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.

Homily for celebration of St. Mary Magdalen, 23rd July 2020- Alan Amos

Pope Gregory the Great has a great deal to answer for.   He did some great things,  like sending Augustine to Kent on the mission to the Anglo-Saxons;   the problem with that turned out to be that there were Christians in the British Isles already,  who were Celts,  and whom Augustine mortally offended.  The Anglo-Saxon mission risked dividing further a Church which was…

SAINT OSMUND 16th JULY – Alan Amos

This week in the Church of England calendar we have commemorations of two saints from adjacent dioceses in southern England.  Yesterday was the celebration of Saint Swithun, an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester,  chiefly famed for dubious weather forecasts ascribed to his influence.  In this fuller webpage version of my homily,  I will include something in commemoration of him at the end. But…

Sermon The parable of the sower – 12th July Chris Welsh

Trinity 5  Pentecost 6 In the early 1960s, my online entertainment included a silly programme on the wireless called ‘Beyond our Ken’. There was a character, a very British farmer with a robust Dorset accent, Arthur Fallowfield, who would respond to every question with a confident “Well, I think the answer lies in the soil”.  We would never recall the question but…

The Feast of St. Benedict of Nursia – Alan Amos 9th July

Saint Benedict of Nursia was born c. 480 and died c 547 at Monte Cassino, where he was the founder of the monastery.   He is regarded as the father of  Western monasticism. In the cover picture for our service,  you will see Saint Benedict with the raven.  Many stories are told about how he used to feed this raven by hand,  and…

St Thomas 5 July 2020 Chris Welsh

   Habakkuk 2.1-4                                                                                                                       Psalm 31.1-6                                                                                                                           Ephesians 2.19-22                                                                                                                  John 20.24-29 Do you have doubts?  And how do you manage them? The apostle Thomas is eternally linked to doubt.  Doubting Thomas; Thomas the doubter. He is stuck with it.  And my childhood memory of what I was taught about him certainly confines him to the naughty corner, not quite…

Feast of the Apostle Saint Thomas – 2 July 2020 Canon Alan Amos

For the icon displayed on the cover sheet of the order of service,   see : https://apostlethomas.org/ You may also like to look  at the icon given in the following link :  1.  Various dates have been assigned to the feast of the Apostle St. Thomas;    both the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches have in their modern calendars moved the feast from 21st…

The birth of St. John the Baptist, by Canon Alan Amos

The feast day is on 24th June,  but since it is a red-letter day  it is good not to forget about St. John,  but to celebrate him today  ( Thursday 25th June. ) https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/553098397955957402/ I have a sense that in the Anglican Church we tend to relegate John to the past as a figure of some importance in preparing for the coming…

Sermon SS Peter and Paul 28 June 2020 – Chris Welsh

At the edge of the forum in Rome you will find the Mamertine prison where two churches now stand superimposed upon it. I visited that place many years ago, by accident, but as I descended the two levels I was captured by the smallness and the mystery of the place.  On a subsequent visit, I sought it out with greater purpose. In…

A Meditation – Clare Bangasser 21st June Evening Prayer

Good evening! My name is Claire Bangasser and I worship at JohnXXIII. Thank you for inviting me to speak today. I feel very honored and moved. Holy Trinity Church is a place of friendship and healing for me. A place of friendship, because through the Cursillo movement and the Ignatian Way, I have found dear friends at Holy Trinity. They are here…

Trinity 2 – Chris Welsh

This week, we land with a bit of a thump, back in Ordinary Time. The bright lights of Easter, the spirit-filled promise of Pentecost, the interwoven Trinity and the gift of the Sacrament in Corpus Christi. These are celebrations that take us to the pinnacle of our Christian experience. Today’s readings bring us to the hard realities of discipleship. They are tough…