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Holy Week

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The Cross Shines Defiant

Dear Friends,

This week we all watched in horror as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned.  The roof collapsed, and at one point all seemed lost.  But this is Holy Week, and more than one commentator has spoken on the theme of death and resurrection.  Of course, a cathedral is only wood and stone, but its destruction and rebuilding can act as a symbol that resurrection is possible!  In fact, in the Christian life it is not only possible, it is a fact of our salvation.

That is the message of Easter.  God had opened the way to life, to new beginnings, to wholeness and healing, to communion with God and all!

From the flames can come resurrection!

On Good Friday we will have a special Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m.  This is a solemn and moving service of hymns and readings, where candles are extinguished as the service progresses through the last days of Jesus life leading up to the crucifixion!  We will leave the church in darkness.

Our scripture readings for Good Friday will be Matthew 26:17-29, Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 15:1-15, Matthew 27:45-54, Isaiah 52:13-53:5, and Matthew 27:62-66, and we will sing 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!

Then on Easter Sunday we will have our joyous resurrection Eucharist at our usual time of 11 a.m.

Our scripture readings for Easter Sunday 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, along with a new setting of the Gloria by David Thorne!

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

The Easter Sunday service will be followed by a potluck lunch and Easter Egg Hunt!

Palm Sunday Service

The video of highlights of our Palm Sunday Service is available here, or you can just watch the sermon, The Magic of the Cross, here!

Orphanage Easter Egg Hunt

Getting Ready Last Sunday

This Saturday we will be meeting at the Youth Charity Foundation for an Easter Egg hunt and other Easter-themed activities.  The people of All Saints have crocheted an Easter basket for each child, and we have gifts of candy, too!  If you would like to join us, meet at the Youth Charity Foundation at 10 a.m., or at church at 9:30 a.m. if you would like a lift!

Click here for the YCF location and directions!

Coffee

The coffee we drink after church at All Saints is supplied by the Chase family.  With their Thai partners, they have just launched the Drooling Lion brand of locally grown organic coffee for export!  If you would like to get a bag, you can do so after church on Sunday.  If all goes well, they hope to launch a special blend in aid of the Youth Charity Foundation.

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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Magic of the Cross?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

His palms were pierced for us!

Dear Friends,

In English, the word palms has two meanings: it refers to the branches of the palm tree, which we wave on Palm Sunday, but it also refers to the softest and most vulnerable part of our hands.  Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and these seven days fill nearly half the chapters of the four gospels.  There is a lot of story to include!

Palm Sunday 2018 at All Saints

Traditionally, the church has had many special services for Holy Week: Palm/Passion Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Spy Wednesday, Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Day.

Spy Wednesday – Judas agrees to betray Jesus

On Holy Monday some observe the anointing of Jesus at Bethany or the Cleansing of the Temple, on Holy Tuesday Jesus’ prediction of his own death is often marked, and on Spy Wednesday the story of Judas arranging his betrayal of Jesus is often told.

Tenebrae is celebrated on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his subsequent death, and after sundown on Holy Saturday is the traditional time for Easter Vigil.  Then on Easter Sunday the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated!

The Last Supper – marked on Maundy Thursday

This year All Saints will only have services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

In previous years we have celebrated Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and saved the subsequent parts of the Easter story for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, ignoring the fact that Palm Sunday is also Passion Sunday, the Sunday when we remember Jesus’ Passion, his death on the Cross for us!

This year we will mark Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, but I will be preaching on the Magic of the Cross!  Magic, you may ask, is that a Christian word?  Is that a suitable term to apply to Jesus death on the Cross?  You will have to come this Sunday, or watch the video afterwards, to find out!

Our scripture readings for Palm Sunday will be Luke 19:28-40, Philippians 2:5-11, and Luke 23:13-25, 32-49, and we will be singing the hymns Hosanna in the Highest, All Glory Laud and Honour, Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, My Song is Love Unknown, and Ride on Ride on in Majesty!

