From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
The Cross Shines Defiant
This week we all watched in horror as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned. The roof collapsed, and at one point all seemed lost. But this is Holy Week, and more than one commentator has spoken on the theme of death and resurrection. Of course, a cathedral is only wood and stone, but its destruction and rebuilding can act as a symbol that resurrection is possible! In fact, in the Christian life it is not only possible, it is a fact of our salvation.
That is the message of Easter. God had opened the way to life, to new beginnings, to wholeness and healing, to communion with God and all!
From the flames can come resurrection!
On Good Friday we will have a special Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. This is a solemn and moving service of hymns and readings, where candles are extinguished as the service progresses through the last days of Jesus life leading up to the crucifixion! We will leave the church in darkness.
Our scripture readings for Good Friday will be Matthew 26:17-29, Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 15:1-15, Matthew 27:45-54, Isaiah 52:13-53:5, and Matthew 27:62-66, and we will sing the hymns When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, How deep the Father’s love for us, My Song is Love Unknown, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord, and O Love that Will Not Let Me Go!
Then on Easter Sunday we will have our joyous resurrection Eucharist at our usual time of 11 a.m.
Our scripture readings for Easter Sunday will be Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, and John 20:1-18, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today, The Day of Resurrection, Christ is Alive, and Thine Be the Glory, along with a new setting of the Gloria by David Thorne!
The Easter Sunday service will be followed by a potluck lunch and Easter Egg Hunt!
Palm Sunday Service
Orphanage Easter Egg Hunt
Getting Ready Last Sunday
This Saturday we will be meeting at the Youth Charity Foundation for an Easter Egg hunt and other Easter-themed activities. The people of All Saints have crocheted an Easter basket for each child, and we have gifts of candy, too! If you would like to join us, meet at the Youth Charity Foundation at 10 a.m., or at church at 9:30 a.m. if you would like a lift!
The coffee we drink after church at All Saints is supplied by the Chase family. With their Thai partners, they have just launched the Drooling Lion brand of locally grown organic coffee for export! If you would like to get a bag, you can do so after church on Sunday. If all goes well, they hope to launch a special blend in aid of the Youth Charity Foundation.
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,