From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai
This week is Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday!
I think I’m having a tough week – lots of meetings which mean driving to Hang Dong, Doi Saket, and San Pa Tong, and all the preparations for Easter too! I am still working at nearly 9 p.m. and I feel I am chasing my tail! But on the other hand, I am really enjoying what I am doing and have nothing to complain about!’
Our Congregational Pastor, Rev. Mark Crawford, will be preaching this Sunday, and his sermon will be entitled “A Tough Week!” It has nothing to do with my busy schedule and first world problems, but remembers Jesus’ last week of public ministry from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. That really was a tough week!
That tough week began with the adulation of his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ended with his abandonment to the Cross. We will ponder on these things this Holy Week!
The readings for Palm Sunday will be from Matthew 21:1-11, Philippians 2:5-11, and Matthew 26:14-29, and we will be singing the hymns Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest; All Glory, Laud and Honour; Hosanna, Loud Hosanna; Above All; and Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!
For Good Friday our Tenebrae Service will have readings from Matthew 26:17-29, Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 15:1-15, Mark 15:16-32, Matthew 27:45-54, Isaiah 52:13 – 53:5, and Matthew 27:62-66. We will sing the hymns When I Survey the Wondrous Cross; O Sacred Head, Now Wounded; How deep the Father’s love for us; My Song is Love Unknown; Were You There When They Crucified My Lord; and O Love that Will Not Let Me Go!
Use this link to join on Zoom on Sunday at 10:30 am and Good Friday at 7:00 pm
Meeting ID: 548 801 501
Last Week’s Sermon
Last week’s Sermon, “Revival”, is available here!
Palm Sunday – 10:30 a.m. Sunday 2nd April
Good Friday – 7:00 p.m. Friday 7th April
Easter Sunday – 10:30 a.m. Sunday 9th April
We will have four baptisms this Easter! God is good!
Our Easter Sunday service will be followed by a special Easter Potluck at the vicarage! This will include an Easter Egg hunt and other Easter goodies!
Spring Retreat: 12th – 14th May
We are organising a Spring Retreat to run from Friday 12th May – Sunday 14th May. We are planning to hire a whole resort, RungNara Pool Villa, in SanSai, just outside Chiang Mai.
It is only 30 minutes drive from church so should be easy for everyone to get there! There are only ten rooms, so please let Phyllis or Katie know if you are thinking of coming.
It will be a time of relaxation and fun!
Some of the group!
Chili Night will continue next week at the usual time of 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!