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

Easter Services for 2019

Good Friday Service 19th April 7 pm
– a solemn tenabrae service

Easter Sunday Service 21st April 11 am
– followed by potluck and Easter Egg hunt

Air Pollution

Although things seem better in the afternoon, the morning air quality in Chiang Mai remains poor.  All Saints’ new air-filter worked well last Sunday and this will be in operation this week.

Preaching in Lent

We are mightily blessed at All Saints to have a whole host of preachers.  Throughout the Season of Lent  I handed over the pulpit to five of them.  Thanks to David McPhee, Nate Tipton, Taylor Pfaff, Christa Crawford, and Helga Spring for their words over the last five weeks.  All the 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

Room for Beauty!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Our world is a place which needs lots of help.  Poverty, injustice, and environmental degradation, are serious issues which require our time and our commitment, but there has to be more.  Full and living life needs love, beauty, and worship.   That is why some of us have been looking at new possibilities for All Saints this week.  Nothing is likely to happen soon, but worship of God is the core activity of All Saints, we are a worshipping community, and while we worship in our actions and in our daily lives, we also worship by bringing our best to God in music, art, and liturgy.

This is the theme of our Gospel reading this Sunday.  Mary, the sister of Martha, was devoted to Jesus and she worships him by washing his feet with costly perfume.  She is criticised for “wasting money” which could have been given to the poor, but Jesus rebukes her detractor.  As in most things, there is need for a balance, a need for wisdom, but part of our calling is to bring a holy worship to God and this we will try to do!

This Sunday we will have the great pleasure of hearing David McPhee preach on this passage.  Our scripture readings this week will be Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, and John 12:1-8, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, I will offer up my life, Be Thou My Vision, and Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts!

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

Easter Services for 2019

Palm Sunday Service 14th April 11 am
– with Parading of the Palms

Good Friday Service 19th April 7 pm
– a solemn tenabrae service

Easter Sunday Service 21st April 11 am
– followed by potluck and Easter Egg hunt

Air Pollution

Although things seem better in the afternoon, the morning air quality in Chiang Mai remains poor.  All Saints’ new air-filter worked well last Sunday and this will be in operation this week.

Amplification

The air-filter, whilst cleaning the air, does add slightly more background noise to our worship.  Last Sunday we used a microphone on the lectern for the first time and this was very successful and will be used again this week!

Preaching in Lent

We are mightily blessed at All Saints to have a whole host of preachers.  Throughout the Season of Lent, I am handing over the pulpit to five of them.  This week we will hear from David McPhee!  Thanks to Nate Tipton, Taylor Pfaff, Christa Crawford, and Helga Spring for their words for the last four weeks.

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

Welcome Home!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

God always welcomes us back!

AIR-FILTER IN OPERATION THIS WEEK

Dear Friends,

The story of the Prodigal Son is a parable, just a story, but what a wonderful story it is!  It shows us that God’s love never ends, that he forgives and welcomes us back, that we are never lost!  This Sunday Nate Tipton will be preaching and bringing us this wonderful good news!

Our scripture readings this week will be Joshua 5:9-12,  2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, and we will be singing the hymns Immortal, Invisible, God only wise; Amazing Grace; Jesus calls us! o’er the tumult; 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!

Air Pollution

Although things seemed to have improved a little since last Sunday, the air quality in Chiang Mai remains poor.  All Saints has now purchased its own air-filter and this will be in operation this week.

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

This year, our weekly Lent Study Groups are looking at the book The Power of Love by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Michael Curry.  It is a collection of his sermons, beginning with the one which he preached at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and which was watched by an estimated audience of over a billion people!  (That sermon can be viewed here!)

The groups continue to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Aldis’ house in Hang Dong and the Chase’s house in Sansai.   If you would like to join a group please sign up at the back of the church.

