From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
This is my first email of the new year, so Happy New Year! Who knows what 2021 will bring? But the one thing we do know, is that God is with us.
In our church lectionary we are now in Year B, and the Gospel readings will be going through the Gospel of Mark. This week we begin with the Baptism of Jesus. In baptism, Jesus dedicated himself again to God’s service, and that is what we can also do together as we enter the new year. As part of our liturgy this week we will say the Methodist Covenant Prayer in place of our Creed. Read the words, and prepare your hearts to serve God together.
The Methodist Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.’
Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Genesis 1:1-5, Acts 19:1-7, and Mark 1:4-11, and our hymns will be Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry, In Christ alone my hope is Found, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!
Video of last week’s Epiphany Service can be viewed here!
New Year’s Eve @ YCF
All Saints people had a wonderful New Year’s Eve out at the Youth Charity Foundation. After dinner together, Mark preached, and the children performed.
A great end to 2020!
Kids with their presents and All Saints people
The younger kids “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” You can watch the video of the “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” dance here!
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.
I hope you have a blessed and more positive 2021! I have now received a negative Covid-19 test result and my fit to fly certificate so I am ready to travel back to Thailand on Friday! Please pray for my safe journey!