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

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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.

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

New Horizons!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

The New All Saints?

Dear Friends,

This year looks likely to be one of the most exciting in the life of All Saints.  If all goes well we may be in a new building next Christmas!

The plans for our new place are still in an early stage, but I have been tasked with getting legal agreements, costings, and building schedules together by the end of January!  We want to have a place with room for worship and room to expand our service to the people of Chiang Mai!

View from the back window

We probably won’t have pews initially, but the picture above gives an idea of what the sanctuary might look like.  The building will be approximately 10m x 20m which is twice the size of where we are now, and should comfortably seat 80 people!

The whole site plan

The building on the left in this picture is the existing house, which we will use for fellowship, coffee, potlucks, church office, and children and youth work!  The exacted positioning of the church is yet to be decided.  (There are also other buildings behind and on either side of the land which are not shown – it is not in the middle of green fields!)

Let us pray that God’s will is done, and be ready to dig into our pockets to enable things to happen!


Perhaps our altar won’t be quite so grand!

Meanwhile, I am have a much-needed week off, and this Sunday Mark Crawford will be presiding and Nate Tipton will be preaching. Our readings will be Isaiah 43:1-7, Acts 8:14-17, and Luke 3:15-17, 21, 22, and we will be singing the hymns Let All the World in Every Corner Sing, On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry, Break Thou the Bread of Life, and Christ is made the Sure Foundation!

Christmas Services

Videos of our Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and our Christmas Day Eucharist are now available!

Bill Moeller

Bill is still in Bangkok Hospital, recovering from his emergency hip operation.  He is hoping to be home soon and then would appreciate visitors!  Please continue to hold him in your prayers!

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 Three Kings…

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

We have reached the end of a wonderful and eventful Advent and Christmas Season.

One of the highlights was the visit to the Youth Charity Foundation on Christmas Eve as we went bearing gifts for the children!  Epiphany, the Twelfth Night of Christmas, which falls this Sunday, is when we remember the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus!

The Wise Men also came bearing gifts, of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and they represent the homage of all the nations being brought to Christ.  They also remind us about giving!  We will have a momentous 2019 at All Saints – as we enter our sixth year we are proposing to build our own building – this will indeed be a year of giving for us all!

Gifts for the YCF children from All Saints

All Saints is not here just for us, although we all receive a great blessing from being part of God’s family here in Thailand, it is here to proclaim and demonstrate God’s love to the nations gathered in Chiang Mai!  We are just at the beginning.  As we build, it is not to look inwards but so that we can even more look outwards as we grow, and so take God’s love to all around us, both Thai and Farang!

God is with us – and will be with us in 2019!  Let us rejoice and be thankful this year!

The Christmas season ends this Sunday, and our readings for Epiphany are Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-6, and Matthew 2:1-12, and we will be singing the hymns We Three Kings of Orient Are, The First Nowell, As With Gladness Men of Old, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Bill Moeller

On New Year’s Eve, Bill, one of our most faithful members and an All Saints Trustee, fell and broke his hip.  On New Year’s Day, he had a hip replacement in Bangkok Hospital. He is on the mend, but please hold him in your prayers!

Past services, including highlights of our Festival of Carols, and sermons 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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

… and a Happy New Year!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Every year on Christmas night my Grannie would say sadly, “It’s as far away as ever!”  My family loved Christmas, and still do, and that phrase has become a family tradition.

Well, the Christmas season is not over yet, but we have had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and what wonderful days they were at All Saints this year!

Christmas Eve began with ten of us driving up to the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage in Doi Saket, to deliver Christmas presents and hand over the money raised at our Festival of Carols.  Thanks to all who contributed  towards the gifts for the children, and special thanks to the Chase family who bought and individually wrapped more than forty presents!

The Children after they had received their gifts!

One of the youngest!

…and one of the older ones!

A moving new video, in Thai with English subtitles, about the work of the Youth Charity Foundation can be viewed here.

Then later that night, we gathered at All Saints for Midnight Mass.  The church looked stunning as we welcomed the Christ-Child and celebrated the first mass of Christmas!

All ready for worship!

