Monthly Archives: September 2019

Feeling Sheepish?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

We all like sheep have gone astray!

Dear Friends,

Sheep are famous for being stupid!  They are very cute – but not the brightest of beasts.  I remember many years ago I was at a celebration of Assumption Day with some Turkish Syriac Christians way up in the mountains neat Antakya (Antioch).  Two sheep had been brought to be barbecued – one was strung up and its throat was cut, but the other stood alongside munching grass as if nothing had occurred and it wasn’t in the least bit worried!

Sheep eat, and grow, and sleep, but don’t seem to worried about the future.  I suppose as prey animals if they did worry then there would be no end to their worry!  Last night, despite my increased garden defences, two street dogs again got into my garden.  But when I found the rabbits in the hiding place they didn’t seem overly perturbed.  They too seem very relaxed about the future – although they run faster than sheep!

The bible often compares God’s people to sheep – it is not a very complimentary description.  Sheep get lost, go astray, and make some of the worst decisions.  We often do all of those things.  But the Bible also describes God as the shepherd and Jesus as the Good Shepherd who cares and searches for his sheep – who is even prepared to die for his sheep!

When I went out to do battle with the wild street dogs last night – armed only with an old broom – I wasn’t ready to lay down my life for my rabbits, and I was glad when the dogs scrambled back over the wall!  But God is prepared to give all for us – and that is the good news of the Gospel!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, and Luke 15:1-10, and we will be singing the hymns The King of Love My Shepherd Is, O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, Amazing Grace, and The Lord’s My Shepherd.

The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission is a UK charity set up to support the work of All Saints, Chiang Mai.  After much hard work ASCMM now has a bank account which means that UK taxpayers can give through the charity and we can reclaim any income tax they have paid.  If you would like to know more please speak to me or send an email to info@AllSaintsChiangMai.com

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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Choose Life!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

All Saints last Sunday!

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Dear Friends,

Being free is all about the ability to make choices – that’s the joy of being alive!  In our Old Testament reading, Moses urges the Israelites to choose to follow God.  He says:  Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him.

Jesus, too, asks us to make a choice and make sure that we count the cost of being his disciple.  It may not always be an easy choice, but this is the decision that is put before us.  Let us way up the cost as we worship together this Sunday.

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Philemon 1-7, and Luke 14:25-33, and we will be singing the hymns When Morning Gilds the Skies, I have decided to follow Jesus, I the Lord of Sea and Sky, and Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah!

The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

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Be Still – in the presence of the Lord

Be still and know that I am God…

November and December will be busy months at All Saints.  September and October will be quieter with no big special events or services!  Let us take time to spend time with one another, and with God, for God is not always found in the earthquake, wind, or fire, but in that still small voice!

We are not called to strive but to worship and gather together – rejoicing in God and loving one another!

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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