring!

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

Never Forget!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

We pray for an end to all war!

WORSHIP BEGINS AT 9:30 AM THIS WEEK

Dear Friends,

This Sunday will mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, and we will remember this in our worship this Sunday.  All Saints’ regular Sunday service will begin at 9:30 a.m. to enable those who wish to attend the ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery to do so.

Immediately following this morning’s service at All Saints, we will travel down to the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery for the Remembrance Ceremony.   This will begin around 10:45 a.m. so that we can observe two minutes silence at 11 a.m.

Everyone is then invited to lunch at the Gymkhana Club.

Remembrance Sunday is in no way a day to celebrate war, it is a day to mourn, to commit ourselves to the goal that war should cease.  While wars rage around the world, particularly in Syria and Yemen, this may seem a futile goal, but we are called to never give up, and we believe in the future when there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and war will be no more!

Our readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 2:3-4, Revelation 21:1-6, Matthew 25:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns O God our help in Ages Past, Abide with Me, and The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended!

The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons 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.

Season of Remembrance

November will again be our Season of Remembrance.  Each Sunday will have a different emphasis.

Sunday 4th November 11 a.m.
All Saints Day Service
– when we remember all those who have died

Sunday 11th November 9:30 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday Service
–  at All Saints remembering all victims of war

Sunday 11th November 10:45 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday Ceremony
– at the Foreign Cemetery

Sunday 18th November 11 a.m.
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sunday 25th November 11 a.m.
Thanksgiving – Remembering the Earth

Festival of Carols

Posters and free tickets are now available at the church.

If you want to print your own, or share the poster, you can download the pdf of the poster here, and the tickets here!

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