Sermons by David Phillips

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 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,…

Pentecost – A mighty rushing Wind

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind. [Acts 2:3] As if on cue, on Saturday, there was a mighty rushing wind all day – to turn our minds to the celebration of Pentecost!  A wind to unsettle us, to move us, unseen physically, but we feel the effects, it was something beyond our carefully controlled lives! Today we continue to celebrate Pentecost, the third great feast of the Church year…

Ascension – He goes and we go with Him

As they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight… They were gazing into heaven as he went… [Acts 1:9-10] It is forty days since we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  It is the same period of time that those first disciples were blessed with resurrection appearances of Jesus – Luke says, He “showed Himself alive after His passion by many proofs.” At the end of…

Easter – Resurrection now

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Today, we proclaim that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead! We can say it with our mouths, and we may know an accompanying joy in our hearts, a longing within us that feels affirmed.  But what does the Resurrection of Jesus mean and what does it mean for us? What is the Resurrection? The hope of a life to come, of a rebirth after death,…

Palm Sunday – Bearing our Cross

“Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus …who, became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Today we have begun Holy Week, the climax of Lent. We look at the Passion throughout this week because it is both history and it is the archetypical story that is at the foundation of our souls and of our culture.  We are shaped by the Passion even if we don’t understand it. …

Lent 3 – Battling the Hydra

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. This week has been a horror as the violence we hear of so often in the news in other places has come close to home here in Utrecht.  We pray for the families suddenly torn apart unexpectedly by loss and grief and for those struggling to recover wounds to their bodies and to their souls.…

Ash Wednesday – The Glory of God is a living human being

“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to others to be fasting, but to your Father, who sees in secret, and your Father shall reward you openly! “ Today we enter into Lent – it is often observed as a time of greater prayer and fasting and almsgiving (or service) – and I will speak about that a little later. What is a living human being?…

Sexagesima – Seeds among thorns

The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” ———— It is hard for us not be drawn out of ourselves and reminded of the beauty of Creation over the past couple weeks as Spring comes upon us. Last week we were reminded in our reading of…