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.

Pentecost – Spirit filled?

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind. Happy Pentecost!  Happy Birthday to the Church! We celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter 50 days ago. We continue to follow today, the pattern of the actual history experienced by the Apostles. Fifty days after that first Easter, the Apostles and others were praying in a room, like we are today, and suddenly the Spirit descended upon them – like a mighty rushing wind…

Easter 3 – You will see me

A little while and you will see me no longer, and again a little while, and you will see me. Over the past couple of weeks, in the daily readings, we have been following through two stories in the Bible in parallel – the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles.  This follows a very ancient pattern in the Church It is wonderful to read these books side…

Easter 2 – Is God good?

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. So far in Easter we have looked at the careful descriptions of those first moments when the tomb, where Jesus’ body was laid, was found empty, and of Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples when were locked in a room by themselves, and he showed them his hands and his side. This morning we step back a little to look at…

Easter 1 – A vast army

Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. [John 20:19-31] We continue to celebrate with Easter joy the bodily Resurrection of our Lord from the dead.  Death and resurrection is a constant theme in religious expressions around the world – from Shamanism, with their rituals of death and rebirth, to Mesopotamian religions, who remake…

Easter Day – Set your mind on things above

Set your minds on things that are above! The strife is o’er, the battle done; the victory of life is won; the song of triumph has begun. Alleluia! Every Sunday, but especially today, we proclaim and celebrate that Jesus has risen from the dead! Our Gospel today [St John 20:1-10] speaks only about the empty tomb, the first moments of the realization of the Resurrection.  It dawned on the disciples Peter and John first by…

Good Friday – Why Sacrifice?

God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Galatians 6:14] Today is the most solemn day of the Christian year. We have prepared ourselves for it with an almost forty day fast.  We have intensified our focus on the Cross by veiling it for the past two weeks in church services.  Last night we have stripped away all other furnishings in the church except this Cross, that we…

Maundy Thursday – A new commandment

On this Holy Thursday we commemorate Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and the institution of the Holy Communion at the Last Supper. I find the Gospel accounts of that last night with the disciples, to be one of the most moving and revealing passages of Scripture. The gift of Holy Communion to me, is the core of what the church has to offer, for all who are hungry and thirsty and who long…

Tuesday in Holy Week – King Jesus

In this Holy Week, we are following Jesus on his journey through Jerusalem. Two days ago, on Palm Sunday we were standing on the side of the road, waving with our palm branches and our palm crosses, when He was riding on his donkey into Jerusalem. And doing so, Jesus was fulfilling the prophesy by Zechariah: ‘Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!      Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you,      righteous and…

Wednesday in Holy Week – Not my will, but Yours be done

Today we are coming closer to the climax of Christ’s suffering. We will look at Jesus’ prayer as He knows his death is near, one of his most important prayers:  “Not my will, but Yours be done.” He prays this while he is on the Mount of Olives, after celebrating the Passover with his disciples – which we will remember tomorrow. Yet, this prayer of Christ is crucial for understanding his whole life and mission.…

Lent 5 – Giving up murder

  How much more shall the blood of Christ… purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. [Hebrews 9:11-15] Lent is a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with Jesus. On that journey, in the last few weeks, we have had these confrontations with demons – first Jesus himself, with his temptations by Satan in the wilderness, and showing us in these core responses to the devil in his fast, how we can see through the…