From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
Whose is the Kingdom?
We know that Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth, and in the Lord’s Prayer we say “For thine is the Kingdom…”, but who will inherit the Kingdom of God? In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus tells the parable of the Wicked Tenants. In the past this parable has been used in anti-semitic ways against the Jews, and we must be careful to avoid that for it applies equally to us who were born and raised in the church.
The question is, are we welcoming the message of the biblical prophets, and most importantly of Jesus? So much of that message is about justice for the poor, yet do we do anything to stand up for the marginalised and those in need? Who are we in the parable? The new tenants or the old ones? Find out more this Sunday at All Saints!
In person worship continues and this Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page.
Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 3:4-14, and Matthew 21:33-46, and our hymns will be Christ whose glory fills the Skies and Take my life and let it be!
Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below. Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints
The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending: 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 the organ 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 protocols can be viewed here!
Harvest Festival – Coming Soon!
This year the All Saints Harvest Festival will be held at the Youth Charity Foundation on Sunday 25th October. More details to follow!
All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch
The Wednesday Lunch!
This is 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
You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.
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.
So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!