Keep Quiet or Shout Out?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

The week the Rev. Herb Swanson will be preaching!  He will look at the story from Mark’s Gospel of the leper that Jesus healed, who just would not shut up about what God had done!  Our deacon, the Rev. Dr. Gene Bourquin, will also be back this week, and the Rev. Mark Crawford will be presiding at the communion.

I will be back on the 5th August!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Amos 7:7-15, Ephesians 1:3-14 and Mark 1:40-45, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, O Jesus I have Promised, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and Amazing Grace!  Past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

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

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Persecution? Is it coming?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Is persecution coming?

Dear Friends,

Persecution as Christians is not about being forced to bake wedding cakes!  All around the world, Christians are persecuted for their faith, sometimes for nothing more than worshipping.  But in every country, we can suffer persecution when we stand up for justice and for what we believe to be right.

In “Christian countries” like the Philippines, priests are being killed for standing with the poor against injustice, and anywhere that we oppose those who are powerful consequences will follow.  Some people want their stories to be told, others have to remain silent, for their own safety and the safety of others.

But, as Christians we are told to expect persecution.  As Paul wrote in this weeks New Testament reading: I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.  Of course, we should all hope for a peaceful and contented life, but when and if the time comes, we are called to stand up for Jesus!

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Ezekiel 2:1-5, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, and Mark 6:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, Jesus Lover of my Soul, Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts, and Lord of the Dance!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Serving the World

Some people have rightly asked what we are doing at All Saints to be of service to those around us.  Well, we are doing a lot.

The people of All Saints are working or volunteering in more than half a dozen NGOs and charities, including relief organisations, orphanages, groups working with old people and with children, combating human trafficking, advancing human rights, and others.  There are many opportunities if you would like to get involved.

I would like to make a list of all the organisations with which we are involved.  Please let me know any groups that you are involved with and I will make a list which we can put on our website.  We won’t list the names of those working with each group, but just the organisations!

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

All Saints seeks to be a church that is welcome to all, whether rich or poor, Thai or farang, black or white, gay, lesbian, transgender, or straight, old or young, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew.  We aim to declare the inclusive love of Jesus Christ, and demonstrate his radical call to discipleship in our lives.

Wholeness, Healing, or Cold Hard Cash?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Healing, Wholeness, or Cold Hard Cash?
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Dear Friends,

What is the secret of happiness?  Do we need healing, wholeness, or cold hard cash?  Our scripture readings and sermon this week focus on these issues.  What is it to be wise and how can we best follow the example of Jesus and bring healing and wholeness to the world?

Our scripture readings this Sunday will be Wisdom 1:12-15, 2:23-24, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, and Mark 5:21-43, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Will you come and Follow Me, When I needed a Neighbour, and Tell Out My Soul!

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

Serving the World


Some people have rightly asked what we are doing at All Saints to be of service to those around us.  Well, we are doing a lot.

The people of All Saints are working or volunteering in more than half a dozen NGOs and charities, including relief organisations, orphanages, groups working with old people and with children, combating human trafficking, advancing human rights, and others.  There are many opportunities if you would like to get involved.

I would like to make a list of all the organisations with which we are involved.  Please let me know any groups that you are involved with and I will make a list which we can put on our website.  We won’t list the names of those working with each group, but just the organisations!

All Saints Hymnal

I am currently compiling the All Saints Hymnal.  If you have any favourite hymns you would like us to include, please email me at  iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com.  A few people have responded, but keep the ideas coming!  You can view our current list of music and details of when we have sung each hymn here!

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

Holy Innocents!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

 A child alone!

Please invite others to join us!
Special Service Focusing on Children in Special Need!

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Dear Friends,

The Feast of The Holy Innocents usually falls on 28th December, but we will be marking it on the 24th June as we remember the plight of children around the world!  If you can, wear red to show your support for those in our prayers.
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Please share this email and invite your friends and colleagues so we can mourn and pray together!   There is a draft email at the bottom of this message which you can copy and paste to let others know.  What organisation do you belong to that you could share this with?

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The world is being rocked by images of children separated from their parents on the US/Mexican border.  Whoever is responsible, and whatever the cause, few disagree that this must stop.  Christian leaders from across the political and theological spectrum have spoken out!  Thankfully, President Trump has now signed an executive order to stop this, but time will tell what happens next.

