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Authority!


From Father Iain, All Saints, Chiang Mai


Who Decides?

Dear Friends,

In person worship continues at All Saints, and this Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page.

In this week’s Gospel reading the chief priests and elders of the people question Jesus’ authority.  But where do we get our authority from?  The Bible, the Church, our conscience, the words of Jesus?  It is important that we choose the right source!  Find out more at All Saints this Sunday.

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Ezekiel 18:1-4, Philippians 2:1-13, and Matthew 21:23-32, and our hymns will be Praise to the Lord the Almighty and I have decided to follow Jesus!

Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below.


Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending: The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads.

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The protocols can be viewed here!

Harvest Festival

This year the All Saints Harvest Festival will be held at the Youth Charity Foundation on Sunday 25th October.  More details to follow!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch!
This is a weekly event!  Each week a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join this week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.

People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page.

Please email me if you would like a receipt.

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching online we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

NOT FAIR!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,
God is not fair – that’s the Good News of the Gospel!  God does not treat us as we deserve but in love gives us many blessings!

This week’s Gospel reading is the Parable of the Workers: 

A rich landowner hires a group of men early in the morning, promising to pay them the usual daily rate.  He continues to hire men throughout the day, hiring some at nine in the morning, some at midday, and some at five in the afternoon! When the working day ended at 6 pm, he paid the five o’clock hires the full day’s wage and, understandably perhaps, those who’d worked a full twelve hour day were unhappy that they received the same.  “That’s not fair!”

The landowner explained that they’d got what was fair and agreed, and what was it to them if he wanted to be generous! As well as supporting a universal income, Jesus was making the point that God acts the same way.  God is generous – God doesn’t give us what we deserve, but in overflowing love pours out his blessing and forgiveness upon us!  This is the God we worship!!!

In person worship continues at All Saints, and this Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page. Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Jonah 3:10-4:11, Philippians 1:21-30, and Matthew 20:1-16, and our hymns for the morning service will be Come Thou Fount of every Blessing and Thou whose Almighty Word!

Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below.

Last Week’s Zoom Service 

It was great to see friends around the world gathered for last Sunday’s Zoom Eucharist.  The next one will be on November 1st as we celebrate All Saint’s Day! The video of the service can be seen via the Audio-Visual page of the All Saints website!

Lunch at Green O’Clock

 Last Sunday, seventeen people joined the lunch following the morning service – which may be a record!  Great to see so many new people.


Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

 The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending: The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads. There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join! The protocols can be viewed here!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch!
This is a weekly event!  Last week, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join this week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or watching on-line, we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

Zooming Again!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


A Special Zoom Service this Sunday at 6 p.m.

Dear Friends,

In person worship continues at All Saints, and this Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page.

However, we will also be having a special Zoom-only service at 6 p.m. Thai time – that’s midday in the UK, 1 p.m. in Europe, and 7 a.m. on the East Coast of the States!  All Are welcome to join.  I am looking forward to leading worship again and to seeing each other around the world once more!  Click here to join the service at 6 p.m. and here to download the liturgy.

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Genesis 50:15-21, Romans 14:1-12, and Matthew 18:21-35, and our hymns for the morning service will be Praise with joy the world’s Creator, and Now thank we all our God!   Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below.

On Zoom at 6 p.m. we will be singing Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty, Blessed Assurance (Thai), King of Kings Majesty, and Christ, Be Our Light!

Our Zoom service will consist of our usual Eucharistic worship!  All are welcome to join in the prayers and liturgy, to listen to the readings and sermon, and to receive virtual communion if they feel comfortable.  If you want to receive virtual communion then have a small piece of bread and a small glass of wine or grape juice prepared.

The words of this Sunday’s Zoom Eucharist bulletin are pasted below at the end of this email, or you can download it as a pdf to view or print from this link.  You can then read and join in the liturgy if you wish.

Last Week’s Service

It was great to have Father Rick leading our service last Sunday!  We are blessed to have so many talented people as part of All Saints!  The video of the service can be seen via the Audio-Visual page of the All Saints website!

Last Sunday’s Potluck 

Last week, All Saints had its first post-lockdown potluck!  A great time was had by all!  Thanks to Rebecca and Blaine for hosting the event in the MCC compound!

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending:

The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads.

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The protocols can be viewed here!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

The Wednesday Lunch!

This is a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.

