Epiphany

Epiphany 4 – Overwhelmed

[Preached in Anglican Church Zwolle 3 February AD 2019] Jesus arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there arose a great calm. In this season of Epiphany we are coming to know Jesus as: the King of Kings (Epiphany); the Wisdom of God (Epiphany 1); the Messiah who brings in the Messianic Age (Epiphany 2); and as one who can heal souls and bodies (Epiphany 3). Today our readings continue to expand our…

Epiphany 3 – Live peaceably with all.

It was in the evening of 24th of June in 1859 when Henry Dunant arrived in the Italian place Solferino. That day a massive battle had taken place between the French and Austrian armies that had killed and wounded tens of thousands. Medical support at the battlefield was almost non-existent. The French army had more vets for their horses, than doctors for their soldiers. When Henry Dunant saw this, he went to a nearby village…

Epiphany 2 – They have no wine

“The have no wine…” Last year we were blessed with Erik preaching on these wonderful Bible readings about the Wedding in Cana.  Last night he reminded me that I convinced him that he should preach given that he had just been married the year before and must have insights that I could not bring to such readings.  Well, this year I have no such excuse – although for me it’s only been two and half…

Epiphany 2 – The Wedding in Cana

Tomorrow it will be blue Monday. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this, but it is supposedly the most depressing day in the year. It is always the third Monday of January; the holidays are over, we’ve already failed our New Year’s resolutions and the summer break is far away. And like on every Monday, even the weekend seems to be ages ahead. Fortunately, as Christians, we don’t have to despair in January because…

Epiphany 1 – Does it matter what we think?

[This sermon was preached in Arnhem in January 2015.] Be not conformed to this world; but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind Does it really matter what we think? I think we all know the experience of seeing a child puzzling over some matter, anxious.  And then, if the child trusts us, we give the child the courage to explain what is bothering him or her – and if we can answer that…

Epiphany 3 – Healing all nations

Repay no one evil for evil…but overcome evil with good. In Epiphany season God’s glory is being manifested forth in Jesus Christ. We have come to know Jesus as King of kings, when as an infant he was visited by the magi; as the Wisdom of God, listening and asking questions daily in the Temple, to make plain what is the will of God; and as the Bridegroom at the marriage of Cana, come to usher in a new age…

Epiphany 2 – Do whatever he tells you!

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; …. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. Epiphany is manifestation or showing forth or revealing.  In this season of Epiphany, Jesus is revealing God in Himself. First as an infant, revealed to Jewish shepherds and to Gentile magi from the East as the Saviour of his people and as the King for all nations.  Last week we heard…

Epiphany 1 – About our Father’s business

In the gospel for today, Luke sets out to tell us about a particular event in Jesus’ life that takes place in what we might call ‘the hidden years’ – those childhood years between the events around the birth of Jesus and the beginning of his public ministry with his baptism by John, his cousin: this is the story of the 12 year old Jesus in the Temple. Stories of the childhood of important people…

Epiphany – God made manifest

Today is the Feast of Epiphany, and Three King’s day. Growing up in a low (or non-) liturgical church and only being in this church for three years, I still have a lot to catch up when it comes to these kind of liturgical seasons and feast days. Three kings is quite simple, it’s an obvious reference to the wise men from the East, but it is, especially as a non-native English speaker, quite hard…

Epiphany 2 – Water to Wine

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; …. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. This morning our Gospel centres on Jesus’ attendance at a marriage feast and, as the Marriage service says, this holy estate he adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, in Cana of Galilee.   It seems this Gospel has landed on us at a particularly difficult…