From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
Dangerous Jesus, loud and strong!
The hymn says “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild”, but was Jesus gentle, meek, and mild? He certainly could be gentle with those in need and distress, and meek means “self-controlled”, so he could be that too at times. But was he ever mild? He denounced the Pharisees and political leaders of his day, he condemned hypocrisy and greed, I don’t think he was ever mild!
Jesus was condemned by the powerful people of his day because he was loud and strong – that made him a dangerous man, a threat to those in authority!
Powerful people don’t kill harmless people, there is no need. Jesus was condemned because he threatened to turn the world upside down – not just turn the tables in the Temple. Jesus knew the danger he was in, yet pressed on – determined to fulfil his God-given mission. Are we ready to do the same?
The readings for this Sunday will be Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17-4:1, and Luke 13:31-35, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, Make Me a Channel of your Peace, When I needed a Neighbour, and Now Thank We All Our God!
Last week’s Sermon!
The sermon for last Sunday will soon be available via the All Saints website!
Giving from All Saints in time of Conflict
All Saints believes in giving, and every year we aim to give 10% of our surplus away. This year that amounts to about THB 50,000.
Last week the Church Council met and part of our discussion was how we can support the people of Ukraine and Myanmar at this time. Both conflicts are on our minds and in or prayers, but the ongoing attacks in Myanmar are largely forgotten by the wider world so that is where the little money we have can do the most good.
The Council therefore decided to give THB 20,000 to a community-based organization already providing relief to Karenni internally displaced people in Karenni State. They are in a very critical state and our money will be used directly with the people who need it.
We continue in our prayers for all the people of Myanmar and Ukraine at this time, and stand ready to do more as the opportunity presents itself.
Potluck Sunday 20th March!
There will be a potluck next week, Sunday 20th March, at the vicarage following the service. Our children’s choir will be joining us for worship and lunch. Please see Phyllis about what you should bring!
A few of the group!
No Chili Night this Tuesday as I am at a wedding. It will return on Tuesday 22nd March at the usual time of 6 p.m.
We have a weekly online prayer meeting. Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.
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!