Although there is no basket being passed around in our Zoom service, you can still give your offering.  People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page.

Please email me if you would like a receipt.

So, whether you are worshipping face-to-face or joining us on our Zoom service we will all worship God together and give thanks for all of God’s many blessings!

God bless,

Father Iain

Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 13th September 2020
Welcome to Worship

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Hymn:
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

The Greeting

The Lord be with you! And also with you!

Words of welcome

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence
….

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Gloria:             Glory to God

The Collect

Old Testament Reading:
Genesis 50:15-21

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 103

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be
World without end, 
Amen

New Testament Reading:
Romans 14:1-12

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel Reading:
Matthew 18:21-35

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated
at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn:
Blessed Assurance (Thai)

Prayers of Intercession

Response:     
Lord, whose service is perfect freedom,
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let our prayers and praises
ill your temple, O Father,
as you send forth your Spirit
into the world
to empower your children
to do the deeds of your Son
and to be signs of your divine presence;
We pray in the name of
our Saviour Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with you,
O Father,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord
be always with you!
And also with you!
Let us offer one another
a sign of peace.

Offering and Preparation of the Table

Hymn:
King of Kings, Majesty

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God.
It is right to give
thanks and praise.
…. 

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth
are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the Highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the Highest.
….

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.
….

The Lord’s Prayer

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven…

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many,
we are one body,

because we all share
in one bread.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

We share in the Body and Blood of Christ

Prayer after Communion

Lord God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful
to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Hymn:
Christ, Be Our Light

Blessing and Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Forgive!!!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY!!!!

Dear Friends,

As Christians we are called to forgive one another, we are even called to forgive our enemies!  In the polarised political landscape around the world, this message is even more relevant!  To forgive is not to excuse or accept wrong doing, but it is to love, to not bear a grudge, and to reach out to bring healing and reconciliation. We must be wise in our dealings, but we must be people of love.  Find out more this week at All Saints!

Father Rick Saint will be preaching and presiding this week!  It is a great joy to welcome him from Bangkok.

Father Rick at Johan and Uni’s Confirmation


This Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page. Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14, and Matthew 18:15-20, and our hymns will be Immortal, invisible, God only wise and They’ll know we are Christians by our love!

Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below.

Potluck this Sunday!

Immediately following the church service this Sunday, All Saints will hold its first potluck since February at the Mennonite Central Committee compound which is walking distance from our church. Please bring a main dish or salad to share (microwave and oven available). Drinks and dessert will be provided. 

A showing of Hamilton will take place after the potluck for those interested.  The meal will be eaten outside under a roof. The movie will be shown in the MCC office conference room.  

Our next All-Zoom Service


There will be another all Zoom service next Sunday, 13th September, at 6 p.m. Thai time.  I will be leading the service and this will be in addition to All Saints’ regular 10 a.m. in-person service!  Mark will be leading the 10 a.m. service as usual! It will give us all another chance to see our All Saints friends from around the world.

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending:

The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The protocols can be viewed here!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

This is now a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service. It is wonderful that you will be able to meet together and join in worship once again.  I hope to join you all soon!

God bless,

Father Iain

Lose Life?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Jesus said:

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?”

At this time of restricted travel, gaining the whole world would seem to be an impossible but desirable goal.  Those of us used to being able to travel freely are now mostly confined to one country.  But Jesus says that even if we could gain the whole world it would not be worth losing our lives.  But there is a paradox, it is only when we are prepared to lose our lives for the sake of Jesus that we can really find it!  It is in giving up the claim to “our rights” that we are really free to embrace others and live!

In person worship continues at All Saints.  This Sunday you can again join the congregation in person at 10 a.m., or join live on Zoom with this link, or watch later via the All Saints Audio-Visual page.


 Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Jeremiah 15:19-21, Romans 12:9-21, and Matthew 16:21-28, and our hymns will be Praise with joy the world’s Creator, and Now thank we all our God!

Details of the practical arrangements for Face-to-Face worship are below.

Potluck on the 6th September

 On Sunday, September 6th, immediately following the church service, All Saints will hold its first potluck since February at the Mennonite Central Committee compound which is walking distance from our church. Please bring a main dish or salad to share (microwave and oven available). Drinks and dessert will be provided. 

A showing of Hamilton will take place after the potluck for those interested.  The meal will be eaten outside under a roof. The movie will be shown in the MCC office conference room.  

