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Kerkennacht 2017

At Holy Trinity Church, for Kerkennacht, we will sing (as in Job 35 and Acts 16) Psalms through the Night.  The choir of our church, with the cooperation of others, will be singing all the Psalms in the great variety of ways we know in the Netherlands during the 12 hours after opening the doors on Saturday evening at 19:00. Undoubtedly, Jesus himself also sang psalms in the synagogue and at home.

Godly Play

“The desert is a dangerous place. There is no food. There is no water. People die without food and water. Nothing grows there, so when the wind blows, the shape of the desert changes. People lose their way ….” This is the beginning of the first story (from Exodus) that I heard at the Godly Play course in Sheffield, UK, which I attended in March 2017. Father David thought it a good idea to have…

Faith Thoughts: The God of Small Things

Faith Thoughts are sent in by Dr Elisabeth Leembruggen from Holy Trinity Utrecht. It hung there. I did need it and it was on sale. This high tech, 21st century wonder, cost more than average. It was a good deal by any reckoning. I debated, perhaps too long. What were pros? What were the cons? Did I really need this? Was I just buying another ‘unnecessary thing’ to clutter the cupboards? In the end, having weighed…

Coming up: Christian Classics Study Group “The Abolition of Man”

WHAT: “The Abolition of Man” by C.S. Lewis (a short work, which you can download by clicking here.) WHEN:  THIS FRIDAY 26th MAY 6:30pm  Dinner 8:00pm  Presentation and Discussion (let Hannah know if you are attending dinner, so we can plan: office@holytrinityutrecht.nl) WHERE:  Parsonage Hall, Holy Trinity – van Hogendorpstraat 26, 3581 KE Utrecht WHO:  David Dodds will lead us through the text. This is David Dodds’ description…  On 20 February 1955, several years into a…

Bishops Blog on visit to the Netherlands

There has been an English chaplaincy in Utrecht in one form or another since at least the 17th century. The present church building was consecrated in 1913. It is cosy, traditional in style and frequently packed. Utrecht is, at least as far as the railway is concerned, at the centre of the Netherlands. Holy Trinity Utrecht is likewise at the centre of Anglican ministry to a big area that includes Zwolle, Arnhem and Groningen. The…

Tibet Brief

Maya tells of her trip to Tibet for the opening of the Dalai Lamas Institute for Higher Education, her visit to the Tibetan children’s villages and the upcoming concert in aid of the Tibetan refugee children. (Article in Dutch).

The Bishop’s Easter Greeting

“I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “to give you a future and a hope. You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:11).
Having read God’s promise to Jeremiah as part of the Lenten Bible Lessons, and by reflecting upon the example of Jesus’ disciples facing uncertainties before and after the Lord’s Resurrection, Bishop Robert draws courage and faith from these, especially in regard to the changing circumstances which lie before us in Europe.

Faith Thoughts: Led Towards The Future

We find ourselves at the evaluation stage, halfway between what was and what is to come. Life, of course, is this very issue. We are born, in between we live, then we die. We live at the junction between life and death. At this midway-point, we make our decisions day to day, year to year. Our lives have been shaped by our past; are continuously moulded in the present for what we will become in…