Holy Communion by Candle Light

Then, less than twelve hours later, we were back at the church for our Christmas Day service.  This was attended by over fifty people, and at all three of our Christmas services the music was led magnificently by Robert Rose on our organ.  He and his wife, Jean, were visiting from Doha!  Many, many, thanks to them.

I shall try to upload the video of the services as soon as possible!

Christmas Morning Worship!

Then, following the service, forty of us sat down to a magnificent Christmas lunch – it was the best yet – turkey and all the trimmings, including roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings, followed by Christmas pudding, apple pie, and ginger cookies!  Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this a success: to Emily, Ken, Pamela, Pat, Julia, Nate, Elena, David, Helga, and so many more!

All ready for Christmas Lunch!

Mashed and roasted potatoes and Yorkshire Puddings!


A wonderful sit-down meal!


New friends together!

The Christmas season continues, and our readings this Christmas Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Advent, will be 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Colossians 3:12-17, and Luke 2:41-52, and we will be singing the carols O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We have Heard on High, Cradled in a Manger Meanly, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Good Christian Friends Rejoice, and Joy to the World!

Past services, including highlights of our Festival of Carols, and sermons 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.

New Year’s Eve

 

Everyone is warmly invited to the Vicarage for New Year’s Eve.  Festivities begin at 7 p.m.  Bring food and drink to share and stay for as long or as short a time as you like!  Call 0 904 604 304 for directions!

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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Merry Christmas!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Dear Friends,

Christmas is now truly upon us!  Perhaps it is difficult to feel Chrismassy when the sun is still shining and there’s no sign of snow, but the season is here when we welcome Christ into the world and into our lives once more!

Please join us this Sunday at 11 a.m., then on Christmas Eve for Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m., then again on Christmas Day at 11 a.m.

Our Christmas Day service will again be followed by a sit-down Christmas lunch.  It is still possible to sign-up if you would like to join us.  The best way would be by email to Emily Chase on emilylschase@gmail.com.

The meal is free but people will need to sign-up so we can calculate numbers, and people will be allocated things to bring!  Please sign-up this week as Christmas Day is almost upon us!  Donations towards the cost of the turkeys would also be welcome.  (They were $100 each!)We are family, and nobody should be alone at Christmas!

Our readings this Christmas Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Advent, will be Micah 5:2-5, Romans 16:25-27, and Luke 2:1-20, and we will be singing the carols O Come, All Ye Faithful; O Little Town of Bethlehem; and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!  Past services and sermons 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.

Christmas 2018 at All Saints

The All Saints Festival of Carols

This was a wonderful event with over two hundred people in attendance and over THB 30,000 raised for the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage!

The packed chapel!


The wonderful Lannacapella Choir!

The Youth Charity Foundation Choir!

Photos courtesy of Steve Yarnold!

Thanks to all the many people who worked so hard to make this a success, to so many people from All Saints, to Lannacapella for singing, to Remi for playing the organ, and to Chiang Mai Christian School for allowing us to use the historic 1868 First Church.

Highlights of the Festival of Carols can be seen here! Thanks to Steve Harrow.

Last Sunday we also had another collection for the forty-four children of the Youth Charity Foundation to buy each one of them a Christmas present.  We shall be taking them their gifts on either Christmas Eve or Boxing Day!

Memorial Poinsettias

The following people donated poinsettias in memory of loved ones:

Contributors:        In Memory of:

Abigail James       Bernard Garvey & Lorreta Garvey

Chris Tananone   Thomas B. Buffum Jr.,
                               Gertrude K. Buffum,
                               Thomas Henry Buffum,
                               Cheng Tananone
                               Anita Pleumarom

Don Williams       Donald R. & Pauline

Bill Moeller           Mia & Carl Moeller

Chase Family       Walt & Donalda Robinson,
.                                Earl & Kathleen Chase
                              Daphne Thomson

Anonymous          Rani & Reuben

New Year’s Eve

Everyone is warmly invited to the Vicarage for New Year’s Eve.  Festivities begin at 7 p.m.  Bring food and drink to share and stay for as long or as short a time as you like!  Call 0 904 604 304 for directions!