Last Week’s Service

Last week’s service can be seen by clicking here!  It was a great time of worship and we were delighted to be joined by a group of students from the Religious Studies Department of Chiang Mai University.  Mark and Tarntip spoke with them before the service and explained what it means to be a Christian and the Anglican liturgy.



Tarntip and Mark meet the CMU students

Our next All-Zoom Service


There will be another all Zoom service on Sunday 13th September at 6 p.m. Thai time.  I will be leading the service and this will be in addition to All Saints’ regular 10 a.m. in-person service! It will give us all another chance to see our All Saints friends from around the world.

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

Last Sunday at All Saints
The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending:

The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on the organ and sing along in our heads. There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The protocols can be viewed here!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

Lunch yesterday!
This is now a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.

It is wonderful that you will be able to meet together and join in worship once again.  I hope to join you all soon!

God bless,

Father Iain

Salvation!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Back in Church last Sunday!

Dear Friends,

In person worship resumed last Sunday at All Saints.  Mark led the worship and around fifteen people were in attendance – all masked and socially distancing.

The video of that service can be seen here!

This week the theme of our worship will be salvation!  Paul writes about it in Romans saying “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”, and in our Gospel reading Jesus calms the storm and brings practical as well as spiritual rescue!

Our God is a God who brings us true wholeness and full salvation!

Those who cannot attend in person can click here to follow the Service this Sunday on Zoom!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be 1 Kings 19:9-18, Romans 9:5-15, and Matthew 14:22-33, and our hymns will be Awake My Soul and It is Well with my Soul.

Details of the practical arrangements are below.

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

|The following measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of those attending:

The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on backing-tracks and sing along in our heads.

Keaw playing the organ last Sunday!

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The protocols can be viewed here!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

This is now a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.

It is wonderful that you will be able to meet together and join in worship once again.  I hope to join you all soon!

God bless,

Father Iain

Back in Church!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Back in Church!  10 a.m. this Sunday!

Dear Friends,

It is exciting news that we are recommencing face to face worship at All Saints this Sunday!  Rev. Mark Crawford, our Congregational Pastor, will be leading the worship, and a group of us met to get everything ready yesterday.  I shall be joining you remotely this Sunday, before I have three weeks off!  For those who cannot be in the church because of distance, illness, or shielding, you can still watch via Zoom.

Click here to follow the Service this Sunday on Zoom!

Last week’s final Zoom-only service can be viewed here!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 55:1-5, Romans 9:1-5, and Matthew 14:13-21, and our hymns will be Holy Holy Holy! Lord God Almighty, and Christ Be Our Light!

Details of the practical arrangements are below.

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

We will be restarting face-to-face worship at All Saints at 10 a.m. this Sunday. The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on backing-tracks and sing along in our heads.

Mark, Bill, Helga, and Chris, were there on Wednesday to get everything ready!

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The draft protocols can be viewed here!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

This is now a weekly event!  On Wednesday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

You can still donate online, or place your money in the basket during the service.

It is wonderful that you will be able to meet together and join in worship once again.  I hope to join you all soon!

God bless,

Father Iain

Zoomed Out!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


This week is our last regular Zoom only service!

Click here to join the Service this Sunday!

Dear Friends,

Seventeen weeks ago I flew back to the UK to spend three to six weeks with my mum during lockdown.  The following Sunday we began our Zoom services.  This week will be the 19th consecutive online-only Zoom service from All Saints, and our last until September.

On Sunday, 2nd August, in person worship will resume at All Saints, led by our new Congregational Pastor, Rev. Mark Crawford.  I remain your vicar, but Mark will be taking care of the congregation in Chiang Mai until I return.  This was approved by the All Saints trustees at yesterday’s meeting.  Mark will stand down from the trustees whilst in this new role.


Rev. Mark Crawford – our new Congregational Pastor

The services will also be live-streamed and recorded so that those who cannot attend in person can still worship with us – more about that next week!

These are very strange times.  No one could have predicted that I would end up trapped in the UK for at least six months, but God is still in control!  Our New Testament reading this week reminds us that:

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So, the current travel restrictions, difficult though they are, certainly cannot separate us from God’s love.  As we move on there are exciting things ahead of us as a church and my temporary absence does not have to slow things down.  You can read more about that below in my “Background Notes” below!

