Come as you are!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


All are Welcome!

Dear Friends,

Last week we marked Remembrance Sunday remembering all those who are victims of war.  This week we will remember those who are victims of another sort of war – the fight against bigotry and the fight for the right to be yourself.

Every year hundreds of transwomen, and some transmen, are killed simply for being who they are.  Often those victims are also poor and people of colour and among the most marginalised in society.  Sometimes they die unknown, laid in an unmarked grave, but the Transgender Day of Remembrance works to make sure they are not forgotten.  As part of our service, we will welcome trans people, and others, from the MPlus organisation.

Our readings for The Transgender Day of Remembrance Sunday will be from Isaiah 56:1-5, Romans 8:31-39, and Matthew 22:30-40, and we will be singing the hymns Stand up stand up for Jesus, Lord we make this cry for freedom, Beauty for Brokenness, and Let Us Build a House!  Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols – Coming Soon!

On Saturday 7th December we will have our 2019 Festival of Christmas Carols!  This is only three weeks’ away!  This Christmas celebration is in support of the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage.  Tickets are free, but there will be a collection for the foundation.

Lannacapella will form our choir and lead the singing, and representatives of various foreign consulates and expat organisations will do readings.  The festival will be held in Nong Pratheep Church which is on Thungspong Road.  (Turn off the Superhighway almost opposite Bangkok Hospital)  (See our website for directions!)

Please take tickets on Sunday and invite your friends!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday on Thursday!  Please feel free to join us!

Father Iain’s Absence

I will be away in the UK from Monday 18th to Friday 29th November.  Rev. Mark Crawford will be leading and preaching on Sunday 24th.  Please contact Mark if you need anything in my absence.  Mark’s email is adjarnmark@gmail.com and his phone number is 085-932-4203.

Christmas Activities

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

Remember!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


This week’s service begins at 10:30 a.m.!!!!

Dear Friends,

Each year, around the world November 11th is marked as Remembrance Day.  People fall silent at 11 a.m. for two minutes to remember those killed in two world wars and in all the conflicts since.

Remembrance Sunday is observed on the Sunday closest to November 11th, and so this year we will mark the day on Sunday November 10th.  Our service will begin at the earlier time of 10:30 a.m. to allow us to observe the two minutes silence at 11 a.m.  We remember those who have died so that we might be free.

Our readings for Remembrance Sunday will be from Isaiah 2:3-4, Revelation 21:1-6a, and Matthew 5.1-12, and we will be singing the hymns O God our help in Ages Past, Abide with Me, Will Your Anchor Hold, and The Day Thou gavest Lord is Ended!  Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Harvest Festival 

The Bulletin on the harvest table


The lake early on Sunday morning


Our Communion Altar


Worship in the Barn


Bible Reading in Thai


Potluck Lunch

Last Sunday we had a wonderful celebration of harvest at Thung Dong Farm.  Thanks so much to Warren for hosting the event.  We were again joined by the children of the Youth Charity Foundation who all had a wonderful time!  Video of the service, sermon, and kids having fun, can be found here!

Remembrance Day Ceremony
at the Foreign Cemetery

Next Monday, November 11th, is Remembrance Day.  There will  be a special ceremony at the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery which will begin around 10:45 a.m. so that we can observe two minutes silence at 11 a.m.   All are welcome!

Everyone is then invited to lunch at the Gymkhana Club.

Gymkhana Lunch

Our weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will again be at midday, today (Thursday)!  Please feel free to join us!

Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Sunday 17th November we will mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

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

Harvest Time!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai


Leaving church at 9:30 a.m.!!!!

Dear Friends,

Once again we will have the joy of travelling out to Thung Dong Farm to celebrate our Harvest Festival!  We will leave church at 9:30 a.m. and should be back by around 5 p.m.  (The full itinerary is below!)  We will again be joined by the children of the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage.

Harvest is a time for giving thanks!  We give thanks to God for our food and the wonders of creation, and we commit ourselves anew to be wise stewards of all God has entrusted to us!  Please join us if you can for this wonderful day, but email me on iain@AllSaintsChiangMai.com if you are coming – we don’t want to leave you behind and we need to ensure that we have enough cars!