Ardahanreeswara Award

On Wednesday 12th December I travelled down to Bangkok to receive the Ardahanreeswara Award for Strengthening and Empowering LGBTI Community.  This was given for the work of All Saints in welcoming gay and trans people, and shows that our work is nationally recognised in this area.

The report on the event (in Thai) on Thai PBS can be seen here, and my speech (in English) can be seen here!

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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Merry Christmas!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

This Saturday at 7 pm

Dear Friends,

Christmas is upon us, and we will begin our celebration of the Christmas Season at 7 p.m. this Saturday as we gather in the chapel of Chiang Mai Christian School. The Festival of Carols should be a wonderful event – please invite your friends but make sure they get there early for a seat!

If you are able to help with the set-up, please meet at All Saints at 10 a.m. this Saturday to help with transportation and the decoration of the chapel at the school!  We need to move the organ, the sound system, lights, chairs, an altar, and many smaller decorations, etc.  We have a small truck coming to help move the larger items, but many hands will help make things easier!

Later, please be at the chapel by 6 p.m. if you can, to help with ushering, etc!  After the service, we will then need help with refreshments and then taking down decorations and moving everything back to All Saints!

Our singing will be led by the Lannacapella Choir!

After an exciting, and probably exhausting, Saturday night, we will then gather once again at 11 a.m. Sunday morning to mark the Third Sunday of Advent.

Our readings this Sunday will be Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, and Matthew 1:18-25, and we will be singing the carols Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus; Of the Father’s Love Begotten; and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!

Past services and sermons 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.

Christmas 2018 at All Saints

Many Christmas events coming up!  These will again include a sit-down Christmas lunch – the turkeys are already sitting in the freezer!  The meal is free but people will need to sign-up so we can calculate numbers, and people will be allocated things to bring!  Please sign-up this week as Christmas Day is almost upon us!  Donations towards the cost of the turkeys would also be welcome.  (They were $100 each!)

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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Moving Forward!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

The House and Land!

Dear Friends,

Last Tuesday night the All Saints Trustees met to consider the way forward for All Saints.  There were a number of items on the agenda, but he most significant and exciting was the proposal to move to a bigger and better facility!

We have been offered a house and land with a ten-year extendable lease and a nominal rent.  It is a great location in Pa Tan, and within the Superhighway.  The house will provide place for potlucks, church office, children’s work, and possibly somewhere for me to live!  The land is big enough for us to construct a purpose-built sanctuary!

The Trustees voted unanimously in favour of approving the proposal to develop the site, and I will now be finding accurate costings and producing a proposed timeline, as well as agreeing the terms of the actually rental contract.

The House!

This is an amazing opportunity and will enable All Saints to continue to grow and expand our ministry to all!  At this time of Advent, as we wait expectantly for the coming of Christ at Christmas, we can give thanks and look forward to all God’s wonderful provision. Hopefully, firm details will be available by the end of January!  Who knows, we may be able to host next year’s Festival of Carols in our own building!

Meanwhile, this year’s Festival of Carols is nearly upon us, and details of how you can help are below.  This week we will gather together to celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent as we look at the Angel appearing to Mary.

Our readings this Sunday will be Isaiah 40:1-11; Philippians 1:3-5, 9-11; and Luke 1:26-38; and we will be singing the carols O Come, O come Emmanuel; Song of Mary; and The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came! Past services and sermons 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.

Festival of Carols – One Week to Go!

Our Festival of Carols is only just over a week away!  It is going to be a wonderful night, and hopefully one which will raise a lot of money for the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage!

If you would like to offer practical help, we will gather at All Saints at 10 a.m. on the morning of Saturday 15th, to pack things up and transfer them to Chiang Mai Christian School Chapel.  We need to move the organ, the sound system, lights, chairs, an altar, and many smaller decorations, etc.  We have a small truck coming to help move the larger items, but many hands will help make things easier!

Help will then be needed in setting everything up and decorating the chapel, as well as assistance after the service in taking everything down, and transporting it back to All Saints!  Just come along if you can help!  There will also be a short meeting after church this Sunday about providing refreshments after the Festival and arrangements for Christmas Day!