Our final all-virtual service will be this Sunday at 6 p.m. in Thailand.  (7 a.m. in New York, midday in the U.K., and 1 p.m. in Europe!)

Click here to join the Service this Sunday!

Worshipping Together!

Last week’s service can be viewed here!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be 1 Kings 3:5-12, Romans 8:26-39, and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, King of Kings Majesty, It is well with my Soul, and Tell Out My Soul!

Our service will consist of our usual Eucharistic worship!  All are welcome to join in the prayers and liturgy, to listen to the readings and sermon, and to receive virtual communion if they feel comfortable.  If you want to receive virtual communion then have a small piece of bread and a small glass of wine or grape juice prepared.

The words of this Sunday’s bulletin is pasted below at the end of this email, or you can download it as a pdf to view or print from this link.  You can then read and join in the liturgy if you wish.

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

We will be restarting face-to-face worship at All Saints at 10 a.m. on Sunday 2nd August. The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on backing-tracks and sing along in our heads.

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The draft protocols can be viewed here!

Background notes on the possible Relationship
with the Church of Christ in Thailand

All Saints, Chiang Mai, began in 2013 in Ivan Hall’s studio apartment.  A few weeks later we began worshipping on the terrace of the house I shared with the Chase family.  In 2014 we moved into our present building.

All Saints is currently an informal organisation.  It is not recognised as a “juristic person” by the Thai government and so cannot rent property or do other things in its own name.  Our building is therefore rented in my name.  Initially, All Saints was too small and too new to have an elected church council.  It was not even clear who was a “member” in order to be able to hold an election and make sure it was quorate, etc.


Our building is currently rented in my name

However, as All Saints was not part of a larger denomination I felt I needed to be able to be held accountable and so I asked five people to be Church Trustees.  They have to approve important decisions and large items of spending and payments, and can hold me to account morally and spiritually.  They are also a great support to me in prayer and advice.

The current Trustees are Chris Tanonone, Helga Spring, Bill Moeller, and Caitlin Littleton.   There are, of course, other wise people in our congregation, and anyone is welcome to give me advice and counsel.


All Saints Trustees in 2017

However, over the years All Saints has grown, and will hopefully continue to do so, and so the time has come to try to put the church on a more sustainable basis.

To be recognised and registered as a church in Thailand you have to be part of one of five groups:

The Roman Catholic Church
The Seventh Day Adventists
The Southern Baptists
The Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand
The Church of Christ in Thailand

About half the Christians in Thailand are Roman Catholic, and the Protestants are mostly either part of the EFT or CCT.

The Church of Christ in Thailand was formed in 1934 as the Church in Siam with the intent of forming a single ecumenical denomination to include all Protestant churches in Thailand.


The old First Church, Chiang Mai, of the CCT

Other than a small number of American Baptist and British Churches of Christ congregations, most of the original member churches were originally Presbyterian congregations, many of which were started by missionaries from the American Presbyterian Mission Board. The merger also included Lutherans from the German Marburger Mission.  Of the five groups, the CCT is the best fit for All Saints.

As the CCT is an ecumenical denomination, membership would not require us to alter our form of worship or theology.  The doctrinal requirements of the CCT are to

Believe together primarily according to the
Old Testament and New Testament
Believe and accept the doctrine of The Apostles’ Creed
Believe and accept the doctrine of The Nicene Creed

There is nothing here that we cannot wholeheartedly accept.


Tham Pratheep Church

At the Congregational Meeting earlier this month, those present voted for All Saints to move forward with the process of becoming a fellowship under Tham Pratheep Church.  This is the first part in the process to become an independent congregation within the CCT.

What happens now?

The trustees will begin to compile a list of “members” of All Saints.  Anyone who feels they are part of All Saints can be a member provided they are a Christian and over the age of eighteen.  (This does not affect their membership of any other church outside Thailand.)

When we have registered more than thirty members, the Trustees will begin talks with the Session (Church Council) of Tham Pratheep Church.  When Tham Pratheep has approved the acceptance of All Saints as a fellowship of Tham Pratheep Church, then the decision to go ahead will again be returned to a Congregational Meeting of All Saints for approval.

After a few months, Tham Pratheep will ask the Regional Presbytery of the CCT (this is the regional body of the CCT in Chiang Mai) to approve All Saints Fellowship becoming a church in its own right.   At any stage in the process we can decide to pull out if we are not happy.  Once All Saints is a church in the CCT it will have an elected Church Council (Session) and be part of the CCT structures.

