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Feel Angry?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Anger is a very natural and human emotion.  Jesus was angry at times when faced with hypocrisy and injustice, and anger isn’t necessarily always wrong.  But in this week’s epistle, Paul writes “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger…”  What does this mean to us?  How should we handle anger and how do we keep loving, even in the midst of anger and injustice?

Our scripture readings this week will be 1 Kings 19:4-8, Ephesians 4:25-5:2, and John 6:35, 41-51, and we will be singing the hymns When Morning Gilds the Skies, I am the Bread of Life, One Bread One Body, and When in our Music God is Glorified!

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

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap will restart next week!  We will meet on Friday 17th August at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub.  This is a great opportunity to have a drink, or a meal, and have an open conversation about some aspect of Christian theology.  No previous knowledge is required, just come with your eyes open and your brain engaged!  No view is too strange or too simple!  All are very welcome!

All Saints Hymnal

The draft of the All Saints Hymnal is now complete including most of the hymns we have sung regularly over the last five years.  I have now to add in the new suggestions you have submitted!

Please let me have any other ideas as soon as possible, or you will miss this chance to help develop our worship at All Saints!

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When 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

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All We Need?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The essentials for life?

Dear Friends,

It’s great to be back in Chiang Mai.  After a much-needed break, I am back in the saddle and raring to go!  Lots of things are happening, and this should be an exciting year at All Saints!  Many thanks to Mark, Nate, Herb, Gene, and many others, for making everything run so smoothly in my absence!

In Philippians 4:19 Paul writes: My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory.  But what does that mean?  What are our needs?  And will God really supply them?

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, at the most basic level we all need air, water, food, sleep, clothing, and shelter.  He defines these as Physiological Needs.  Other needs, less basic but still necessary, are arranged in a pyramid.  At the top he places self-actualization, that feeling of being who we were meant to be, as Christians we would say being the person God created us to be.

Which ones of these will God provide?


Well, Paul says that God will supply all your need!  We will look at how this can be, this Sunday!

Our scripture readings this week will be Exodus 16:9-15, Ephesians 4:1-16, and John 6:24-35, and we will be singing the hymns All for Jesus, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Take My Life and Let it Be, and Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission

Last Friday the documents were submitted to register All Saints Chiang Mai Mission as a UK charity.  This will enable All Saints to recover tax paid by UK donors and provide further accountability and oversight for the work of All Saints.

Work on registering All Saints as a Thai Foundation will begin soon!

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap will restart this month!  We will meet on Friday 17th August at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub.  This is a great opportunity to have a drink, or a meal, and have an open conversation about some aspect of Christian theology.  No previous knowledge is required, just come with your eyes open and your brain engaged!  No view is too strange or too simple!  All are very welcome!

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When 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

Five Thousand!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Hello from a hot and sunny England!

The week the Rev. Mark Crawford will be preaching at All Saints!  Our Gospel Reading this Sunday tells the story of Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand!  God provides for us – but we are also called on to provide for each other!  Our deacon, the Rev. Dr. Gene Bourquin, will again be here this week, and the Rev. Mark Crawford will be presiding at the communion.

I will be back next week on the 5th August!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be 2 Kings 4:42-44, Ephesians 3:14-21, and John 6:1-21, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, Break Thou the Bread of Life, and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!  Past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

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

The Good Shepherd

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

The week Nate Tipton will be preaching!  Our Gospel Reading this week reveals Jesus as a shepherd with great compassion for his people.  Our God is a God of love!  Our deacon, the Rev. Dr. Gene Bourquin, will again be here this week, and the Rev. Mark Crawford will be presiding at the communion.

I will be back on the 5th August!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Jeremiah 23:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-22, and Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, and we will be singing the hymns The Lord’s My Shepherd, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, Let us Break Bread Together, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus!  Past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When 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

Keep Quiet or Shout Out?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

The week the Rev. Herb Swanson will be preaching!  He will look at the story from Mark’s Gospel of the leper that Jesus healed, who just would not shut up about what God had done!  Our deacon, the Rev. Dr. Gene Bourquin, will also be back this week, and the Rev. Mark Crawford will be presiding at the communion.

