Monthly Archives: June 2019

Following Jesus?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

We are the People of God!

Dear Friends,

In the Church calendar we are now entering the half of the year known as “Ordinary Time.”  It is called ordinary not because it is boring or uninteresting, but because it isn’t one of those special seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, or Pentecost!  As you can see from the diagram below, our scripture readings and themes for Ordinary Time focus on the story of the people of God – the message of what we should be doing and who we are in God’s purposes.


This week our Gospel reading is from Luke’s Gospel where Jesus calls his disciples to follow him and utters those well known lines ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’  Jesus demands our commitment and this will be the focus of our worship this Sunday!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, and Luke 9:51-62, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Will you come and Follow Me?, They’ll know we are Christians by our Love, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual 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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Corpus Christi!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

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Dear Friends,

This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.  This centres around Jesus as given to us in the Eucharist, but can also remind us that we are the body of Christ, too!  Hebrews 10:25 says that “we should not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

June and July are always the low months for attendance at All Saints, as people travel and the international schools are on holiday.  This year overall numbers have also been affected by the terrible air pollution and changes in visa regulations, but still we only had twelve people at worship last Sunday!  If you are in Chiang Mai, then please join with us!  Don’t think that you won’t be missed – you are missed!  We are the body of Christ, and as we meet together we can refresh and support one another.

And this Sunday is Corpus Christi, when we give thanks for our access to the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Please, come and receive.  God is waiting and offering himself to us!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Genesis 14:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, and John 6:51-58, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia Sing to Jesus, Thou Who at Thy First Eucharist, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, and Lord Jesus Christ!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Latest Sermon Videos Available

Videos of the sermons for the last three weeks, along with us saying goodbye to the Tiptons and Pfaffs, are now available on the Audio-Visual Page!  You can find them 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

The Trinity!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

How do you see the Trinity?  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer?  Benedictor, Lamb, and Dove?  How can we understand such a complicated doctrine as three in one, one in three?  We don’t really need to try.  The important message is that God comes to us in different ways, and that Godself is community and relationship.  Just as man was not created to be alone, so God is a company in fellowship, in love!

As many of you will know.  Two rabbits have come into my possession.  When they are together they are happy, they feel safe, they feel protected.  We too were made to be in community – with God and each other – so let us not give up meeting together, but rather live in love and connection with one another!

Happy Together!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Romans 5:1-5, and John 16:12-15, and we will be singing the hymns Holy, Holy, Holy; We All Believe in One True God; Mothering God; and Tell Out My Soul!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Pentecost Sunday Potluck

Our Pentecost service was followed by a potluck to give us the opportunity to say goodbye to Nate, Muyoung, Cambree, and Lyla Tipton, and Kelsey and Taylor Pfaff.  We had a wonderful time – although sad to say farewell to such good friends!

Saying a sad goodbye to the Tipton and Pfaff families!

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

Come Holy Spirit!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

POTLUCK THIS WEEK!

Dear Friends,

Pentecost if the third great feast of the Christian year, although it is often overlooked in the West where Easter, and even more Christmas, dominate.

But Pentecost is important as we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit and ask God to fill us once again!  We all need renewing, revitalising, and refreshing, and God promises us new life through the Holy Spirit!  If you can, please join us as we celebrate this important feast this Sunday!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:14-17, and John 14:8-17, 25-27, and we will be singing the hymns Come Down O Love Divine, Love Divine All loves Excelling, Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind, and O God of Burning Cleansing Flame!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Pentecost Sunday Potluck

Our Pentecost service will be followed by a potluck to give us the opportunity to say goodbye to Nate, Muyoung, Cambree, and Lyla Tipton, and Kelsey and Taylor Pfaff.  Please bring a dish to share.  There will be a large cake, so more savory things would be much appreciated!

Saying a sad goodbye to the Tipton family!

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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