Millstones!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The Peak District National Park

Dear Friends,

My parents’ home is only a few miles from the Peak District National Park.  The Park is divided between the southern White Peak with its gently rolling hills, and the more rugged northern Dark Peak with its brooding moorland.  Limestone is the underlying rock in the White Peak, while the Dark Peak is comprised of a rough sandstone called millstone grit.  

As its name suggests, millstone grit was used for making millstones as the rough stone would swiftly grind corn, wheat, or barley, into flour.  The Derbyshire countryside is littered with abandoned millstones and I grew up very familiar with these strange stone wheels.


Abandoned Millstones litter the ground!

With this in mind, Jesus’ metaphor of the peril of having one of these great stones tied around your neck while you were cast into the sea was always a vivid one for me.  In this week’s Gospel we read of the peril of causing a brother to sin, or of failing to forgive, as Jesus makes this comparison.  Find out more about the power and necessity of forgiveness this week at All Saints.

Our readings for this Sunday will be from Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, 2 Timothy 1:1-2, 8-14, Luke 17:1-10, and we will be singing the hymns All Creatures of our God and King, Before the Throne of God Above, Brother Sister Let me Serve You, and And Can it be?  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Anglican Chant Notation

We will chant a bit of our liturgy this week.  You will see marks like this | and like this *.  | means a bar or measure line in the music, and * means halfway through the verse.  This helps to fit in the words to the chant.   · after a word means it has more than one syllable on the same note.   Previously we use italic underline in the psalms to indicate the changing part at the end of the phrase.  We will see how it goes this week!

Potluck – Sunday 13th!

Our October Potluck will be next week on Sunday 13th!  It is good to eat and share together!

Harvest Festival

A reminder that this will be on Sunday 3rd November and we will again journey out to the wonderful Thung Dong Farm!  Please save the date and plan to be there!

All Saints Day Service

To accommodate our Harvest Festival, this year’s celebration of All Saints Day will be on Sunday 27th October!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

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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