Sermons by David Phillips

Lent 1 – Speaking and walking in truth

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Lent has been a time in the Church year for us to pause and to look up at God but also to examine ourselves to see obstacles to drawing nearer to God and to be aware of signs of new life in us from Him.  It is about growing in love, as Ineke pointed out last week. The…

Ash Wednesday – Where the Wild Things are

“Your Father, who sees in secret, shall reward you openly! “ Today we begin the Church’s season of Spring, the Lengthening of days, the attention to the signs of new life in our midst.  Outside this week there are snow drops, crocuses, daffodils, the magnolia blossoms are ready to explode.  We are to look for a parallel in our own souls: signs of the renewal of love or of the buds of new love ready…

Epiphany 1 – Does it matter what we think?

[This sermon was preached in Arnhem in January 2015.] Be not conformed to this world; but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind Does it really matter what we think? I think we all know the experience of seeing a child puzzling over some matter, anxious.  And then, if the child trusts us, we give the child the courage to explain what is bothering him or her – and if we can answer that…

Christmas – The Word made flesh

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” [St John 1:14] On Saturday we had our Crèche service for the children and we went through the story of the incarnation told in children’s songs and in very simple story telling.  We all know it well, it is a story most of us have heard since we were children.  How is this more than a nice story? I’d like us to think about what…

Advent 3 – God is our judge

It is the Lord who judges me. [1 Corinthians 4:4] In Advent we reflect upon the threefold coming of the Lord Jesus Christ – and His arrival brings judgement.  Jesus’ coming in the past brought judgement, we are told that Jesus will judge us at the end of time, and Jesus judges us even now.  Judgement is perhaps not something we like to think about, but this morning I want us to think about why…

Advent 2 – What is Hope?

Whatever was written in former days, was written for our instruction; that through endurance, and encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. [Romans 15:4] Advent is a season of hope – we have some natural hopes – the expectation of holidays, the celebration of Christmas with family or friends.  But we also have supernatural hopes: that God has come to us in the flesh as a child to save us, and there is a…

Sunday Next before Advent – Why is Jesus called Christ?

Jesus lifted up his eyes, and saw a large crowd coming towards him. Today we have come to the end of the Church year. Our readings this morning are a kind of summing up of the year and a looking forward to the year to come. As we go through each Church year, we are meant to come to a certain conclusion about who Jesus is.  In most modern lectionaries the Church celebrates this Sunday…

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…