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 14 – Walk in the Spirit

  for audio click here Jesus said to them, “Go and show yourself to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Last week we looked at the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and we were reminded of how Jesus comes alongside of us, who have been broken by the world, the flesh and the devil, and he has bound up our wounds, pouring wine and oil into them.  He has lifted us onto his…

Trinity 13 – Healing the Violence

Blessed are the eyes which see the things that you see.  We are being led ever more deeply into the life of Christ in Trinity season.  We are beginning not just to believe in Jesus but to see, that is, to know Him dwelling within us. And as Jesus taught daily in the Temple, he promises to teach us daily inwardly [see Trinity 10].  Our ears are being opened to Him.  We are not afraid…

Trinity 11 – Sympathy for the Tax Collector

His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. 1 Cor 15:11 Last week we entered a new stage in our readings and reflection on the life of growing in holiness in Trinity season.  We have changed from focusing on the purifying of our passions to the illumination of our souls with grace. Last week the Gospel was about Jesus coming into the Temple to purify it and to teach daily in it. …

Trinity 10 – Not robbers of grace

When Jesus drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Do you have peace in your heart this morning?  Would you like more peace? In the first part of Trinity Season (Trinity 3 to 9), our readings have been a reflection on the various passions of the soul –…

Trinity 9 – Stewards of Pain

Parable of the dishonest steward. What a difficult passage we have as today’s Gospel!  Jesus told this parable specifically to his disciples, to those who had already committed themselves to following him. They must have been a bit taken aback and maybe were thinking, ‘Surely, Jesus, you are not saying we should be dishonest and underhand in our dealings with one people? That goes against all that we have understood of your life and teaching…

Transfiguration

Today we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. This day counts as one of the great feasts on the liturgical calendar. Though I guess not many of us will be aware of this. Most of the other great feasts are connected to holidays and this one is not. Though for a lot of us the 6th of August comes in the middle of our Summer holidays. And now it is even right…

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 2 – Believe and Love

This Sermon for the Second Sunday after Trinity, written by The Rev. Dr. Robert Crouse, was first preached at St. James’ Church, Halifax, Canada, 15 June 1980. “This is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” 1 St John 3 The message of the Church’s liturgical year is a very simple lesson, and a very direct one; “Believe in Jesus Christ and…