Sermons by David Phillips

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…

Trinity 4 – The Inward Turn

        I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.  [Romans 8:20] What a joy today to witness the baptism of Willemijn Anne Maria Kuijper (daughter of Adrie and Maya – godparents – Margaretha, Sherry and Martin)!  A warm welcome to all our guests today who are here to support her in her new life in Christ. The baptism of…

Trinity Sunday – The door is open

AFTER this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven. Today is called Trinity Sunday in the Church calendar – we celebrate that God has been revealed to us as three persons in one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Holy Trinity.  This Sunday follows the revelations through the first half of the Church year of God as the Father, from whom come all things, the Son, who came into…

Pentecost – Reconstructing Babel

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind. I made up some posters for the Pentecost services with a kind of provocative title, “Reconstructing Babel”.  Surely we’re not called to do that again, constructing a great tower, a great city with towers reaching into heaven?  It didn’t end well last time! The Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 is a story of right human desire that went wrong. They said, Come,…

Sunday after Ascension – Falling up

You also will bear witness. This morning in the Church we remember that in-between time – between Ascension and Pentecost.  The Ascension is when 40 days after Easter, Jesus went up bodily into heaven before the eyes of the Apostles – the Church commemorated that last Thursday.  Pentecost is the Descending of the Holy Spirit on the Church 10 days later, which we will remember next Sunday.  Imagine – 10 days without their Lord in…