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 1 – Speaking and walking in truth

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Lent has been a time in the Church year for us to pause and to look up at God but also to examine ourselves to see obstacles to drawing nearer to God and to be aware of signs of new life in us from Him.  It is about growing in love, as Ineke pointed out last week. The…

Ash Wednesday – Where the Wild Things are

“Your Father, who sees in secret, shall reward you openly! “ Today we begin the Church’s season of Spring, the Lengthening of days, the attention to the signs of new life in our midst.  Outside this week there are snow drops, crocuses, daffodils, the magnolia blossoms are ready to explode.  We are to look for a parallel in our own souls: signs of the renewal of love or of the buds of new love ready…

Quinquagesima – Lent is growing in Love

I am sure you have already spotted the Easter eggs which are already for sale. But before we rush off to buy Easter eggs, today the Church invites us to ponder on the period to prepare us for Easter: Lent. This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, will mark the beginning of Lent.  What is the purpose of Lent? If one word could summarise living LENT it would be growing in LOVE.  Lent comes originally from ‘lengthen’ –…

Septuagesima – Obtaining the Prize

Obtaining the prize! In his letter to the Corinthians St. Paul gives us an analogy between Christians and athletes both wanting to obtain a prize. To St. Paul living at that time in the east of the Mediterranean, his world although part of the Roman empire would have been culturally Greek. To St. Paul writing this in his letter to the Corinthians  the Greek athletes and their competition in the Gymnasiums might be the analogy…

Epiphany 2 – The Wedding in Cana

Tomorrow it will be blue Monday. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this, but it is supposedly the most depressing day in the year. It is always the third Monday of January; the holidays are over, we’ve already failed our New Year’s resolutions and the summer break is far away. And like on every Monday, even the weekend seems to be ages ahead. Fortunately, as Christians, we don’t have to despair in January because…

Epiphany 1 – Does it matter what we think?

[This sermon was preached in Arnhem in January 2015.] Be not conformed to this world; but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind Does it really matter what we think? I think we all know the experience of seeing a child puzzling over some matter, anxious.  And then, if the child trusts us, we give the child the courage to explain what is bothering him or her – and if we can answer that…

Sunday after Christmas – Jesus will save us

I don’t know how you would start a gospel, but Matthew – from which our Gospel this morning is taken – starts most excitingly as follows (1-3): The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and…

Christmas – The Word made flesh

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” [St John 1:14] On Saturday we had our Crèche service for the children and we went through the story of the incarnation told in children’s songs and in very simple story telling.  We all know it well, it is a story most of us have heard since we were children.  How is this more than a nice story? I’d like us to think about what…

Advent 4 – Prepare a way for the Lord

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, shortly before Christmas, the Gospel passage brings us to John the Baptist, standing at the river Jordan, facing a delegation of priests and scribes from Jerusalem, who are trying to figure out who he is and what this act of baptism means. It is only a few weeks ago that I happened to be at the bank of the Jordan myself, together with large groups of Eastern Orthodox pilgrims…

Advent 3 – God is our judge

It is the Lord who judges me. [1 Corinthians 4:4] In Advent we reflect upon the threefold coming of the Lord Jesus Christ – and His arrival brings judgement.  Jesus’ coming in the past brought judgement, we are told that Jesus will judge us at the end of time, and Jesus judges us even now.  Judgement is perhaps not something we like to think about, but this morning I want us to think about why…