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It’s a Great Temptation!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Don’t tempt me!

Ash Wednesday Service – Wednesday 14th February at 7 p.m.

Dear Friends,

Lent is once more upon us!  It is a time of fasting when we remember Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.  What will you give up? I am giving up Facebook for the next 40 days!  I will still be updating the All Saints’ Facebook page, and I will still be using Messenger to communicate, but I want to redeem the time I spend reading political and religious articles from around the globe.

But Lent is about more than giving something up – it is a time for positive change – a time to give more thought to God and eternity.  That is why we are having our Lenten Study Groups this year.  They begin next week!  If you would like to be involved in the Lent Study Groups you do not have to commit to being there every week – I know some people cannot.  Just join us when you can!  Details below!

Our readings this Sunday will be Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, and Mark 1:9-15, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Forty Days and Forty Nights, Take My Life, and What a friend we have in Jesus!  The readings can be found via this link!

Lent Study Groups – Begin next week!

For the first time this year we will be having Lenten Study Groups.  We are going to study the book Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg.

In this easy to read book, Marcus Borg explores what key Christian words really mean – you might be surprised! When Jesus said “You must be born-again”, what was he talking about?  Maybe not what you think… and what does salvation actual mean?

There will be three groups: one meeting on Mondays in Doi Saket at David and Shem’s house, one meeting on Tuesdays in central Chiang Mai at the Vicarage, and one meeting on Wednesdays in Hang Dong at William and Tarntip’s house.  Meetings will begin on 19th February at 7 p.m. and continue for six weeks!

Email: iain@AllSaintsChiangMai, or sign the sheet at the back of the church, to sign up and to order a copy of the book for THB250.

Prayers of the People

We want to include your prayers!  Please email Gene on oandmhk@msn.com to share items for prayer.  We will include them in the prayers on Sunday.  (If you would like us to pray privately then please specify this in your message.)

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 worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

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Pancakes and Transfiguration!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Pancakes this Sunday – as we prepare for Lent!

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, as we prepare for Lent, we will eat pancakes – symbolising the removal of fat from our diets as we enter the Lenten fast.  Don’t forget that we will have our quiet and moving Ash Wednesday service next week!

Our pancake eating will be in contrast to our bible readings which are on the Transfiguration and our vision of Jesus!  I will be attempting to answer the question “Who is Jesus?”  Is he our friend, our saviour, our Lord, our judge, or all or none of these, or something more?

Our readings this Sunday will be 2 Kings 2:1, 6-12, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, and Mark 9:2-9, and we will be singing the hymns Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies, Be Thou My Vision, Fairest Lord Jesus, and O Jesus, I have Promised!

The readings can be found via this link!

Ash Wednesday – 14th February

Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this year – 14th February – and we have our Ash Wednesday service, beginning at 7 p.m.  This will include the imposition of ashes.

Lent Study Groups

For the first time this year we will be having Lenten Study Groups.  We are going to study the book Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg.

In this easy to read book, Marcus Borg explores what key Christian words really mean – you might be surprised! When Jesus said “You must be born-again”, what was he talking about?  Maybe not what you think… and what does salvation actual mean?

There will be three groups: one meeting on Mondays in Doi Saket, one meeting on Tuesdays in central Chiang Mai, and one meeting on Wednesdays in Hang Dong.  Meetings will begin on 19th February at 7 p.m. and continue for six weeks!  Email: iain@AllSaintsChiangMai, or sign the sheet at the back of the church, to sign up and to order a copy of the book for THB250.

Prayers of the People

We want to include your prayers!  Please email Gene on oandmhk@msn.com to share items for prayer.  We will include them in the prayers on Sunday.  (If you would like us to pray privately then please specify this in your message.)

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 worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

The Word in Flesh

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Join us at All Saints, Chiang Mai!

Dear Friends,

We are a growing, living, people at All Saints, Chiang Mai.  It has been a great privilege to welcome so many new people to worship with us at All Saints this January, and also to welcome Deacon Girard.

Lent is nearly upon us and we will begin our marking of the season with our pre-Lenten pancake potluck on Sunday 11th February.  Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day this year – 14th February – and we have our Ash Wednesday service, beginning at 7 p.m.  This will include the imposition of ashes.

For the first time this year we will be having Lenten Study Groups.  We are going to study the book Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg.

