Sermons by David Phillips (Page 15)

Baptism: Washing and Sacrifice

Therefore, beloved, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus by the new and living way that he has opened up for us… Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Baptism is the means that Jesus has given to us, His Church, by which the justifying effects of His Cross and Passion are…

The Word was made flesh

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.“ A Happy Christmas to you all! Today we celebrate and ponder the great gift of God coming into our midst to save us and to lift us into the divine life, the life that is eternal. God made that promise of salvation in ancient times. Our first lesson today is from the prophet Isaiah, through whom God spoke to the people of…

Advent 3: Stewards of the Mysteries!

Think of us in this way, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of God’s mysteries.  This morning we can feel the growing anticipation and joy of the coming Feast! We cannot contain ourselves it seems – our Christmas party this Friday, people at work having similar gatherings, Nine Carols and Lessons this coming Sunday!  All a kind of Christmas joy and celebration spilling out before the Feast!  And perhaps this is right –…

Advent 1: Owe nothing but love

Micah 4:1-4, 6-7       Romans 13:8-14       Matthew 21:1-13 Now it is high time to awake out of sleep… Today we begin the new Christian year with the season of Advent. Our colour has changed to purple to symbolize penitence – it is a recognition that not all the work is done, once we become a Christian – but there is a call to the ongoing conversion of our hearts. Advent is a time to reflect on…

Remembrance: What are we wrestling?

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Therefore put on the whole armour of God. Today is Remembrance Sunday, when we remember especially those who have died in the great wars that have afflicted the world in the last century. We remember and give thanks for the courage of so many who went daily into…

What is Love?

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Over the next seven months we are planning a thematic approach to these evenings together. Each night we will consider one of the virtues of the soul – starting these last three months of this year with Love, Faith and Hope – gathered together by St Paul in different places in his writings – they are the…