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Friday 14th December: Lichtjestocht Utrecht Oost

Once again Holy Trinity Church is the starting point for the candle lit route through the neighbourhood around the Wilhelminapark. From 6:oo pm to 7:15 pm you can start your travels through the Christmas story, your way lit by 2000 small candles. You will meet Romans, angels, shepherds with their flocks, king Herod and the wise men from the east. They will tell you all about the incredible things they have seen and experienced over the…

Bishop’s Advent Appeal

The Bishop in Europe: The Right Reverend Dr. Robert Innes  Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, BISHOP’S ADVENT APPEAL 2018 This year’s Advent Appeal is to enable St. Andrew’s Moscow to equip their church with a kitchen. St. Andrew’s is committed to the work of reconciliation and the building of trust between peoples. It fulfils this key element of our diocesan strategy in a unique and powerful way. It is not putting it too strongly…

* Starts December 12th * Advent and Epiphany Study: Learning to Hear God’s Voice!

Holy Trinity is holding a number of study evenings through Advent and Epiphany  – in English – on ‘Learning to hear God’s voice’. It is a 6-part course, which will be spread across six Wednesday evenings in December, January and the start of February. Across the 6 sessions, we consider Jesus as a model for our life and our service in the church, and so we can learn from how he heard the voice of…

Christian Classics Study Group: Learning the Gospel by Heart

  On Friday 7 December Anna van Laere has been invited to speak about the tradition of learning the bible by heart – in her case the Gospel According to Mark.  She will tell something about the group she is a part of that learns to memorize the texts together and to music. And she will sing a little part of Marc’s Gospel.  The evening will be in Dutch and English.   Anna will share with…

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…

Remembrance Sunday

REMEMBRANCE DAY We are used to remembering the fallen in world wars at Holy Trinity Utrecht on Remembrance Sunday, usually with a two-minute silence. Some members of our congregation and the Chaplain also take part in the Memorial Ceremony at the Gansstraat cemetory in Utrecht. Although the Netherlands was not in the Great War of 1914-18, as the Anglican Church in Utrecht we have close links with those who suffered and with our neighbours in Belgium.…

Christian Classics Study Group: Irenaeus: On the Apostolic Preaching

Irenaeus was born in Asia (Turkey) between 115-142 AD and he died ca. 202. While young, he had seen and heard bishop Polycarp (d. 155) at Smyrna. During persecutions under Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Irenaeus was a priest (maybe already the bishop?) in Lyon (France). His bishop Photinus (already in prison?) send him to Rome in 177/178 with a letter for Pope Eleutherius regarding Montanism, an excitable charismatic movement. Upon his return to Lyon, Irenaeus succeeded…

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…

Chaplain’s Letter: Harvest

September and October are the months when we celebrate Harvest Sunday across the chaplaincy. For example you’ll see from photos from All Saints Harvest last month. I always find it striking the range of images that are used in the hymns sung at Harvest . Sometimes the words are very close to agricultural ideas – such as ‘We plough the fields and scatter.” But other well loved hymns, merges these farming images with other biblical…

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…