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Priesthood? Jesus – Great High Priest?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

How is Jesus our Great High Priest?

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Dear Friends,

Raised as a Methodist, I grew up in a church that put great emphasis on the priesthood of all believers, and that is correct for we all have direct access to God without the need for another mediator, and we can all pray for one another.  But what is priest, and are some especially called to the priesthood?  And what of Jesus, the one who is called our Great High Priest?  What does that mean, and what does it mean for us?  That will be at the centre of the message this week at All Saints!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Jeremiah 31:7-9, Hebrews 7:23-28, and Mark 10:46-52, and we will be singing the hymns All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, Let us Break Bread Together, 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!

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

Low Service

Last week’s “Low Service” seemed to go well.  The feedback I have received so far was that it wasn’t reallythat low, and that it was nice to have some variety – and this from both low and high church people!  People also appreciated the intention to make all feel welcome and valued.

One former Roman Catholic shared how he hated bells in the communion, and one former Southern Baptist shared how much she appreciated them!!!

The Potluck to celebrate the 40th Wedding Anniversary of Pat and Julia was also a great success.  Thanks to Emily, Pamela, and Ken, for organising this, along with Pat and Julia!

A great Potluck!


Pat and Julia – cutting the cake again after 40 years!

All Saints’ Day – Sunday 4th November

All Saints’ Day is our patronal festival, and following the service we will have a short congregational meeting to update everyone on the year past and the year ahead.  There will also be the opportunity for people to sign a pledge card for the following year.  This will be followed by a soup and salad potluck.  Please bring bread products and salad to share – contact Emily for details!

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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Keep Smiling!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Jufil and Shem helping at at our 2017 Christmas Lunch

LOW SERVICE AND POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY

Dear Friends,

One of the things I love about my Filipino friends is how they seem to delight in giving service with a smile.  Thailand is called the land of smiles, and I love the friendly smiles I get in the street here when you catch someone’s eye, but people from the Philippines really seem to delight in service!

That is the call on all of us as Christians. In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus says: “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”  Our lives are called upon to be lives of service, and as I remember my dad, I cannot help but be inspired, for that is the life he led!  How much more is the life of Jesus a life of service for us to follow?

Low Service

This Sunday we will be having a special “low service”.  Many of our congregation come from non-Anglican or non-Catholic backgrounds.  Some are Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, or Quaker.

This week we will worship without candles, bells, and vestments, but in simplicity before God.  It will be a stately and reverent service, in the Anglican tradition, which I hope will be a sign of welcome to those in our congregation who are from a less liturgical tradition.  It will not become our regular mode of worship, but possibly, once a month, we would have such a service.

I will not be wearing vestments for the service, but will be wearing black clericals and a stole.  Our worship will continue to be led by the organ and we will sing our usual traditional hymns, but will be using a said liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer rather than a sung liturgy.

If this receives positive feedback, then we may have a similar service each third Sunday of the month, although not in November or December due to our Season of Remembrance and then Christmas!  Normal service will be resumed the following week!

This week we will also have a Potluck to celebrate the 40th Wedding Anniversary of the Wards!  Congratulations, Pat and Julia!  Please all bring food to share!

Our scripture readings this week will be Hebrews 5:1-10 and Mark 10:35-45, and we will be singing the hymns Let Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, There’s a Spirit in the Air, O Jesus I have Promised, Take My Life and Let it Be, and Born in Song!

The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons 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.

Season of Remembrance

November will again be our Season of Remembrance.  Each Sunday will have a different emphasis.

Remembrance Day will mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, and this year falls on a Sunday.  All Saints’ regular Sunday service will begin at 9:30 a.m. to enable those who wish to attend the ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery to do so.

Sunday 4th November 11 a.m.
All Saints Day Service
– when we remember all those who have died

Sunday 11th November 9:30 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday Service
–  at All Saints remembering all victims of war

Sunday 11th November 10:45 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday Ceremony
– at the Foreign Cemetery

Sunday 18th November 11 a.m.
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sunday 25th November 11 a.m.
Thanksgiving – Remembering the Earth

Festival of Carols 2018

We now have a place and date for our 2018 Festival of Carols.  (Renamed from Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as there may not be nine, and people don’t know what lessons means, and also as we will vary a little from the exact format used previously!)

We will gather at 7 p.m. on Saturday 15th December in the Chiang Mai Christian School Chapel.  This was the original First Church, and is the oldest church building in Chiang Mai!  It sits on the banks of the Ping River just down from the Nawarat Bridge.  The event will be in aid of the Youth Charity Foundation – the orphanage we hosted at our Harvest Festival on the farm.

