Sermons (Page 18)

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.

Dag van Stephanus (26 dec.): Jezus, een nieuw begin!

This sermon will soon be available in English. Vandaag vieren wij de eerste van drie heilige dagen in de octaaf van kerstmis: de dag van Stephanus, de eerste martelaar van de kerk. In een octaaf gedenken we niet alleen het feit waar de feestdag naar terugverwijst, maar ook de huidige en toekomstige betekenis en vervulling ervan. Zo vierden wij gisteren het hoogfeest van Kerstmis, daar gedachten wij het grote mysterie van de menswording van Gods…

The Word was made flesh

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.“ A Happy Christmas to you all! Today we celebrate and ponder the great gift of God coming into our midst to save us and to lift us into the divine life, the life that is eternal. God made that promise of salvation in ancient times. Our first lesson today is from the prophet Isaiah, through whom God spoke to the people of…

Advent 3: Stewards of the Mysteries!

Think of us in this way, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of God’s mysteries.  This morning we can feel the growing anticipation and joy of the coming Feast! We cannot contain ourselves it seems – our Christmas party this Friday, people at work having similar gatherings, Nine Carols and Lessons this coming Sunday!  All a kind of Christmas joy and celebration spilling out before the Feast!  And perhaps this is right –…

The Hope of Glory!

As you all hopefully know, the theme of tonight is hope. This theme fits of course very well to these weeks before Christmas, as we both look forward and back: back to the fulfilment of many prophecies with the birth of Christ, and forward to the fulfilment of many prophecies with the coming of Christ in glory. But there is another reason why I’m talking about hope today. In October we started a Student Bible…

Advent 1: Owe nothing but love

Micah 4:1-4, 6-7       Romans 13:8-14       Matthew 21:1-13 Now it is high time to awake out of sleep… Today we begin the new Christian year with the season of Advent. Our colour has changed to purple to symbolize penitence – it is a recognition that not all the work is done, once we become a Christian – but there is a call to the ongoing conversion of our hearts. Advent is a time to reflect on…

Sunday before Advent: Hope for this world and the next

Many of you will know, I have been blessed on November 10 with the birth of a beautiful little girl. After three boys it was extra special to see Jael come into the world – at our home – and being so lovingly received by her older brothers. It is a wonderful time. At first the house is full of restlessness and questions. When will it be born? What will it be? Will everything go…

Remembrance: What are we wrestling?

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Therefore put on the whole armour of God. Today is Remembrance Sunday, when we remember especially those who have died in the great wars that have afflicted the world in the last century. We remember and give thanks for the courage of so many who went daily into…

Trinity 18: Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus? This question has fascinated people for already two thousand years. In his own time everybody in Israel felt the urge that they needed to get to grips with who this person is. And in our own day, it is not different. Everybody has an opinion. And theology of the last 50 years in particular has again focussed on what is called “the quest for the Historical Jesus”. This sermon will not explore…

What is Love?

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Over the next seven months we are planning a thematic approach to these evenings together. Each night we will consider one of the virtues of the soul – starting these last three months of this year with Love, Faith and Hope – gathered together by St Paul in different places in his writings – they are the…