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.

Trinity 1 – Knowing, Willing & Becoming Love

If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. Last Sunday we began the second half of the Church year – Trinity season.  The colour is green signifying… growth in the Spirit.  It began last Sunday with the revelation of God as thrice Holy – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God.  Somehow, this mysterious revelation says something about our souls, made in the image…

Trinity Sunday – A true confession of faith

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” We celebrate today that God has been revealed to us through the Incarnation of Jesus as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. This morning let us look at the Triune God, His Holiness, and how we approach Him. First, the Triune God. There is a longing in the human mind to make God understandable, knowable,…

Gluttony and the great future feast

When I was switching channels on my tv last week, I came across a channel called ’24 hour kitchen’. Watching this for about a minute, I found out you can watch cooking shows with Jamie Oliver or Donald Shekan all day long!  The first line on this channel’s website reads: ‘Everyday we give the answer to the most asked question of the Netherlands: ‘What’s on the menu today?’’ Now this is what most of us…

Pentecost – A mighty rushing Wind

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind. [Acts 2:3] As if on cue, on Saturday, there was a mighty rushing wind all day – to turn our minds to the celebration of Pentecost!  A wind to unsettle us, to move us, unseen physically, but we feel the effects, it was something beyond our carefully controlled lives! Today we continue to celebrate Pentecost, the third great feast of the Church year…

Ascension – He goes and we go with Him

As they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight… They were gazing into heaven as he went… [Acts 1:9-10] 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…

Easter 5 – Ask and it shall be given you

It feels very good to be with you today. It is always like coming home when I enter this church that is so dear to me, and it is lovely to see so many familiar faces and to know that even at a distance we have stayed somehow together through our prayers. Today’s Gospel passage comes at the end of what is called ‘the farewell discourse’ of Jesus, at the Last Supper. As the disciples…

Easter 3 – Walking the Way of the Cross (after Easter)

Walking in the Way of the Cross There are few books or movies that have spoken more to people in the past decades than Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’. In this story we are witnessing the battle between the fellowship of the ring and the dark lord Sauron. It is a battle between good and evil, between freedom and slavery, between life and death. Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas lead the battle against Sauron’s armies.…

Easter – Resurrection now

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Today, we proclaim that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead! We can say it with our mouths, and we may know an accompanying joy in our hearts, a longing within us that feels affirmed.  But what does the Resurrection of Jesus mean and what does it mean for us? What is the Resurrection? The hope of a life to come, of a rebirth after death,…

Palm Sunday – Bearing our Cross

“Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus …who, became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Today we have begun Holy Week, the climax of Lent. We look at the Passion throughout this week because it is both history and it is the archetypical story that is at the foundation of our souls and of our culture.  We are shaped by the Passion even if we don’t understand it. …

Lent 3 – Battling the Hydra

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. This week has been a horror as the violence we hear of so often in the news in other places has come close to home here in Utrecht.  We pray for the families suddenly torn apart unexpectedly by loss and grief and for those struggling to recover wounds to their bodies and to their souls.…