Sermons

Here you can find the sermon from last Sunday, and other sermons preached at Holy Trinity Church. At the moment these are only available in text, but in time they will also be available in audio.

Ash Wednesday – The Glory of God is a living human being

“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to others to be fasting, but to your Father, who sees in secret, and your Father shall reward you openly! “ Today we enter into Lent – it is often observed as a time of greater prayer and fasting and almsgiving (or service) – and I will speak about that a little later. What is a living human being?…

Sexagesima – Seeds among thorns

The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” ———— It is hard for us not be drawn out of ourselves and reminded of the beauty of Creation over the past couple weeks as Spring comes upon us. Last week we were reminded in our reading of…

Septuagesima – Order out of Chaos

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. [Genesis 1:2-4] What a glorious couple of days we’ve been having with the weather.  When we walk around outside, we have a sense of the immense potential of Creation that is on the verge of…

Epiphany 4 – Overwhelmed

[Preached in Anglican Church Zwolle 3 February AD 2019] Jesus arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there arose a great calm. In this season of Epiphany we are coming to know Jesus as: the King of Kings (Epiphany); the Wisdom of God (Epiphany 1); the Messiah who brings in the Messianic Age (Epiphany 2); and as one who can heal souls and bodies (Epiphany 3). Today our readings continue to expand our…

Epiphany 3 – Live peaceably with all.

It was in the evening of 24th of June in 1859 when Henry Dunant arrived in the Italian place Solferino. That day a massive battle had taken place between the French and Austrian armies that had killed and wounded tens of thousands. Medical support at the battlefield was almost non-existent. The French army had more vets for their horses, than doctors for their soldiers. When Henry Dunant saw this, he went to a nearby village…

Epiphany 2 – They have no wine

“The have no wine…” Last year we were blessed with Erik preaching on these wonderful Bible readings about the Wedding in Cana.  Last night he reminded me that I convinced him that he should preach given that he had just been married the year before and must have insights that I could not bring to such readings.  Well, this year I have no such excuse – although for me it’s only been two and half…

Christmas – Candle lights candle

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” [John 1:9] Late Monday night we started our Christmas celebrations in darkness – and with one lit candle – and we recognized a kind of fragility.  A slight wind could blow the first candle out.  And yet that flame passed from one person to another…and soon the whole church was aglow with the warmth of candlelight.  I think we find it so…

Advent 3 – Stewards of the Mysteries of God

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. [1 Corinthians 4:4] We speak of this season of Advent being one full of expectation and hope. I think we have a general sense of what that means.  There are certain things that we look forward to – probably a holiday from work for some of you, a time with loved ones, no doubt some feasting! –…

Trinity 18 – Faith under Fire, Responding with Love

Opening prayer: Lord, may our mere human words be faithful to your written Word, and point us to the Living Word, Your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. [attr to +John Pritchard] I guess I am stating the obvious when I say, ‘We live in interesting times.’  In the late 1930s, a British ambassador to China was told by a friend that there was a Chinese saying: “May you live in interesting times.”  It was not…

Trinity 16 – The Resurrection Life

That you might be filled with all the fullness of God! [Eph 3:19] In Trinity season we are moving in our readings to consider ever higher and higher possibilities in the movement of our soul, in its ascent, towards the living God. And it is important, wherever we are on our spiritual journey, to consider what is possible, so that we don’t stagnate in the place we are, becoming complacent, no longer hoping for growth in…