Sermons by David Phillips

Trinity 22 – And still, forgiveness

I am sure that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. [Philippians 1:3] We are near the end of Trinity season and our ascent into the Kingdom of Heaven, we’re considering the highest stages of maturity in Christ. Why do we still have in the Gospel this parable about forgiveness [St Matthew 18:21-35] in the next to last Sunday in the season ?  Surely…

All Souls Day – Commemorating the Faithful Departed

Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life. St John 5:26 We are coming to the end of Trinity season.  As we think of the union of our souls with God, even tasting and glimpsing the life of heaven on earth, it is most reasonable that there would be all of these commemorations of the faithful departed…

Trinity 20 – Where is your heart and mind?

Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding-garment? We are reflecting in these last weeks of Trinity season on the highest stage of the Christian life – about our coming to know our God more and more, and His kingdom, to participate in that life, to enjoy Him more and more in this life here and now and, in the life to come, eternally. The closeness of our relationship with God is described…

Trinity 18 – Waiting for the revealing of Jesus

You are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. In these final Sundays of the Church year, we are considering the highest stage of the Christian life, the life of holiness, the life of a recovery of the image and likeness of God in our soul,…

Trinity 14 – Walk in the Spirit

  for audio click here Jesus said to them, “Go and show yourself to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Last week we looked at the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and we were reminded of how Jesus comes alongside of us, who have been broken by the world, the flesh and the devil, and he has bound up our wounds, pouring wine and oil into them.  He has lifted us onto his…

Trinity 13 – Healing the Violence

Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see.  We are being led ever more deeply into the life of Christ in Trinity season.  We are beginning not just to believe in Jesus but to see, that is, to know Him dwelling within us. And as Jesus taught daily in the Temple, he promises to teach us daily inwardly [see Trinity 10].  Our ears are being opened to Him.  We are not afraid…

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 10 – Not robbers of grace

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. Do you have peace in your heart this morning?  Would you like more peace? In the first part of Trinity Season (Trinity 3 to 9), our readings have been a reflection on the various passions of the soul –…

Trinity 6 – Wrath and Giving

You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not kill. [Matthew 5:21-22] We are continuing our spiritual ascent in Trinity Season – we’re looking at the flourishing of our souls in Christ.  Last week we began to think about “spiritedness” in the soul.  Spiritedness is that bounce, that zest for life, being ready for adventure – we see it in healthy animals, we know it in ourselves when we…

Trinity 5 – Ingathering

Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men. [Lk 5:10] Have no fear of them… but in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy. [1 Peter 3:15] In this season of Trinity we are considering our spiritual ascent, our growth in Christ, our maturing in the faith.  It is the removing of obstacles that are hindering our flourishing as sons and daughters of the living God, of our loving God and…