Sermons (Page 3)

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.

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…

Lent 2 – Battling demons

O woman, great is your faith: be it done for you as you desire! We are now into our second week of Lent, into a kind of wilderness if we are practicing some kind of spiritual discipline.  The fast can make us a little more agitated, and yet if we are motivated by love, by drawing closer to God and to our neighbour in our agitation, we should also be seeing some new life, a…

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…