Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Sermons and Reflections

Lights, Candles, Advent! – Reflection for 4th Sunday in Advent


Lights and candles are festive at this time of the year, but sometimes we forget that in our faith we often use things to remind us of our Faith.  A visual representation of our Faith in action.

There is a message of encouragement for us in each of the Advent candles, something greater than how pretty the Advent wreath looks.

The first candle is the candle of HOPE.  For those facing physical and emotional struggles it reminds us we can have hope because God is faithful and keeps His promises.  Romans 15:12-13

The second candle is for PEACE.  For those who are fearful and distressed it reminds us of God’s promise a Savior is born, Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

The third is the candle of JOY.  For those who have experienced loss and despair it reminds us that we can know joy in the mist and midst of sadness with the good news of his coming.  Luke 2:10-11

The fourth is the candle of LOVE.  For all who desire to be cherished it reminds us that God loves us so much that he gave the greatest gift, his Son.  John 3:16

The fifth is the CHRIST candle.  Reminding us all that Christ is the light of the world.  His birth was for his death and his death was for our birth.  John 1:29

Christmas is the celebration of the coming of Christ.  As you reflect on this message may you know the HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE of Jesus.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!   What a gift!

Merry Christmas!…?…! – Reflection for 11 Dec 2016


I’m watching a Christmas program and thinking, “How do we know what it means to say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to another person?”   Are we saying that we are both sharing in the same story? Or are we saying we hope you have a bountiful holiday filled with overwhelming things? I hope we are able to see the new things that God is doing in our world and society. What a story we share!

Imagine a teenage girl agreeing to be with child and unwed 2000 years ago. She was either crazy or something great was going to happen. God acted and we stand with our mouths open. We are so loved by God and yet we walk around acting as though we are forgotten. I could not figure out why I would be quiet and sullen, and it’s simple, I am forgetting that I am loved by my Heavenly Father. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son to die for my sins. This is why angels sing and Handel’s Messiah still has the power to make grown men weep. This isn’t about the glittering things of the world but about the greatest story of hope ever experienced by the world. Go on and bend down in your heart and on your knee giving thanks for being loved.

What Did You Come to See? – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 3rd Sunday in Advent 2016

Today’s Sermon – What Did You Come to See?


First Lesson Isaiah 35:1-10

Psalm Luke 1:46-55

Second Lesson James 5:7-10

Gospel Matthew 11:2-11

COLLECT: Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.