Sermons by David Phillips

Trinity 17 – Entering into God’s Rest

Go and sit in the lowest place; so that when your host comes he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher!” We are moving in Trinity season through the stages of our sanctification in Christ.  Another way of saying that is that we are maturing in our life in Christ. The aim of our growth in Christ, is to come to know God, to see Him face to face.  It is to enjoy Him…

Harvest Thanksgiving – Sowing and Reaping

    (preached in Zwolle Anglican Church) Today’s Harvest Thanksgiving is a day of pause to give thanks.  We have signs all around us of the harvest of the fruits of the earth. The Church of England, has set aside a Sunday to give thanks to God for the abundance of the harvest of the fruits of the earth since the 19th century.  It was much earlier in North America.  According to one historian, the original…

Trinity 14 – Participating in the Sacrifice of Christ

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. [Luke 17:15-16] Over the past two days, we’ve been blessed with the visit of Dr Hans Boersma and his wife Linda.  He has led our Utrecht Lectures, concerning the notion of our sacramental participation in the life of God, by our creation and through faith.…

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 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,…