Monthly Archives: January 2019

Light of the World!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

At Christmas we remember the coming of Jesus, and in the Season of Epiphany we recall the revelation of Jesus to the nations.

Epiphany ends with the Feast of Candlemas, when we read of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple as Simeon declares Jesus to be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles”.

Jesus, with his Gospel of peace and life, forgiveness and new birth, is the Light of the World!  That is what we will be celebrating this Sunday.

Our readings for the Feast of Candlemas will be Malachi 3:1-5, Hebrews 2:14-18, and Luke 2:22-40, and we will be singing the hymns Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies, King of Kings Majesty, Let us Break Bread Together, and At the Name of Jesus!

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

Valentine’s Service – Next Sunday!

At All Saints, we try to mark significant events in the year’s calendar – not just the religious ones!

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday 14th February, on Sunday 10th we will focus our service on the theme of love.

Included in this special service will be the opportunity for all couples to renew their vows to each other, and we will remember that whether we are single or coupled, we are all enfolded in God’s love.

This could be a good opportunity to include partners who don’t normally attend church!

All Saints Foundation

We are beginning the process of registering All Saints as a foundation with the Thai government.  An initial official planning meeting will be held on Saturday 23rd February.  Please hold all involved in your prayers and let me know if you would like to be involved.

The process for UK Charity registration is also continuing.

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

For the first time in ten years, Chiang Mai will be holding a Pride march.  This will occur on 21st February, exactly ten years to the day since the last march.  The march will begin at 6 p.m. at the Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center and end at Thapae Gate.  All supportive people are invited to join.  All Saints will be marching behind a Christians at Pride banner.

Zaw Lin & Wai Phyo – Prison Addresses

David Cartwright writes:

My dear Iain,

First of all thank you so much for incorporating the issue of the two Burmese boys incarcerated in BKK prison within your sermon this morning. Very moving for me and deeply appreciated.

Also thank you for allowing me to read out Zaw Lin’s letter to Kim and me – I hope I didn’t stumble over it too much! At any rate several members of the congregation thanked me for sharing it.

I do hope the prayer of intercession helps and that the Supreme Court hearing actually happens soon this year resulting in their early release.

As promised I am sending you their addresses and I hope you can include these somewhere on the All Saints website / newsletter;

Zaw Lin 590082,

Building 2,

Bangkwang Central Prison,

117, Nonthaburi Road,

NONTHABURI 11000

Wai Phyo 590018,

Building 2,

Bangkwang Central Prison,

117, Nonthaburi Road,

NONTHABURI 11000

If you could kindly ask the readers to send either greeting cards or notepaper, drawing paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, or any combination thereof, that would be really great!


Many thanks, in anticipation.

With best wishes from David & Kim,

 

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

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Love and Hate!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Why are people so angry?

Dear Friends,

Sometimes it seems easier to hate than to love.  I heard that posts on Facebook that make people angry are ten times more likely to be shared – I think I am guilty of that!

Our New Testament reading for this Sunday is from 1 Corinthians 13, Paul’s great hymn to love, but then our Gospel reading sees Jesus rejected – and nearly lynched – in Nazareth!  We still live in a divided and conflicted world – but the Gospel of Love is still the answer!

Our readings will be Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, and Luke 4:21-30, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Come let us use the grace divine, I am the Bread of Life, and Love Divine, all Loves Excelling!  Our worship will include the Methodist Covenant Prayer.

Valentine’s Service – Sunday 10th February

At All Saints, we try to mark significant events in the year’s calendar – not just the religious ones!

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday 14th February, on Sunday 10th we will focus our service on the theme of love.  Included in this special service will be the opportunity for all couples to renew their vows to each other, and we will remember that whether we are single or coupled, we are all enfolded in God’s love.

This could be a good opportunity to include partners who don’t normally attend church!

Deacon Gene

Gene will be back with us this Sunday for a short visit!  It will be wonderful to have him back!

Bill Moeller

Bill is now back home – please hold him in your prayers as he continues to recover from his hip operation.  He would appreciate visitors!

Past services and sermons, including our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship, 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

We are One Body!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

All together on Christmas Morning

Dear Friends,

Thanks to Mark Crawford for leading the worship last Sunday and to all those involved.  I hear all went will once someone arrived with the key!  I shall be back this Sunday after a much needed break.