Our readings for this Harvest Sunday will be from Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, and Matthew 6:25-33, and we will be singing the hymns Come Ye Thankful People Come, Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation, Give Thanks with a grateful heart, and We Plow the Fields and Scatter!  Past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Harvest Festival – This Sunday, 3rd November!

Program

9:30 Depart All Saints
10:45 (Approx) arrive Thung Dong Farm
11:30 Harvest Festival Service
12:45 Potluck
(Please bring food to share!)

Tour of the farm, games, or just relaxing.

1530 Tea and refreshments
1600 Depart the farm
1700 (Approx) arrive back at All Saints, Chiang Mai.

There is no cost involved for those wishing to join this service at the farm but the usual weekly offering will be made during the service.

We need to match the people coming to the number of cars so please email me if you intend to come!!!!!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our third weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will be at midday on Thursday!  Please feel free to join us!

Other November Events

Other events in November include Remembrance Sunday on 10th November – beginning at 10:30 a.m., and Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday 17th November!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

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

All Saints Day!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Last week I watched the movie, Coco.  It is a charming animated film in which a young boy journeys into the land of the dead on All Saints’ Eve to contact his ancestors.  It is based on the Mexican belief that the dead suffer when they are no longer remembered upon earth and there is nobody left to display their photo.

At the family shrine in the movie Coco

Whatever we think of their theology, All Saints Day and All Souls Day are important times to remember those who have gone before us, those we mourn, those who cared for us and made us who we are.  We will remember them this Sunday and remind ourselves of our never-ending connection with the saints in glory!

Our readings for this Sunday will be from Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18, Ephesians 1:11-23, and Luke 6:20-31, and we will be singing the hymns For All the Saints, Sing With All the Saints in Glory, The saints of God their conflict past, Let us Build a House, and O When the Saints!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Harvest Festival – Next Sunday, 3rd November!

A reminder that this will be a week on Sunday, 3rd November, and we will again journey out to the wonderful Thung Dong Farm!  Please sign up at the back of the church or send me an email if you intend to come!  We will leave the church at 9:30 a.m so don’t be late – and bring food to share for our potluck lunch!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our second weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club will be at midday on Thursday!  Please feel free to join us!

Other November Events

Other events in November include Remembrance Sunday on 10th November – beginning at 10:30 a.m.,

and Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday 17th November!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

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

Ask, Ask, Ask!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

You may have seen a sign in a shop saying “Do not ask for credit, as a refusal may offend!”  Are we like that with God, afraid to ask in case the answer is no, or even worse, that answer is yes?

Sometimes we may be afraid that we will get what we ask for, and we are more comfortable just to stay where we are!  What is God calling on you to ask for?  Is it scary, will it change your life?  Do we expect the unexpected?

Find out more this week at All Saints!

Our readings for this Sunday will be from Genesis 32:22-31, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, and Luke 18:1-8, and we will be singing the hymns Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, Seek Ye First, and Before the Throne of God Above!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Last week’s Sermon

For those who missed it, last week’s sermon, “Be Thankful!” is now available on YouTube!

Last Week’s Potluck

We had an excellent lunch last Sunday – much enjoyed by all.  Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Gymkhana Lunch

Our first weekly lunch at the Gymkhana Club went well with five people in attendance.  Next week we will meet again at midday, this time on Thursday!  Please join us if you can!

Harvest Festival

A reminder that this will be on Sunday 3rd November and we will again journey out to the wonderful Thung Dong Farm!  Please sign up at the back of the church or send me an email if you intend to come!

We will leave the church at 9:30 a.m so don’t be late – and bring food to share for our potluck lunch!

All Saints Day Service

To accommodate our Harvest Festival, this year’s celebration of All Saints Day will be on Sunday 27th October!

November Events

Other events in November include Remembrance Sunday on 10th November – beginning at 10:30 a.m., and Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday 17th November!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

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

Thankyou!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Christmas celebration at McKean Leprosy Mission

Dear Friends,

In this week’s Gospel reading we see Jesus healing ten people with leprosy.  Only one comes back to thank Jesus, and he was a Samaritan – not even a Jew!  Are we thankful people?  Do we give thanks for all God has done for us and all that God has given us, or do we always want more?  This week we will seek God’s way for our lives, and give thanks!

