Sermons by David Phillips

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…

Easter 3 – You will see me

A little while and you will see me no longer, and again a little while, and you will see me. Over the past couple of weeks, in the daily readings, we have been following through two stories in the Bible in parallel – the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.  This follows a very ancient pattern in the Church It is wonderful to read these books side…

Easter 2 – Is God good?

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. So far in Easter we have looked at the careful descriptions of those first moments when the tomb, where Jesus’ body was laid, was found empty, and of Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples when were locked in a room by themselves, and he showed them his hands and his side. This morning we step back a little to look at…

Easter 1 – A vast army

Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. [John 20:19-31] We continue to celebrate with Easter joy the bodily Resurrection of our Lord from the dead.  Death and resurrection is a constant theme in religious expressions around the world – from Shamanism, with their rituals of death and rebirth, to Mesopotamian religions, who remake…

Easter Day – Set your mind on things above

Set your minds on things that are above! The strife is o’er, the battle done; the victory of life is won; the song of triumph has begun. Alleluia! Every Sunday, but especially today, we proclaim and celebrate that Jesus has risen from the dead! Our Gospel today [St John 20:1-10] speaks only about the empty tomb, the first moments of the realization of the Resurrection.  It dawned on the disciples Peter and John first by…

Good Friday – Why Sacrifice?

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Galatians 6:14] Today is the most solemn day of the Christian year. We have prepared ourselves for it with an almost forty day fast.  We have intensified our focus on the Cross by veiling it for the past two weeks in church services.  Last night we have stripped away all other furnishings in the church except this Cross, that we…