It’s Not Fair!

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Rohingya Refugees

Dear Friends,

Sometimes we feel that life just isn’t fair!  Sometimes it isn’t – why does a good person get cancer, and a bad one have a long and happy life?  This is one of the biggest questions in Christian theology.

The Bengali Humanitarian Relief Group

We will have a special collection for Rohingya Refugees on Sunday 1st October as part of our outreach to those whose experiences have certainly not been fair!  This money will go to the Bengali Humanitarian Relief Group, an organisation set up by Ben Svasti, the Honorary British Consul in Chiang Mai.  He writes:

In response to the plight of an estimated 430,000 civilians, mostly children, who recently moved from Myanmar to refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, and who are in desperate need of humanitarian relief, a Bengali Humanitarian Relief Group has been set up with the support of some members of the diplomatic community in Chiang Mai.

The purpose of this strictly apolitical humanitarian group is to raise emergency relief funds and to provide essential humanitarian support to new arrivals crossing the Myanmar-Bangladesh border particularly children in this continuing desperate crisis. 

This tragedy is happening on our doorstep, just 600 kms away, closer to us than Bangkok; it is too close to ignore.

I am sure members of All Saints will contribute generously to this fund.  You can find more details here.

This Week at All Saints

In contrast to these dire situations, we on the other hand, have little reason to complain, but some people just like complaining and we see this in this week’s Old Testament and Gospel readings.  Do the complainers have a point?  Come and find out!

Tomorrow night we also have our next Theology on Tap meeting.  The topic is “doubt”.  See below for details!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday are Exodus 16:2-15, Philippians 1:27-30, and Matthew 20:1-16, and we will be singing the hymns Alleluia Sing to Jesus,  Amazing Grace, Now Thank We All Our God, 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 tomorrow night, Friday 22nd September. We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub! This month’s topic is “doubt”!

From October we will begin meeting every two weeks. The schedule is on the Theology on Tap page of the All Saints website.

Harvest Festival

On Sunday 15th October we will journey together to Thung Dong Farm to celebrate our Harvest Festival Eucharist in the midst of nature. We will leave church at 9:30 a.m.

This will be followed by a barbecue, please bring salads and deserts to share. There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Please sign if you intend to come.

Your favourite Hymns!

Last week I listed the top ten hymns used at All Saints.  If you have a favourite hymn you would like us to sing, then send me an email!

Join the Choir

Our service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held on Saturday 9th December.  Lannacapella Choir will be leading the worship.  They would love more singers.  If you would like to join to sing at this event, please see Chris or email her on christinebaw@gmail.com.

Our next Potluck – Sunday 1st October

We will have a potluck lunch on Sunday 1st October following our service which includes the collection for the Rohingya refugees.  We can give thanks for all we have to share with one another.

Congregation News

David Burdoin is still in Suan Dok hospital with acute anemia, but hopes to be going home tomorrow.  I am sure he would then appreciate visitors.  He sends thanks to everyone for their support and love.

Nate and Muyoung are expecting a baby girl!  Nate gave the happy announcement in church last Sunday.

God bless,

Iain

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Weak or Strong?

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Which are you?

Dear Friends,

As a young Christian, I was really confused about what it meant to be a strong Christian or a weak one!  It seemed to me that a strong Christian would faithfully keep all the laws, not drink or smoke, go to church every Sunday, do evangelism.  Surely that was what being “strong” was about?  As we shall see in this week’s New Testament reading, Paul had other ideas: he saw those law-keepers as being the ones weak in the faith, while those who seemed less particular he saw as being strong!

How could this be?  Find out this Sunday!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday are Exodus 14:19-31, Romans 14:1-12, and Matthew 18:21-35, and we will be singing the hymns Praise my Soul the King of Heaven, Jesu Jesu Fill us with Your Love, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, and When in our Music God is Glorified!

The readings can be found via this link !

Theology on Tap

Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be next week on Friday 22nd September. We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub! This month’s topic is “doubt”!

From October we will begin meeting every two weeks. The schedule is on the Theology on Tap page of the All Saints website.

Harvest Festival

On Sunday 15th October we will journey together to Thung Dong Farm to celebrate our Harvest Festival Eucharist in the midst of nature. We will leave church at 9:30 a.m.  This will be followed by a barbecue, please bring salads and deserts to share. There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Please sign if you intend to come.

