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One Body!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


We are the Body of Christ!

Dear Friends,

As we continue our voyage through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Paul again emphasises the importance of being united.  In our Gospel reading, Jesus shares the same message: be reconciled to one another!  It doesn’t matter how we came to faith, our denominational background, or our favourite style of worship, what matters is that we are one in Christ and love one another!  Let us meet together this week as one people, united in love!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, and Matthew 5:21-26, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, They’ll know we are Christians, One Bread One Body, and Oh for a thousand Tongues to Sing!

Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!  This is a great place to catch up if you’ve been away!  Each sermon only lasts around 15 minutes.

Chiang Mai Pride 2020

This year’s Chiang Mai Pride march and events will be on Saturday 22nd February.  People from All Saints are again invited to march behind our “Christians at Pride” banner.  We will meet at the Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center  at 5 p.m.  (This is at the bottom of the Thaphae Gate road, across from the Governor’s Mansion.) The Parade will begin at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to join!

Pancake Sunday Potluck!

There are only two more Sundays before Lent, so on Sunday 23rd February we will have our, now traditional, Pancake Sunday Potluck.  Pancakes will be provided and you are ask to bring savory or sweet toppings to share!

Ash Wednesday Service – 26th February

Ash Wednesday is on 26th February.  We will have a special solemn service at 7 p.m. which will include the imposition of ashes.

Discussion Group

We are studying Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s book, The Book of Forgiving.  Copies are available to be purchased on Sunday or at the group!  We meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at the Gymkhana Club (following lunch).  Email if you need directions.

All are welcome – I hope you can join us!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday, today (Thursday)!  Please feel free to join us!

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

Spirit-Filled!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


What does it mean to have the Spirit?

Dear Friends,

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus calls his disciples Salt and Light.  Meanwhile, Paul in our New Testament reading talks of being filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. How do these two concepts link together?  How can we be wise, Spirit-filled, and salt and light to our communities?  This will be the message of our sermon this week at All Saints.

Our bible readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 58:6-9, 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, and Matthew 5:13-20, and we will be singing the hymns Awake My Soul and with the Sun, O Breath of Life, God is Love, and Salt of the Earth! Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!  This is a great place to catch up if you’ve been away!  Each sermon only lasts around 15 minutes.

Chiang Mai Pride 2020

This year’s Chiang Mai Pride march and events will be on Saturday 22nd February.  People from All Saints are again invited to march behind our “Christians at Pride” banner.  More details to follow.  All are welcome to join!

Discussion Groups for the New Year

In previous years we have had very popular Lent Groups, but this year we would like to begin the groups earlier – and maybe continue longer!

We will begin by studying Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s book, The Book of Forgiving.  Copies are available to purchase.  We will meet on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Gymkhana Club (following lunch).  Email if you need directions.

Copies of the book are available if you don’t already have one.  All are welcome – I hope you can join us!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday on Thursday!  Please feel free to join us!

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

The Book of Forgiving

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Discussion Group Book for 2020

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Our new discussion groups begin this week!  We will be studying Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s book, The Book of Forgiving.  If you did not pick up a copy on Sunday, copies will be available at the group.  We will look at Chapter 1 this week.

(You can read some of this if you click on “Look Inside” in the Amazon page found here or you could buy the Kindle Edition.)

The meeting times are Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Vicarage, and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Gymkhana Club.  (We meet there for lunch at midday.)  See below for directions.

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Mpho and Desmond Tutu

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The Vicarage

Tuesdays 7 p.m.

299/50, Moo 5,
Mooban Nathong Ville I,
Chiang Mai – Lampang Road,
Tambon Tha Sala,
Amphoe Muang,
Chiang Mai

Google Maps Link  (Make sure you turn left immediately after the PTT gas station.)

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Gymkhana Club

Thursdays 1:30 p.m.

Chiengmai Gymkhana Club
349, Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road,
Nong Hoi,
Chiang Mai 50000

Google Maps Link

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For further information, call 0 904 604 304 or email me on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com

Hope to see you there,

God bless,

Iain

Candlemas!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Celebrating Christ the Light of the World!