Preaching in Lent

We are mightily blessed at All Saints to have a whole host of preachers.  Throughout the Season of Lent, I am handing over the pulpit to five of them.  Over the next two weeks we will hear from Nate Tipton, and David McPhee!  Thanks to Taylor Pfaff, Christa Crawford, and Helga Spring for their words for the last three weeks.

Church Finances

All Saints trustees, Chris Tananone and Bill Moeller, have taken over most of the treasurer’s role until a permanent replacement can be found, and all our accounts are up to date and in order.

The Thai banking system does not allow recipients to identify who has made deposits into an account, and this month there has been a weekly deposit of THB 1,000 and a one-off deposit of THB 9,000.  If people wish to give anonymously then that is fine, but if you would like a receipt or acknowledgement of your donation, please email me or Chris or Bill.

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

Second Chance!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

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Dear Friends,

Lent is a time for reflecting on our failings!  That probably sounds rather depressing – certainly with all the pollution in Chiang Mai these days we all feel a little under the weather!

But the good news is that, whatever our failings, with God we always have a second chance!  Did you do wrong yesterday?  Never mind, tomorrow is a new chance, don’t do wrong again!  In this week’s Gospel reading we have Jesus telling the parable of the fig-tree.  The owner says cut it down, the gardener argues for one more year!  With God there is always the offer of one more chance!

Those of us from the UK, will perhaps find out this week whether the EU will grant an extension to Article 50!   Will we be given more time to sort everything out?  But with God, the answer is already clear – we have an extension, for God waits for us to turn to God!

Our readings this week will be Isaiah 55:1-5, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, and Luke 13:1-9, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, The Barren Fig-tree, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Gender Discrimination Committee

Last week I flew down to Bangkok to speak before the Thai government committee on the Determination of Unfair Gender Discrimination.  This is a follow-on from my award for Strengthening and Empowering the LGBTI Community last December.

I was asked to address the committee on my pastoral experience and views regarding same-sex marriage.  All went well, and it was good to be able to give a positive message that God values and honours the love between all people.  I was also able to share my experience of those who have suffered for lack of legal recognition of their relationships.

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

This year, our weekly Lent Study Groups are looking at the book The Power of Love by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Michael Curry.  It is a collection of his sermons, beginning with the one which he preached at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and which was watched by an estimated audience of over a billion people!  (That sermon can be viewed here!)

The groups continue to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Aldis’ house in Hang Dong and the Chase’s house in Sansai.   If you would like to join a group please sign up at the back of the church.

Preaching in Lent

We are mightily blessed at All Saints to have a whole host of preachers.  Throughout the Season of Lent, I will be handing over the pulpit to five of them.  Over the next three weeks we will hear from Taylor Pfaff, Nate Tipton, and David McPhee!

It will be great for me to hear them preach, and for the church to have a rest from my voice!  We are all part of the body of Christ and we can all share with one another!  Thanks to Christa Crawford and Helga Spring for their words for the last two weeks.

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

O Jerusalem!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Pray for the Peace of the City

Dear Friends,

Our world seems to be in turmoil, and Jerusalem seems to lie at the heart of the maelstrom as wars continue to the north in Syria and to the south in Yemen.  Accusations of anti-semitism have become political tools in the UK and US, and internal division and controversy rocks the Israeli State.

Our preacher this Sunday will be Helga Spring and the Gospel reading from Luke chapter 13 tells us of Jesus’ lamenting over Jerusalem.  “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” cries Jesus.

Lent is a time for re-orientating ourselves, turning once again towards God.  That is what repentance means.  You can join us for worship each Sunday, or join one of our two Lenten Study Groups!

Our readings this week will be Genesis 15:1-7,18, Philippians 3:17-4:1, and Luke 13:31-35, and we will be singing the hymns Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah,   King of Kings Majesty, Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts, and Great is Thy Faithfulness!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Gender Discrimination Committee

This Thursday I will be in Bangkok to speak before the Thai government committee on the Determination of Unfair Gender Discrimination.  This is a follow-on from my award for Strengthening and Empowering the LGBTI Community last December.  I have been asked to address the committee on my pastoral experience and views regarding same-sex marriage.

