Sermons by David Phillips

Septuagesima – Order out of Chaos

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. [Genesis 1:2-4] What a glorious couple of days we’ve been having with the weather.  When we walk around outside, we have a sense of the immense potential of Creation that is on the verge of…

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 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…

Christmas – Candle lights candle

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” [John 1:9] Late Monday night we started our Christmas celebrations in darkness – and with one lit candle – and we recognized a kind of fragility.  A slight wind could blow the first candle out.  And yet that flame passed from one person to another…and soon the whole church was aglow with the warmth of candlelight.  I think we find it so…

Advent 3 – Stewards of the Mysteries of God

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. [1 Corinthians 4:4] We speak of this season of Advent being one full of expectation and hope. I think we have a general sense of what that means.  There are certain things that we look forward to – probably a holiday from work for some of you, a time with loved ones, no doubt some feasting! –…

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…

Trinity 11 – Sympathy for the Tax Collector

His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. 1 Cor 15:11 Last week we entered a new stage in our readings and reflection on the life of growing in holiness in Trinity season.  We have changed from focusing on the purifying of our passions to the illumination of our souls with grace. Last week the Gospel was about Jesus coming into the Temple to purify it and to teach daily in it. …

Trinity 2 – FoMO

“A man once gave a great banquet and invited many… But they all alike began to make excuses.” This past Tuesday I was at supper with the students before their Uncover John evening and I learned of a new term that they all seemed to know about – FoMO.  Do you what this means?  It is an acronym for “Fear of missing out”. “Fear of missing out or FoMO is “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having…

Trinity Sunday – One Incomprehensible

“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. Even to say the words is not to clarify, “O yes, now I understand who God is,” but rather it is to confound and confuse us immediately.  As if to deliberately destabilize our…

Pentecost – Spirit filled?

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind. Happy Pentecost!  Happy Birthday to the Church! We celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter 50 days ago. We continue to follow today, the pattern of the actual history experienced by the Apostles. Fifty days after that first Easter, the Apostles and others were praying in a room, like we are today, and suddenly the Spirit descended upon them – like a mighty rushing wind…