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.

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…

Easter 4 – Our Cloak of Comfort

I don’t know what the student film night is showing next, but may I suggest they view ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ if they have not already done so. In fact, I would go so far as to recommend this film to any of you, even if not a student. At the very beginning of the film, Red an old prisoner describes how he first meets Andy (the hero of the film) as this new prisoner comes…

Easter 2 – Why the Good Shepherd?

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. We fasted for 40 days in Lent, and we are now to feast for 40 days to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.  Can you sustain that joy at the resurrection of our Lord?  Perhaps we find it easier to lament than to rejoice?  Is there a part of us that is holding back from celebrating, that worries that if…

Easter Day – We rise in Him

   Alleluia!  Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia! Today there is a spring in our step, a lightness to our eyes, our Lenten preparations are complete and we are ready to sing out with joy!  We hear church bells throughout the city.  If we held back our voices the very rocks would cry out! But we are so used to the message of Resurrection, can we imagine its impact to the first…

Good Friday – Christ for all Nations

I have very mixed feelings about Good Friday.  Feelings of guilt, shame, and thankfulness.  All those mixed together.  Perhaps you share these feelings. 1 Appearance beyond human semblance Throughout the Gospels we meet with a Jesus who was attractive to be in touch with; people came to him by day and by night, men, women, children, educated and non-educated. But …. on this Good Friday, we remember Him as the one no-one wanted to look…

Good Friday – “I crucified thee”

“I crucified thee” “Then Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things written by the Prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked and spitefully entreated and spitted on: and they shall scourge him, and put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again.  And they understood none…

Maundy Thursday – Allowing Jesus to wash our feet

If you knew you were going to die in under a week, wouldn’t you prioritize and take care of the really important things?  So what would they be for you? John Robinson, Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge in my time of theological study and earlier Bishop of Woolwich whose little book ‘Honest to God’ caused such an uproar in the 1960’s comes to my mind when I think about that question of priorities.  Robinson was…

Palm Sunday – He emptied himself

 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus: who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…” This morning we have begun Holy Week, the culmination of our Lent and leading to the most important celebration of the Christian year – the Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Sunday. Through this coming…

Passion Sunday – Before Abraham was, I am

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.[1] Anthony Bloom was a doctor who later became a bishop. He was born to a Russian family just before outbreak of WWI. After the Russian Revolution, they had to flee Iran, and eventually settled in Paris, part of a significant Russian…

Lent 4 – The Mother of us all

The Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Some might say that Lent is a season to be sorrowful for our sins, a time of mourning, and certainly there are times within Lent where that might be a greater emphasis – especially in Holy Week, leading to Good Friday.  But my Christian teachers have stressed that Lent is a time of the lightening of burdens as we cast off…