From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
The beautiful English seaside resort of Scarborough
Jesus said the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, but for me it is probably the love of property! I love architecture, houses, churches, grand public buildings, and I need to be wise about how I spend my money. Right now, I am considering selling my house in Manchester and buying an apartment overlooking the sea in Scarborough. It is part of a Georgian terrace built around 1840 and is Grade II* listed! It is very tempting – but is it wise?
Jesus actually had a lot to say about money and how we use it, and in this week’s Gospel reading we read the parable of the Dishonest Steward. The man is fiddling the books and his master finds out, but before he can be sacked he quickly writes off the debts of a number of his master’s creditors. Jesus then says the astonishing statement: Make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
Perhaps Jesus is calling all earthly wealth dishonest, for how else can we understand this? But the challenge is clearly to use wisely all that we have. We will find out more this Sunday!
Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Amos 8:4-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, and Luke 16:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Take My Life and Let it Be, and Christ Be Our Light! The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!
We are delighted to welcome Don Williams as our new treasurer. Thanks to Bill Moeller and Chris Tananone who have been sorting out the money for the last few months. They will both continue to assist Don in his new role!
Supporting the work of All Saints
This week’s Gospel reading seems highly appropriate when thinking about our giving to God’s work!
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.
The account details are as follows:
Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name: All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code: 08-92-99
If you would like to know more please speak to me or send an email to info@AllSaintsChiangMai.com
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