You probably have many questions about this.  I do too.  Please email your questions to me or any of the Trustees, and we will try to find the answer during the talks with Tham Pratheep.  We need to proceed forward together and so it is important that we are all fully informed as we make any decisions going forward.

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

This is now a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

Although we are not meeting together face-to-face, the expenses of All Saints remain – indeed, they may increase as we seek to support those in need!

Although there is no basket being passed around in our service, you can still give your offering.  People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page.

Please email me if you would like a receipt.

Keeping in Touch

At this time of isolation it is important that we keep in touch with each other.  We have an All Saints church directory with a list of many people’s phone numbers, so if you would like a copy please email me, on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com and I will send it to you.

Please feel free to share this email.  People may be feeling especially alone and vulnerable at this time.  Let them know that we are there for them and that God is with us!

God bless,

Father Iain

Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 26th July 2020
Welcome to Worship

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Hymn:   
All People that on Earth do Dwell

The Greeting

The Lord be with you! And also with you!

Words of welcome

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence
….

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Gloria:             Glory to God

The Collect

Old Testament Reading:
1 Kings 3:5-12

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 119

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be
World without end, 
Amen

New Testament Reading:
Romans 8:26-39

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel Reading:
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated
at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Hymn:
King of Kings, Majesty

Prayers of Intercession

Response:     
Lord, through your Son
you have shown us
the way, the truth and the life:
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let our prayers and praises
ill your temple, O Father,
as you send forth your Spirit
into the world
to empower your children
to do the deeds of your Son
and to be signs of your divine presence;
We pray in the name of
our Saviour Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with you,
O Father,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord
be always with you!
And also with you!
Let us offer one another
a sign of peace.

Offering and Preparation of the Table

Hymn:
It is well with my Soul (Thai)

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God.
It is right to give
thanks and praise.
…. 

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth
are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the Highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the Highest.
….

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.
….

The Lord’s Prayer

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven…

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many,
we are one body,

because we all share
in one bread.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

We share in the Body and Blood of Christ

Prayer after Communion

Lord God,
whose Son is the true vine

and the source of life,
ever giving himself
that the world may live:

may we so receive within ourselves
the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup,
we may share his glory
and be made perfect in his love;

for he is alive and reigns,
now and for ever.

Amen!

Hymn:
Tell Out My Soul

Blessing and Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Good & Bad

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Clint Eastwood in the 1966 Movie!
Click here to join the Service this Sunday!

Dear Friends,

In 1966 Clint Eastwood stared in the iconic cowboy movie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a field with good wheat and bad weeds.  He explains that the church will contain the bad as well as the good. (Although he doesn’t mention the ugly!)

Which one am I?  Good or bad?  What does this mean?  And what should I do if my church contains too many bad people?  Seriously, how do we deal with the fact that we are not all the perfect saints we would like to be? Find out more this week at All Saints!

Our virtual service will again be this Sunday at 6 p.m. in Thailand, to worship together.  (7 a.m. in New York, midday in the U.K., and 1 p.m. in Europe and Egypt!) 

We are planning to restart face-to-face worship at All Saints on Sunday 2nd August!  See below for details!

Click here to join the Service this Sunday!

Worshipping Together! Last week’s service can be viewed here!
 Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 44:6-8, Romans 8:12-17, and Matthew 13:24-30, and we will be singing the hymnsGod Whose Almighty Word, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, Amazing Grace, and Great is Thy Faithfulness!


Our service will consist of our usual Eucharistic worship!  All are welcome to join in the prayers and liturgy, to listen to the readings and sermon, and to receive virtual communion if they feel comfortable.

If you want to receive virtual communion then have a small piece of bread and a small glass of wine or grape juice prepared.  

The words of this Sunday’s bulletin is pasted below at the end of this email, or you can download it as a pdf to view or print from this link.

You can then read and join in the liturgy if you wish.

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

We will be restarting face-to-face worship at All Saints on Sunday 2nd August. The chairs have been rearranged to ensure that social distancing is maintained, people’s temperature will be taken on arrival, masks will be required, and hand gel supplied.  Names and contact details will be recorded.

All the doors and windows will be open and fans will ensure maximum air circulation.  No singing will be permitted but we will be able to listen to the hymns being played on backing-tracks and sing along in our heads.

