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 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…

Trinity 1 – Rich Man, Poor Lazarus

Who is responsible for the horrendous fire in the apartment block in Kensington, London?  Not just a complete building, but many lives have been destroyed. Who is responsible? The people in the building had complained about a lack of proper fire security systems, but nothing was done by the owners.  And the local city council did not take action.  And maybe the construction company used dangerous cladding. We do not know yet, but for sure,…

Prayer & Praise – Living Closer to God

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts always be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord our strength and our redeemer.  Amen. As you might have noticed in the past week, summer has arrived.  For most of us the summer season is a source of happiness and joy.  A period of rest and an excellent opportunity to set apart more time to do what we really like.  Summer is however…

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…