Dear Friends,

I believe this will be an exciting year at All Saints.  We have our message for the year:

     God love you, and God has a purpose for you!

We also have the four “con”s:

Construction, Consecration, Connection, and Compassion.  (I know compassion doesn’t begin with con but it was the best I could do!)  More will be revealed in due course!

Construction?

This week we mark the Feast of Candlemas as the Season of Epiphany draws to a close.  Candlemas recalls Jesus’ dedication at the Temple as an eight day old baby, when Simeon declares him to be

         ‘A light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to the people of Israel.’

We will be celebrating Jesus, the Light of the World, this Sunday!

Our readings this Sunday will be Malachi 3:1-5, Hebrews 2:14-18, and Luke 2:22-40, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, Give me Jesus, and Christ Be Our Light!

Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!  This is a great place to catch up if you’ve been away!  Each sermon only lasts around 15 minutes.

Discussion Groups for the New Year

Mpho and Desmond Tutu

In previous years we have had very popular Lent Groups, but this year we would like to begin the groups earlier – and maybe continue longer!  We will begin by studying Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s book, The Book of Forgiving.  Copies will be available to purchase this Sunday.

The groups will be on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Vicarage, and on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at the Gymkhana Club (following lunch) and the first meetings will be on Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th February.  Email if you need directions.  It would be very useful if you could let me know if you are interested so that I can make sure I get enough copies of the book!

All are welcome – I hope you can join us!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday on Thursday!  Please feel free to join us!

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

Grow Together!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Hidden Growth!

POTLUCK LUNCH THIS SUNDAY!

Dear Friends,

Those of you who were at church last Sunday, or who look at the All Saints Facebook Page, will know that about a week ago one of my rabbits gave birth.  The first I knew about it was last Friday morning when I saw a nest full of five or six wriggling bodies in the compost heap behind my house.

We were shocked when we checked again on Friday evening to find them gone – seemingly buried alive!  After a quick Google search I found that rabbits do this – burying their young to keep them safe and then opening up the nest once or twice a day to feed them milk.

It wasn’t until Sunday lunchtime that we saw them again and found out that they weren’t dead but were safe and growing.  As I write this on Wednesday night, at least two babies are well and thriving and there may be others deeper in the nest which can’t be seen.

Mother and one of the babies (behind the leaf)

This made me think of All Saints, and of how spiritual growth is often something which is hard to see, but which may be going on below the surface, where only God knows whether it is thriving or struggling.  We have seen numerical growth at All Saints over the Christmas period, but only God knows what is in our hearts and souls.

This is going to be an exciting year at All Saints with many new possibilities ahead, but for us to proceed we need to be united in vision and love.  That is theme of our New Testament reading this week and will be the subject of my sermon also.


People of All Saints last Sunday

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 9:1-4,  1 Corinthians 1:10-18, and Matthew 4:12-23, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Bind Us together Lord, Blest Be the Tie That Binds, and Christ Be Our Light!  Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Potluck Lunch – This Week!

Our next potluck will be this Sunday!  Please bring food to share!

Discussion Groups for the New Year

In previous years we have had very popular Lent Groups, but this year we would like to begin the groups earlier – and maybe continue longer!

We are thinking of one group being held on Tuesday night at the vicarage, and another on Thursday afternoon following the lunch at the Gymkhana Club.  (Attendance at the lunch would not mandate attendance at the discussion group!)

Let me know if you are interested – and if you have any suggestion for a book/topic to study!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday on Thursday!  Please feel free to join us!

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

Give Thanks!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Last Sunday at All Saints!

Dear Friends,

We are called to be a thankful people!  This Sunday our New Testament is the opening of St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, where he gives thanks for the Christian believers in the church there.

We at All Saints have much to be thankful for, and I want to give thanks for the wonderful congregation we have and for how much support and love I have felt over the last seven years!  This should be an exciting year ahead at All Saints, and we need to be ever thankful to God for God’s love, and for one another!