Please pray that I may speak wisely and that all will go well!

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

This year, our weekly Lent Study Groups are looking at the book The Power of Love by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Michael Curry.  It is a collection of his sermons, beginning with the one which he preached at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and which was watched by an estimated audience of over a billion people!  (That sermon can be viewed here!)

The groups will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Aldis’ house in Hang Dong and the Chase’s house in Sansai.   If you would like to join a group please sign up at the back of the church.

Preaching in Lent

We are mightily blessed at All Saints to have a whole host of preachers.  Throughout the Season of Lent, I will be handing over the pulpit to five of them.  Over the four weeks we will hear from Helga Spring, Taylor Pfaff, Nate Tipton, and David McPhee!  It will be great for me to hear them preach, and for the church to have a rest from my voice!  We are all part of the body of Christ and we can all share with one another!

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

Lent is Here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Memories from Lent 2017

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEDNESDAY

Dear Friends,

It has been another wonderful week!  Last Saturday I had a great visit to the Youth Charity Foundation and we are hoping we can help them more!

We are now entering the Season of Lent and we will begin with our Ash Wednesday service, tonight at 7 p.m.  Lent is a time for re-orientating ourselves, turning once again towards God.  That is what repentance means.  Join us for worship tonight and each Sunday, or join one of our two Lenten Study Groups!

Our preacher this Sunday will be Christa Crawford and the Gospel reading from Luke chapter 4 tells us of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.  Our readings this week will be Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8-13, and Luke 4:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Forty Days and Forty Nights, Take My Life and Let it Be, 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!

Ash Wednesday – Tonight!

We will have a special Ash Wednesday service this Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m.  The service will include the imposition of ashes.  Please come and join in this moving service if you can!

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

This year, our weekly Lent Study Groups will look at the book The Power of Love by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Michael Curry.  It is a collection of his sermons, beginning with the one which he preached at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and which was watched by an estimated audience of over a billion people!  (That sermon can be viewed here!)

The groups will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Aldis’ house in Hang Dong and the Chase’s house in Sansai.   If you would like to join a group please sign up at the back of the church.   (As the Aldis’ are travelling next week, the first Tuesday meeting will be here in the church.)

Preaching in Lent

We are mightily blessed at All Saints to have a whole host of preachers.  Throughout the Season of Lent, I will be handing over the pulpit to five of them.  Over the five weeks we will hear from Christa Crawford, Helga Spring, Taylor Pfaff, Nate Tipton, and David McPhee!

It will be great for me to hear them preach, and for the church to have a rest from my voice!  We are all part of the body of Christ and we can all share with one another!

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

Seeing Jesus!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Who do you say that I am?

PANCAKE POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY!

Dear Friends,

It has been a wonderful week!

Last Thursday a number of people from All Saints marched in Chiang Mai Parade – witnessing to God’s love for all!


The day before, just after last week’s email was sent, we received confirmation that All Saints Chiang Mai Missionhas been approved and registered as a UK charity by the Charity Commission.  We are Registered Charity Number 1182147.  The official listing can be found here!

This approval provides us with an additional layer of accountability and transparency, and will also enable us to reclaim tax from donations by UK taxpayers.  The application was first submitted in March 2018 and it has taken nearly a year for approval.  Many thanks to all who helped in this long and difficult process!

Then last Saturday, we had the first meeting in preparation for the registering of All Saints as a Thai Foundation.  The meeting went very well, and we will reconvene on 23rd March, by which time we should be ready to submit the paperwork.  The foundation will be called the Lokartorn FoundationLok Ar Torn means Whole Earth.  All Saints does not translate well into Thai, and having a different name gives the option of the foundation expanding its work further in the future!

Our worship this Sunday will focus on the Transfiguration of Jesus.  He must be our vision as we live together as God’s people the church, for we are Christians!  It is because of our vision of Jesus and his love, that all are efforts are made relevant.

