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Safe with Jesus!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Father Mark will be preaching again this week!

Dear Friends,
After a wonderfully busy weekend last week – with two ordination services in addition to our usual Sunday service – we return to normal this week!  I shall be down in Bangkok ordaining a deacon to begin a student congregation there, and Mark will be leading worship at All Saints.

Our Gospel reading this week reminds us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and that we are safe in his arms!  This message of love is the heart of the gospel and we have good news to share!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Acts 9:36-43, Revelation 7:9-17, and John 10:22-30, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today; The Lord’s my shepherd (And I will trust in You alone), 
The Lord’s my shepherd,
and The King of love my Shepherd is!

Use this link to join us on Zoom this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s Sermon

Last week’s sermon “Oh, how I love Jesus”, can be seen here!

New Small Groups Continue

Tuesdays at 12pm– small group at Bella Goose
Thursdays at 6pm– small group at the Crawfords’

Talk to Mark for more details.

Chili Night 


A few of the group!

No Chili night next week, it will return on Tuesday, 17th May, at 6 p.m. 


Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

Feed my Sheep!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Archbishop Ron will be with us once again

Dear Friends,
It is wonderful to have Archbishop Ron Langham with us once again for three ordination!  We are very grateful that he is willing to assist us in this way!

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is Jesus’ resurrection appearance on the Sea of Galilee, when he calls upon Peter to “Feed my sheep!”  That is what all of us called to Christian leadership are called upon to do and we will be re-affirming that this week!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Acts 9:1-20, Revelation 5:11-14, and John 21:1-19, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today; Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks; In Christ alone my hope is Found; and Thine Be the Glory!

Use this link to join us on Zoom this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. or at the ordination service at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s Sermon

Last week’s sermon by Pastor Mark Crawford on Doubting Thomas can be seen here!

The Youth Charity Foundation in Hua Hin

The beautiful “Christian Mission Cottages”
The YCF children had a wonderful time in Hua Hin.  Thanks to all who gave to make this possible!

Sunrise preaching on the beach

It was hard work for the leaders, though!  I preached at two sunrise devotions and one evening devotion, and led three two-hour bible studies.

Studying the Bible together!

The highlight of the week was the Wednesday morning baptism service, when nineteen of the older children were baptised!

Preparing for the Baptism!

For half the children it was the first time they had seen the sea, and one of the boys cried because the food was so plentiful and his family back home have so little.


Relaxing over-looking the sea!
The most challenging part was supervising the children in the sea!  You nearly lost your pastor when one of the girls got into difficulties and I had to swim out to pull her back in!  I was praying very hard indeed as I struggled against the current, but thank God that all was well and no one was lost!

Altogether it was an exhausting but very worth-while week!

Sharing God’s word together!

New Small Groups Continue

Tuesdays at 12pm– small group at Bella Goose
Thursdays at 6pm– small group at the Crawfords’

Talk to Mark and Christa for more details.

Chili Night 


A few of the group!

Chili night will return next Tuesday, 3rd May, at 6 p.m.  This will be the last Chili Night before mum returns to the UK for four months!


Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

Christ is Risen!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Happy Easter to All!

Dear Friends,


Join us at 10:30 a.m. this morning for our joyous Easter Eucharist!  Jesus is risen from the dead!  Alleluia!  Death is conquered!  Alleluia!  Christ is alive!  Alleluia!

Our service will be followed by a celebratory potluck at the vicarage with an Easter egg hunt for the children!’

Today’s scripture readings will be Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, and John 20:1-18, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today, The Day of Resurrection, Christ is Alive, and Thine Be the Glory!

Use this link to join us on Zoom this morning at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

This is Holy Week!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Our Solemn Remembrance
Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

Dear Friends,
This year’s Holy Week seems to have crept up on us unawares.  Lent quietly flew by, and Easter is almost upon us.  With the lessening of the Covid threat, people are travelling for both work and pleasure, and many of our regulars are out of town. It will be a relatively quiet Easter, but I suppose that’s not unlike the first one.  Yes, there were crowds shouting “Crucify him!”, but at the crucifixion itself Jesus was largely alone with only a handful of his women followers left to sustain him.  It was these same women who would three days later be the first witnesses to his resurrection.

