From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
“Greed is Good!”
In Oliver Stone’s 1987 film, Wall Street, the lead character, Gordon Gekko, makes a speech. It includes the famous line “Greed is good!” This was the centre of the idea of “trickle-down economics”, the idea that greed creates wealth, and that eventually everyone therefore becomes wealthy.
Jesus seemed to have other ideas. “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” says Jesus in this week’s Gospel reading.
Mark will be preaching this Sunday and he will be looking at the meaning of wealth and how we use it!
Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23, Colossians 3:1-11, and Luke 12:13-21, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven; Lord, I want to be a Christian; Take My Life and Let it Be; and Now Thank We All Our God!
Last week’s Sermon
Video of last week’s sermon by Revd. Peter Tarleton, “Pray for God’s Kingdom!”, is now available here!
New Church in Roi Et
I will be away this Sunday as I will have the joy in taking part in the opening of a new church in Roi Et.
Archbishop Ron Langham of the Ecumenical Catholic Church and I will join the congregation for the consecration of the new church and the installation of Bishop Rick Saint as pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, Roi Et, Thailand.
Please pray that this congregation will grow to provide a vital and inclusive place of worship for expat and Thais alike.
Welcome Back Potluck
Early notice that we will be having a “Welcome Back Potluck” at the vicarage on Sunday 21st August. More details to follow – put it in your diary!
The groups continue to look at the work of Brené Brown. Brené Brown is an American research professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host, and is known in particular for her research on shame, vulnerability, and leadership.
Tuesday, 12pm– small group at Bella Goose – temporarily suspended
Thursday, 6pm– small group at the Crawford’s
All are welcome!
A few of the group!
Chili night will continue next Tuesday. All are welcome to come to the vicarage at 6 p.m. for Chili con Carne followed by ice-cream. Ask for directions!
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!