From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
The Angel Gabriel appears to Mary
This week we will mark the Second Sunday of Advent – Christmas is coming with all its exciting events. In this week’s Gospel reading we see Mary’s response to God’s call on her life, and Advent is a time to ask how we respond to God’s call on our lives.
What is God calling on us to do, as individuals, and as a church? Developing our vision statement will help us to answer this question, and a suggested draft is included below.
Let’s each of us take time to respond to God’s call and listen as God speaks to us in that inward voice.
Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 40:1-5, 2 Peter 3:8-15, and Luke 1:26-38, and our hymns will be O Come, O come Emmanuel, The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came, Song of Mary, and Angels from the Realms of Glory.
Last week’s service for Advent Sunday can be viewed here!
The Advent and Christmas Season
Thammapratheep Christmas Bazaar
The Thammapratheep Church Christmas Bazaar on 5th December from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. is still taking place, but All Saints people will not be involved this year due to the new Covid cases in Chiang Mai.
Festival of Christmas Carols
On Saturday 19th December we will hold our Festival of Christmas Carols at Thammapratheep Church. We will be led by Lannacapella and some of the children from the Youth Charity Foundation. This is our biggest annual event so any help you can give will be greatly appreciated!
The service begins at 7 p.m.
Thammapratheep Christmas Eve Service
There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Thammapratheep Church on December 24th beginning at 7.30 pm. It usually lasts for around one and a half hours. Refreshments will be served after the service for everybody. All Saints people are invited to participate and there will be English translation throughout the service.
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
On Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, we will have our Midnight Mass beginning at 11:30 p.m. This is always a beautiful, peaceful service, and usually attended by a lot of visitors. It is a wonderful way to begin Christmas.
Christmas Day Eucharist
On Christmas Day we will have our Morning Worship at 11 a.m. followed by lunch! Please join us if you can! More information to follow!
New Year’s Eve
Thursday December 31st at 5.00 p.m. New Year’s Eve service, dinner and giving of Christmas presents at the Youth Charity Foundation. Stay until midnight if you want to bring in the new year together.
We are now developing the vision statement for All Saints. This is our vision of who we want to be. Two possible versions are posted below. Let us know which one you prefer and if you would like to see anything added or changed.
All Saints aspires to be a model of a Christian community that is loving, forgiving, joyful, trusting, and compassionate. We will endeavor to worship God in holiness and truth. We will strive to be a beacon to those who are searching for a spiritual home that affirms them as beloved children of God regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, gender-identity, sexual orientation, ability, or religious affiliation. We will work to be known as a community which develops and deepens relationships between diverse groups of people and extends the hand of peace and love to all our neighbors in Chiang Mai and around the world.
All Saints will be a model of a Christian community that is loving, forgiving, joyful, trusting, and compassionate. We will worship God in holiness and truth. We will be a beacon to those who are searching for a spiritual home that affirms them as beloved children of God regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, gender-identity, sexual orientation, ability, or religious affiliation. We will be known as a community which develops and deepens relationships between diverse groups of people and extends the hand of peace and love to all our neighbors in Chiang Mai and around the world.
All your feedback is greatly valued!
All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch
The Wednesday Lunch
This is a weekly event! 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!
Meanwhile, prayers and blessings to all! Rejoice in the Lord – for God is good!