There will not be a coffee time following the service, but people are invited to lunch, out-doors, at Green O’Clock following the service.

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

The draft protocols can be viewed here!

Congregational Meeting

Last Sunday we had a congregational meeting with 20 people in attendance.  Topics addressed included procedures for the resumption of face-to-face worship on 2nd August, and the plan for joining with the Church of Christ in Thailand. 

A vote was taken approving moving forward to become a “fellowship” of Tham Pratheep church, as the first step in this process.

The minutes of the meeting can be read here!

Thursday Discussion Group – The end is here!

This has been a great event over the last fifteen weeks, but as face-to-face meeting is now possible in Thailand we will not continue our weekly Zoom discussion group.  Please join the Wednesday lunch for fun and fellowship!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

This is now a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

Although we are not meeting together face-to-face, the expenses of All Saints remain – indeed, they may increase as we seek to support those in need!

Although there is no basket being passed around in our service, you can still give your offering.  People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page.

Please email me if you would like a receipt.

Keeping in Touch

At this time of isolation it is important that we keep in touch with each other.  We have an All Saints church directory with a list of many people’s phone numbers, so if you would like a copy please email me, on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com and I will send it to you.

Please feel free to share this email.  People may be feeling especially alone and vulnerable at this time.  Let them know that we are there for them and that God is with us!

God bless,

Father Iain

 Sixth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 19th July 2020
Welcome to Worship            
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.  
Amen.

Hymn:   
God, Whose Almighty Word

The Greeting

The Lord be with you! And also with you!

Words of welcome

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.


Prayers of Penitence
….

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Gloria:             Glory to God

The Collect

Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 44:6-8

This is the word of the Lord.   
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 139

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be
World without end, 
Amen

New Testament Reading:
Romans 8:12-17

This is the word of the Lord.  
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel Reading:
Matthew 13:24-30

This is the Gospel of the Lord.           
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated
at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Hymn:            
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart


Prayers of Intercession

Response:     
Lord, through your Son
you have shown us
the way, the truth and the life:
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let our prayers and praises
ill your temple, O Father,
as you send forth your Spirit
into the world
to empower your children
to do the deeds of your Son
and to be signs of your divine presence;
We pray in the name of
our Saviour Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with you,
O Father,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
Amen.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord
be always with you!  
And also with you!
Let us offer one another
a sign of peace.

Offering and Preparation of the Table

Hymn:     
Amazing Grace (Thai)


The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.                                
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.                             
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks                              
to the Lord our God.              
It is right to give
thanks and praise.
…. 

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth
are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the Highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the Highest.
….

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.
….

The Lord’s Prayer

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven…

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many,
we are one body,

because we all share
in one bread.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

We share in the Body and Blood of Christ

Prayer after Communion

God of our pilgrimage,
you have led us
to the living water:

refresh and sustain us
as we go forward
on our journey,

in the name of
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen!

Hymn:            
Great is Thy Faithfulness

Blessing and Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Fruitful?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Click here to join the Service this Sunday!
Our Congregational Meeting will follow the service!

Dear Friends,

Jesus calls his disciples to be fruitful, and Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Are we fruitful?

In this week’s Gospel reading Jesus tells the parable of the sower.  How fruitful we are depends on what type of soil we are.  How can we become better soil?  In gardening it often helps to apply manure.  Perhaps that’s what will help improve us as soil too!  When we experience the bad things in life we develop character and grow.

Although we should not seek out difficulties, we can take comfort that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger!  Join us on Sunday to explore this further!  Our virtual service will again be this Sunday at 6 p.m. in Thailand, to worship together.  (7 a.m. in New York, midday in the U.K., and 1 p.m. in Europe and Egypt!)

We are planning to restart face-to-face worship at All Saints next month!  See below for details!

Click here to join the Service this Sunday!

Worshipping Together!

Last week’s service can be viewed here!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be Isaiah 55:10-13, Romans 8:1-11, and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Now the green blade rises, I the Lord of Sea and Sky, and The Church’s One Foundation.

Our service will consist of our usual Eucharistic worship!  All are welcome to join in the prayers and liturgy, to listen to the readings and sermon, and to receive virtual communion if they feel comfortable.  If you want to receive virtual communion then have a small piece of bread and a small glass of wine or grape juice prepared.

The words of this Sunday’s bulletin is pasted below at the end of this email, or you can download it as a pdf to view or print from this link.

