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Reflections on Good Friday

It was a lovely Good Friday this year. I left the morning service feeling profoundly comforted by the idea that I need not try and bend my emotions into a state of remorse, focusing more on accepting Jesus’ gift instead, and wondering about the meaning of sacrifice. I went for a walk, enjoying the obvious beginnings of spring. For some reason, my attention had been captured by a very short sentence in the sermon: ‘when…

Spirits and spells

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. John 16:13 I did something very dubious for a Christian mother: I asked my youngest daughter to cross her fingers for me when I needed luck in a game. It worked. Now my…

Church of England App for Lent

There is a free app offered by the Church of England that has been recommended by on of our congregation members. She has found it to be very useful during Lent. The app can be found on this website page. Scroll down to the bottom and you will find the links for the IOS and Android versions of the app.    

A Message from Cambridge

As many of you will know, I moved to Cambridge in September to take up the study of theology and formation for ministry. I feel richly blessed being able to live and study in this place. I live in a room in my seminary, Westcott House, on Jesus Lane, in the middle of the city. I am part of a lovely community of about 50 ordinands and a staff of circa 10. It is an…

World Council of Churches celebrates 70 years

This article was written by the Right Rev Bishop Robert Innes in June. This year is the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the World Council of Churches, an important ecumenical body which the Anglican church is part of.  The organisation was founded in August 1948 in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.  120 Christian leaders, lay and ordained, gathered recently in Geneva to celebrate the 70th birthday of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The…

Healing a broken heart

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18) I once asked: “Can we heal the soul, if it was wounded?”. I have come to the conclusion that the answer is ‘yes, we can contribute to the health of our souls’. This is not intended as a success story: I am thoroughly aware that we live in a broken world, where many things are not cured, regardless of how…

Love loves love

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8) I’ve embarked on the daunting project of trying to make sense of the Trinity. Daunting indeed, because really, I am quite sure that my brain is too limited to understand God. Still, I wish fervently to be open to reality and get to know whatever God wants to show us of himself, just in…

Children’s Choir is starting again!

Holy Trinity’s Children’s Choir is starting again after the holidays. Rehearsals will take place in the parsonage hall, Van Hogendorpstraat 26, beginning at 3:30 pm on Tuesday September 11. More voices would be very welcome to share in the enjoyment of singing and to give the small choir more body. So if your child is interested in singing, or you know of a child that might be, please contact Muriel Zwart at mezwart@hotmail.com or (06) 51 28 77…

The Week Conference

  This article is by Brian Fink-Jensen, who leads the contemporary style music gospel band at Holy Trinity Church in Utrecht on the first Sunday of the month at 10:30am  and on the third Saturday of the month at the 7:30pm Evening Prayer and Praise services. Dear brothers and sisters, From the 24th until the 28th of June I have had the pleasure of visiting a conference called “The Week” in Birmingham. This is a…