Trinity Season

Trinity 12 – Hearing God’s Voice

Looking up to heaven, Jesus sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha”, that is, “Be opened.” This morning Elin will be baptised.  We believe she will be spiritually washed, she will be gifted with the Spirit, she will become a member of Christ – a part of the Church, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is very exalted language that describes a change in her very being. And Jesus says this step is…

Trinity 11 – Illuminating our Prayer

His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. [1 Cor 15:10] What a beautiful thing to attend the baptism of a child!  Today we witnessed the baptism of Pauline Wolters.  In her life new life in Christ, her parents and godparents are called to help her as she grows up to distinguish good from evil and to choose the good, and to come to a living faith. By our baptism and faith…

Trinity 10 – A House of Prayer

When Jesus drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Last Monday Daniëlle and I went to the exhibit on the Kabbalah at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam (which ends today at 5pm!).  Kabbalah is a term to describe various streams of the Jewish mystical tradition since…

Trinity 9 – We owe it to ourselves

Make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous wealth; so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. [Lk 16:9] Have you heard the expression, you owe it to yourself?  Is there a Dutch equivalent? The Cambridge Online Dictionary says the phrase means “to deserve and need to do something that will be good for you:  [for example] Take a few days off work – you owe it to yourself.”  If we are healthy, we know it is…

Trinity 8 – Wisdom is better than gold

O GOD, whose never-failing providence orders all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech you to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [Collect for Trinity 8] Our readings in Trinity season bring us through a reflection on the ways our souls can be distorted by temptation.  We consider these key distortions of our love, not…

Trinity 4 – Forgiveness

When I say the daily offices at home I use Common Worship and not The Book of Common Prayer which is what is used here. So one of the many good things about being here is that I enjoy some small changes in routine, like using the old prayer book. Each morning and evening I recite the invitation to confession and allow its language to resonate with me and be encouraged afresh to : ‘confess…

Trinity 1 – Knowing, Willing & Becoming Love

If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. Last Sunday we began the second half of the Church year – Trinity season.  The colour is green signifying… growth in the Spirit.  It began last Sunday with the revelation of God as thrice Holy – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God.  Somehow, this mysterious revelation says something about our souls, made in the image…

Trinity Sunday – A true confession of faith

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” We celebrate today that God has been revealed to us through the Incarnation of Jesus as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. This morning let us look at the Triune God, His Holiness, and how we approach Him. First, the Triune God. There is a longing in the human mind to make God understandable, knowable,…

Trinity 18 – Faith under Fire, Responding with Love

Opening prayer: Lord, may our mere human words be faithful to your written Word, and point us to the Living Word, Your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. [attr to +John Pritchard] I guess I am stating the obvious when I say, ‘We live in interesting times.’  In the late 1930s, a British ambassador to China was told by a friend that there was a Chinese saying: “May you live in interesting times.”  It was not…

Trinity 16 – The Resurrection Life

That you might be filled with all the fullness of God! [Eph 3:19] In Trinity season we are moving in our readings to consider ever higher and higher possibilities in the movement of our soul, in its ascent, towards the living God. And it is important, wherever we are on our spiritual journey, to consider what is possible, so that we don’t stagnate in the place we are, becoming complacent, no longer hoping for growth in…