From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
BACK IN CHURCH AT 10 AM
The first thing to say is that – thanks be to God – we will be back with face-to-face worship in the church at 10 a.m. this Sunday! It will also be Don’s last Sunday so we will share lunch together at Green O’Clock following the service to wish him farewell.
Our 10 a.m. service will also be live on Zoom for those who do not wish to attend in person, and there will be a “hosted viewing” at 6 p.m. for those who wish to join then.
Use this link to join this Sunday at 10 a.m. or watch again at 6 p.m..
Meeting ID: 548 801 501
The All Saints Choristers will be singing for us on video!
The top picture shows the Day of Pentecost, but it is perhaps a surprising image to many of us as it shows Mary in the centre. “Was Mary even there?” was my first reaction. How often do we imagine a group of men gathered in that upper room? So I checked the scriptures. Acts Two begins “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” But who were they? We need to look back a chapter to find out!
Acts 1:13 lists the disciples gathered together, and then verse fourteen says “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” So, not only was Mary present, but so were the other “women” – although even this picture does not show them!
How often is our view of what God is doing shaped by our social conditioning and pre-suppositions? Let’s keep our minds open to the movement of God’s Spirit!!! Pentecost is a time of excitement and a time for us to renew our vision of God’s almighty power!
Our scripture readings for this Pentecost Sunday will be Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27, and John 15:26-27, and we will be singing the hymns Come Down O Love Divine, Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind, O Breath of Life Come Sweeping Through Us, and O God of Burning, Cleansing Flame!
It’s wonderful that we can again be together in person and share the good news that Christ is risen and that God’s love for us, and the world, never ends!
People to Pray for…
Please continue to pray for Bill Moeller and Warren Funnell. Bill has been diagnosed with liver cancer and is in particular need of our prayers at this time.
Also, please pray for those older people in our congregation who are feeling shut-in and isolated as they stay home because of the increase in Covid-19 in Chiang Mai.
Relief for Burma
Two weeks ago, Katie shared some of the needs of the people displaced by the fighting in Burma. Many have had to flee their homes with only what they could carry, and are clustered along the border.
The All Saints Church Council has decided that the church should give THB 10,000 to support this work, and individuals are invited to add to the total themselves.
You can give by bank transfer to
Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
The account is in my name but is controlled by our Treasurer, Arthur Mann, and I have no control over it to ensure transparency. Please email Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your gift is correctly allocated.
You can also donate by PayPal via the All Saints website here! Again, email Arthur so he knows to allocate the money correctly.
For seven years All Saints main service was at 11 a.m. Last August, we began meeting with the doors open due to Covid. The service was then moved to 10 a.m. as it was cooler. With first the pollution and then the heat, we have retreated back into the air-conditioning, and some people have requested that the service move back to 11 a.m.
What do you think? Speak to me or a Church Council member!
Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online. Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together. God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!
Come Holy Spirit! Hallelujah!