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Chaplain’s Letter: First Things, Last Things and Abiding Faith

Nearing the end of the calendar year, we are often given to think both of first things (like God’s first taking flesh as our Saviour, Jesus Christ, celebrated at Christmas) and last things (the next coming of our Lord into the world, to make all things new – a theme that features throughout the November lections and also, to an extent, in Advent). Moreover, from All Saints (Nov 1) and All Souls (Nov 2) up…

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…

John de Wit RIP

Dear Friends in Christ, It is with great sadness that I inform you that John de Wit died peacefully on the morning of Sunday 17th June, only a few weeks after learning he had cancer. John is remembered with much fondness and gratitude for all that he gave so freely and generously to our church and to the Archdeaconry during his time as chaplain at Holy Trinity Utrecht from 2005 to 2012.  In particular our prayers and thoughts go out at this time to Pam. John’s funeral will…

Charitable giving in July

This month Charitable Giving focuses on the Mission to Seafarers in Rotterdam and Vlissingen and the Kigama School Feeding Program in Kenya.   No matter what problem a seafarer is facing, be it injury, abandonment, non-payment of wages or personal difficulties, they know they can turn to the local Mission for help, advice and support. Chaplains and volunteers offer practical and financial support, advocacy services, family liaison or simply a space to talk in a…

Important things are not rational

There is the funny story of two scientists who meet at the house of one of them. The visitor notices a horseshoe on the wall and says: “Surely you aren’t superstitious?”, whereupon the other replies: “No, but I’ve been told that it works even for people who don’t believe in it.” I like this joke, because it puzzles me. Does this scientist now believe in horseshoes or not? I think his actions betray that he…

Charitable Giving in June

This month we are supporting the mission at Schiphol airport and Noah’s Ark in Uganda The mission for OCAAM is for all employees, visitors and travellers at Schiphol Airport, to experience the presence of pastoral care and help through the involvement of the Old Catholic and Anglican Churches; the aim is for there to be a place for reflection, where everyone who wishes can pray, meditate and get help. http://www.aam-schiphol.nl/ Founded by a Dutch couple,…