From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
Season of Mists!
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass
I didn’t study much poetry at school, and remember even less. One poem which has stuck in my mind, however, is John Keats’ poem To Autumn, although the literary minded amongst you may realise that the second line I “remembered” is not part of Keats’ poem. Mr Google tells me it is part of Lysander’s opening speech in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Whatever the case, November in the UK and northern hemisphere is a season of Autumn leaves, apple-bobbing, and the nights drawing in!
However, at All Saints, November is our Season of Remembrance!
It begins with All Saints Day when we remember and give thanks for Christians who have gone before us. This is followed by Remembrance Day on 11th November, and Remembrance Sunday on 13th November. Then we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday 20th November.
It is good to remember, and give thanks, but this must spur us on to create change so that war and injustice can cease, and finally these remembrances become remembrances of the distant past!
The bible readings for this Sunday will be Job 19:23-27, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17, and Luke 20:27-38, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven; Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord); I am the Bread of Life; and Tell Out My Soul!
Last Week’s Service
Video of highlights of our Celebration of All Saints Day can then be seen here!
Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday
I have been asked to officiate at the Remembrance Day observances at the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery on Friday 11th November. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments at the Gymkhana Club. All are welcome!
Our observation of Remembrance Sunday at All Saints, will follow on Sunday 13th November, again beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
20th November is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. We will have a special service to remember all those who have been killed this year as a result of their gender or gender expression. We will be joined by guests from MPlus – the Chiang Mai LGBT advocacy organisation. All are welcome!
Festival of Christmas Carols – Advanced Notice!
Please put this on your calendar. Volunteers are needed for setting up, ushering, catering, etc.
Do I Stay Christian?
Our book study will continue from now until Christmas!
You can join on Tuesday at noon at Bella Goose or Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Crawfords’.
Copies of the book are available from church.
Busy times ahead at All Saints!
We have a very busy calendar for the last three months of 2022. There is only one “normal” Sunday until Christmas! God has blessed us with many good things are we have much to be thankful for!
Sunday 6th November
Friday 11th November
Sunday 13th November
Sunday 20th November
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Sunday 27th November
First Sunday of Advent
Sunday 4th December
Second Sunday of Advent
Saturday 10th December
Festival of Christmas Carols
Sunday 11th December
Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday 18th December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Saturday 24th December
Sunday 25th December
Some of the group last week!
Chili Night continues every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Come and join us at the vicarage as we share chili followed by ice cream!
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!