Put the event in your diary now, and if you like singing why not join the Lannacapella Choir?  They meet at All Saints at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and have begun rehearsals for the Christmas event.  Contact Chris on christinebaw@gmail.com if you would like to join!

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

Trust & Obey?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Can you really trust God?

Dear Friends,

We live in a fast changing world, a world where governments seem unreliable and big business untrustworthy.  Can you really trust that bank or your pension provider?  It is easy to wonder just what, or who, we can really trust.

And what about God? Is God really to be trusted?  After all, prayers are not always answered and good people suffer!  We will tackle this difficult issue this Sunday at All Saints, starting at the beginning and asking “Who is God anyway?”

Our scripture readings this week will be Amos 5:10-15, Hebrews 4:12-16, and Mark 10:17-31, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, All to Jesus I surrender, King of Kings Majesty, 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!

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

Low Service

The service on Sunday 21st October will be a little different.  We will have a paired-down liturgy, without bells, vestments, and liturgical music.  This is to help accommodate those who are used to a more simple service.  If it goes well, we may have a similar service on the third Sunday of each month—though not in November or December!  Let me have your feedback!

Season of Remembrance

November will again be our Season of Remembrance.  Each Sunday will have a different emphasis.

Remembrance Day will mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, and this year falls on a Sunday.  All Saints’ regular Sunday service will begin at 9:30 a.m. to enable those who wish to attend the ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery to do so.

Sunday 4th November 11 a.m.
All Saints Day Service
– when we remember all those who have died

Sunday 11th November 9:30 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday Service
–  at All Saints remembering all victims of war

Sunday 11th November 10:45 a.m.
Remembrance Sunday Ceremony
– at the Foreign Cemetery

Sunday 18th November 11 a.m.
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sunday 25th November 11 a.m.
Thanksgiving – Remembering the Earth

Festival of Carols 2018

We now have a place and date for our 2018 Festival of Carols.  (Renamed from Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as there may not be nine, and people don’t know what lessons means, and also as we will vary a little from the exact format used previously!)

We will gather at 7 p.m. on Saturday 15th December in the Chiang Mai Christian School Chapel.  This was the original First Church, and is the oldest church building in Chiang Mai!  It sits on the banks of the Ping River just down from the Nawarat Bridge.

The event will be in aid of the Youth Charity Foundation – the orphanage we hosted at our Harvest Festival on the farm.

Put the event in your diary now, and if you like singing why not join the Lannacapella Choir?  They meet at All Saints at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and are about to begin rehearsals for the Christmas event.  Contact Chris on christinebaw@gmail.com if you would like to join!

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

Male/Female?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

What is the balance?

Dear Friends,

Last week I went on the Chiang Mai International Churches’ Men’s Retreat.  I mostly enjoyed it, but there were some men there who complained that women had taken over the world!  Other’s argued that men and women are so different that we cannot really understand each other the way two men can.  What is the real position?

In last week’s sermon, Taylor Pfaff preached on the story of Queen Esther and how she interceded for her people.  Is she a feminist Christ figure? he asked!  This week our Old Testament reading is the story of Adam and Eve.  What does that tell us about gender and God’s will for man – and woman – kind?  Find out more at All Saints this Sunday!

Our scripture readings this week will be Genesis 2:18-24, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-7, 10-12, and Mark 10:2-16, and we will be singing the hymns When Morning Gilds the Skies, The God of Abraham Praise, Mothering God, and Stand up stand up for Jesus!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons 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.

Theology on Tap – this Friday!

Coming up! The next Theology on Tap will be this Friday, 5th October, 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.   The topic will be Sex, Gender, and the Bible!

Some reading around the subject from different viewpoints is available here:

http://queergrace.com/genesis-and-gender/
http://www.colorq.org/bible/?d=Tanakh&x=women
http://www.jubilee-centre.org/gender-fluidity-bible/
https://www.crossway.org/articles/5-things-to-avoid-when-discussing-the-bibles-teaching-on-gender/

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!

Festival of Carols 2018

We now have a place and date for our 2018 Festival of Carols.  (Renamed from Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as there may not be nine, and people don’t know what lessons means, and also as we will vary a little from the exact format used previously!)

