From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
Love your neighbour as yourself?
It is easy to love people that we like – that’s the natural way of the world. But we are called to love our neighbours and, as Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan tells us, our “neighbour” is often the one we might have thought to be our enemy! In any case, Jesus went further and explicitly told us to love our enemies too!
God will not judge us on how tidy are homes are or how big our car, or even how much money we earn or give away. We will be judged on how we love, on how we really care for others.
It’s not always easy, but the good news of the Gospel is that we won’t be condemned for our failings, that in Jesus we have forgiveness. So we are called to love, not for any reward, but because it is the right thing to do because God first loved us.
Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Colossians 1:1-14, and Luke 10:25-37, and we will be singing the great hymns Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise; When I needed a Neighbour; Jesu, Jesu, Fill us with Your Love; and In Christ alone my hope is Found! The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!
We haven’t redecorated since July 2014 but repair work has begun on our building.
As you will have seen, our landlord has begun renovations on our church building. Some of the rotten woodwork has being replaced or removed and the gate has being made safe. They are waiting for heavy rain so they can find the exact points where the roof is leaking. When that is complete we will begin repainting. If you have a painter you could recommend, please see Father Iain.
Potluck – Advanced Notice – Sunday 21st July
We will have a potluck on Sunday 21st July to say goodbye to the Chase family and also bon voyage to Jantra who is off to boarding school in India!
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