Our readings for this Sunday will be from Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, and Luke 17:11-19, and we will be singing the hymns Holy Holy Holy, Will you come and Follow Me, Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart, and Now Thank We All Our God!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Potluck – This Sunday 13th October!

Our October Potluck will be this week!   Please bring food to share!  All are very welcome!

Gymkhana Lunch

Lunch at the Gymkhana Club, midday, Tuesday 15th October!

One of the board members of the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club would like to develop more links between the Club and All Saints and the wider community.  Last Sunday I suggested that perhaps some All Saints people would like to share a weekly lunch at the Club.  Tuesday seems to be a good day for many people.  We shall try this next week and see how it goes.

Of course, some people will not be able to make it as they are working, but equally there are others who do not like to go out at night.  Hopefully, we will also have more events to follow for the night owls!

Anglican Chant Notation

We will continue to chant a bit of our liturgy this week.  You will see marks like this | and like this *.  | means a bar or measure line in the music, and * means halfway through the verse.  This helps to fit in the words to the chant.  · after a word means it has more than one syllable on the same note.  Previously we use italic underline in the psalms to indicate the changing part at the end of the phrase.  We will see how it goes this week!

Harvest Festival

A reminder that this will be on Sunday 3rd November and we will again journey out to the wonderful Thung Dong Farm!  Please save the date and plan to be there!

All Saints Day Service

To accommodate our Harvest Festival, this year’s celebration of All Saints Day will be on Sunday 27th October!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

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

Millstones!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The Peak District National Park

Dear Friends,

My parents’ home is only a few miles from the Peak District National Park.  The Park is divided between the southern White Peak with its gently rolling hills, and the more rugged northern Dark Peak with its brooding moorland.  Limestone is the underlying rock in the White Peak, while the Dark Peak is comprised of a rough sandstone called millstone grit.  

As its name suggests, millstone grit was used for making millstones as the rough stone would swiftly grind corn, wheat, or barley, into flour.  The Derbyshire countryside is littered with abandoned millstones and I grew up very familiar with these strange stone wheels.


Abandoned Millstones litter the ground!

With this in mind, Jesus’ metaphor of the peril of having one of these great stones tied around your neck while you were cast into the sea was always a vivid one for me.  In this week’s Gospel we read of the peril of causing a brother to sin, or of failing to forgive, as Jesus makes this comparison.  Find out more about the power and necessity of forgiveness this week at All Saints.

Our readings for this Sunday will be from Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, 2 Timothy 1:1-2, 8-14, Luke 17:1-10, and we will be singing the hymns All Creatures of our God and King, Before the Throne of God Above, Brother Sister Let me Serve You, and And Can it be?  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

Anglican Chant Notation

We will chant a bit of our liturgy this week.  You will see marks like this | and like this *.  | means a bar or measure line in the music, and * means halfway through the verse.  This helps to fit in the words to the chant.   · after a word means it has more than one syllable on the same note.   Previously we use italic underline in the psalms to indicate the changing part at the end of the phrase.  We will see how it goes this week!

Potluck – Sunday 13th!

Our October Potluck will be next week on Sunday 13th!  It is good to eat and share together!

Harvest Festival

A reminder that this will be on Sunday 3rd November and we will again journey out to the wonderful Thung Dong Farm!  Please save the date and plan to be there!

All Saints Day Service

To accommodate our Harvest Festival, this year’s celebration of All Saints Day will be on Sunday 27th October!

All Saints’ Festival of Christmas Carols

Please put the date of Saturday 7th December for our Festival of Carols in your diaries!  This took a lot of arranging – but we got there in the end!  It will also be at a new venue: Nong Pratheep Church, which is across the Superhighway from Bangkok Hospital.  (Directions will be given nearer the time!)

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

Judgement!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

UK Supreme Court president Lady Hale

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday the UK Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling.  In a unanimous verdict the justices agreed that British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, had acted unlawfully in suspending parliament!  The ruling was read out by the Supreme Court president, Lady Hale.

