Sermons by David Phillips

Quinquagesima – Love be our aim

See, we are going up to Jerusalem. Happy Valentines Day! This morning, by happy coincidence with the Church calendar readings, we have that exalted reading about love in 1 Corinthians 13 – a passage often read at weddings.  I will speak about this a little later, but first let us remember the context today in the Church year.  Wednesday this week is Ash Wednesday and we will enter the season of Lent – it is…

Septuagesima – How do we change?

To watch to this Gospel and Sermon on YouTube please click here. You go into the vineyard too…St Matthew 20:4 Today we are making a shift in our church year.  We are turning our minds from Christmas and Epiphany to the even more radical (if there could be!) aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry – his journey to Jerusalem: he will confront demons, he will confront the religious authorities, he will encounter the power of…

Epiphany 3 – Healing individual and community

To watch to this Gospel and Sermon on YouTube please click here. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Epiphany season is a meditation on Christmas – we think about and are hopefully moved by our consideration that God has come to us in the flesh in Jesus Christ. We have come to know Jesus as a king for all peoples, as a boy in the Temple revealing himself as the…

Epiphany 2 – Marriage to God, soul and body

To watch to this Gospel and Sermon on YouTube please click here. And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee;…. And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. The readings in Epiphany season are a mediation on Christmas.  What does it mean that God takes flesh and dwells among us?  What does it mean about God?  What does it mean about human nature and the possibilities for us? …

Epiphany 1 – Renewing our minds

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers,listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. [John 2] Epiphany season – it is the extension of Christmas, – the revealing who Jesus is – the drawing out of the implications of God taking flesh.  Our first encounter after his infancy, and only encounter in his youth – as a…

Christmas Day

To watch to this Gospel and Sermon on YouTube please click here. To many as received him…gave he power to become children of God. [Jn 1:12] Today we celebrate gladly, despite the restraints, the Incarnation of God – that God took flesh in Jesus Christ, to dwell among us.  A merry Christmas to you all! But we cry out inwardly…Just let us touch each other, embrace and kiss.Just let us gather as one in large…

Advent 3

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. We speak of this season of Advent being one full of expectation and hope.  I think we have a general sense of what that means.  There are certain things that we look forward to – probably a holiday from work for some of you, a time with loved ones, no doubt some feasting! – if you are…

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,…