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Making New!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

All Saints last Monday!

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

New Teachers’ Potluck

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

All Saints Trustees Meeting

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

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

God bless,

Iain

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Peace on Earth?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Clashes in Hong Kong on Tuesday

POTLUCK THIS WEEK!

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Teachers’ Potluck

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

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

God bless,

Iain

Step of Faith?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus says:

Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Challenging?  You bet!  Not just giving away our money, but selling our possessions and giving the proceeds away – and Jesus spoke in a society with no social security safety net, no Medicare or national Health Service!  As I said last week, it’s all about where your treasure is – for there your heart will be.  The things that are important to us are shown by how we spend our money!  The real Christian life is a challenge – but it is an exciting one!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, and Luke 12:32-40, and we will be singing the hymns The God of Abraham Praise, I will offer up my life, Take My Life and Let it Be, and Now Thank We All Our God!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Sharing Soap!

Last Saturday, Chris Tananone took the soap-filled milk cartons up to the children at the Youth Charity Foundation.  They each decorated their carton and it should last them all year for doing their laundry!  Thanks to Chris, the Chase family, and all who made this great project possible!

Comings and Goings!

Elena is safely back with her daughter in California,  Jantra has arrived at boarding school in India, and Gene our Deacon arrived on  Tuesday – after a 24 hour delay in Hong Kong!  The Chases are also settled back in Egypt, and the Tiptons have arrived in Malta!

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

Love of Money!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Jesus told the story of a rich farmer:

‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”  But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.’

Jesus calls on us to be wise in our use of the money and resources we have, but the important question is Where is our treasure?  Is our treasure in earthly things, in money, position, or power, or is it in the things of God – in love of God and neighbour, in doing good for the world?  We will be looking at these issues this Sunday!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23, Colossians 3:1-11, and Luke 12:13-21, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, and Go forth and tell!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Comings and Goings!


Elena – leaving this Friday!

Elena will be flying back to California on Friday, and Jantra will be off to boarding school in India next weekend.  Meanwhile, Gene our Deacon will be arriving on Tuesday 6th August!  Please hold them all in your prayers!

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

Ask, Ask, Ask!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Saying Farewell – last Sunday!

Dear Friends,

Last week we had our potluck to say goodbye to Pamela, Ken, Emily, Elena, and Jantra!  This Sunday, the Chase family will be on their way down to Bangkok, although Elena and Jantra will be with us for another week!  As you may know, the Chases are moving into the unknown with no jobs or home to go to – I know they have been praying a lot!  Let’s hold them in our prayers too!

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus teaches his disciples the Lord’s Prayer, and then says to them “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”  We ask, we pray, on behalf of each other.  But what about when our prayers seem not to be answered?  Some thoughts this week!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Genesis 18:20-32, Colossians 2:6-15, and Luke 11:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns Holy, Holy, Holy;  Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God; King of Kings Majesty; and At the Name of Jesus!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

New Organist

After a year of backing-tracks, we now have a new organist!  Her name is Gaew and she is a piano teacher here in Chiang Mai.  She played for the first time last Sunday and it was excellent!  We are very blessed to have her with us!

Soap Box!

The Chase family have collected 50 milk cartons for the orphans at the Youth Charity Foundation!  They are filling them with soap powder so that each child will have their own container for doing their laundry.  Last Sunday we collected a further THB 800 to buy more soap powder!

Bill Moeller and Chris Tananone will take the cartons to the orphanage!

Advertising All Saints

I believe that All Saints is a good place to worship.  For those who love an inclusive or a liturgical church it is a place to encounter God in Chiang Mai!  The problem is, so many people don’t know we are here.  We don’t need to “convert” people to grow as a body, but we do need to get the word out that All Saints exists and is here for them!

We have now paid for a Google ad.

If someone searches for “church Chiang Mai” or even just “church” and they are within a 25 km radius then our small listing ad appears.

This does not cost us anything unless someone clicks on the ad to go to our webpage or on the phone number to call the church!  We will be watching how this works over the next month.  Why not have a go?  (But don’t click on the link as this will cost money!)

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

Mary or Martha?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Which are you?

POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY

Dear Friends,

Jesus was very close to the family of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  Lazarus is famous for being raised from the dead, but Mary and Martha are noted for a different reason.   When Jesus came to visit their home, Martha was the perfect host, preparing all that was needed and working hard in the kitchen.  Mary, on the other hand, sat listening at Jesus’ feet – something which some of the men present may have disapproved of – it certainly annoyed Martha!

Which are we?  Doers or thinkers?  Servants of God or worshippers of God?  Of course, we should be both, but how do we get the balance right?  How do we know what God wants us to do?

