On the Road to Nowhere?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Going nowhere fast?

Dear Friends,

This is dragging on!  We’re probably all feeling like we’re on the road to nowhere – going nowhere fast!

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading we read of two unnamed disciples hightailing it out of Jerusalem – it was already getting dark but they were determined to put as many miles between themselves and the failed mission of Jesus as they could.  (We would probably just value the chance to go anywhere!!!)

But in the words of the hymn, “Lo! Jesus meets them, risen from the tomb!”  He appears to them on the road, just as he appeared to the women by the empty tomb that morning, and as he would appear to the disciples hidden in the upper room that night.

Maybe we are asking where God is in all this?  The answer is, God is with us in the midst of it, God is with us as we shelter alone, God is with us in illness, loneliness, despair, or even in our times of peace and contentment!

We are the Body of Christ, and so we are Christ to one another.  Please support one another, call one another, pray for one another.  You can call me any time on Line, Facebook Messenger, or Whatsapp, or email me on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com

None of us are alone, even if we may feel that we are!  God is with us, and we are all together in this, even as we are apart.

To help us stay connected, we are starting a discussion group tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m.  Just click on this link to join.   The meeting ID is 463 638 9024  We will begin by discussing the ideas in Terry Hershey’s Sabbath Moment which can be read here.  All are welcome to join – it is a chance just to be together!

Then, we will meet again this Sunday at 6 p.m. in Thailand, to worship together.  (7 a.m. in New York, midday in the U.K., and 1 p.m. in Europe and Egypt!)

Click here to join the Service this Sunday!

If you missed them, last week’s service can be see here, our Easter Sunday Service can be seen hereGood Friday Service can be seen here, and last week’s Palm Sunday service can now be seen here!


YCF Kids at our Easter Sunday Service

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Acts 2:14, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, and Luke 24:13-35, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today, The Day of Resurrection, and Thine Be the Glory!

Our service will consist of our usual Eucharistic worship!  All are welcome to join in the prayers and liturgy, to listen to the readings and sermon, and to receive virtual communion if they feel comfortable.

If you want to receive virtual communion then have a small piece of bread and a small glass of wine or grape juice prepared.

The words of this Sunday’s bulletin is pasted below at the end of this email, or you can download it as a pdf to view or print from this link.

You can then read and join in the liturgy if you wish.

Weekly Offering to All Saints

Although we are not meeting together face-to-face, the expenses of All Saints remain – indeed, they may increase as we seek to support those in need!

Although there is no basket being passed around in our service, you can still give your offering.  People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page.

Please email Don on dbjkwms@gmail.com  if you would like a receipt.

Keeping in Touch

At this time of isolation it is important that we keep in touch with each other.  We have an All Saints church directory with a list of many people’s phone numbers, so if you would like a copy please email me, on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com and I will send it to you.

Please feel free to share this email.  People may be feeling especially alone and vulnerable at this time.  Let them know that we are there for them and that God is with us!

God bless,

Father Iain

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Hymn:
Jesus Christ is Risen Today! 

The Greeting

The Lord be with you!
And also with you!

Words of welcome

Christ yesterday and today,
the beginning and the end,

Alpha and Omega,
all time belongs to him, and all ages;
to him be glory and power,
through every age and for ever.
Amen.

Christ our passover lamb
has been sacrificed for us.
Let us therefore rejoice
by putting away all malice and evil
and confessing our sins
with a sincere and true heart.
1 Corinthians 5.7,8

Lord our God,
we have avoided your call.
Our love for you
is like a morning cloud,

like the dew that goes away early.
Have mercy on us;
deliver us from judgement;
bind up our wounds
and revive us;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gloria – Mass of Gregory the Great             

The Collect

The First Reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Alleluia, Alleluia,
give thanks to the risen Lord,

Alleluia, Alleluia,
give praise to his name!

Psalm 116

I love the Lord,
for he has heard the voice
of my supplication;
because he inclined his ear to me
on the day I called to him.

The snares of death
encompassed me;

the pains of hell
took hold of me;

by grief and sorrow
was I held.

Then I called upon
the name of the Lord:

‘O Lord, I beg you,
deliver my soul.’

Gracious is the Lord
and righteous;

our God is full
of compassion.

I will fulfil
my vows to the Lord

in the presence
of all his people.

Precious
in the sight of the Lord

is the death
of his faithful servants.

O Lord, I am your servant,
your servant,
the child of your handmaid;

you have freed me
from my bonds.

I will offer to you
a sacrifice of thanksgiving

and call upon
the name of the Lord.

I will fulfil
my vows to the Lord

in the presence
of all his people,

In the courts
of the house of the Lord,

in the midst of you,
O Jerusalem.

      Alleluia.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,

And to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be

World without end, Amen

The Second Reading:
1 Peter 1:17-23

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Alleluia, Alleluia,
give thanks to the risen Lord,

Alleluia, Alleluia,
give praise to his name!

Gospel Reading

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
Alleluia. 
He has defeated the powers of death.
Alleluia.
Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing.
Alleluia.
He has the words of eternal life.
Alleluia.

Hear the Gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Luke.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel Reading:
Luke 24:13-35

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Alleluia, Alleluia,
give thanks to the risen Lord,

Alleluia, Alleluia,
give praise to his name!

Sermon

The Creed

We trust in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We trust in one Lord,
Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,

eternally begotten
of the Father,

God from God,
Light from Light,

true God from true God,
begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;
through him
all things were made.

For us
and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

was incarnate
from the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

 For our sake he was
crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death
and was buried.

On the third day
he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven
and is seated
at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We trust in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds
from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken
through the prophets.

We trust in one
holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for
the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of
the world to come.
Amen.

Hymn:
The Day of Resurrection

Prayers of Intercession

Response:     
Lord, help us to see
through the mists and
distortions of this world
to your reality beyond:
Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Through the resurrection
of your son, O God,
you destroy the power of death.
By the power of the Spirit,
raise us to life,
and seat us at the paschal feast,
that we may rejoice
in the gift of salvation

Jesus has won for us.  Amen.

The Peace

The risen Christ came
and stood among
his disciples and said,
‘Peace be with you.’

Then were they glad
when they saw the Lord.
Alleluia. Alleluia.
The peace of the risen Christ
be always with you
And also with you. Alleluia.

Offering and Preparation
of the Table

Hymn:
The Living Bread     

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God.                          
It is right to give
thanks and praise.

….

And so, in the joy of this Passover,
earth and heaven
resound with gladness,
while angels and archangels
and the powers of all creation
sing for ever the hymn of your glory:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,

heaven and earth
are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he
who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest. 
….

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven…

Breaking of the Bread

Jesus says, I am the bread of life,
whoever eats this bread will live for ever.
Lord, our hearts hunger for you;
give us this bread always.

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Alleluia. Christ our passover
is sacrificed for us.
Therefore let us keep the feast.
Alleluia.

We share in the Body and Blood of Christ

Prayer after Communion

Living God,
your Son made himself known
to his disciples

in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him
in all his redeeming work;

who is alive and reigns,
now and for ever.  Amen.

Hymn:
Thine Be the Glory

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Praise the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope
by raising Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.
He has brought us out of darkness.
He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit,
be among you
and remain with you always.
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ.  Amen!

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