So, if we are fewer in number this year, we would do well to remember that first Easter and Good Friday.  Jesus’ love for the whole world was revealed not to crowds of thousands, but to a small group of ordinary people – and that is who we are! So let us remember that the message of Good Friday is that God is here for each one of us, and God’s love has no limit.

The scripture readings for Good Friday will be an account of the last week of Jesus’ life leading to the crucifixion, and we will be singing the hymns When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, How deep the Father’s love for us, My Song is Love Unknown, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord, and O Love that Will Not Let Me Go!

On Easter Sunday our scripture readings will be Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, and John 20:1-18, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Christ is Risen Today, The Day of Resurrection, Christ is Alive, and Thine Be the Glory!

Use this link to join us on Zoom this Friday at 7 p.m. or on Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Our Palm Sunday Service

Highlights of the service for Palm Sunday 2022, including Parading of the Palms, Gloria, Gospel Reading and Sermon, and the All Saints Choristers singing “Still”, can be seen here! Older sermons and services can be seen via the All Saints website!

Easter Services

The Easter season is upon us!  

Good Friday Service     15th April 7:00 pm  
– a solemn tenabrae service

Easter Sunday Service 17th April 10:30 am 
– followed by potluck and Easter Egg hunt  

The Youth Charity Foundation in Hua Hin

The YCF annual trip to the sea was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.  They are finally going next week, and mum and I will be joining them.

Please pray that all may be renewed and refreshed, and that all would go well in travel and in Hua Hin.  And pray for me as I lead the bible study for the older children.

New Small Groups

Tuesday, April 19th, 12pm– small group at Bella Goose
Thursday, April 21st, 6pm– small group at the Crawfords’

Talk to Mark and Christa for more details.

Child Protection Training

Following the adoption of our new Child Protection Policy at our AGM in February,  we are offering training to all church members.  This will be at the church on Sunday, April 24th at 1pm, following lunch.


Chili Night 


A few of the group!

Chili night will return on Tuesday 3rd May at 6 p.m.  This will be the last Chili Night before mum returns to the UK for four months!


Prayer Meeting

Our prayer meeting will be changing – watch this space for details!

Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

Palm Sunday is here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Hosanna in the Highest!

SPECIAL POTLUCK THIS WEEK

Dear Friends,
It is hard to believe that this Sunday is Palm Sunday already and Lent has passed!

This Sunday marks the anniversary of the first appearance of our choir of children from the Youth Charity Foundation.  In the year of its existence it has grown from 18 to 24 members, and this week we hope to have most of them in attendance! Please pray for the children of YCF that they may be protected from another Covid outbreak, and be able to go to Hua Hin for their annual holiday this year.  They were unable to go in 2020 and 2021.

We will begin our worship by parading down the street next to the church waving palm branches and declaring the power of God to save!  In these stressful times, it is important to remember that God is with us!

The scripture readings for this Sunday will be Luke 19:28-40, Philippians 2:5-11, and Luke 23:1-24, and we will be singing the hymns Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest; All Glory, Laud and Honour; Hosanna, Loud Hosanna; Brother, Sister, Let me Serve You; and 
Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s Sermon!

Last week’s sermon “Stress!” can be seen here! Older sermons and services can be seen via the All Saints website!

Easter Services

The Easter season is upon us!  

Palm Sunday Service   10th April 10:30 am 
– with parading of the palms and choir potluck

Good Friday Service     15th April 7:00 pm  
– a solemn tenabrae service

Easter Sunday Service 17th April 10:30 am 
– followed by potluck and Easter Egg hunt  

Palm Sunday – This Week!

This Sunday, 10th April, is Palm Sunday.  Our worship will include the parading of the palms, and our choir of children from the Youth Charity Foundation will again be with us! The service will be followed by a special potluck especially for the children.  This will be at the vicarage and all are welcome!

New Small Groups

Tuesday, April 19th, 12pm– small group at Bella Goose
Thursday, April 21st, 6pm– small group at the Crawford

More details to follow!