I will be back on the 5th August!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Amos 7:7-15, Ephesians 1:3-14 and Mark 1:40-45, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, O Jesus I have Promised, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and Amazing Grace!  Past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When 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

Persecution? Is it coming?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Is persecution coming?

Dear Friends,

Persecution as Christians is not about being forced to bake wedding cakes!  All around the world, Christians are persecuted for their faith, sometimes for nothing more than worshipping.  But in every country, we can suffer persecution when we stand up for justice and for what we believe to be right.

In “Christian countries” like the Philippines, priests are being killed for standing with the poor against injustice, and anywhere that we oppose those who are powerful consequences will follow.  Some people want their stories to be told, others have to remain silent, for their own safety and the safety of others.

But, as Christians we are told to expect persecution.  As Paul wrote in this weeks New Testament reading: I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.  Of course, we should all hope for a peaceful and contented life, but when and if the time comes, we are called to stand up for Jesus!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Ezekiel 2:1-5, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, and Mark 6:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, Jesus Lover of my Soul, Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts, and Lord of the Dance!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Serving the World

Some people have rightly asked what we are doing at All Saints to be of service to those around us.  Well, we are doing a lot.

The people of All Saints are working or volunteering in more than half a dozen NGOs and charities, including relief organisations, orphanages, groups working with old people and with children, combating human trafficking, advancing human rights, and others.  There are many opportunities if you would like to get involved.

I would like to make a list of all the organisations with which we are involved.  Please let me know any groups that you are involved with and I will make a list which we can put on our website.  We won’t list the names of those working with each group, but just the organisations!

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

All Saints seeks to be a church that is welcome to all, whether rich or poor, Thai or farang, black or white, gay, lesbian, transgender, or straight, old or young, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew.  We aim to declare the inclusive love of Jesus Christ, and demonstrate his radical call to discipleship in our lives.

Wholeness, Healing, or Cold Hard Cash?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Healing, Wholeness, or Cold Hard Cash?
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Dear Friends,

What is the secret of happiness?  Do we need healing, wholeness, or cold hard cash?  Our scripture readings and sermon this week focus on these issues.  What is it to be wise and how can we best follow the example of Jesus and bring healing and wholeness to the world?

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Wisdom 1:12-15, 2:23-24, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, and Mark 5:21-43, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Will you come and Follow Me, When I needed a Neighbour, and Tell Out My Soul!

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

Serving the World


Some people have rightly asked what we are doing at All Saints to be of service to those around us.  Well, we are doing a lot.

The people of All Saints are working or volunteering in more than half a dozen NGOs and charities, including relief organisations, orphanages, groups working with old people and with children, combating human trafficking, advancing human rights, and others.  There are many opportunities if you would like to get involved.

I would like to make a list of all the organisations with which we are involved.  Please let me know any groups that you are involved with and I will make a list which we can put on our website.  We won’t list the names of those working with each group, but just the organisations!

All Saints Hymnal

I am currently compiling the All Saints Hymnal.  If you have any favourite hymns you would like us to include, please email me at  iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com.  A few people have responded, but keep the ideas coming!  You can view our current list of music and details of when we have sung each hymn here!

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When 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

Holy Innocents!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

 A child alone!

Please invite others to join us!
Special Service Focusing on Children in Special Need!

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Dear Friends,

The Feast of The Holy Innocents usually falls on 28th December, but we will be marking it on the 24th June as we remember the plight of children around the world!  If you can, wear red to show your support for those in our prayers.
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Please share this email and invite your friends and colleagues so we can mourn and pray together!   There is a draft email at the bottom of this message which you can copy and paste to let others know.  What organisation do you belong to that you could share this with?

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The world is being rocked by images of children separated from their parents on the US/Mexican border.  Whoever is responsible, and whatever the cause, few disagree that this must stop.  Christian leaders from across the political and theological spectrum have spoken out!  Thankfully, President Trump has now signed an executive order to stop this, but time will tell what happens next.

We at All Saints are far away and we may ask what can we do?  Well we can pray, and we can write, and we can remember all the children in our world who suffer from loss of parents, war, famine, abuse, and all the other scourges of the world.  And we can keep on working to make the world a better place.

