Sermons

Here you can find the sermon from last Sunday, and other sermons preached at Holy Trinity Church. Below these are available in text, or if you want to see and hear the sermons on video in the past two months click here.

Pentecost – A mighty rushing wind

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind! As if on cue this past week – there was a full day of strong winds all over Northern Europe and the UK last Friday.  As one preparing a sermon and perhaps for the rest of you preparing for this weekend, it brought to mind this phrase from our reading from Acts – there came…a mighty rushing wind.  During that storm, our tallest…

Good Friday – Shame

As one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Today we gather at 3pm – the time when Jesus gave up his life on the Cross.  It is as if time stood still.  The significance of this event in history cannot be overstressed…any words spoken will only point is some manner towards the mystery. Today I would like to speak about one aspect of the spectacle of the…

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…

Sexagesima – Bearing Fruit

1. Four types of soil We are approaching Lent, a time when many of us take up a Lenten discipline. One thing we may consider is reading God’s Word more regularly. Today’s readings are about how to bear fruit from hearing God’s Word. Jesus’s parable of the sower is a famous one. And we don’t even have to do the interpretation ourselves! Immediately after telling the parable, Jesus already explains its meaning to his disciples.…

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 4

I Last summer – which now feels like an eternity away – my girlfriend and I were lucky enough to be able to go on holiday in the Italian Dolomites. After much planning I knew what the culmination of this holiday would be (for me at least), and that was hiking to the summit of Tofana di Rozes, one of the most iconic peaks of the Italian Dolomites. It was not easy to get there.…