Sermons by David Phillips

Ascension Day – An anti-climax?

As they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 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 those forty days, they were gathered together at Bethany…

Easter 2 – Why the Good Shepherd?

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. We fasted for 40 days in Lent, and we are now to feast for 40 days to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.  Can you sustain that joy at the resurrection of our Lord?  Perhaps we find it easier to lament than to rejoice?  Is there a part of us that is holding back from celebrating, that worries that if…

Easter Day – We rise in Him

   Alleluia!  Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Today there is a spring in our step, a lightness to our eyes, our Lenten preparations are complete and we are ready to sing out with joy!  We hear church bells throughout the city.  If we held back our voices the very rocks would cry out! But we are so used to the message of Resurrection, can we imagine its impact to the first…

Palm Sunday – He emptied himself

 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus: who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…” This morning we have begun Holy Week, the culmination of our Lent and leading to the most important celebration of the Christian year – the Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Sunday. Through this coming…

Lent 4 – The Mother of us all

The Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Some might say that Lent is a season to be sorrowful for our sins, a time of mourning, and certainly there are times within Lent where that might be a greater emphasis – especially in Holy Week, leading to Good Friday.  But my Christian teachers have stressed that Lent is a time of the lightening of burdens as we cast off…

Lent 3 – Separating light from darkness in our souls

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. We are continuing our Lenten journey to Jerusalem, following Jesus to his Passion and death upon the Cross – it was a death for us, to propitiate, to reconcile us, who are sinners, to God.  Jesus told us to take up our cross and to follow Him.  We participate in that journey to Jerusalem, in…

Lent 1 – And nothing but the Truth

[preached at All Saints Amersfoort] Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  Lent has begun last Wednesday, when, those of us who came for the imposition of ashes on our foreheads in the sign of the Cross, were reminded to return to the dust from which we came:  “You are dust, O man / O woman, and to dust you shall return.”  A reminder of…

Quinquagesima – We go up to Jerusalem

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. On Wednesday of this week, the Church proclaims, as it has from earliest of times, a forty day fast.  It is not something you must do, but something that has been found to be helpful to do, and to do together.  We do this to prepare ourselves to more fully understand, in a way that changes our hearts, Jesus’ Passion and Death and his Resurrection. ———— I don’t…

Sexagesima – The good soil

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19 Spring is coming – the sure signs are there, the song birds again singing in the new day, the sound of geese returning day and night, snow drops and the first crocuses already blooming in our garden, and a sure…

Septuagesima – Not labouring in vain

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain it! Epiphany season has ended for us and we begin today with the shift in direction.  Epiphany was about revealing who God is in Jesus Christ.  And now we begin to shift our focus to the actions of God in Jesus Christ to save us, our salvation in Christ.  We are…