Holy Trinity Church

Anglican worship in Geneva

On this page you will find a collection of past sermons from Holy Trinity Church in Geneva, Switzerland.

St. Teresa of Avila – 15th October Alan Amos

Saint Teresa, born in the town of  of Ávila in 1515,  came from a noble Spanish family. Like many  such families of her time,  it was known to have Jewish roots which were no longer admitted  to publicly. Such families lived with a real sense of insecurity,  and that contributed in some ways to the person she became as she grew up…

Trinity 18 11 October 2020 Chris Welsh

Isaiah 25. 1-9        Psalm 23              Philippians 4. 1-9    Matthew 22.1-14 I am a bit of a stickler for the lectionary and love the discipline it imposes on us. Sometimes, it makes the preacher’s work very hard while at other times we are offered a real gift. What I do value is the obligation it offers to work out of scripture rather than the other way…

William Tyndale – Thursday 8th October : Alan Amos

William Tyndale (c. 1494 –. 6th October 1536) was an English scholar who became a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation.   He came from Gloucestershire,  and the followers of John Wycliffe, the Lollards had been strong in that area,  and this is likely to have played an influence on his formation and independence of mind. His lasting reputation is as a translator of the Bible into English,  in…

St Francis – 1st October Canon Alan Amos

St. Francis was born in Assisi in 1181 or 2,   but rather than trace his life  which in outline will be familiar to you anyway,  I am going to take off in a different direction. This week has for me been a time for looking back and giving thanks,  after 50 years of ministry. And so as we celebrate St  Francis ,…

Trinity 17 4 October 2020. Chris Welsh

Isaiah 5. 1-7     Psalm 80 9-17     Philippians 3. 4b-14     Matthew 21. 33-46 Some of you will know the image included in the order of service today. It is by Lukas Cranach the Younger, painted as a memorial to the Reformer, Paul Eber, who taught theology in Wittenberg. When completed, it was hung in Luther’s parish church, St Mary’s. It is a significant…

HARVEST FESTIVAL An all-age service in Creationtide – Chris Welsh

    27th September 2020 There follows a brief summary of the themes treated in the sermon for this service, delivered from the visual stimulus of the slides within the liturgy on Zoom. Aimed principally at the young people, who took a significant part in all parts of the service, as readers, intercessors and musicians, it was not a formal presentation. The issues…

Eucharist of the Holy Spirit – Alan Amos

Thursday Eucharist 24th September 2019 My friends,  there is a background to why I have decided to dedicate the eucharist today to the Life-giving activity of the Holy Spirit.  Of course it is appropriate for these Covid times,  and that is a part of the reason.  Certainly the reason is not that I have a wish to avoid any of the saints…

Trinity 15 Are you envious because I am generous? 20 September 2020 Chris Welsh

Trinity 15          Holy Trinity Geneva          20 September 2020 Jonah 3.10 – 4.11    Psalm 145 1-8    Philippians 1.21-30   Matthew 20. 1-16 Are you envious because I am generous? The owner of the vineyard captures a theme that runs through our readings today. Generosity is one thing but it can provoke reactions that seem surprisingly inappropriate. We are a perverse lot. Greed and…

Holy Cross Day Homily Clare and Alan Amos

In the name of God,  Father, Son,  and life-giving Holy Spirit,  Amen  Clare and I are glad to be able to share in this homily today.  Alan :   The Feast of the Holy Cross, known as Holy Cross Day,  which we have brought forward for our service from September 14, recalls the finding of the true cross by Saint Helena,  mother of the emperor…