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Ask, Ask, Ask!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

You may have seen a sign in a shop saying “Do not ask for credit, as a refusal may offend!”  Are we like that with God, afraid to ask in case the answer is no, or even worse, that answer is yes?

Sometimes we may be afraid that we will get what we ask for, and we are more comfortable just to stay where we are!  What is God calling on you to ask for?  Is it scary, will it change your life?  Do we expect the unexpected?

Find out more this week at All Saints!

Our readings for this Sunday will be from Genesis 32:22-31, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, and Luke 18:1-8, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, Seek Ye First, and Before the Throne of God Above!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Last week’s Sermon

For those who missed it, last week’s sermon, “Be Thankful!” is now available on YouTube!

Last Week’s Potluck

We had an excellent lunch last Sunday – much enjoyed by all.  Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our first weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club went well with five people in attendance.  Next week we will meet again at midday, this time on Thursday!  Please join us if you can!

Harvest Festival

A reminder that this will be on Sunday 3rd November and we will again journey out to the wonderful Thung Dong Farm!  Please sign up at the back of the church or send me an email if you intend to come!

We will leave the church at 9:30 a.m so don’t be late – and bring food to share for our potluck lunch!

All Saints Day Service

To accommodate our Harvest Festival, this year’s celebration of All Saints Day will be on Sunday 27th October!

November Events

Other events in November include Remembrance Sunday on 10th November – beginning at 10:30 a.m., and Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday 17th November!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

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Thankyou!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Christmas celebration at McKean Leprosy Mission

Dear Friends,

In this week’s Gospel reading we see Jesus healing ten people with leprosy.  Only one comes back to thank Jesus, and he was a Samaritan – not even a Jew!  Are we thankful people?  Do we give thanks for all God has done for us and all that God has given us, or do we always want more?  This week we will seek God’s way for our lives, and give thanks!

Our readings for this Sunday will be from Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, and Luke 17:11-19, and we will be singing the hymns Holy Holy Holy, Will you come and Follow Me, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, and Now Thank We All Our God!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Potluck – This Sunday 13th October!

Our October Potluck will be this week!   Please bring food to share!  All are very welcome!

Gymkhana Lunch

Lunch at the Gymkhana Club, midday, Tuesday 15th October!

One of the board members of the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club would like to develop more links between the Club and All Saints and the wider community.  Last Sunday I suggested that perhaps some All Saints people would like to share a weekly lunch at the Club.  Tuesday seems to be a good day for many people.  We shall try this next week and see how it goes.

Of course, some people will not be able to make it as they are working, but equally there are others who do not like to go out at night.  Hopefully, we will also have more events to follow for the night owls!

Anglican Chant Notation

We will continue to chant a bit of our liturgy this week.  You will see marks like this | and like this *.  | means a bar or measure line in the music, and * means halfway through the verse.  This helps to fit in the words to the chant.  · after a word means it has more than one syllable on the same note.  Previously we use italic underline in the psalms to indicate the changing part at the end of the phrase.  We will see how it goes this week!

Harvest Festival

A reminder that this will be on Sunday 3rd November and we will again journey out to the wonderful Thung Dong Farm!  Please save the date and plan to be there!

All Saints Day Service

To accommodate our Harvest Festival, this year’s celebration of All Saints Day will be on Sunday 27th October!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Millstones!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The Peak District National Park

Dear Friends,

My parents’ home is only a few miles from the Peak District National Park.  The Park is divided between the southern White Peak with its gently rolling hills, and the more rugged northern Dark Peak with its brooding moorland.  Limestone is the underlying rock in the White Peak, while the Dark Peak is comprised of a rough sandstone called millstone grit.  

As its name suggests, millstone grit was used for making millstones as the rough stone would swiftly grind corn, wheat, or barley, into flour.  The Derbyshire countryside is littered with abandoned millstones and I grew up very familiar with these strange stone wheels.


Abandoned Millstones litter the ground!

With this in mind, Jesus’ metaphor of the peril of having one of these great stones tied around your neck while you were cast into the sea was always a vivid one for me.  In this week’s Gospel we read of the peril of causing a brother to sin, or of failing to forgive, as Jesus makes this comparison.  Find out more about the power and necessity of forgiveness this week at All Saints.

Our readings for this Sunday will be from Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, 2 Timothy 1:1-2, 8-14, Luke 17:1-10, and we will be singing the hymns All Creatures of our God and King, Before the Throne of God Above, Brother Sister Let me Serve You, and And Can it be?  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Anglican Chant Notation

We will chant a bit of our liturgy this week.  You will see marks like this | and like this *.  | means a bar or measure line in the music, and * means halfway through the verse.  This helps to fit in the words to the chant.   · after a word means it has more than one syllable on the same note.   Previously we use italic underline in the psalms to indicate the changing part at the end of the phrase.  We will see how it goes this week!

Potluck – Sunday 13th!