We will gather at 7 p.m. on Saturday 15th December in the Chiang Mai Christian School Chapel.  This was the original First Church, and is the oldest church building in Chiang Mai!  It sits on the banks of the Ping River just down from the Nawarat Bridge.  The event will be in aid of the Youth Charity Foundation – the orphanage we hosted at our Harvest Festival on the farm.

Put the event in your diary now, and if you like singing why not join the Lannacapella Choir?  They meet at All Saints at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and are about to begin rehearsals for the Christmas event.  Contact Chris on christinebaw@gmail.com if you would like to join!

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

Us and Them!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

A World at War?

Dear Friends,

Taylor Pfaff will be preaching this Sunday, and he will take our Old Testament reading from Esther as his text, asking how Christians are to respond to tribalism and atrocities. We live in a divided world, yet we are called to be peacemakers.  What does this mean in practical terms?

Our scripture readings this week will be Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, James 5:13-18, and Mark 9:38-42, 49-50, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, There’s a Spirit in the Air, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, and Lord Jesus Christ!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Theology on Tap

Coming up! The next Theology on Tap will be on Friday 5th October 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!

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

Be Childlike!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


One of the boys at our Harvest Festival last Sunday

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Dear Friends,

Last Sunday we had a wonderful Harvest Festival celebration at Thung Dong Farm!  Video of the highlights can now be seen here!  It was a deep blessing to be able to relax and worship in the heart of God’s beautiful creation, and a joy to see the amazing time enjoyed by the children from the Youth Charity Foundation!

Two of the older boys on the lake

It was wonderful to share in the Eucharist in such a beautiful place!

Celebrating on the Lake

Thanks to all who made this possible, especially to Warren, Emily, Ken, Pamela, and Arianna, and thanks be to God!

Two of the older girls in their dance costumes

This week we will be back home in our own building, but celebrating the wonder of the God who has called us to enter God’s kingdom as little children!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Wisdom 1:16-2:1, 12-22, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, and Mark 9:30-37, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, O Thou Who Camest from Above, 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!

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

Harvestime!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


God’s wonderful provision!

HARVEST FESTIVAL THIS WEEK!  LEAVE ALL SAINTS at 9:30 AM
NO 11 AM SERVICE at ALL SAINTS!

Dear Friends,

Our Harvest Festival is this Sunday, and we will gather at Thung Dong Farm.

More details of the farm can be found here, and directions, if you are making your own way there can be found here!  Picture of this amazing place can be found here!

Thung Dong Farm’s latest addition – born last Sunday!

Cars will leave All Saints at 9:30 a.m., arriving on the farm around 10:45 a.m.   The service will begin around 11:30 a.m., and we will share in a potluck lunch at around 12:45 p.m.  (Please bring lots of food to share!)

In the afternoon we will have a chance to tour the farm, play games, or just relax.

There will be tea and refreshments around 3:30 p.m. and then we plan to leave the farm at around 4 p.m.

We should arrive back at the church by about 5 p.m.

Call me if you are coming and have not yet signed-up!

God has provided for our needs, and for the needs of the whole world.  We will meet together to give thanks for God’s provision, and to pray for those who, due to the selfishness of some, do not have enough to eat.

Let us give thanks, and work so that nobody goes to bed hungry!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, and Matthew 6:25-33, and we will be singing the hymns Come Ye Thankful People Come, For the Fruit of All Creation, Now thank we all our God, and We Plow the Fields and Scatter!

Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

God’s wonderful provision!

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

Wholeness!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Harvest Festival on the farm – October 2015

DON’T FORGET TO SIGN-UP THIS WEEK
FOR HARVEST 2018!

Dear Friends,

Jesus came to make us whole!  That is what salvation is – wholeness, healing, reconciliation with God and with each other!

In this week’s Gospel reading we see Jesus welcoming a Syrophoenician woman into that place of wholeness and salvation – although at first he seems reluctant!  As God’s people at All Saints, we have the keys of eternal life – the offer of salvation and wholeness – dare we turn any away?

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 35:4-7a, James 2:1-17, and Mark 7:24-37, and we will be singing the hymns Come Down, O Love Divine, O Christ the Healer, Lord Jesus Christ, and Let us Build a House!

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

Harvest Festival

Our 2018 Harvest Festival will be a week on Sunday, on 16th September!   We will again have the great blessing of meeting amongst the animals and nature at Thung Dong Farm.

September is early for Americans, who celebrate Thanksgiving at the end of November, and quite early for Canadians, who celebrate at the end of October, but it is the normal time for English harvest festivals.  In any case, our date has been chosen as it is the only time the farm is available in the next three months!

