Sermons (Page 4)

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. N.B. Due to our website being hacked, a number of sermons are no longer available on this page.

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…

Trinity 8 – Wisdom is better than gold

O GOD, whose never-failing providence orders all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech you to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [Collect for Trinity 8] Our readings in Trinity season bring us through a reflection on the ways our souls can be distorted by temptation.  We consider these key distortions of our love, not…

Trinity 4 – Forgiveness

When I say the daily offices at home I use Common Worship and not The Book of Common Prayer which is what is used here. So one of the many good things about being here is that I enjoy some small changes in routine, like using the old prayer book. Each morning and evening I recite the invitation to confession and allow its language to resonate with me and be encouraged afresh to : ‘confess…

Trinity 1 – Knowing, Willing & Becoming Love

If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. Last Sunday we began the second half of the Church year – Trinity season.  The colour is green signifying… growth in the Spirit.  It began last Sunday with the revelation of God as thrice Holy – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God.  Somehow, this mysterious revelation says something about our souls, made in the image…

Trinity Sunday – A true confession of faith

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” We celebrate today that God has been revealed to us through the Incarnation of Jesus as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. This morning let us look at the Triune God, His Holiness, and how we approach Him. First, the Triune God. There is a longing in the human mind to make God understandable, knowable,…

Gluttony and the great future feast

When I was switching channels on my tv last week, I came across a channel called ’24 hour kitchen’. Watching this for about a minute, I found out you can watch cooking shows with Jamie Oliver or Donald Shekan all day long!  The first line on this channel’s website reads: ‘Everyday we give the answer to the most asked question of the Netherlands: ‘What’s on the menu today?’’ Now this is what most of us…

Pentecost – A mighty rushing Wind

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind. [Acts 2:3] As if on cue, on Saturday, there was a mighty rushing wind all day – to turn our minds to the celebration of Pentecost!  A wind to unsettle us, to move us, unseen physically, but we feel the effects, it was something beyond our carefully controlled lives! Today we continue to celebrate Pentecost, the third great feast of the Church year…

Ascension – He goes and we go with Him

As they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight… They were gazing into heaven as he went… [Acts 1:9-10] It is forty days since we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  It is the same period of time that those first disciples were blessed with resurrection appearances of Jesus – Luke says, He “showed Himself alive after His passion by many proofs.” At the end of…

Easter 5 – Ask and it shall be given you

It feels very good to be with you today. It is always like coming home when I enter this church that is so dear to me, and it is lovely to see so many familiar faces and to know that even at a distance we have stayed somehow together through our prayers. Today’s Gospel passage comes at the end of what is called ‘the farewell discourse’ of Jesus, at the Last Supper. As the disciples…