Child Protection Training

Following the adoption of our new Child Protection Policy at our AGM in February,  we are offering training to all church members.  This will be at the church on Sunday, April 24th at 1pm, following lunch.


Chili Night 


A few of the group!

Chili night at the Vicarage continues this Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Every Tuesday everyone in Chiang Mai is invited to Chili Night in the New Vicarage.  Chili con Carne, rice, chips, ice-cream, and drinks are provided.  Just come along! (But let Father Iain know in advance if you can!)   All are welcome.  


Prayer Meeting

We have a weekly online prayer meeting.  Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.  

Use this link to join the prayer!

Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

Head & Feet!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Mary washes Jesus’ feet!

Dear Friends,


“Mary washed Jesus’ hair with her feet!”

I said this to my mum as I told her what the Gospel reading was this week.

 “I think it was the other way round.” she corrected me, “Mary washed Jesus feet with her hair.”

Of course, I realised my mistake but it made me think.  It could be quite a smelly thing for someone to put their feet on your head – quiet dirty, especially in Thai or Middle Eastern culture.  But that is what Mary did to Jesus, she put her hair all over his feet to wash them clean.

When we look at the action upside-down it can remind us again of the radical nature of the act.  In Thai and Middle Eastern culture you must not point your feet at anyone and you must not even put a hat on the floor.  Feet are seen as unclean, and heads as sacred.  Even touching a child on the head can be frowned upon.

Feet the right way!

A friend of mine did some work for the Bible Society in Egypt.  A picture book of children’s Bible stories was being translated from English into Arabic.  The text was fine, but one of the pictures was not.  Jesus was sitting cross-legged and his foot was pointing straight at people’s heads!  The offending leg had to be redrawn!

And yet, in this week’s story we see Mary throw culture and convention out of the window.  She wanted to show her devotion and worship of Jesus and gave both money – in the form of expensive perfume – and herself – though the extravagant and scandalous us of her hair! 

How much are we prepared to give to worship God?

The scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4-14, and John 12:1-8, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, Forty Days and Forty Nights, and When in our Music God is Glorified!

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s Sermon!

Last week’s sermon “The Prodigal Son!” can be seen here! Older sermons and services can be seen via the All Saints website!

Easter Services

The Easter season is almost upon us!  

Palm Sunday Service   10th April 10:30 am 
– with parading of the palms

Good Friday Service     15th April 7:00 pm  
– a solemn tenabrae service

Easter Sunday Service 17th April 10:30 am 
– followed by potluck and Easter Egg hunt  

Palm Sunday – Next Week!

Next Sunday, 10th April, is Palm Sunday.  Our worship will include the parading of the palms, and hopefully our choir of children from the Youth Charity Foundation will again be with us!

New Small Groups

Tuesday, April 19th, 12pm– small group at Bella Goose
Thursday, April 21st, 6pm– small group at the Crawford

More details to follow!

Child Protection Training

Following the adoption of our new Child Protection Policy at our AGM in February,  we are offering training to all church members.  This will be at the church on Sunday, April 24th at 1pm, following lunch.


Chili Night 


A few of the group!

Chili night at the Vicarage continues this Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Every Tuesday everyone in Chiang Mai is invited to Chili Night in the New Vicarage.  Chili con Carne, rice, chips, ice-cream, and drinks are provided.  Just come along! (But let Father Iain know in advance if you can!)   All are welcome.  


Prayer Meeting

We have a weekly online prayer meeting.  Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.  

Use this link to join the prayer!

Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

Welcome!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Welcome back!

Dear Friends,


This week our Gospel reading is the story of the Prodigal Son – one of the most famous parables in scripture. In the parable, the son who has gone away and squandered his inheritance is, none the less, welcomed back by his father.  This powerful story reminds us that whatever we’ve done, or failed to do, God will always welcome us back.

This is assurance – the knowledge that God will always love us, no matter what!  It is at the very heart of the good news of the Gospel – no one is so bad that they must sit at the back of the church by the door, all are fully welcome to be restored and come fully in!

