From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
This year’s wreath at the Foreign Cemetery
Today is 11th November. On 11th November 1918 the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. Since then, the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, has been designated as a time to remember the victims of war.
This year the ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery is limited to fifty invited guests due to Covid restrictions. I will not be there, but our Congregational Pastor, Rev. Mark Crawford, will be leading the observance, and All Saints member, David Cartwright, who served in the Royal Airforce, will place a wreath on behalf of the church.
But this Sunday, November 14th, is Remembrance Sunday, when we also remember those killed in two world wars and all the other victims of war. We will have a special service at All Saints which will include the Last Post and two minutes’ silence at 11 a.m.
We must never forget the terrible destruction that war entails, for those who are killed, for those who are injured, and for those who are left behind.
Like the first people who observed Remembrance Day in the 1920s, we need to say, “never again!”
The following week we have our Transgender Day of Remembrance weekend.
On the evening of Saturday 20th November we will have an informal event, held in conjunction with MPlus, at the vicarage. This will begin at 5 p.m. and will include presentations by trans women and others. This is the first time we have done this, so I hope many people from All Saints will be able to join us.
Then on Sunday 21st November we will have a special service beginning at the usual time of 10:30 a.m.
Finally, November ends of Sunday 28th with Advent Sunday. We will decorate the church together and share in another potluck lunch!
Our bible readings this week will be from Isaiah 2:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Mark 13:1-8, and we will be singing the hymns O God our help in Ages Past, Abide with Me, Will Your Anchor Hold, and The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended!
Last week’s sermon, “Who is Christ-like?”, can be viewed here!
Ruth or Boaz? Who was like Christ?
November Remembrance Events
Remembrance Sunday 2020
November will be a busy month! Events include:
Thursday 11th November
Remembrance Day at the Foreign Cemetery
This is by invitation only due to Covid restrictions
Sunday 14th November
Remembrance Sunday at All Saints
Saturday 20th November
Transgender Day of Remembrance event
at the New Vicarage
Sunday 21st November
Transgender Day of Remembrance service at All Saints
Sunday 28th November
More details to follow!
Christmas Events for your Diary!
Saturday 11th December. 7:00 p.m.
Festival of Christmas Carols
Friday 24th December 11:30 p.m.
Saturday 25th December 10:30 a.m.
Christmas Family Eucharist
Followed by Christmas Lunch
Sunday 26th December –
NO SUNDAY SERVICE!
Thursday 30th December
Christmas Celebration at YCF
Chili Night continues!
A few of the group!
Everyone is again invited to the New Vicarage next Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Chili Night!
Every week, mum and I are hosting this open-house, offering chili con carne and rice followed by ice cream. Anyone can come – you don’t have to let us know, just turn up. (Although advanced notice is useful so we can prepare enough chili!)
All are welcome – not just All Saints people. Tell your friends, spread the word!
The address is:
The New Vicarage,
9/65 Ban Ing Doi,
Kan Klong Chonprathan Road,
Tambon Chang Phueak,
From Maya Mall. Drive up Huay Keaw Road towards Chiang Mai University. Turn right along the Canal Road. Go through one small set of traffic lights. After the road crosses over to the right side of the canal, Ban Ing Doi mooban is accessed over a little white bridge on the left.
Enter the mooban and immediately turn left. The New Vicarage is straight ahead.
We have a weekly online prayer meeting. Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.
Some of the lunch group
Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will resume at noon next Thursday. There is no lunch today due to Remembrance Day.
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!