Our readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 49:1-6, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, and John 1:29-42, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, and Tell Out My Soul!  Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Potluck Lunch

Our next potluck will be on Sunday 26th January.  Please bring food to share!

Trustees Meeting

We had a good Trustees Meeting last night in which we discussed possibilities for a new building and other important issues.  More news will be coming soon!

Discussion Groups for the New Year

In previous years we have had very popular Lent Groups, but this year we would like to begin the groups earlier – and maybe continue longer!  We are thinking of one group being held on Tuesday night at the vicarage, and another on Thursday afternoon following the lunch at the Gymkhana Club.  (Attendance at the lunch would not mandate attendance at the discussion group!)

Let me know if you are interested – and if you have any suggestion for a book/topic to study!

Gymkhana Lunch

After the frantic activities of Christmas, things will slow down a little at All Saints, but our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday, Thursday!  Please feel free to join us!

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

The Messiah!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Blessed in he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Dear Friends,

Who is Jesus?  This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan.  But who is he?  What does that mean to us today?  How does it change who we are, what we think, how we act?  This will be the theme this week at All Saints, Chiang Mai!

Our readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, and Matthew 3:13-17, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry, In Christ alone my hope is Found, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!  Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Gymkhana Lunch

After the frantic activities of Christmas, things will slow down a little at All Saints, but our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday, today (Thursday)!  Please feel free to join us!

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

Happy New Year!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

New Year’s Celebration at YCF

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to everyone!  Join us at the Vicarage tonight it you are free!  Call 0 904 604 304 or email for directions if you don’t know the way!

We have had a wonderful Christmas season at All Saints.  You can see the dramatic rush to change our worship sanctuary into our dining room on Christmas Day in this short fun video!  Nearly sixty people worshipped with us on Christmas morning, and over forty stopped for lunch!  Thanks to Phyllis and Arthur for organising the lunch, and Pat and Julia, and so many more for assisting!

On the 28th December we had a wonderful time taking gifts to the children of the Youth Charity Foundation and joining them for dinner and a show!  You can see a couple of videos of the show here! We Wish you a Merry Christmas DanceAway in a Manger Song, and We Wish you a Merry Christmas Song!


Giving gifts


Watching the YCF Show


Some of the younger girls

William and Tarntip then invited everyone to their home on Monday 30th December for a New Year Potluck and House Blessing – including all the kids from the Youth Charity foundation!  Another great evening!


A few of the All Saints people at William and Tarntip’s


Some of the older YCF girls making pancakes


Ready to go home after a fun night!

The Christmas season ends this Sunday, and our readings for Epiphany are Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-6, and Matthew 2:1-12, and we will be singing the hymns We Three Kings of Orient Are, The First Nowell, As With Gladness Men of Old, and Hark The Herald Angels Sing!   Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

New Year’s Eve

Everyone is invited to bring in the New Year at the Vicarage to bring this year to an end!  We will begin at 8 p.m. and go into 2020 together!  Happy New Year!

Gymkhana Lunch

We will meet together again for lunch at the Gymkhana Club this Thursday, 2nd January!

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.

God bless,

Iain

Merry Christmas!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Join us tonight for Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.
or on Christmas morning at 11 a.m.

Merry Christmas to All!

All is prepared!

God bless,

Iain

Christmas Gifts for Children
at Youth Charity Foundation

This year we will once again give the 50 children from the Youth Charity Foundation a Christmas present from All Saints.  If we spend 150 THB on each child, that will cost 7,500 THB and we would also like to give something to the adults who work at the homes.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please put money in the red box at the back of the church or give to Trustees Bill Moeller or Chris Tananone, or our treasurer, Don Williams. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

We plan to deliver the gifts on Saturday December 28.  This will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Meet at church at 4:30 p.m. if you would like to travel together!  (which will include food provided by the YCF).

New Year Potluck and House Blessing!