Our readings this Sunday will be Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2, and Luke 9:28-36, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia Sing to Jesus, Transfiguration Hymn, Be Thou My Vision, 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!

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

It was wonderful to see a good number of All Saints people marching last Thursday.  We shared God’s love with those around us and valuable contacts were made.  At least two people came to church last Sunday due to our presence in the parade, but more importantly we stood for the Gospel of God’s unending and unlimited love!

Pancake Potluck – This Sunday!

Our Pre-Lenten Pancake Potluck will be this Sunday, 3rd March.  As we prepare for Lent, we will eat pancakes – symbolising the removal of fat from our diets as we enter the Lenten fast.  People are asked to bring toppings to share!

Ash Wednesday – Next Week!

We will have a special Ash Wednesday service next Wednesday, 6th March, beginning at 7 p.m.  The service will include the imposition of ashes.

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

This year, our weekly Lent Study Groups will look at the book The Power of Love by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Michael Curry.  It is a collection of his sermons, beginning with the one which he preached at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and which was watched by an estimated audience of over a billion people!  (That sermon can be viewed here!)

The groups will meet on Tuesday and Thursday in Sansai and Hang Dong.  If you would like to join a group please sign up at the back of the church.

Preaching in Lent

 We are mightily blessed at All Saints to have a whole host of preachers.  Throughout the Season of Lent, I will be handing over the pulpit to five of them.  Over the five weeks we will hear from Christa Crawford, Helga Spring, Taylor Pfaff, Nate Tipton, and David McPhee!  It will be great for me to hear them preach, and for the church to have a rest from my voice!  We are all part of the body of Christ and we can all share with one another!

Treasurer

Richard Murray has done a fantastic job as treasurer for the last two years, but his tenure has come to an end and we are looking for a new treasurer.  If you could be interested in serving in this role, please speak to Richard, or to Mark Crawford, or to me.  A sharing of the role may be possible!

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

Take Pride!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

For the first time in ten years, Chiang Mai will be holding a Pride march.  This will occur this Thursday, 21st February, exactly ten years to the day since the last march.  The march will gather at 6 p.m. at the Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center and end at Thapae Gate.  All supportive people are invited to join.  All Saints will be marching behind a Christians at Pride banner.

We will gather at 5:30 p.m. at church, or you can join us at the Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center, which is just across the road from the Governor’s Mansion at the end of the Nawarat Bridge.  This will give all of us the chance to share the message that God loves everyone – and has no favorites!  (More details below.)

On Sunday, we will be focussing on how we should trust in God with our very lives!  If God is for us, who can be against us?

Our readings this Sunday will be Genesis 2:4-9, Revelation 4:1, 6-11, and Luke 8:22-25, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, Will Your Anchor Hold?, Now Thank We All Our God, and When we walk with the Lord!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

The march will gather at 6 p.m. at the Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center and end at Thapae Gate.  All supportive people are invited to join.  All Saints will be marching behind a Christians at Pride banner.

The events are as follows:

17.00 – 19.00 Hrs. Parade Registration
Starting Location: Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center by the Nawarat Bridge

19.00 – 20.00 Hrs. Parade Begin From Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center to Night Bazaar Chiang Mai and end at Thapae Gate

20.00 – 20.15 Hrs. Parade arrives at Thapae Gate. Opening Ceremony Begins

20.15 – 20.25 Hrs. First Speaker – The History of Chiang Mai Pride

20.25 – 22.00 Hrs. Speeches and Ceremony

Treasurer

Richard Murray has done a fantastic job as treasurer for the last two years, but his tenure has come to an end and we are looking for a new treasurer.  If you could be interested in serving in this role, please speak to Richard, or to Mark Crawford, or to me.  A sharing of the role may be possible!

