Sermons by David Phillips

St Michael and All Angels 2020

“They overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” This morning we are celebrating the Feast of St Michael and all Angels, which is actually on Tuesday this week.  It is fitting in this season of Trinity, as we lift our hearts and minds higher to our end and purposes in God, it is fitting that we look upon…

Christmas – Not just words on a page

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.(St John 1:9) Many of you will know that Monday was a scary time for Rebekah and Frank Boneschanscher.  Rebekah began to have contractions at 5 months in her pregnancy.  She is in hospital now receiving the very best care, and the contractions have stopped for now – they have both asked for your continued prayers.  I saw Rebekah in hospital in Zwolle and she…

Advent 4 – The Blessed Virgin Mary

And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! In the prayers we say in the lighting of the Advent wreath, we have been remembering different preparation for the coming of Christ.  On the 1st Sunday in Advent we remembered the desire of all people for a Saviour, on the 2nd we remembered the Old Testament prophets who pointed the way,…

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 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…

Harvest Thanksgiving – Sowing and Reaping

    (preached in Zwolle Anglican Church) Today’s Harvest Thanksgiving is a day of pause to give thanks.  We have signs all around us of the harvest of the fruits of the earth. The Church of England, has set aside a Sunday to give thanks to God for the abundance of the harvest of the fruits of the earth since the 19th century.  It was much earlier in North America.  According to one historian, the original…

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…