Second Chance!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

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Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

Gender Discrimination Committee

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

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

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

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

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

Preaching in Lent

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

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

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

God bless,

Iain

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O Jerusalem!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Pray for the Peace of the City

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

Gender Discrimination Committee

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

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

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

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

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

Preaching in Lent

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

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.

All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Lent is Here!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Memories from Lent 2017

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE THIS WEDNESDAY

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

Ash Wednesday – Tonight!

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

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

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

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

Preaching in Lent

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

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

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.

All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Seeing Jesus!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Who do you say that I am?

PANCAKE POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY!

Dear Friends,

It has been a wonderful week!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

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

Pancake Potluck – This Sunday!

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

Ash Wednesday – Next Week!

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

Lent Study Groups – The Power of Love!

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

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

Preaching in Lent

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

Treasurer

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

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

God bless,

Iain

Take Pride!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

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

The events are as follows:

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

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

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

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

20.25 – 22.00 Hrs. Speeches and Ceremony

Treasurer

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

Pancake Potluck

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

Ash Wednesday

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

Lent Study Groups

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

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

UK Charity

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

New Building

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

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When page.

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

God bless,

Iain

Blessed are the Poor

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Christmas Eve at the Youth Charity Foundation

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Treasurer

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

Lent Study Groups

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

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

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

The events are as follows:

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

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

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

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

20.25 – 22.00 Hrs. Speeches and Ceremony

All Saints Foundation

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

The process for UK Charity registration is also continuing.

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When page.

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

God bless,

Iain

Let there be Love!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Love is at the heart of the Christian faith and is there at the beginning of Creation.  The story of Adam and Eve, tells us how God created Eve saying, “It is not good for Adam to be alone”.  We are created to be in relationship with one another – not only in couples, but in families, in churches, in communities.

The Feast of Saint Valentine has become the yearly festival of love in the western calendar and is celebrated worldwide!  Saint Valentine’s origins are lost in history, but one story says he was martyred for performing marriage ceremonies.  The Roman emperor wanted soldiers, and he believed the single men made the best fighters, so he forbade couples to marry.  Saint Valentine believed that marriage was ordained by God and defied the emperor.

Other people, even now, are being killed for who they love, and who they seek to marry, not just gay people, but also women, and sometimes men, who are killed in “honour killings’ for defying the wishes of their families.  As Christians, we declare the love of God and the freedom to choose love and be with the ones we care for!

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday 14th February, and this Sunday our service will focus on the theme of love.   Included in this special service will be the opportunity for all couples to renew their vows to each other, and we will remember that whether we are single or coupled, we are all enfolded in God’s love.

This could be a good opportunity to include partners who don’t normally attend church!

Our readings for the Feast Saint Valentine will be Song of Songs 8:5-7, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, and John 15:12-17, and we will be singing the hymns The King of Love My Shepherd Is, Here is Love vast as the Ocean, In heavenly Love Abiding, and Love Divine all Loves Excelling!  Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

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

All Saints Foundation

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

The process for UK Charity registration is also continuing.

If you don’t know the way to All Saints, directions can be found on the Where and When page.

Most people get to hear about us via the internet or by word of mouth, so please feel free to pass on this email to others.

All are welcome to join us as we share the presence of the risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshipping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Light of the World!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

At Christmas we remember the coming of Jesus, and in the Season of Epiphany we recall the revelation of Jesus to the nations.

Epiphany ends with the Feast of Candlemas, when we read of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple as Simeon declares Jesus to be “a light for revelation to the Gentiles”.

Jesus, with his Gospel of peace and life, forgiveness and new birth, is the Light of the World!  That is what we will be celebrating this Sunday.

Our readings for the Feast of Candlemas will be Malachi 3:1-5, Hebrews 2:14-18, and Luke 2:22-40, and we will be singing the hymns Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies, King of Kings Majesty, Let us Break Bread Together, and At the Name of Jesus!

Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Valentine’s Service – Next Sunday!

At All Saints, we try to mark significant events in the year’s calendar – not just the religious ones!

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday 14th February, on Sunday 10th we will focus our service on the theme of love.

Included in this special service will be the opportunity for all couples to renew their vows to each other, and we will remember that whether we are single or coupled, we are all enfolded in God’s love.