Top Ten Hymns

Those of you who like this sort of thing might like to know which hymns are the ten most frequently sung at All Saints.  They are:

Christ is made the Sure Foundation
Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise
Let us Break Bread Together
All Creatures of our God and King
All People that on Earth do Dwell
For the Bread Which You Have Broken
Holy, Holy, Holy
All My Hope on God Is Founded
Praise my Soul the King of Heaven
Be Thou My Vision

Trustees Meeting

The All Saints’ trustees will meet next Monday night, beginning at 6 p.m.

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

Time to Go?

From the Rev. Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Ready to move?

Dear Friends,

This week’s Old Testament reading tells the story of the first Passover.  The people were told to be ready, to cook and eat quickly, and keep no leftovers.  They were to be ready to move.  Likewise, in our New Testament reading, Paul reminds his readers that “the night is far gone, the day is near.”  They are to be ready!

What about us?  Are we travelling light?  Are we ready to answer God’s call whenever it comes?  Jesus gives us great authority, not to order hurricanes to change their path, but to share God’s love with the world.  We are literally commanded to “rewrite the rule-book”!

What exciting future does the Lord have in store for you? Find out at All Saints this Sunday.

Old One Hundredth Liturgy

This Sunday we will also have our special Old One Hundredth liturgy.  We will be singing the Gloria, the Creed, the Sanctus, and the Lord’s Prayer, to the tune of All People that on Earth do Dwell.   The sheet music is here and here, click on the links above for the music.

I hope we can joyfully worship God together as we repeat the words of God’s people to this get music of the faith.  Please give me your feedback!

Our bible readings for this Sunday are Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14, and Matthew 18:15-20, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, One Bread One Body, and Go forth and tell.

The readings can be found via this link !

Theology on Tap

Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be on Friday 22nd September. We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub! This month’s topic is “doubt”!

From October we will begin meeting every two weeks. The schedule is on the Theology on Tap page of the All Saints website.

Harvest Festival

On Sunday 15th October we will journey together to Thung Dong Farm to celebrate our Harvest Festival Eucharist in the midst of nature. We will leave church at 9:30 a.m.

This will be followed by a barbecue, please bring salads and deserts to share. There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Please sign if you intend 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 risen Jesus in our lives!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Holy Ground!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

God is here!

POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY!

Dear Friends,

This week’s Old Testament reading tells the story of the Burning Bush!  When Moses approaches this disturbing phenomenon, God says  “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

All Saints, Chiang Mai, is holy ground, for it is a space set apart for the worship of God.  It is not as old as the thousand year old churches I visited in England this summer, nor as grand as the 150 year old cathedral in Hong Kong, but it is holy ground, none the less.

I am really excited about this new year at All Saints: I am excited about my new teaching schedule, it means I will have much more time to serve the church here, I am excited about Deacon Gene’s arrival, we can support each other in so many ways, I am excited about our growing and interesting congregation, for together we are the body of Christ, and I am excited about the stewardship campaign we are about to embark on, for it will enable us to do so much more!

Perhaps this year we will have to move to somewhere bigger, or even build our own place, but right now this is holy ground!  Come and join us on that holy ground this week, and allow God to prepare us to change God’s world and build God’s kingdom!

Our bible readings for this Sunday are Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21, and Matthew 16:21-28, and we will be singing the hymns All Creatures of our God and King, Beauty for Brokenness, Break Thou the Bread of Life, and From Heaven You Came.

The readings can be found via this link !

Potluck 

We will have a potluck lunch this Sunday following our morning worship.  Please bring food to share.  All are welcome.

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

Stand Up!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Risking death to save life!

THEOLOGY ON TAP – THIS FRIDAY AT 7PM

 Dear Friends,

As we read in this week’s Old Testament reading, the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Puah, were prepared to risk their own lives to save the lives of the babies they were delivering!  How far are we prepared to risk our own lives to stand up for what is right?  As we saw in the recent events in Charlottesville, taking a stand is never without risk, but as Christians God calls us to speak out and to act for justice!  What is God calling us to do now?  Find out this week at All Saints!

Our bible readings for this Sunday are Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, and Matthew 16:13-20, and we will be singing the hymns You Call Us Lord to Worship, O God of Earth and Altar, Thou Who at Thy First Eucharist, and Lift High the Cross!  The readings can be found via this link !

Theology on Tap – This Friday!

Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be this Friday, 25th August.  We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub!  Our topic is “Love”!