Pancake Potluck

Our Pre-Lenten Pancake Potluck will be on Sunday 2nd March.  As we prepare for Lent, we will eat pancakes – symbolising the removal of fat from our diets as we enter the Lenten fast.  People are asked to bring toppings to share!

Ash Wednesday

We will have a special Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday 6th March, beginning at 7 p.m.  The service will include the imposition of ashes.

Lent Study Groups

This year, we will again be having weekly Lent Study Groups.  If you would like to join a group please sign up at the back of the church.  If you have suggestions for a book to topic we could study please see Father Iain.  The venues will be confirmed next week!

All Saints Foundation
We are beginning the process of registering All Saints as a foundation with the Thai government.  An initial official planning meeting will be held this Saturday, 23rd February.  Please hold all involved in your prayers and let me know if you would like to be involved.  All are welcome!

UK Charity

The process for UK Charity registration of All Saints Chiang Mai Mission is almost complete!  I am hoping for some good news this week!

New Building

Those of you who regularly attend All Saints will know that our new building project is not now going ahead.  This door has shut for the time being, but I am sure that God has got new plans for us just over the horizon.  All is well, and there has been no falling-out, but this particular project is not now going to happen!

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

Blessed are the Poor

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Christmas Eve at the Youth Charity Foundation

Dear Friends,

In this week’s Gospel reading, Jesus has some challenging words about the rich and the poor.

‘Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.

‘But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
‘Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
‘Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.

Let’s face it – we are the rich.  Which of us has ever lain awake wondering where the next meal was coming from?  Which of us has ever been homeless?  Which of us has seen a loved one die for lack of medical care?  Which of us has ever felt completely alone, abandoned to our fate?  Even if we have encountered occasional obstacles, this has not been the general pattern of our lives.  It is not a sin to be comfortable, to have what we need, but it is a sin to do nothing to help our brothers and sisters who need the same.

We live in a fallen world, this means that appealing to people’s “better nature” will never provide enough to feed the hungry or cloth the naked – it never has in the past, and it never will in this world.  That is why we have taxes – to ensure that the earth’s resources are more fairly shared.  People will disagree about how this should be done and what is the fairest way of doing this, but our goal must always be that none go to sleep hungry, that nobody is without a home, and that no one dies where they could be saved.

Our readings this Sunday will be Jeremiah 17:5-8, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, and Luke 6:17-26, and we will be singing the hymns All My Hope on God Is Founded, Beauty for Brokenness, Take My Life and Let it Be, and God Whose Almighty Word.  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Treasurer

Richard Murray has done a fantastic job as treasurer for the last two years, but his tenure has come to an end and we are looking for a new treasurer.  If you could be interested in serving in this role, please speak to Richard, or to Mark Crawford, or to Father Iain.

Lent Study Groups

This year, we will again be having weekly Lent Study Groups.  If you would like to join a group please sign up at the back of the church.  If you have suggestions for a book to topic we could study please see Father Iain.

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

For the first time in ten years, Chiang Mai will be holding a Pride march.  This will occur next Thursday, 21st February, exactly ten years to the day since the last march.  The march will gather at 6 p.m. at the Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center and end at Thapae Gate.  All supportive people are invited to join.  All Saints will be marching behind a Christians at Pride banner.

The events are as follows:

17.00 – 19.00 Hrs. Parade Registration
Starting Location: Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center by the Nawarat Bridge

19.00 – 20.00 Hrs. Parade Begin From Chiang Mai Religion Practice Center to Night Bazaar Chiang Mai and end at Thapae Gate

20.00 – 20.15 Hrs. Parade arrives at Thapae Gate. Opening Ceremony Begins

20.15 – 20.25 Hrs. First Speaker – The History of Chiang Mai Pride

20.25 – 22.00 Hrs. Speeches and Ceremony

All Saints Foundation

We are beginning the process of registering All Saints as a foundation with the Thai government.  An initial official planning meeting will be held on Saturday 23rd February.  Please hold all involved in your prayers and let me know if you would like to be involved.

The process for UK Charity registration is also continuing.

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