In this easy to read book, Marcus Borg explores what key Christian words really mean – you might be surprised! When Jesus said “You must be born-again”, what was he talking about?  Maybe not what you think… and what does salvation actual mean?

There will be three groups: one meeting on Mondays in Doi Saket, one meeting on Tuesdays in central Chiang Mai, and one meeting on Wednesdays in Hang Dong.  Meetings will begin on 19th February at 7 p.m. and continue for six weeks!
Email: iain@AllSaintsChiangMai, or sign the sheet at the back of the church, to sign up and to order a copy of the book for THB250.

Our readings this Sunday will be Proverbs 8:1, 22-31, Colossians 1:15-20, and John 1:1-14, and we will be singing Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, Crown Him With Many Crowns, Give me Jesus, and Tell Out My Soul!

The readings can be found via this link!

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 worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Queen & Dragon

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai


Revelation 12:1-5

Dear Friends,

The Queen and Dragon is not the name of a cosy country pub, they are characters that appear in our New Testament reading this Sunday from Revelation 12.

A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth.

Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.

Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne.

How do we understand and deal with such passages?  It is easier to understand love your neighbour, but what about the spiritual world, or is it all metaphor?  Find out more at All Saints this Sunday!

Our readings this Sunday will be Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Revelation 12:1-5, and Mark 1:21-28, and we will be singing Holy, Holy, Holy,
Mothering God, and Now Thank We All Our God!

The readings can be found via this link!

Gene and Kong

Last Sunday we celebrated the blessing of a life-long covenant between Gene and Kong.  Video of the event can be seen via the All Saints website audio-visual page.  Congratulations Gene and Kong!

Theology on Tap – This Friday!

Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be this Friday, 26th January.  We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub!  The topic will be “What would a Christian economy look like?”

Nine Lessons and Carols

There will be a meeting after lunch this Sunday beginning around 2 p.m.  This will be to review last year’s event, and to formulate any changes and proposals for this year’s.  All are welcome!

Lent Activities

Pancake Potluck
Our Pre-Lenten Pancake Potluck will be on Sunday 11th February.

Ash Wednesday
On Wednesday 14th February we will have our Ash Wednesday service, beginning at 7 p.m.  This will include the imposition of ashes.

Lent Study Groups
We want to begin a number of Lent Study Groups meeting weekly during Lent in people’s homes.  We hope to have one group in Doi Saket, one group in Hang Dong, and one group in central Chiang Mai.  Let me know if you are interested.

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 worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Marriage!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai


Kong and Gene

Dear Friends,

January is a time of new beginnings, and it certainly will be for our deacon, Gene, and his partner Kong.  This Sunday at 10 a.m. they will be having a special service of blessing of their lifelong covenant.  All are welcome to attend.

Our weekly Eucharist will follow as usual at 11 a.m., and it is apt that our readings will include the wedding at Cana in Galilee from John’s Gospel, and the marriage of the Lamb from Revelation.

Theology on Tap will commence next Friday, 26th January, and Lenten activities begin in mid-February.  We are hoping to start a number of Lent home study groups.

Meanwhile, our readings this Sunday will be Genesis 14:17-20, Revelation 19:6-10, and John 2:1-11, and we will be singing All Creatures of our God and King, Alleluia Alleluia Give Thanks, and All My Hope on God Is Founded.

The readings can be found via this link!

Theology on Tap

Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be next Friday, 26th January.  We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub!  The topic will be “What would a Christian economy look like?”

Nine Lessons and Carols

There will be a meeting after lunch next Sunday, 28th January, beginning around 2 p.m.  This will be to review last year’s event, and to formulate any changes and proposals for this year’s.  All are welcome!

Lent Activities

Pancake Potluck
Our Pre-Lenten Pancake Potluck will be on Sunday 11th February.

Ash Wednesday
On Wednesday 14th February we will have our Ash Wednesday service, beginning at 7 p.m.  This will include the imposition of ashes.

Lent Study Groups
We want to begin a number of Lent Study Groups meeting weekly during Lent in people’s homes.  We hope to have one group in Doi Saket, one group in Hang Dong, and one group in central Chiang Mai.  Let me know if you are interested.

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 Christ of Christmas in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us, I hope you have a blessed and happy New Year!

God bless,

Iain

Epiphany!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Wise Men seeking Jesus

Dear Friends,

Christmas is almost over as we approach Twelfth Night and the Feast of the Epiphany!  Epiphany is when the Magi from the East visited Jesus, and it marks the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles.  The Jewish Messiah was not for the Jews alone, but for the whole world!