The scripture readings for this Sunday will be Joshua 5:9-12, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, and Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Amazing Grace, Break Thou the Bread of Life, and Born in Song!

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s Sermon!

Last week’s sermon “Useful or Useless?” can be seen here! 

Older sermons and services can be seen via the All Saints website!

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Rainbows and Windmills

Many of you will have met Peter Tarleton at All Saints.  His first book, Rainbows & Windmills, will be released in Dublin this week.  It looks at the dichotomy between spirituality and religion and asks challenging questions about both.

It can be ordered online, either from Columbabooks.com or Amazon.


Chili Night 


A few of the group!

Chili night at the Vicarage continues this Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Every Tuesday everyone in Chiang Mai is invited to Chili Night in the New Vicarage.  Chili con Carne, rice, chips, ice-cream, and drinks are provided.  Just come along! (But let Father Iain know in advance if you can!)   All are welcome.  


Prayer Meeting

We have a weekly online prayer meeting.  Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.  

Use this link to join the prayer!

Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

Useful?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


How useful are you?

Dear Friends,
In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus tells a strange parable.  It is about an unproductive fig tree.  The owner complains because it hasn’t fruited for three years and asks the gardener to cut it down.  The gardener pleads for one more year for the fig tree, but if it still fails to provide figs then it should be chopped down.

Jesus was talking to the people of Jerusalem, but how does this apply to us?  Are we useful or useless?

At this time of conflicts in Ukraine and Myanmar what are we doing?  The Chase family, who used to attend All Saints and now live in Hungary, are making sandwiches for refugees from Ukraine.  Others in our congregation are working with people from Myanmar.  All Saints is donating THB 20,000 to help the Karenni people, but what more can we all do?


Chase family sandwiches!


God has placed us in different places with different jobs to do, but we can all ask “How can I be useful?”

The scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 55:1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, and Luke 13:1-9, and we will be singing the hymns Christ is the World’s Light, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, Give me Jesus, and Christ, Be Our Light!

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s Sermon!

Due to technical difficulties, last week’s sermon was not recorded.  Older sermons and services can be seen via the All Saints website!

Covid-19 at the Youth Charity Foundation

Our choir will now not be joining us this Sunday.  As of Wednesday, 35 children at YCF had tested positive for the corona virus.  Please hold them in your prayers.

Also pray for Khun Tasnee who is supposed to be travelling to Australia for her son’s wedding but is still waiting for her visa!

Potluck This week!
 


There will be a potluck at the vicarage following this week’s Sunday service.  Unfortunately due to the new Covid outbreak, the children from YCF will not be joining us.   We will be fewer in number, but can still share with one another.  Bring food to share!  We may eat inside if the pollution level and temperature is high!  All are welcome!
 

Chili Night 


A few of the group!

Chili night at the Vicarage recommences this Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Every Tuesday everyone in Chiang Mai is invited to Chili Night in the New Vicarage.  Chili con Carne, rice, chips, ice-cream, and drinks are provided.  Just come along!  (But let Father Iain know in advance if you can!)   All are welcome.  


Prayer Meeting

We have a weekly online prayer meeting.  Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.  

Use this link to join the prayer!

Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

Dangerous?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Dangerous Jesus, loud and strong!

Dear Friends,
The hymn says “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild”, but was Jesus gentle, meek, and mild?  He certainly could be gentle with those in need and distress, and meek means “self-controlled”, so he could be that too at times.  But was he ever mild?  He denounced the Pharisees and political leaders of his day, he condemned hypocrisy and greed, I don’t think he was ever mild!

Jesus was condemned by the powerful people of his day because he was loud and strong – that made him a dangerous man, a threat to those in authority!

Powerful people don’t kill harmless people, there is no need.  Jesus was condemned because he threatened to turn the world upside down – not just turn the tables in the Temple.  Jesus knew the danger he was in, yet pressed on – determined to fulfil his God-given mission.  Are we ready to do the same?

The readings for this Sunday will be Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18,  Philippians 3:17-4:1, and Luke 13:31-35, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, Make Me a Channel of your Peace, When I needed a Neighbour, and Now Thank We All Our God!

