Sermons

Here you can find the sermon from last Sunday, and other sermons preached at Holy Trinity Church. At the moment these are only available in text, but in time they will also be available in audio.

Christmas 1 – God in our messiness

Last Wednesday, on Christmas Day, we celebrated the coming of God in Jesus Christ into this world. This is one of the great feasts of the Christian year and we longed for it during the season of Advent. As with all good things but especially with Christmas, we can’t wait till we have it, and open our presents a bit earlier, which sometimes means we run the risk of having had our Christmas joy before…

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,…

Advent 3 – Managing Expectations

Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 80:1-7, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Introduction Perhaps you have watched a movie lately. What makes a good movie? Many people like movies that are not too predictable: we want plot twists, character development, originality, a story that makes us think and reflect. Although it can also be nice to watch easy movies of which you know how they end, these are often not the ‘good’ movies. And if you don’t like movies:…

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…

A Homily for the funeral of Susette Fink-Jensen-van Oordt

What is stronger, death or life? In the front row is my wife, 32 weeks pregnant, about to give birth to a son not to be met by my mother. For there is the coffin with my mother’s dead body. Life or death? Now, we can fool ourselves that life is beautiful in how it continues – my mother lives on in her prodigy and our memories (and that’s partially true) – but it’s not…

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…