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Amos 8:1-6, Colossians 1:15-20, and Luke 10:38-42, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, Be Thou My Vision, 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!

Potluck this Sunday 21st July!

We will have a potluck following this week’s service to say goodbye to the Chase family and also bon voyage to Jantra, who is off to boarding school in India!  We will also be saying goodbye to Elena as she returns to the States to live with her daughter!   All are welcome – don’t forget to bring something!!!

Ken, Emily, and Pamela, are some of our longest-standing members, and Jantra and Elena have been coming for almost as long!  They will all be greatly missed!

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

Neighbours!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Love your neighbour as yourself?

Dear Friends,

It is easy to love people that we like – that’s the natural way of the world.  But we are called to love our neighbours and, as Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan tells us, our “neighbour” is often the one we might have thought to be our enemy!  In any case, Jesus went further and explicitly told us to love our enemies too!

God will not judge us on how tidy are homes are or how big our car, or even how much money we earn or give away.  We will be judged on how we love, on how we really care for others.

It’s not always easy, but the good news of the Gospel is that we won’t be condemned for our failings, that in Jesus we have forgiveness.  So we are called to love, not for any reward, but because it is the right thing to do because God first loved us.

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Colossians 1:1-14, and Luke 10:25-37, and we will be singing the great hymns Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise; When I needed a Neighbour; Jesu, Jesu, Fill us with Your Love; and In Christ alone my hope is Found!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Church Renovations

We haven’t redecorated since July 2014 but repair work has begun on our building.

As you will have seen, our landlord has begun renovations on our church building.  Some of the rotten woodwork has being replaced or removed and the gate has being made safe.  They are waiting for heavy rain so they can find the exact points where the roof is leaking.  When that is complete we will begin repainting.  If you have a painter you could recommend, please see Father Iain.

Potluck – Advanced Notice – Sunday 21st July

We will have a potluck on Sunday 21st July to say goodbye to the Chase family and also bon voyage to Jantra who is off to boarding school in India!

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

Kingdom Come!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Jesus sent his disciples out to proclaim “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”  But was Jesus a bit premature?  What did this mean? Has God’s kingdom come even now, or are we still waiting?  We will look at these questions this week at All Saints!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 66:10-14, Galatians 6:1-10, and Luke 10:1-11, and we will be singing the hymns A Mighty Fortress, Called as Partners in Christ’s Service, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, and God is Love!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Church Renovations


Five years ago – William, Mary, and a very small Jantra!

We haven’t redecorated since July 2014 but on Sunday you will notice that repair work has begun on our building. The landlord is repairing and replacing some of the rotten wood work, and the wall outside the entrance.  He will also be repairing the few places where the roof leaks!

When this is done we will be getting the church repainted!  We painted the fence and gate when we moved in but nothing has been done since, and the inside and outside of our building could now do with a fresh coat of paint!

Potluck – Advanced Notice

We will have a potluck on Sunday 21st July to say goodbye to the Chase family and also bon voyage to Jantra who is off to boarding school in India!

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

Following Jesus?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

We are the People of God!

Dear Friends,

In the Church calendar we are now entering the half of the year known as “Ordinary Time.”  It is called ordinary not because it is boring or uninteresting, but because it isn’t one of those special seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, or Pentecost!  As you can see from the diagram below, our scripture readings and themes for Ordinary Time focus on the story of the people of God – the message of what we should be doing and who we are in God’s purposes.


This week our Gospel reading is from Luke’s Gospel where Jesus calls his disciples to follow him and utters those well known lines ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’  Jesus demands our commitment and this will be the focus of our worship this Sunday!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, and Luke 9:51-62, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Will you come and Follow Me?, They’ll know we are Christians by our Love, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

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

God bless,

Iain

Corpus Christi!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

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Dear Friends,

This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.  This centres around Jesus as given to us in the Eucharist, but can also remind us that we are the body of Christ, too!  Hebrews 10:25 says that “we should not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

June and July are always the low months for attendance at All Saints, as people travel and the international schools are on holiday.  This year overall numbers have also been affected by the terrible air pollution and changes in visa regulations, but still we only had twelve people at worship last Sunday!  If you are in Chiang Mai, then please join with us!  Don’t think that you won’t be missed – you are missed!  We are the body of Christ, and as we meet together we can refresh and support one another.

And this Sunday is Corpus Christi, when we give thanks for our access to the sacrament of Holy Communion.  Please, come and receive.  God is waiting and offering himself to us!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Genesis 14:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, and John 6:51-58, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia Sing to Jesus, Thou Who at Thy First Eucharist, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, 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!

Latest Sermon Videos Available

Videos of the sermons for the last three weeks, along with us saying goodbye to the Tiptons and Pfaffs, are now available on the Audio-Visual Page!  You can find them here!

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