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s Sermon!

The sermon for last Sunday will soon be available via the All Saints website!

Giving from All Saints in time of Conflict

People of Ukraine
Karenni people in Myanmar

All Saints believes in giving, and every year we aim to give 10% of our surplus away.  This year that amounts to about THB 50,000.

Last week the Church Council met and part of our discussion was how we can support the people of Ukraine and Myanmar at this time.  Both conflicts are on our minds and in or prayers, but the ongoing attacks in Myanmar are largely forgotten by the wider world so that is where the little money we have can do the most good.

The Council therefore decided to give THB 20,000 to a community-based organization already providing relief to Karenni internally displaced people in Karenni State.  They are in a very critical state and our money will be used directly with the people who need it.

We continue in our prayers for all the people of Myanmar and Ukraine at this time, and stand ready to do more as the opportunity presents itself.

Potluck Sunday 20th March!
 


There will be a potluck next week, Sunday 20th March, at the vicarage following the service.  Our children’s choir will be joining us for worship and lunch.  Please see Phyllis about what you should bring!
 

Chili Night 


A few of the group!

No Chili Night this Tuesday as I am at a wedding.  It will return on Tuesday 22nd March at the usual time of 6 p.m.


Prayer Meeting

We have a weekly online prayer meeting.  Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.  

Use this link to join the prayer!

Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain

Lent is Here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Anointing with Ashes!

Dear Friends,


We are now in Lent, the season of repentance.  

This year Orthodox Easter will fall a week later than Western Easter, so Orthodox Christians in Ukraine and Russia will be marking Ash Wednesday next week on 9th March.  Repentance isn’t just personal, it can be corporate, it can be national, or international.  We are together the body of Christ, not individually.  

As we have been anointed with ashes as a sign of repentance, we all have things we need to repent of as individuals, some big some small, but as representatives of our nations we also have things that we must corporately repent of: evil acts committed, or the failure to stand up to evil in the past, the willingness to compromise for financial advantage or political advancement.


Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday


The situation in Ukraine is on all of our minds – the world is watching.   The situation in Myanmar is largely forgotten as the world has turned away.  Both nations need our prayers, the leaders of Russia and Burma need to repent, and our own nations need to repent for failure to do enough in the past and failure to accept refugees even now.

War is always a failure, and to choose war when none is needed is the surest folly.  The West has become united against Russia, and the situation has become more tense and dangerous.  “All” we can do is pray!  But prayer is a mighty and effective thing!  So let us pray for our world!

The readings for this Sunday will be Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8-13, and Luke 4:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Forty Days and Forty Nights, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and God is Love!

Use this link to join this Sunday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 548 801 501

Last week’s Sermons!

The sermons for last Sunday and Ash Wednesday will soon be available via the All Saints website!

Ash Wednesday Service

Annual General Meeting 2022 –  Last Sunday!

We has a good meeting following last Sunday’s service.  Reports were received from Chris Tananone, our Council Chair, and from me as vicar. The budget for 2022 was approved and an auditor appointed for last year’s accounts.

The following people were elected on to the Council:

Chris Tananone
Hannah Alexander-Herrick
Katie Wierenga
Sarah Sensamaust

Minutes of the meeting and copies of the reports are available at the back of the church or on request. The meeting also approved the adoption of All Saints’ Child Protection Policy.  The General Policy can be found here and the Digital Policy here.


Chili Night 


A few of the group!

Chili night at the Vicarage recommences this Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Every Tuesday everyone in Chiang Mai is invited to Chili Night in the New Vicarage.  Chili con Carne, rice, chips, ice-cream, and drinks are provided.  Just come along!  (But let Father Iain know in advance if you can!)   All are welcome.  


Prayer Meeting

We have a weekly online prayer meeting.  Join us at 9 a.m. on Zoom every Tuesday.  

Use this link to join the prayer!

Weekly Offering to All Saints
You can still donate in person or online.  Thank you for your support and love for All Saints and all we are trying to do together.  God has shown that he is mighty and we are in his hands!

God bless,

Father Iain