Our scripture readings this week will be Jeremiah 31:15-17, Revelation 21:1-7, and Matthew 2:13-18, and we will be singing the hymns The Coventry Carol, When Jesus Went to Egypt, Oh Lord the Clouds are Gathering, and Stand up stand up for Jesus!   The second hymn in particular focuses on the plight of those children held in detention facilities, but all follow our theme.

God bless,

Iain

Email to Share
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Dear All,

People around the world have been shocked at the images of children separated from their families and held in detention centers at the US/Mexican border.  Thankfully, President Trump has now signed an executive order halting this policy, after an outcry from Christian and other leaders from across the political and theological spectrum.

At All Saints, Chiang Mai, this Sunday, 24th June, we will have a special service marking the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  This usually falls on 28th December but these recent events have moved us to mark the feast this week.  The Holy Innocents were the children killed by King Herod in his attempt to kill the baby Jesus after his visit by the Wise Men.  We will use this occasion to remember all children, particularly migrants, who are in danger now.

The service will begin at 11 a.m. this Sunday, and we are asking people to wear red, the colour of martyrs, to show their solidarity with children around the world.

You can find directions to All Saints via this link: https://allsaintschiangmai.com/wherewhen/

Please pass this email to anyone you think may be interested.

Thank you for your attention,

Father Iain Baxter,
Vicar,
All Saints, Chiang Mai

All Saints seeks to be a church that is welcome to all, whether rich or poor, Thai or farang, black or white, gay, lesbian, transgender, or straight, old or young, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew.  We aim to declare the inclusive love of Jesus Christ, and demonstrate his radical call to discipleship in our lives.

Pray for the Children!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

A child alone!

Dear Friends,

The world is being rocked by images of children separated from their parents on the US/Mexican border.  Whoever is responsible, and whatever the cause, few disagree that this must stop.  Christian leaders from across the political and theological spectrum have spoken out!

We at All Saints are far away and we may ask what can we do?  Well we can pray, and we can write, and we can remember all the children in our world who suffer from loss of parents, war, famine, abuse, and all the other scourges of the world.  And we can keep on working to make the world a better place.  We will be praying this Sunday!

Our scripture readings this week will be Job 38:1-11, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, and Mark 4:35-41, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, A Mighty Fortress, When Jesus Went to Egypt, and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!  The third hymn focuses on the plight of those children held in detention facilities.  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Serving the World

Some people have rightly asked what we are doing at All Saints to be of service to those around us.  Well, we are doing a lot.  The people of All Saints are working or volunteering in more than half a dozen NGOs and charities, including relief organisations, orphanages, groups working with old people and with children, combating human trafficking, advancing human rights, and others.  There are many opportunities if you would like to get involved.

I would like to make a list of all the organisations with which we are involved.  Please let me know any groups that you are involved with and I will make a list which we can put on our website.  We won’t list the names of those working with each group, but just the organisations!

All Saints Hymnal

I am currently compiling the All Saints Hymnal.  If you have any favourite hymns you would like us to include, please email me at  iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com.  A few people have responded, but keep the ideas coming!  You can view our current list of music and details of when we have sung each hymn here!

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When 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

What a Wonderful World!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

God’s wonderful Creation!

Dear Friends,

After a week of rain, it’s wonderful when the sun comes out!  But it is the rain which makes Thailand such a green and beautiful country.  God has created a wonderful world for us to live in.  We need to be a thankful people!  Join us as we give thanks at All Saints this week!

Our readings this week will be Ezekiel 17:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17, and Mark 4:26-34, and we will be singing the hymns All Creatures of our God and King, For the Fruit of All Creation, We Plow the Fields and Scatter, and How Great Thou Art!

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

All Saints Hymnal

I am currently compiling the All Saints Hymnal.  If you have any favourite hymns you would like us to include, please email me at  iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com.  A few people have responded, but keep the ideas coming!  You can view our current list of music and details of when we have sung each hymn here!

Memorial for David Burdoin

It has been suggested that it would be good to commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.   Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.  We could have something beautiful carved here in Chiang Mai!  Please see Richard our treasurer.  We have collected THB 4,050 so far.

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When 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