Trinity Season

Sunday Next Before Advent – Our Prophet, Priest and King

Jesus lifted up his eyes, and saw a large crowd coming towards him……And he said, “Have the people sit down.” Today we are at the end of the Church Year. We’ve travelled one more time on earth around the sun.  And the Son of God has shone on us.  We’ve had placed before our eyes, Sunday by Sunday, and hopefully more and more during the week, during our every waking hour and sometimes in our sleep, the…

Trinity 22 – Forgiving love

Dear brothers and sisters, It is a beautiful thing that we may call each other brother and sister. We are not here by accident. We are not here as strangers, nor as colleagues, compatriots, comrades, or even as friends. We are here, bound together, as children of one Father, who has called us to him and to each other. It is our calling, as we repeat every service right at the beginning, that “‘You shall…

Trinity 21 – Fighting Principalities and Powers

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers…Therefore put on the whole armour of God. 1 Remembering Today we observe, in the Church of England, 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 battle to fight against evil worldly powers that had…

Trinity 18 – The second is like it…

And the second is like it… This past week we began a 6 session course on The Road to Maturity every second Wednesday night… last Wednesday we went through a kind of inventory of our physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual maturity.  It was helpful to reflect on what might be lacking and where we might particularly ask Jesus to help us in our growth. The teacher of that course recalls us to Jesus as the…

Trinity 17 – Entering into God’s Rest

Go and sit in the lowest place; so that when your host comes he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher!” We are moving in Trinity season through the stages of our sanctification in Christ.  Another way of saying that is that we are maturing in our life in Christ. The aim of our growth in Christ, is to come to know God, to see Him face to face.  It is to enjoy Him…

Trinity 14 – Participating in the Sacrifice of Christ

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. [Luke 17:15-16] Over the past two days, we’ve been blessed with the visit of Dr Hans Boersma and his wife Linda.  He has led our Utrecht Lectures, concerning the notion of our sacramental participation in the life of God, by our creation and through faith.…

Trinity 12 – Hearing God’s Voice

Looking up to heaven, Jesus sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha”, that is, “Be opened.” This morning Elin will be baptised.  We believe she will be spiritually washed, she will be gifted with the Spirit, she will become a member of Christ – a part of the Church, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is very exalted language that describes a change in her very being. And Jesus says this step is…

Trinity 11 – Illuminating our Prayer

His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. [1 Cor 15:10] What a beautiful thing to attend the baptism of a child!  Today we witnessed the baptism of Pauline Wolters.  In her life new life in Christ, her parents and godparents are called to help her as she grows up to distinguish good from evil and to choose the good, and to come to a living faith. By our baptism and faith…

Trinity 10 – A House of Prayer

When Jesus drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Last Monday Daniëlle and I went to the exhibit on the Kabbalah at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam (which ends today at 5pm!).  Kabbalah is a term to describe various streams of the Jewish mystical tradition since…

Trinity 9 – We owe it to ourselves

Make for yourselves friends by means of unrighteous wealth; so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. [Lk 16:9] Have you heard the expression, you owe it to yourself?  Is there a Dutch equivalent? The Cambridge Online Dictionary says the phrase means “to deserve and need to do something that will be good for you:  [for example] Take a few days off work – you owe it to yourself.”  If we are healthy, we know it is…