Giving up negative thoughts

By | 2015-03-22T23:42:15+00:00 March 22nd, 2015|Sermons|

Social psychologist Alison Ledgerwood is interested in how people think and how they can think better. One day she asked herself the question, how is it that when I return home from a day’s work, my mood is largely determined by what went wrong during that day, and not by its successes? She found that once our [...]

A sword through your soul

By | 2015-11-07T16:03:25+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Sermons|

The gospel reading for today is probably very familiar to us. Also, it was part of the reading on the first of February when we celebrated Candlemas. So it is a legitimate question why we are presented with the same text today. Well, this time the emphasis is not so much on the start of [...]

Do this as often as you do it…

By | 2015-11-07T15:56:08+00:00 March 8th, 2015|Articles|

How often should we celebrate the Eucharist? Why do Roman Catholics, most Anglicans, many Methodists, Lutherans and Presbyterians have a weekly Eucharist (Holy Communion) and most other churches a monthly, quarterly or even annual Holy Supper? The Anglican way to approach such questions is to turn to the Bible, to tradition and to reason. [...]

Three spirits that lived on

By | 2015-03-18T16:31:30+00:00 February 15th, 2015|Sermons|

The spirits of Elijah and Christ. Last Sunday Fr. Jake spoke about Wisdom and the Word. Today we add the role of the Spirit. Like Wisdom and the Word, the Spirit played a role in creation. Not only that, but this is also the holy and life-giving spirit, which, according to our first Eucharistic prayer, [...]

When a woman says “no”

By | 2015-01-15T22:20:38+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Sermons|

When a woman says “no”, she means “no”. That is the message of the Serious Request campaign that is holding Haarlem in its grip for 6 days. It is trying to do something about sexual violence against women in conflict areas.  This morning [21st December 2014] at 11:00, the St. Bavo church in the city [...]

Christ our King

By | 2014-11-26T12:53:49+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Sermons|

The feast of Christ the King is not as big as Easter or Christmas, and was only instituted in 1925. It is, however, still considered of great importance, as a kind of grand finale of the liturgical year. The church in Wales and some Lutheran churches celebrate the 4 Sundays preceding Advent as the season [...]

Mercy for crowds

By | 2014-09-28T22:47:31+00:00 August 17th, 2014|Sermons|

How do you feel when you end up in a crowd? Are you comfortable with all the opportunities to meet new people and excited about all the unexpected things that happen when you put a large group of people together? Or do you feel rather intimidated by all the colours, smells, noises, opinions, demands and [...]

The right conditions for healing

By | 2014-04-18T22:14:49+00:00 March 8th, 2014|Articles|

The other day, in one of our Wednesday evening Healing Services, we read the following text from St. Mark, chapter 6. “He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did [...]