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.

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…

Lent 3 – Separating light from darkness in our souls

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. We are continuing our Lenten journey to Jerusalem, following Jesus to his Passion and death upon the Cross – it was a death for us, to propitiate, to reconcile us, who are sinners, to God.  Jesus told us to take up our cross and to follow Him.  We participate in that journey to Jerusalem, in…

Lent 2 – Jesus welcomes all

Was our Lord Jesus Christ harsh to this foreign woman?  Did he try to keep his distance from a woman who was not part of the religion and the culture of Israel?  Did he have a negative attitude to people who were not from his tribe? 1  Jesus meets foreigner Jesus travelled to the area of Tyrus and Sidon, now called Lebanon.  He did this as he hoped for some relaxation.  By going outside the…

Lent 1 – And nothing but the Truth

[preached at All Saints Amersfoort] Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  Lent has begun last Wednesday, when, those of us who came for the imposition of ashes on our foreheads in the sign of the Cross, were reminded to return to the dust from which we came:  “You are dust, O man / O woman, and to dust you shall return.”  A reminder of…

Quinquagesima – We go up to Jerusalem

Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. On Wednesday of this week, the Church proclaims, as it has from earliest of times, a forty day fast.  It is not something you must do, but something that has been found to be helpful to do, and to do together.  We do this to prepare ourselves to more fully understand, in a way that changes our hearts, Jesus’ Passion and Death and his Resurrection. ———— I don’t…

Sexagesima – The good soil

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Genesis 3:19 Spring is coming – the sure signs are there, the song birds again singing in the new day, the sound of geese returning day and night, snow drops and the first crocuses already blooming in our garden, and a sure…

Septuagesima – Not labouring in vain

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain it! Epiphany season has ended for us and we begin today with the shift in direction.  Epiphany was about revealing who God is in Jesus Christ.  And now we begin to shift our focus to the actions of God in Jesus Christ to save us, our salvation in Christ.  We are…

Epiphany 4 – Peace, be still!

Jesus arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there arose a great calm. In this season we are coming to know Jesus as: the King of Kings; the Wisdom of God; the Messiah, bringing in the Messianic Age; and as the Universal Physician of souls and bodies. Today our readings continue to expand our vision of Jesus Christ. in the Gospel there are two miracles, the stilling of a storm and the healing…

Epiphany 3 – Healing all nations

Repay no one evil for evil…but overcome evil with good. In Epiphany season God’s glory is being manifested forth in Jesus Christ. We have come to know Jesus as King of kings, when as an infant he was visited by the magi; as the Wisdom of God, listening and asking questions daily in the Temple, to make plain what is the will of God; and as the Bridegroom at the marriage of Cana, come to usher in a new age…

Epiphany 2 – Do whatever he tells you!

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; …. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. Epiphany is manifestation or showing forth or revealing.  In this season of Epiphany, Jesus is revealing God in Himself. First as an infant, revealed to Jewish shepherds and to Gentile magi from the East as the Saviour of his people and as the King for all nations.  Last week we heard…