They came bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and we will bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, to the altar at All Saints this Sunday, symbolising bringing all that we have, to God!

Our readings will be Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, and Matthew 2:1-12, and we will be singing We Three Kings of Orient Are, The First Nowell, As With Gladness Men of Old, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!  The readings can be found via this link !

Trustees Meeting

The All Saints trustees met last Tuesday, and approved some new ideas for the coming year including a Lenten Study Course, which will be held in different homes during Lent.  We may have one group in Doi Saket, one in central Chiang Mai, and one in Hang Dong!  Lent begins on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, this year, so we will have a Pancake Potluck on Sunday 11th February.

Theology On Tap will also soon resume, and we want to start other occasional social activites.  A second more contemporary service is also being considered, to begin in August or September.

All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the Christ of Christmas in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us, I hope you have a blessed and happy New Year!

God bless,

Iain

Happy New Year!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Christmas Day at All Saints
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Dear Friends,

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What a wonderful Christmas!  We had around seventy people at our Christmas Morning Eucharist, and good numbers for our Christmas Eve morning service, and for Midnight Mass!  You can watch the video of the Christmas Morning Eucharist here!
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Sharing Communion on Christmas Morning

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Then following the Christmas service, forty people joined us for Christmas lunch, with the best turkeys in Chiang Mai!  Thanks to the Chase family and all the others who organised and brought the food!
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Preparing for Lunch!

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Getting Ready to Eat Together!
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Turkey Main Course and Christmas Pudding Desserts!

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This Week’s Worship
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We continue our Christmas celebrations this New Year’s Eve as we meet for our usual Sunday Worship at 11a.m.
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Our readings will be Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Galatians 4:4-7, and Luke 2:22-40, and we will be singing O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We have Heard on High, Cradled in a Manger Meanly, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Good Christian Friends Rejoice, and Joy to the World!  The readings can be found via this link !

New Year’s Eve Party
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The new Vicarage!  My new home!

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Thank you again to all those who assisted in moving me into my new house.  Particularly Ken, Emily, Pamela, Pat, Julia, Richard, Jufil, Gene, Kong, Rachapol, Arianna, Chris, and Warren, and thanks to all the others who also offered their services!
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Everyone at All Saints is invited to a house-warming/New Year’s Eve Party at my new house on New Year’s Eve, beginning at 8 pm.  Just drinks and nibbles, so eat first!
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The address is:
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299/50, Moo 5,
Mooban Nathong Ville I,
Chiang Mai – Lampang Road,
Tambon Tha Sala,
Amphoe Muang,
Chiang Mai
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Easiest way to find it is to follow this map link!
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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 Christ of Christmas in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us, meanwhile, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

God bless,

Iain

 

 

Merry Christmas!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Midnight Mass at All Saints

Dear Friends,

God willing, I will be back in Chiang Mai this Thursday.  When I left on 19th November I did not expect to be away for over a month, nor did I expect to lose my father and be returning to Thailand with my mum.  But God has been with us all through this difficult time.  Although we did not expect to lose my dad anything like so soon – his parents lived into their nineties – I feel it was God’s timing and he would soon have been very ill and unhappy.  If any of you would like to see the funeral and celebration of his life it can be viewed via this link.

I cannot express my thanks enough to all the support you have shown me over the last month.  All Saints has gone from strength to strength in my absence, and it shows what a great bunch of people we have!  Thank you!

We have three Christmas services this week: our Sunday morning Eucharist at 11 a.m. on Christmas Eve, then our Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m., and our Christmas morning service at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day!  You are welcome at any or all of the services!

Nate Tipton will be preaching on the morning of Christmas Eve, and I will be back in place, preaching for Midnight Mass and Christmas morning!  I am looking forward to being back and seeing you all again – I have missed you!

Our readings for this fourth Sunday of Advent are 2 Samuel 7:1-16, Romans 16:25-27, and Luke 1:26-38, and the hymns are O Come All Ye Faithful, The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Then for Midnight Mass we will read from Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20 and be singing O Come All Ye Faithful, Infant Holy Infant Lowly, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Silent Night, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

On Christmas morning we will read from Isaiah 52:7-10 and Luke 2:1-20 and be singing O Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger, See Amid the Winter’s Snow, Ding Dong Merrily on High, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

The readings can be found via this link !