We hope once again to be joined by children from the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage.

Cars will leave All Saints at 9:30 a.m., arriving on the farm around 10:45 a.m.   The service will begin around 11:30 a.m., and we will share in a potluck lunch at around 12:45 p.m.  (Please bring lots of food to share!)

In the afternoon we will have a chance to tour the farm, play games, or just relax.

There will be tea and refreshments around 3:30 p.m. and then we plan to leave the farm at around 4 p.m.

We should arrive back at the church by about 5 p.m.

All are welcome, but please sign-up or email me to say you are coming!

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

LIVE NOW!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Harvest Festival on the farm – October 2015

Dear Friends,

How did you read this week’s title?  Live now, meaning we should live in the present, or live now, meaning it is happening now, at this very minute: live on TV?  Sometimes we are so taken up with watching live events – sports, concerts, politics, disasters and crisis – that we fail to live in the now ourselves.

Our 2018 Harvest Festival is coming up in two weeks, and the picture above shows some of the younger people of All Saints at the harvest festival in 2015.  They have all grown, almost beyond recognition, and two are now back in the States.  Children have the blessing of living in the moment.  They want things now, because now is the only time they know.  That can be good and bad, but most of us adults have the opposite problem.  So often we are so much longing for that future event, that new job opportunity, that holiday, that new relationship, that retirement, that we fail to live in the moment.  In doing so we can fail to live at all.

Living in the Now!

I am excited about the new possibilities at All Saints: a new building, a registered foundation, new opportunities for work and service, but I have realised that it has been leading me away from the joy of living in what God has given now.

Counting the congregation is useful, as it gives us an indication of how we are growing, but it can lead us into the false idea that things will be so much better in the future when we have more people.  Likewise, the desire for a new building can remove our focus from worshipping God where we are now, and it is God we worship not the building, or even the people.

We will never get to the future, for when we do get there, it will no longer be the future, but simply more now.  Now is that time that God has given us.  Let us be thankful now, and really live each day that God has given us.

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, and we will be singing the hymns All Creatures of our God and King, O Thou Who Camest from Above, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, and Oh for a thousand Tongues to Sing!  The readings can be found via this link and the sermons from Sunday 12th and Sunday 18th August can now be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Harvest Festival

As mentioned above, our Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 16th September!   We will again have the great blessing of meeting amongst the animals and nature at Thung Dong Farm.

September is early for Americans, who celebrate Thanksgiving at the end of November, and quite early for Canadians, who celebrate at the end of October, but it is the normal time for English harvest festivals.  In any case, our date has been chosen as it is the only time the farm is available in the next three months!

We hope once again to be joined by children from the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage.

Cars will leave All Saints at 9:30 a.m., arriving on the farm around 10:45 a.m.   The service will begin around 11:30 a.m., and we will share in a potluck lunch at around 12:45 p.m.  (Please bring lots of food to share!)

In the afternoon we will have a chance to tour the farm, play games, or just relax.

There will be tea and refreshments around 3:30 p.m. and then we plan to leave the farm at around 4 p.m.

We should arrive back at the church by about 5 p.m.

All are welcome, but please sign-up or email me to say you are coming!

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!

All Saints’ Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the All Saints Trustees will be on Monday 3rd September at 6 p.m.

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

Is He, or isn’t He?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Who is Jesus?

Dear Friends,

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

Jesus had lost many supporters and followers after he spoke of eating his flesh and drinking his blood.  (See my sermon from last week.)  He then questions his disciples: will they leave too?  Suddenly, it’s about more than following a good teacher, it’s about knowing and acknowledging the Holy One of God!

Who do you think Jesus was?  Who do you think Jesus is?  That is what we will be considering this week at All Saints.

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18, Ephesians 6:10-20, and John 6:56-69, and we will be singing the hymns Awake My Soul and with the Sun, In Christ alone my hope is Found, Be Thou My Vision, and Onward Christian People!  The readings can be found via this link and the sermons from Sunday 12th and Sunday 18th August can now be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Funeral of Father Ian Cragg

Some of you will remember Father Ian Cragg, who attended All Saints from 2014-16.  He died earlier this week, and his funeral will be tomorrow (Thursday) at 10 am at the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery.  Please join us if you can.  May he rest in peace!

Harvest Festival

We are planning our annual harvest festival, hopefully for Sunday 16th September!  Watch this space for confirmation and more details.

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!

All Saints’ Trustees Meeting

The next meeting of the All Saints Trustees will be on Monday 3rd September at 6 p.m.

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