We at All Saints are far away and we may ask what can we do?  Well we can pray, and we can write, and we can remember all the children in our world who suffer from loss of parents, war, famine, abuse, and all the other scourges of the world.  And we can keep on working to make the world a better place.

Our scripture readings this week will be Jeremiah 31:15-17, Revelation 21:1-7, and Matthew 2:13-18, and we will be singing the hymns The Coventry Carol, When Jesus Went to Egypt, Oh Lord the Clouds are Gathering, and Stand up stand up for Jesus!   The second hymn in particular focuses on the plight of those children held in detention facilities, but all follow our theme.

God bless,

Iain

Email to Share
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Dear All,

People around the world have been shocked at the images of children separated from their families and held in detention centers at the US/Mexican border.  Thankfully, President Trump has now signed an executive order halting this policy, after an outcry from Christian and other leaders from across the political and theological spectrum.

At All Saints, Chiang Mai, this Sunday, 24th June, we will have a special service marking the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  This usually falls on 28th December but these recent events have moved us to mark the feast this week.  The Holy Innocents were the children killed by King Herod in his attempt to kill the baby Jesus after his visit by the Wise Men.  We will use this occasion to remember all children, particularly migrants, who are in danger now.

The service will begin at 11 a.m. this Sunday, and we are asking people to wear red, the colour of martyrs, to show their solidarity with children around the world.

You can find directions to All Saints via this link: https://allsaintschiangmai.com/wherewhen/

Please pass this email to anyone you think may be interested.

Thank you for your attention,

Father Iain Baxter,
Vicar,
All Saints, Chiang Mai

All Saints seeks to be a church that is welcome to all, whether rich or poor, Thai or farang, black or white, gay, lesbian, transgender, or straight, old or young, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or Jew.  We aim to declare the inclusive love of Jesus Christ, and demonstrate his radical call to discipleship in our lives.

Pray for the Children!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

A child alone!

Dear Friends,

The world is being rocked by images of children separated from their parents on the US/Mexican border.  Whoever is responsible, and whatever the cause, few disagree that this must stop.  Christian leaders from across the political and theological spectrum have spoken out!

We at All Saints are far away and we may ask what can we do?  Well we can pray, and we can write, and we can remember all the children in our world who suffer from loss of parents, war, famine, abuse, and all the other scourges of the world.  And we can keep on working to make the world a better place.  We will be praying this Sunday!

Our scripture readings this week will be Job 38:1-11, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, and Mark 4:35-41, and we will be singing the hymns Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun, A Mighty Fortress, When Jesus Went to Egypt, and All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!  The third hymn focuses on the plight of those children held in detention facilities.  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Serving the World

Some people have rightly asked what we are doing at All Saints to be of service to those around us.  Well, we are doing a lot.  The people of All Saints are working or volunteering in more than half a dozen NGOs and charities, including relief organisations, orphanages, groups working with old people and with children, combating human trafficking, advancing human rights, and others.  There are many opportunities if you would like to get involved.

I would like to make a list of all the organisations with which we are involved.  Please let me know any groups that you are involved with and I will make a list which we can put on our website.  We won’t list the names of those working with each group, but just the organisations!

All Saints Hymnal

I am currently compiling the All Saints Hymnal.  If you have any favourite hymns you would like us to include, please email me at  iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com.  A few people have responded, but keep the ideas coming!  You can view our current list of music and details of when we have sung each hymn here!

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

What a Wonderful World!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

God’s wonderful Creation!

Dear Friends,

After a week of rain, it’s wonderful when the sun comes out!  But it is the rain which makes Thailand such a green and beautiful country.  God has created a wonderful world for us to live in.  We need to be a thankful people!  Join us as we give thanks at All Saints this week!

Our readings this week will be Ezekiel 17:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17, and Mark 4:26-34, and we will be singing the hymns All Creatures of our God and King, For the Fruit of All Creation, We Plow the Fields and Scatter, and How Great Thou Art!

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

All Saints Hymnal

I am currently compiling the All Saints Hymnal.  If you have any favourite hymns you would like us to include, please email me at  iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com.  A few people have responded, but keep the ideas coming!  You can view our current list of music and details of when we have sung each hymn here!

Memorial for David Burdoin

It has been suggested that it would be good to commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.   Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.  We could have something beautiful carved here in Chiang Mai!  Please see Richard our treasurer.  We have collected THB 4,050 so far.

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

Liar! Liar! Liar!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Is lying always wrong?