Advent and Christmas Events

Full details of all Advent and Christmas events below:

Christmas Eve
Sunday Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m.
Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day
Family Eucharist at 11 a.m.
followed by shared lunch.

Christmas Day Lunch

This will be a full sit-down Christmas lunch with all the traditional trimmings!   I will be bringing turkeys and Christmas pudding from England!  Please call me or Gene if you have not already signed-up and would like to come!

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 Christ of Christmas in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Prepare the Way!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Last Week’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols!

Dear Friends,

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make the All Saints Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols such a success.  I have watched the video on YouTube and it looks wonderful, I am only sorry that I could not be there myself.  You can watch the service via the Audio-Visual page of the All Saints website!

This coming Sunday Mark Crawford will be both preaching and celebrating communion.  Thanks, Mark, for all you are doing, and thanks to everyone else who have kept things running so smoothly at All Saints in my absence!

Our readings for this third Sunday of Advent are Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, and John 1:6-8, 19-28, and the hymns are Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, Of the Father’s Love Begotten, and As with Gladness Men of Old.  The readings can be found via this link !

Tuesday saw the funeral of my dad.  It was a very moving event and the church was packed!  A fitting tribute to such a wonderful man and father!  Thanks so much for the beautiful wreath sent by the “friends and congregation of All Saints, Chiang Mai”

Thanks for all your thoughts, prayers, and support.  I will be back, along with my mum, on 20th December, and I look forward to seeing you all again on Christmas Eve!

Advent and Christmas Events

Full details of all Advent and Christmas events below:

Christmas Eve
Sunday Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m.
Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day
Family Eucharist at 11 a.m.
followed by shared lunch.

Christmas Day Lunch

This will be a full sit-down Christmas lunch with all the traditional trimmings!  Different people will be asked to bring different dishes so please sign-up at the back of the church if you intend to come.  I will be bringing turkeys and Christmas pudding from England!

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 Christ of Christmas in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Nine Lessons!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols!

Dear Friends,

This Saturday we have our annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the Prince Royal’s College Chapel.  This will be a very special event!  Please spread the word and invite your friends.  Thanks to Chris, Tarntip, the Chase family, and so many others, for taking over the organisation of this event!  The Festival should be a wonderful time of worship and reflection as familiar carols are sung and familiar readings proclaimed.  Four diplomatic consuls will be reading, along with representatives of different expat organisations in Chiang Mai, and the singing will be led by the Lannacapella Choir!

As most of you will know, I am still in the UK and so will be unable to take part this Saturday.  I am very disappointed not to be with you for this event and all the other activities of Advent, but many thanks to so many people who are holding the fort in my absence.

My dad’s funeral will be this coming Tuesday, 12th December, and I will be returning to Chiang Mai, along with my mum, on the 20th December.  There is much to do here in organisation of the funeral and in arranging my dad’s affairs, so I appreciate all your love and prayers, and all the practical help so many have given me back in Chiang Mai, not least in moving house!


Dad and Mum, All Saints’ Christmas Lunch, 2016

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On Sunday, following our very special Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, we will have our usual Sunday morning Eucharist.  Mark Crawford will again preside, and Taylor Pfaff will preach.  Our deacon, Gene Bourquin, will again assist, making sure everything runs smoothly in his calm professional way.

Our readings for this Second Sunday of Advent are Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15, and Mark 1:1-8, and the hymns are O Come, O come Emmanuel, Once in Royal David’s City, and O Come, All Ye Faithful!

The readings can be found via this link !

Advent and Christmas Events

The Christmas poster is still available for distribution at the back of the church.  Please take one.  We need to make sure that a Christmas 2017 poster is in every Rimping supermarket.  They need to be handed in at the information desks before 15th December for display for the next two weeks.

Full details of all Advent and Christmas events below:

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 
Saturday December 9th 7 p.m.
at The Prince Royal’s College Chapel.

Christmas Eve
Sunday Morning Eucharist at 11 a.m.
Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m.

Christmas Day
Family Eucharist at 11 a.m.
followed by shared lunch.

Christmas Day Lunch

This will be a full sit-down Christmas lunch with all the traditional trimmings!  Different people will be asked to bring different dishes so please sign-up at the back of the church if you intend to come.  I will be bringing turkeys and Christmas pudding from England!

God bless,

Iain