Chaplain’s Letter

Chaplain’s Letter

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood… that you may proclaim the excellencies of him! “ This month we begin the new Church Year. We’ve travelled one more time on earth around the sun. And the Son of God has shone on us. We’ve placed before our eyes, Sunday by Sunday, and hopefully more and more during the week, during our every waking hour and even in our sleep, the vision of God, seen in the…

Chaplain’s Letter

This month we have not one, but two Chaplain’s Letters! This second one is written by the Rev. Sam Van Leer, Groningen chaplain. Being Church Together, for God is Our Stronghold and Source of Hope In early October, Anglican clergy and lay reps from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg, met up for our annual Synod meeting of the Archdeaconry of the Anglican Churches of Northwest Europe, which takes place at the Oude Abdij in Drongen…

Chaplain’s Letter

This month we have not one, but two Chaplain’s Letters! This first one is written by the Rev. Grant Crowe, Amersfoort chaplain This month which approaches, in the Anglican Calendar, is sometimes called Kingdom Season. It begins with All Saints Day and All Souls, moving through the Sundays, with our Remembrance Sunday and concluding the season and the church year with the celebration of Christ the King. In this short letter, I wanted to share…

Chaplain’s Letter

  What a beautiful thing to attend the baptism of a child. On September 1 we witnessed the baptism of Pauline Wolters. In her life new life in Christ, her parents and godparents and the wider Church are called to help her as she grows up to distinguish good from evil and to choose the good, and to nurture her spiritual life so she comes to a living faith. By our baptism and faith we are…

Chaplain’s Letter

This month’s Chaplain’s letter is written by the Rev. Grant Crowe, Amersfoort chaplain Luke 24:1-12 Easter Day, Alleluia. Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!  Easter Sunday, All Age Homily, April 21st, 2019  He is celebrated across this world, by over 1.3 billion Christians. Publicly, and in secret, in ones and twos, in large gatherings, in all continents, across time zones, the shout Alleluia! Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed Alleluia! Why is…

Chaplain’s Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: As I write this, we are preparing ourselves for the culmination of Lent with Holy Week, the pilgrimage with Jesus to Jerusalem and to the Cross, before we can celebrate with joy on Easter Eve and Easter Day Christ’s resurrection. I have been leading a series of classes for students preparing for confirmation and we are looking through the Catechism of the Anglican Church, found on p. 289 of…

Chaplain’s Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: In 2015 our Chaplaincy made the formal decision to establish a congregation in Amersfoort on the basis of the Vision Document prepared at the time. In 2017 our Chaplaincy Annual General Meeting (AGM) approved a roadmap to bring about that Vision. Over the last year the congregation of Amersfoort has demonstrated to the Bishop that it can be a viable independent chaplaincy. We are almost there! We are in…

Chaplain’s Letter

”On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.” (NIV, Luke 2:21). The eight day old baby is named Jesus. Jesus is the Greek translation in our Bibles, for the name he would have been called by people on that day – ‘Yeshua’. Yeshua is circumcised like thousands of Jewish boys before him. He followed an ancient tradition given…

Chaplain’s Letter: First Things, Last Things and Abiding Faith

Nearing the end of the calendar year, we are often given to think both of first things (like God’s first taking flesh as our Saviour, Jesus Christ, celebrated at Christmas) and last things (the next coming of our Lord into the world, to make all things new – a theme that features throughout the November lections and also, to an extent, in Advent). Moreover, from All Saints (Nov 1) and All Souls (Nov 2) up…

Chaplain’s Letter: Harvest

September and October are the months when we celebrate Harvest Sunday across the chaplaincy. For example you’ll see from photos from All Saints Harvest last month. I always find it striking the range of images that are used in the hymns sung at Harvest . Sometimes the words are very close to agricultural ideas – such as ‘We plough the fields and scatter.” But other well loved hymns, merges these farming images with other biblical…