Our October Potluck will be next week on Sunday 13th!  It is good to eat and share together!

Harvest Festival

A reminder that this will be on Sunday 3rd November and we will again journey out to the wonderful Thung Dong Farm!  Please save the date and plan to be there!

All Saints Day Service

To accommodate our Harvest Festival, this year’s celebration of All Saints Day will be on Sunday 27th October!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Judgement!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

UK Supreme Court president Lady Hale

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday the UK Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling.  In a unanimous verdict the justices agreed that British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, had acted unlawfully in suspending parliament!  The ruling was read out by the Supreme Court president, Lady Hale.

Is this what God’s judgement will be like – a court of law where God delivers his verdict from a big chair?  Is this what judgement even means, or is justice a better translation?  Are we awaiting the Last Judgement or final justice?  And are we to be punished for our bad deeds in this life?  Find out this week at All Saints, Chiang Mai!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Amos 6:1a, 4-7, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, and Luke 16:19-31, and we will be singing the hymns The God of Abraham Praise, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, All to Jesus I surrender, and All My Hope on God Is Founded!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Spending Money!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The beautiful English seaside resort of Scarborough

Dear Friends,

Jesus said the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, but for me it is probably the love of property!  I love architecture, houses, churches, grand public buildings, and I need to be wise about how I spend my money.  Right now, I am considering selling my house in Manchester and buying an apartment overlooking the sea in Scarborough.  It is part of a Georgian terrace built around 1840 and is Grade II* listed!  It is very tempting – but is it wise?


Temptation?

Jesus actually had a lot to say about money and how we use it, and in this week’s Gospel reading we read the parable of the Dishonest Steward.  The man is fiddling the books and his master finds out, but before he can be sacked he quickly writes off the debts of a number of his master’s creditors.  Jesus then says the astonishing statement: Make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

Perhaps Jesus is calling all earthly wealth dishonest, for how else can we understand this?  But the challenge is clearly to use wisely all that we have.  We will find out more this Sunday!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Amos 8:4-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, and Luke 16:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Take My Life and Let it Be, and Christ Be Our Light!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

New Treasurer

We are delighted to welcome Don Williams as our new treasurer.  Thanks to Bill Moeller and Chris Tananone who have been sorting out the money for the last few months.  They will both continue to assist Don in his new role!

Supporting the work of All Saints

This week’s Gospel reading seems highly appropriate when thinking about our giving to God’s work!

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission is a UK charity set up to support the work of All Saints, Chiang Mai.  After much hard work ASCMM now has a bank account which means that UK taxpayers can give through the charity and we can reclaim any income tax they have paid.

The account details are as follows:

Bank:                            Coop Bank
Account Name:         All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number:    65877142
Sort Code:                  08-92-99

If you would like to know more please speak to me or send an email to info@AllSaintsChiangMai.com

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Feeling Sheepish?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

We all like sheep have gone astray!

Dear Friends,

Sheep are famous for being stupid!  They are very cute – but not the brightest of beasts.  I remember many years ago I was at a celebration of Assumption Day with some Turkish Syriac Christians way up in the mountains neat Antakya (Antioch).  Two sheep had been brought to be barbecued – one was strung up and its throat was cut, but the other stood alongside munching grass as if nothing had occurred and it wasn’t in the least bit worried!

Sheep eat, and grow, and sleep, but don’t seem to worried about the future.  I suppose as prey animals if they did worry then there would be no end to their worry!  Last night, despite my increased garden defences, two street dogs again got into my garden.  But when I found the rabbits in the hiding place they didn’t seem overly perturbed.  They too seem very relaxed about the future – although they run faster than sheep!

The bible often compares God’s people to sheep – it is not a very complimentary description.  Sheep get lost, go astray, and make some of the worst decisions.  We often do all of those things.  But the Bible also describes God as the shepherd and Jesus as the Good Shepherd who cares and searches for his sheep – who is even prepared to die for his sheep!

When I went out to do battle with the wild street dogs last night – armed only with an old broom – I wasn’t ready to lay down my life for my rabbits, and I was glad when the dogs scrambled back over the wall!  But God is prepared to give all for us – and that is the good news of the Gospel!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, and Luke 15:1-10, and we will be singing the hymns The King of Love My Shepherd Is, O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, Amazing Grace, and The Lord’s My Shepherd.

The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission is a UK charity set up to support the work of All Saints, Chiang Mai.  After much hard work ASCMM now has a bank account which means that UK taxpayers can give through the charity and we can reclaim any income tax they have paid.  If you would like to know more please speak to me or send an email to info@AllSaintsChiangMai.com

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Choose Life!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

All Saints last Sunday!

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Dear Friends,

Being free is all about the ability to make choices – that’s the joy of being alive!  In our Old Testament reading, Moses urges the Israelites to choose to follow God.  He says:  Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him.