In this week’s epistle, Paul reminds us that we are all one body, and then in the Gospel reading Jesus declares his mission to release the captives and preach good news to the poor!  That is who we are – the body of Christ – one people called to build God’s kingdom and declare God’s love!

Our readings will be Nehemiah 8:1-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, and Luke 4:14-21, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Called as Partners in Christ’s Service, One Bread One Body, and Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord)!

Deacon Gene

Gene will be back with us next Thursday for a short visit!  It will be wonderful to have him back!

Meanwhile, here are three great chances to hear him preach:

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 21, Year B
The Reverend Deacon Gene Bourquin

http://s559580590.onlinehome.us/sermonuploads/SermonUploads/Ninteenth%20Sunday%20after%20Pentecost%20-%2009-30-18.mp3

DECEMBER 16, 2018
Third Sunday of Advent; Year C
The Reverend Deacon Gene Bourquin

http://s559580590.onlinehome.us/sermonuploads/SermonUploads/Third%20Sunday%20of%20Advent%20-%2012-16-18%201.mp3

January 6, 2018
Epiphany

http://s559580590.onlinehome.us/sermonuploads/SermonUploads/The%20Epiphany%20-%2001-06-19%201.mp3

Past services and sermons, including our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship, 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

New Horizons!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The New All Saints?

Dear Friends,

This year looks likely to be one of the most exciting in the life of All Saints.  If all goes well we may be in a new building next Christmas!

The plans for our new place are still in an early stage, but I have been tasked with getting legal agreements, costings, and building schedules together by the end of January!  We want to have a place with room for worship and room to expand our service to the people of Chiang Mai!

View from the back window

We probably won’t have pews initially, but the picture above gives an idea of what the sanctuary might look like.  The building will be approximately 10m x 20m which is twice the size of where we are now, and should comfortably seat 80 people!

The whole site plan

The building on the left in this picture is the existing house, which we will use for fellowship, coffee, potlucks, church office, and children and youth work!  The exacted positioning of the church is yet to be decided.  (There are also other buildings behind and on either side of the land which are not shown – it is not in the middle of green fields!)

Let us pray that God’s will is done, and be ready to dig into our pockets to enable things to happen!


Perhaps our altar won’t be quite so grand!

Meanwhile, I am have a much-needed week off, and this Sunday Mark Crawford will be presiding and Nate Tipton will be preaching. Our readings will be Isaiah 43:1-7, Acts 8:14-17, and Luke 3:15-17, 21, 22, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry, Break Thou the Bread of Life, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!

Christmas Services

Videos of our Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and our Christmas Day Eucharist are now available!

Bill Moeller

Bill is still in Bangkok Hospital, recovering from his emergency hip operation.  He is hoping to be home soon and then would appreciate visitors!  Please continue to hold him in your prayers!

Past services and sermons, including our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship, 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

We Three Kings…

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

We have reached the end of a wonderful and eventful Advent and Christmas Season.

One of the highlights was the visit to the Youth Charity Foundation on Christmas Eve as we went bearing gifts for the children!  Epiphany, the Twelfth Night of Christmas, which falls this Sunday, is when we remember the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus!

The Wise Men also came bearing gifts, of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and they represent the homage of all the nations being brought to Christ.  They also remind us about giving!  We will have a momentous 2019 at All Saints – as we enter our sixth year we are proposing to build our own building – this will indeed be a year of giving for us all!

Gifts for the YCF children from All Saints

All Saints is not here just for us, although we all receive a great blessing from being part of God’s family here in Thailand, it is here to proclaim and demonstrate God’s love to the nations gathered in Chiang Mai!  We are just at the beginning.  As we build, it is not to look inwards but so that we can even more look outwards as we grow, and so take God’s love to all around us, both Thai and Farang!

God is with us – and will be with us in 2019!  Let us rejoice and be thankful this year!

The Christmas season ends this Sunday, and our readings for Epiphany are Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-6, and Matthew 2:1-12, and we will be singing the hymns We Three Kings of Orient Are, The First Nowell, As With Gladness Men of Old, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Bill Moeller

On New Year’s Eve, Bill, one of our most faithful members and an All Saints Trustee, fell and broke his hip.  On New Year’s Day, he had a hip replacement in Bangkok Hospital. He is on the mend, but please hold him in your prayers!

Past services, including highlights of our Festival of Carols, 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.

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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain