Sermons from December 2019

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:…