William and Tarntip would like to invite everyone to their home on Monday 30th December for a New Year Potluck and House Blessing!

Tarntip writes:

We will start at 4 pm. onwards and have a full blast this year. Food, Live Music, Puppet Shadow, Children Talent Shows, Bowl Singing from Nepal. Also, there will be cooking demonstration as well. Everyone is welcome.  For persons who wish to participate, please email me at purn.karunsiri@ gmail.com

William has had his operation following his motorbike accident and is on the mend!

New Year’s Eve

Everyone is invited to bring in the New Year at the Vicarage!  We will begin at 8 p.m. and go into 2020 together!  Please come if you can – more details to follow!

Gymkhana Lunch

This will not happen this week on Thursday 26th December as it will be Boxing Day!

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.

Christmas Disaster Strikes!!!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Christmas Tree Collapse!

Dear Friends,

I arrived at church today to water the plants and return the financial ledger.  Disaster!  The tree had collapsed and baubles were scattered all over the floor!  Was Christmas at All Saints ruined?  Of course, I exaggerate!   But this is often how we feel at Christmas.  We are so anxious for everything to be perfect that things get way out of proportion and the really important things get missed.

I love decorations, and turkey and mistletoe, but the really important thing about Christmas is Emmanuel, God will us!  Then comes relationships, family and friends!  These are the important things, as those members of our church recovering from accidents will surely attest!

So, as we prepare for Christmas, let’s not panic, let’s relax and enjoy the message of the angels, that in the end there will be peace on earth, goodwill to men!

The Tree Restored!

Our readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent will be Isaiah 7:10-16, and Luke 2:1-20, and we will be singing the hymns O Come All Ye Faithful, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Once in Royal David’s City, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

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

Christmas Activities at All Saints

Please join us for our Midnight Mass, or our Christmas Morning Eucharist. or both!  We usually have lots of visitors at Midnight Mass so it’s good to have All Saints people to welcome them too!

Christmas Lunch

Forty people have already signed up for Christmas lunch!  Please sign-up this Sunday, or send me an email, if you would like to join us!  We will have roast turkey, and all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding or pumpkin pie!

Please sign up on Sunday for what you are planning to bring!

Elena’s Birthday

Elena’s birthday is this coming Saturday, 21st December.  She has invited anyone who would like to join to come to the UN Irish Pub at 6 p.m.

Christmas Gifts for Children
at Youth Charity Foundation

This year we will once again give the 50 children from the Youth Charity Foundation a Christmas present from All Saints.  If we spend 150 THB on each child, that will cost 7,500 THB and we would also like to give something to the adults who work at the homes.

If you would like to contribute to this project, please put money in the red box at the back of the church or give to Trustees Bill Moeller or Chris Tananone, or our treasurer, Don Williams. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

We plan to deliver the gifts on Saturday December 28.  Let Bill or Chris know if you would be interested in joining this event (which will include food provided by the YCF).

Christmas cards

Another way to support the children of the Youth Charity Foundation is to purchase their beautiful handmade Christmas cards.  They are 40 THB each.  Take as many as you want and put the money in the box next to the cards.

New Year Potluck and House Blessing!

William and Tarntip would like to invite everyone to their home on Monday 30th December for a New Year Potluck and House Blessing!

Tarntip writes:

We will start at 4 pm. onwards and have a full blast this year. Food, Live Music, Puppet Shadow, Children Talent Shows, Bowl Singing from Nepal. Also, there will be cooking demonstration as well. Everyone is welcome.  For persons who wish to participate, please email me at purn.karunsiri@ gmail.com

William has had his operation following his motorbike accident and is on the mend!

New Year’s Eve

Everyone is invited to bring in the New Year at the Vicarage!  We will begin at 8 p.m. and go into 2020 together!  Please come if you can – more details to follow!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday, today (Thursday)!  Please feel free to join us!  This will not happen next week on Thursday 26th December as it will be Boxing Day!

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