Jesus, too, asks us to make a choice and make sure that we count the cost of being his disciple.  It may not always be an easy choice, but this is the decision that is put before us.  Let us way up the cost as we worship together this Sunday.

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Philemon 1-7, and Luke 14:25-33, and we will be singing the hymns When Morning Gilds the Skies, I have decided to follow Jesus, I the Lord of Sea and Sky, and Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah!

The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

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Be Still – in the presence of the Lord

Be still and know that I am God…

November and December will be busy months at All Saints.  September and October will be quieter with no big special events or services!  Let us take time to spend time with one another, and with God, for God is not always found in the earthquake, wind, or fire, but in that still small voice!

We are not called to strive but to worship and gather together – rejoicing in God and loving one another!

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Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Welcome to All Saints!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

A white and shiny All Saints last Sunday!

Dear Friends,

Last week, All Saints was repainted inside and out!  It is almost like having a new building!  I like church buildings because, unlike great country houses, they don’t “belong” to anybody – they belong to us all!  All Saints is no great cathedral or even beautiful parish church, but it is a place of welcome to all!

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus talks about humility – not grabbing the best seats at a banquet – and about hospitality – of the need to welcome all people equally regardless of status.  Making All Saints “welcoming” is part of our ministry of hospitality, of making welcome the stranger amongst us, for in God’s kingdom all are welcome!  This is our calling to declare God’s welcome to the world!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Proverbs 25:6-7, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, and Luke 14:1, 7-14 and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Lord You Teach Us To Be Humble, From Heaven You Came, and God is Love!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

All Saints Tithing

Last week’s Trustees Meeting reaffirmed our intention to tithe 10% of our budget surplus each year.  We already give to individuals in need, and support all the costs of the annual Festival of Carols which raises money for the Youth Charity Foundation.  If you have any suggestions of where we could also give, please speak to me or to one of the Trustees.

Harvest Festival – Advanced Notice

This year’s Harvest Festival at Thung Dong Farm will be on 3rd November.  This was the only day when the farm and the children from the Youth Charity Foundation were both available!  It should be a great day to enjoy worship, lunch, and the beauty of the countryside together.

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others. All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Making New!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

All Saints last Monday!

Dear Friends,

Jesus said “Behold, I make all things new!”

This week we have had painters at All Saints, and this coming Sunday we should have a renewed white sanctuary, and a shiny new kitchen and office!  Even the outside of our building is being renewed!

In our Gospel reading this week, Jesus heals a crippled woman and is attacked by the religious leaders for healing in the Sabbath. In other passages he describes them as “whitewashed tombs”.   I am sure our newly painted church is not a whitewashed tomb, but we will be looking at true renewal this week at All Saints.  Jesus healed the woman and met her need.  Can we allow Jesus to renew us too?

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Jeremiah 1:4-10, Hebrews 12:18-29, and Luke 13:10-17, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, O Christ the Healer, Christ Be Our Light, and Tell Out My Soul!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

New Teachers’ Potluck

Thanks to all who made last week’s potluck such a success!  We had wonderful food and a great time of fellowship!

All Saints Trustees Meeting

Our next Trustees Meeting will be next Tuesday, 27th August, at 6 p.m.  The trustees are: Mark Crawford, Helga Spring, Bill Moeller, Chris Tananone, and Caitlin Littleton.  Please speak to me, or one of the trustees, if there is anything you would like them to discuss.

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Peace on Earth?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Clashes in Hong Kong on Tuesday

POTLUCK THIS WEEK!

Dear Friends,

Last week our deacon, Gene Bourquin, arrived from New York.  He was a day late, delayed for 24 hours by the protests at Hong Kong airport.  My mum is supposed to be flying back to the UK this Thursday, via Hong Kong, we don’t yet know if she will be leaving, after the airport was again closed for two days this week!

The protestors have a valid desire for freedom and democracy, but it is not clear how this can end well.  It is ironic that the Chinese communist government is condemning the protestors as lawless violent terrorists, aren’t communists suppose to believe in revolution and direct action?

Peace seems to be in short supply in our world today!  Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, yet in this week’s Gospel reading his words are challenging:

Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! 

Jesus knew that wherever there is the struggle for justice and righteousness then opposition will arise.  Those of us coming from relatively free stable western democracies easily forget that our rights did not fall out of the sky, but were the result of the struggle and even deaths of many men and women.  Our challenge as Christians is to know how to live in this world of compromise and contradictions, while still holding fast to our faith and the message of Christ!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Jeremiah 23:23-29, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, and Luke 12:49-56, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, Christ Be Our Light, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

New Teachers’ Potluck

This Sunday we will have a potluck lunch to welcome new teachers, and other people new to Chiang Mai, to All Saints.  I have emailed ten international schools asking them to pass on the information to their new teachers so hopefully we will see some new people this week.  Please bring food to share and invite your friends – just tell them that we are having a special service and lunch and ask them if they would like to come!

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.  All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain