Count the Cost!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Destroyed Russian tanks in Ukraine

Dear Friends,


In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus says:

What king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace.

It seems to be something which Vladimir Putin failed to do when launching his invasion of Ukraine.  He thought it would be an easy victory – but it has proved to be nothing of the sort.

Jesus challenge his hearers, and challenges us, to count the cost of following him.  Is it worth it and a cost worth paying?

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be from Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Philemon 1-12, and Luke 14:25-33, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; I have decided to follow Jesus; Jesus calls us! o’er the tumult; and To God be the Glory!

Use this link to join us on Zoom this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Highlights of Last week’s Service

Last Sunday, we had a wonderful service with the worship led by the All Saints Choristers.  This was followed by a great potluck at the vicarage.

Video highlights of the service are now available here!

Our Choir leading the Singing!
Mark presiding!
Our Acolyte carrying the Cross!
Potluck under the trees!
Enjoying lunch!
Younger diners!
More Inside!
Frisby throwing to follow!

Trip to Chiang Dao

We are planning our third church weekend at The Nest in Chiang Dao on the weekend of Friday 21st to Monday 24th October.  (The Monday is a public holiday!)   It will be a great time to escape the city and enjoy fellowship together surrounded by the beauty of nature!

We will leave on Friday evening and return on Monday afternoon. There will be a sign-up sheet this Sunday at the back of church.

Chili Night 


Some of the group!

Chili Night will continue this Tuesday. Come and join us at the vicarage as we share chili followed by ice cream!  Email for directions!

Harvest Festival – Sunday 2nd October

We will be celebrating our annual Harvest Festival on Sunday 2nd October.

There will be no service at All Saints, but we will travel together to the Youth Charity Foundation’s House of Hope where we will worship together.  Our Harvest Festival will be followed by lunch provided by YCF.

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.

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!

God bless,

Father Iain

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