Dear Friends,

This week’s readings look at lying!  First we see Adam and Eve lying in the Garden of Eden, and then we see Jesus being accused of being crazy and demon-possessed and talking about “blaspheming the Holy Spirit”!  What’s it all about?

Our readings this week will be Genesis 3:8-15, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, and Mark 3:20-35, and we will be singing the hymns Now Thank We All Our God, Open My Eyes that I may See, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart,and Great is Thy Faithfulness.  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

All Saints Hymnal

I am currently compiling the All Saints Hymnal.  If you have any favourite hymns you would like us to include, please email me at  iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com.  You can view our current list of music and details of when we have sung each hymn here!

Trustees Meeting

The All Saints Trustees will be meeting on Thursday 7th June at 6pm.  We have lots of important things to discuss including ideas for our building.  I hope to be able to give more details to everyone in the coming weeks.

Memorial for David Burdoin

It has been suggested that it would be good to commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.  Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.  We could have something beautiful carved here in Chiang Mai!  Please see Richard our treasurer.  We have collected THB 4,050 so far.

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

Foundational! What is foundational in your life?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

How strong is your foundation?

Dear Friends,

This week’s Gospel reading contains the famous passage about the wise man building his house upon the rock, and the foolish man building his house upon the sand!  The important thing is the foundation – a part of the building which is usually not seen.  Metaphorically, we can apply this to our lives: what is our foundation?  Jesus said that if we hear is words and act on them, then we are building a strong foundation for our lives!  This will be the theme of our worship this Sunday.

Our readings this week will be Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28, Romans 1:16-17, 3:22-31, and Matthew 7:21-29, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, Let us Build a House, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Memorial for David Burdoin

It has been suggested that it would be good to commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.   Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.  We could have something beautiful carved here in Chiang Mai!  Please see Richard our treasurer.

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

Trinity Sunday

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Last Week’s Pentecost Peace!

Dear Friends,

The Trinity is not a doctrine for those who like their religion easy!  Many years ago, I remember a ten year old girl saying to me: “Some people say Jesus is God’s Son, but others say he is God!  How is that?  Who is right?”

You will be glad to know that I am not going to try to explain the Trinity here – nor will I try on Sunday!  There are some things that are too big for our tiny minds to understand!  However, there is much we can learn from the Trinity, not least that God is love and at the heart of God is an internal loving relationship.

Remember the words from 1 John, which I quoted last Sunday, as did a rather more famous preacher, Bishop Michael Curry at a recent royal wedding:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 4:7-8

We are all called to love one another, for at the heart of God is a loving relationship!

Our readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, and John 3:1-17, and we will be singing the hymns Holy, Holy, Holy; We All Believe in One True God; Mothering God; and Tell Out My Soul!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Memorial for David Burdoin

It has been suggested that it would be good to commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.

Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.  We could have something beautiful carved here in Chiang Mai!  Please see Richard our treasurer.

Christine Hall

Christine’s recovery from her knee operation is taking time and she is still in some pain.  Please hold her in your prayers!

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

Pentecost Sunday is Here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

This week is Pentecost Sunday!
Potluck this Week!

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Dear Friends,

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the church when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
God is with us as we see the fulfilment of the prophecy from Joel:
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In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my servants, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.

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In this we see that God’s love, and the power to be in relationship with God, is not confined to a select few but is offered and available to all!

This is the Good News of the Gospel: God is for us all!

Our readings this Sunday will be Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27, and John 15:26-27, 16:4-15, and we will be singing the hymns Come Down O Love Divine, Spirit of God Unseen as the Wind, O Breath of Life Come Sweeping through Us, and O God of Burning Cleansing Flame!  The readings can be found via this link and past services can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Pentecost Sunday Potluck

Our service will be followed by a Potluck.  Please bring food to share!

The Funeral of Allen David Burdoin

We gave David a wonderful send off!  He would have loved to see how much so many people valued him so highly.  Thank you to all who took part, and all who shared their thoughts of this wonderful man.  He is home with the Lord now and at peace.  Please continue to hold Shem in your prayers.

Video of the funeral can be seen by clicking here.

It has been suggested that it would be good to  commission a new altar in memory of David.  He was one of our church trustees and the Eucharist was deeply meaningful to him.  Our current altar is only an ordinary metal-legged table.  We would like something made of wood which could bear a plaque in David’s memory.
There will be a plate at the back of the church, or please see Richard our treasurer.

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