This could be a good opportunity to include partners who don’t normally attend church!

All Saints Foundation

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

The process for UK Charity registration is also continuing.

Chiang Mai Pride 2019

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

Zaw Lin & Wai Phyo – Prison Addresses

David Cartwright writes:

My dear Iain,

First of all thank you so much for incorporating the issue of the two Burmese boys incarcerated in BKK prison within your sermon this morning. Very moving for me and deeply appreciated.

Also thank you for allowing me to read out Zaw Lin’s letter to Kim and me – I hope I didn’t stumble over it too much! At any rate several members of the congregation thanked me for sharing it.

I do hope the prayer of intercession helps and that the Supreme Court hearing actually happens soon this year resulting in their early release.

As promised I am sending you their addresses and I hope you can include these somewhere on the All Saints website / newsletter;

Zaw Lin 590082,

Building 2,

Bangkwang Central Prison,

117, Nonthaburi Road,

NONTHABURI 11000

Wai Phyo 590018,

Building 2,

Bangkwang Central Prison,

117, Nonthaburi Road,

NONTHABURI 11000

If you could kindly ask the readers to send either greeting cards or notepaper, drawing paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, or any combination thereof, that would be really great!


Many thanks, in anticipation.

With best wishes from David & Kim,

 

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

Love and Hate!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Why are people so angry?

Dear Friends,

Sometimes it seems easier to hate than to love.  I heard that posts on Facebook that make people angry are ten times more likely to be shared – I think I am guilty of that!

Our New Testament reading for this Sunday is from 1 Corinthians 13, Paul’s great hymn to love, but then our Gospel reading sees Jesus rejected – and nearly lynched – in Nazareth!  We still live in a divided and conflicted world – but the Gospel of Love is still the answer!

Our readings will be Ezekiel 43:27-44:4, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, and Luke 4:21-30, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Come let us use the grace divine, I am the Bread of Life, and Love Divine, all Loves Excelling!  Our worship will include the Methodist Covenant Prayer.

Valentine’s Service – Sunday 10th February

At All Saints, we try to mark significant events in the year’s calendar – not just the religious ones!

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on Thursday 14th February, on Sunday 10th we will focus our service on the theme of love.  Included in this special service will be the opportunity for all couples to renew their vows to each other, and we will remember that whether we are single or coupled, we are all enfolded in God’s love.

This could be a good opportunity to include partners who don’t normally attend church!

Deacon Gene

Gene will be back with us this Sunday for a short visit!  It will be wonderful to have him back!

Bill Moeller

Bill is now back home – please hold him in your prayers as he continues to recover from his hip operation.  He would appreciate visitors!

Past services and sermons, including our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship, 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

We are One Body!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

All together on Christmas Morning

Dear Friends,

Thanks to Mark Crawford for leading the worship last Sunday and to all those involved.  I hear all went will once someone arrived with the key!  I shall be back this Sunday after a much needed break.

In this week’s epistle, Paul reminds us that we are all one body, and then in the Gospel reading Jesus declares his mission to release the captives and preach good news to the poor!  That is who we are – the body of Christ – one people called to build God’s kingdom and declare God’s love!

Our readings will be Nehemiah 8:1-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, and Luke 4:14-21, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Called as Partners in Christ’s Service, One Bread One Body, and Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord)!

Deacon Gene

Gene will be back with us next Thursday for a short visit!  It will be wonderful to have him back!

Meanwhile, here are three great chances to hear him preach:

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Proper 21, Year B
The Reverend Deacon Gene Bourquin

http://s559580590.onlinehome.us/sermonuploads/SermonUploads/Ninteenth%20Sunday%20after%20Pentecost%20-%2009-30-18.mp3

DECEMBER 16, 2018
Third Sunday of Advent; Year C
The Reverend Deacon Gene Bourquin

http://s559580590.onlinehome.us/sermonuploads/SermonUploads/Third%20Sunday%20of%20Advent%20-%2012-16-18%201.mp3

January 6, 2018
Epiphany

http://s559580590.onlinehome.us/sermonuploads/SermonUploads/The%20Epiphany%20-%2001-06-19%201.mp3

Past services and sermons, including our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship, 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.

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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