Life in Troubled Times!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Last week at All Saints

Dear Friends,

This time last week I expected to be preaching at All Saints this coming Sunday and Helga Spring was to have preached last week.  How quickly things change.  As you will know from my last email, I am now in the UK taking care of my mum as everything closes down!

As far as we know, Helga will actually be preaching this Sunday and the Gospel reading will be the story of the Woman at the Well.  Rev. Mark Crawford will be leading worship.  This may be the last in-person service at All Saints for some time.


I am planning to begin online worship for All Saints, and also some online discussion groups or just the chance for us to virtually get together.  I will send a separate email when these are ready.  Already, a large number of our people in Chiang Mai are in self-isolation, some because of their age or health condition, and others because they or family members have just arrived from overseas.

At this time of worldwide health crisis, we can remember that Jesus is the one who gives us living water and the one who makes us spiritually clean.

At All Saints we have made more changes to our worship to help combat the spread of Corona Virus: we will wai each other instead of shaking hands in the Peace, and communion will be distributed in bread only.  As far as we know, Covit-19 has not yet spread to Chiang Mai but it pays to be wise in our actions.  To remind us of the need to wash our hands correctly and for at least 20 seconds.

The scripture readings for this Sunday will be Exodus 17:1-7, Ephesians 5:8-14, and John 4:5-42, and we will be singing the hymns Immortal Invisible God only Wise, In Christ alone my hope is Found, I have decided to follow Jesus, and Lift High the Cross!  Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!  This is a great place to catch up if you’ve been away!  Each sermon only lasts around 15 minutes.

Chiang Mai Health Safety News

Ben Svasti, the honorary British Consul, has set up a Facebook page to relay useful information in English at the request of the Governor of Chiang Mai.  This can be found at Chiang Mai Health Safety News.  Please pay close attention to this useful source of information and share the link with friends.

Studies and Discussions for Lent 2020

This is now cancelled along with the Gymkhana Club weekly lunch.

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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