Sermons by David Phillips

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…

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…