Potluck 

We will have a potluck lunch on Sunday 3rd September.  Please bring food to share.  All are welcome.

God bless,

Iain

All Welcome!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Last Sunday at All Saints

Dear Friends,

At All Saints, we like to say that “All are Welcome”.  In this week’s bible readings we see Joseph emotionally welcoming his family to Egypt, but we see Jesus initially rejecting a Canaanite woman.  How can this be?  Why is it so difficult to welcome people who are different from us?  If we truly want to grow at All Saints then we can welcome those who are similar to us, but God calls us to reach out further.  Let’s see how we can do this.

Our bible readings for this Sunday are Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, and Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28, and we will be singing the hymns Awake My Soul and with the Sun, Let Us Build a House, There Are Many Ways of Sharing, and Stand up stand up for Jesus!  The readings can be found via this link !

Theology on Tap

Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be on Friday next week, 25th August.  (This is a corrected date from that posted last week!)  We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub!  Topic to be decided!

Potluck

We will have a potluck lunch on Sunday 3rd September.  Please bring food to share.  All are welcome.

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

Water Walking!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Do you have faith to step out of the boat?

Dear Friends,

This week’s Gospel reading sees Jesus walking on the water and Peter leaping out of the boat only to lose faith and start sinking.  What about us?  Are we comfortable cruise passengers or are we prepared to abandon ship without a lifeboat?  Sometimes God calls upon us to step out in faith!  Find out more this Sunday.

Our bible readings for this Sunday are Genesis 37:2-28, Romans 10:9-15, and Matthew 14:22-33, and we will be singing the hymns Holy, Holy, Holy, Jesus calls us o’er the tumult, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!

Last Sunday we welcomed the Rev. Deacon Gene Bourquin as our new deacon at All Saints.  It will be a joy to have him ministering with us!

And last Sunday we also had the great delight to welcome Yotin Tiewtrakul as our guest organist.  He is director of Music at the Anglican Church of Hamburg, Germany.  It was wonderful to have such a gifted musician help lead our worship!

And then at the end of the service we were joined by Alan Tsang, Assistant Director of Music at St. John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong!  We are getting famous friends!

Yotin’s view of All Saints, posted on Facebook!

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Our next Theology on Tap meeting will be on Friday 25th August.  (NOT 19th!!!!)

We will again meet at 7 p.m. at the UN Irish Pub!  Topic to be decided!

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

Fighting God!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Fighting with God.  Is it Biblical?

Dear Friends,

It was wonderful to be back yesterday and see old and familiar faces, along with some new ones!  If you haven’t been for a while, why not come along? Life can sometimes seem a bit of a battle.  This week I have been fighting with Thai immigration, cancelled bank cards, and deflating car tires, not to mention a collapsing office chair!  But should we be fighting with God?

On the face of it fighting with God does not appear to be a very Christian action, yet Jacob did it, so perhaps we should too?  Find out more this week!

Our bible readings for this Sunday are Genesis 32:22-31, Romans 9:1-5, and Matthew 14:13-21, and we will be singing the hymns Praise with Joy the world’s Creator, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, Take My Life and Let it Be, and Will you come and Follow Me?  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

Double Trouble

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Rachel and Leah

Dear Friends,

We can continue our journey through the lives of the Patriarchs with the story of Rachel and Leah.  Jacob is tricked into marrying the wrong sister so marries the right one as well.

Rivalry and jealousy are again central to the developing story.  What does this mean for us?

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday as I return from my summer break.  Many thanks to Mark, Ann-Christin, and Jacob, for their hard work over the last four weeks.

Our bible readings for this Sunday are Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, and we will be singing the hymns O Worship the King, Let Us Build a House, One Bread One Body, and All My Hope on God Is Founded!

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

Access God!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Jacob’s Ladder: the way to heaven?

Dear Friends,

How can we contact God?  How can we reach out to the divine, the beyond?  Jacob had a vision of a ladder between heaven and earth with angels ascending and descending upon it.

How can we know God in our lives?  Find out at All Saints this week.

Our service this week will be led by the Rev. Mark Crawford, as I am in the UK.  Please attend if you can, to give Mark your support during this season when many people are travelling!  I shall be back next week!

Our bible readings for this Sunday are Genesis 28:10-19, Romans 8:12-25, and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, For the Bread Which You Have Broken, and Amazing Grace!

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