Posters and free tickets are now available at the church.  We will need lots of people to take these this week for placing in shops, businesses, and schools!  Please take some to share!

Other Events Coming Up

Jerry Nelson from Chiang Mai Rotary asked me to share their event which is tomorrow night in aid of the Mae Tao Clinic, and Chris Tananone is part of the choir for the performance of The Messiah at Payap University on Saturday.  We will be giving out tickets for our Festival of Carols before the performance, so if anyone is going and would like to help, please let me know!

Christmas 2018 at All Saints

Many Christmas events coming up!  These will again include a sit-down Christmas lunch – the turkeys are already sitting in the freezer!  The meal is free but people will need to sign-up so we can calculate numbers, and people will be allocated things to bring!  Please sign-up now!

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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Advent Sunday!

From Rev Iain Baxter, All Saints Chiang Mai

Decorating the church last year!

POTLUCK THIS SUNDAY!

This Sunday is Advent Sunday and we will mark the beginning of Advent as we prepare once more to celebrate the coming of Jesus!  The service will be followed by a special potluck – people are invited to bring soup, bread, sandwich fillings, cookies and treats, or apple juice, to share, as we decorate the church for Christmas!

Our readings this Sunday will be Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, and Luke 1:5-24, and we will be singing the hymns O Come, O come Emmanuel, and Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.

Past services and sermons 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.

Festival of Carols

It is only just over two weeks until our Festival of Carols!  It is going to be a wonderful night, and hopefully one which will raise a lot of money for the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage!  Posters and free tickets are now available at the church.  We will need lots of people to take these this week for placing in shops, businesses, and schools!  Please take some to share!

Other Events Coming Up

Jerry Nelson from Chiang Mai Rotary asked me to share their event in aid of the Mae Tao Clinic, and Chris Tananone is part of the choir for the performance of The Messiah at Payap University.  We will be giving out tickets for our Festival of Carols before the performance, so if anyone is going and would like to help, please let me know!

Christmas 2018 at All Saints

Many Christmas events coming up!  These will again include a sit-down Christmas lunch – the turkeys are already sitting in the freezer!  The meal is free but people will need to sign-up so we can calculate numbers, and people will be allocated things to bring!  Please sign-up now!

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 celebrate the Christ of Christmas!  We hope to see you soon and that you will enjoy worshiping with us,

God bless,

Iain

Thanksgiving!

From Father Iain, All Saints Chiang Mai

Thank God for the Earth!

Dear Friends,

Our Season of Remembrance is drawing to a close and Advent will soon be upon us!

Last week we had a very moving service to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and video of the sermon and reading of names can be viewed now.  It was great to again be joined by people from MPlus, the Chiang Mai LGBT organisation, and have them take part in the service.

Some of the MPlus people at All Saints

video of events of the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Foreign Cemetery, produced by Steve Harrow, is also available.

God has blessed each of us in so many ways that we should be thankful people.  Sometimes we are, but then we forget to say thank you!  In this weeks service we will express our thanks to God for the wonder of his creation, and commit ourselves anew to protect the environment and all that God has given!

Our readings this Sunday will be Joel 2:21-27, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, and Matthew 6:25-33, and we will be singing the hymns Come Ye Thankful People Come, For the Fruit of All Creation, Now thank we all our God, and We Plow the Fields and Scatter!

Past services and sermons 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.

Advent Sunday

This will be upon us after only one more week!  On Sunday 2nd December we will mark the beginning of Advent, and the service will be followed by a special potluck – people are invited to bring Christmassy treats to share as we decorated the church for Christmas!

Festival of Carols

All is gradually coming together for our Festival of Carols!  It is going to be a wonderful night, and hopefully one which will raise a lot of money for the Youth Charity Foundation orphanage!  Posters and free tickets are now available at the church.  We will need lots of people to take these this week for placing in shops, businesses, schools, and Rimping supermarkets!  Please take some to share!

Christmas 2018

Many Christmas events coming up!  These will again include a sit-down Christmas lunch – the turkeys are already sitting in the freezer!  The meal is free but people will need to sign-up so we can calculate numbers, and people will be allocated things to bring!  Please sign-up now!

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