You can then read and join in the liturgy if you wish.

Face-to-Face Worship at All Saints

We are planning to restart face-to-face worship at All Saints on Sunday 2nd August. This will have many special precautions and we are working now to plan how this can be done as safely as possible.  More details at our Congregational Meeting this Sunday

The services will be shared on Zoom so that those who cannot, or do not feel happy to, attend in person, can still join!

Congregational Meeting

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We will have a virtual congregational meeting following the service this Sunday.  This is to let everyone know what is happening at All Saints and give people the chance to ask questions.  It should not last too long!

Thursday Discussion Group – 7 p.m.

This week we will have our own open-ended discussion.  The topic is “Simplicity and the Christian Life.”  Bring your ideas!  You can read this article by Richard Rohr is preparation.

The link to the Zoom meeting is here!  Please join us at 7 p.m. Thai time today!

All Saints’ Wednesday Lunch

This is now a weekly event!  Yesterday, a group from All Saints again gathered for lunch!  Why not join next week?  (You don’t need to be a member of the Gymkhana Club to attend!)  We will be meeting at the Gymkhana Club at midday every Wednesday!

Weekly Offering to All Saints

Although we are not meeting together face-to-face, the expenses of All Saints remain – indeed, they may increase as we seek to support those in need!

Although there is no basket being passed around in our service, you can still give your offering.  People in Thailand can transfer directly to the church bank account.  (Which is in my name, but managed by our treasurer, Don Williams.)  Thanks to all those who have already given – we are receiving approximately our normal monthly offering!

The details are:

Account Name: Iain Girvin Baxter
Bank: Krungsri Bank
Account Number: 7181-05586-5
SWIFT Code: AYUDTHBK

Those in the UK, or with UK banking, can donate via All Saints Chiang Mai Mission.  Their account details are:

Bank: Coop Bank
Account Name:  All Saints Chiang Mai Mission
Account Number: 65877142
Sort Code:  08-92-99

Alternatively, you can donate with PayPal or with any debit or credit card via the All Saints Website on the Donate Page.

Please email me if you would like a receipt.

Keeping in Touch

At this time of isolation it is important that we keep in touch with each other.  We have an All Saints church directory with a list of many people’s phone numbers, so if you would like a copy please email me, on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com and I will send it to you.

Please feel free to share this email.  People may be feeling especially alone and vulnerable at this time.  Let them know that we are there for them and that God is with us!

God bless,

Father Iain

Fifth Sunday after Trinity
Sunday 12th July 2020
Welcome to Worship

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Hymn:   
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

The Greeting

The Lord be with you! And also with you!

Words of welcome

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence
….

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

Gloria:             Glory to God

The Collect

Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 55:10-13

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 119

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost,
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be
World without end, 
Amen

New Testament Reading:
Romans 8:1-11

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel Reading:
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed
(From the New Zealand
Anglican Prayer Book)

You, O God,
are supreme and holy.

You create our world
and give us life.

Your purpose over-arches
everything we do.

You have always been with us.
You are God.

You, O God,
are infinitely generous,

good beyond all measure.
You came to us
before we came to you.

You have revealed and proved
Your love for us
in Jesus Christ,

Who lived and died and rose again.
You are God.

Amen.

Hymn:
Now the Green Blade Rises

Prayers of Intercession

Response:     
Lord, help us to fix ourselves
entirely on you as our goal:
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let our prayers and praises
ill your temple, O Father,
as you send forth your Spirit
into the world
to empower your children
to do the deeds of your Son
and to be signs of your divine presence;
We pray in the name of
our Saviour Jesus Christ

who lives and reigns with you,
O Father,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord
be always with you!
And also with you!
Let us offer one another
a sign of peace.

Offering and Preparation of the Table

Hymn:
I, the Lord of Sea and Sky

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God.
It is right to give
thanks and praise.
…. 

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and singing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth
are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the Highest.
Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the Highest.
….

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.
….

The Lord’s Prayer

Being made one by the power of the Spirit,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven…

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many,
we are one body,

because we all share
in one bread.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

We share in the Body and Blood of Christ

Prayer after Communion

Grant, O Lord,
we beseech you,

that the course of this world
may be so peaceably ordered

      by your governance,
that your Church
may joyfully serve you
in all godly quietness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  
Amen!

Hymn:
The Church’s One Foundation

Blessing and Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.