Is this what God’s judgement will be like – a court of law where God delivers his verdict from a big chair?  Is this what judgement even means, or is justice a better translation?  Are we awaiting the Last Judgement or final justice?  And are we to be punished for our bad deeds in this life?  Find out this week at All Saints, Chiang Mai!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Amos 6:1a, 4-7, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, and Luke 16:19-31, and we will be singing the hymns The God of Abraham Praise, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, All to Jesus I surrender, and All My Hope on God Is Founded!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual 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

Spending Money!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The beautiful English seaside resort of Scarborough

Dear Friends,

Jesus said the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, but for me it is probably the love of property!  I love architecture, houses, churches, grand public buildings, and I need to be wise about how I spend my money.  Right now, I am considering selling my house in Manchester and buying an apartment overlooking the sea in Scarborough.  It is part of a Georgian terrace built around 1840 and is Grade II* listed!  It is very tempting – but is it wise?


Temptation?

Jesus actually had a lot to say about money and how we use it, and in this week’s Gospel reading we read the parable of the Dishonest Steward.  The man is fiddling the books and his master finds out, but before he can be sacked he quickly writes off the debts of a number of his master’s creditors.  Jesus then says the astonishing statement: Make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

Perhaps Jesus is calling all earthly wealth dishonest, for how else can we understand this?  But the challenge is clearly to use wisely all that we have.  We will find out more this Sunday!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Amos 8:4-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, and Luke 16:1-13, and we will be singing the hymns All People that on Earth do Dwell, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Take My Life and Let it Be, and Christ Be Our Light!  The readings can be found via this link and past services and sermons can be viewed via the All Saints audio-visual page!

New Treasurer

We are delighted to welcome Don Williams as our new treasurer.  Thanks to Bill Moeller and Chris Tananone who have been sorting out the money for the last few months.  They will both continue to assist Don in his new role!

Supporting the work of All Saints

This week’s Gospel reading seems highly appropriate when thinking about our giving to God’s work!

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission is a UK charity set up to support the work of All Saints, Chiang Mai.  After much hard work ASCMM now has a bank account which means that UK taxpayers can give through the charity and we can reclaim any income tax they have paid.

The account details are as follows:

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

If you would like to know more please speak to me or send an email to info@AllSaintsChiangMai.com

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

Feeling Sheepish?

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

We all like sheep have gone astray!

Dear Friends,

Sheep are famous for being stupid!  They are very cute – but not the brightest of beasts.  I remember many years ago I was at a celebration of Assumption Day with some Turkish Syriac Christians way up in the mountains neat Antakya (Antioch).  Two sheep had been brought to be barbecued – one was strung up and its throat was cut, but the other stood alongside munching grass as if nothing had occurred and it wasn’t in the least bit worried!

Sheep eat, and grow, and sleep, but don’t seem to worried about the future.  I suppose as prey animals if they did worry then there would be no end to their worry!  Last night, despite my increased garden defences, two street dogs again got into my garden.  But when I found the rabbits in the hiding place they didn’t seem overly perturbed.  They too seem very relaxed about the future – although they run faster than sheep!

The bible often compares God’s people to sheep – it is not a very complimentary description.  Sheep get lost, go astray, and make some of the worst decisions.  We often do all of those things.  But the Bible also describes God as the shepherd and Jesus as the Good Shepherd who cares and searches for his sheep – who is even prepared to die for his sheep!

When I went out to do battle with the wild street dogs last night – armed only with an old broom – I wasn’t ready to lay down my life for my rabbits, and I was glad when the dogs scrambled back over the wall!  But God is prepared to give all for us – and that is the good news of the Gospel!

Our scripture readings for this Sunday will be from Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, and Luke 15:1-10, and we will be singing the hymns The King of Love My Shepherd Is, O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, Amazing Grace, and The Lord’s My Shepherd.

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

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission

All Saints Chiang Mai Mission is a UK charity set up to support the work of All Saints, Chiang Mai.  After much hard work ASCMM now has a bank account which means that UK taxpayers can give through the charity and we can reclaim any income tax they have paid.  If you would like to know more please speak to me or send an email to info@AllSaintsChiangMai.com

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