Good & Bad

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Clint Eastwood in the 1966 Movie!
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Dear Friends,

In 1966 Clint Eastwood stared in the iconic cowboy movie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a field with good wheat and bad weeds.  He explains that the church will contain the bad as well as the good. (Although he doesn’t mention the ugly!)

Which one am I?  Good or bad?  What does this mean?  And what should I do if my church contains too many bad people?  Seriously, how do we deal with the fact that we are not all the perfect saints we would like to be? Find out more this week at All Saints!

Our virtual service will again be 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!) 

We are planning to restart face-to-face worship at All Saints on Sunday 2nd August!  See below for details!

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Worshipping Together! Last week’s service can be viewed here!
 Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 44:6-8, Romans 8:12-17, and Matthew 13:24-30, and we will be singing the hymnsGod Whose Almighty Word, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, Amazing Grace, and Great is Thy Faithfulness!


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.

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

We will be restarting face-to-face worship at All Saints on Sunday 2nd August. The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on backing-tracks and sing along in our heads.

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The draft protocols can be viewed here!

Congregational Meeting

Last Sunday we had a congregational meeting with 20 people in attendance.  Topics addressed included procedures for the resumption of face-to-face worship on 2nd August, and the plan for joining with the Church of Christ in Thailand. 

A vote was taken approving moving forward to become a “fellowship” of Tham Pratheep church, as the first step in this process.

The minutes of the meeting can be read here!

Thursday Discussion Group – The end is here!

This has been a great event over the last fifteen weeks, but as face-to-face meeting is now possible in Thailand we will not continue our weekly Zoom discussion group.  Please join the Wednesday lunch for fun and fellowship!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

This is now a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

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 – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

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 me 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

 Sixth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 19th July 2020
Welcome to Worship            
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.  
Amen.

Hymn:   
God, Whose Almighty Word

The Greeting

The Lord be with you! And also with you!

Words of welcome

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.


Prayers of Penitence
….

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Gloria:             Glory to God

The Collect

Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 44:6-8

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

Psalm 139

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

New Testament Reading:
Romans 8:12-17

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

Gospel Reading

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

The Gospel Reading:
Matthew 13:24-30

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

Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated
at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Hymn:            
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart


Prayers of Intercession

Response:     
Lord, through your Son
you have shown us
the way, the truth and the life:
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let our prayers and praises
ill your temple, O Father,
as you send forth your Spirit
into the world
to empower your children
to do the deeds of your Son
and to be signs of your divine presence;
We pray in the name of
our Saviour Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with you,
O Father,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
Amen.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord
be always with you!  
And also with you!
Let us offer one another
a sign of peace.

Offering and Preparation of the Table

Hymn:     
Amazing Grace (Thai)


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.
…. 

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and singing:

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

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven…

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many,
we are one body,

because we all share
in one bread.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

We share in the Body and Blood of Christ

Prayer after Communion

God of our pilgrimage,
you have led us
to the living water:

refresh and sustain us
as we go forward
on our journey,

in the name of
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen!

Hymn:            
Great is Thy Faithfulness

Blessing and Dismissal

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

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