From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
Do you have power?
This week our Gospel reading is all about being ready. It talks about having our lamps lit. The parallel passage in Matthew gives more detail and castigates the foolish people for running out of oil and failing to have a spare supply.
When I was in Egypt in 2011 at the time of the Arab Spring, nobody knew how things would develop, many shops were closed and things were in short supply. We learnt to keep our phones fully charged, just in case the power went off, and our cars full of petrol in case of the need to leave quickly.
Jesus urged his followers to be ready for “Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” What does this mean to us, how do we understand it, and how can we be prepared?
Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, and Luke 12:32-40, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell; Men of Faith; Be Still for the Presence of the Lord; and Onward, Christian People!
Last week’s Sermon
Video of last week’s sermon by Revd. Mark Crawford, “Wealth!”, is now available here!
Welcome Back Potluck – Change of Date!
Our August Welcome Back Potluck will now be held on Sunday 28th August!!!! This is so the children from YCF in the All Saints Choir are able to attend! Please amend your calendars!
More details to follow!
October Choir Intensive!
Cassi and Joe
We will be having our first ever choir intensive for the children of the Youth Charity Foundation from Friday 15th to Monday 18th October!
A professional choir director, Joe Novelli, will be coming from England to lead the sessions, and Joe’s partner, Cassi Joski-Jethi, who is a documentary film maker, will be recording highlights of the sessions! We will probably have a two hour session each morning and another each afternoon, with lunch in between, and lots of fun activities.
This is a very exciting project and we will need people to help manage lunches and other arrangements at the vicarage! Let me know if you can help in any way.
New Church in Roi Et
Archbishop Ron Langham and Bishop Rick Saint
For various reasons I didn’t make it to Roi Et last Sunday to join the congregation for the consecration of the new Church of the Resurrection and the installation of Bishop Rick Saint as pastor. However, Gene Bourquin and I were able to join the livestream of the service before our own service at All Saints.
It is wonderful that a new inclusive church has come to Thailand and we pray that this congregation will grow to provide a vital place of worship for expat and Thais alike.
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 this week!
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!