For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

A personal perspective

Today’s service was just a little bit special, as we focused on the day of Pentecost. Our chaplain Sam came up with a very unusual way to share our first reading (Acts 2:1-21) amongst the congregation, choosing 19 different speakers. In itself this would have been quite remarkable, but what made it really special was that each passage was read in a different language – giving a real feeling of what Pentecost must have been like.

Victor, from the Old Catholic Church

We shared communion with the Old Catholic Church congregation, led by their priest Victor and along with Sam, we had a joint Dutch and English spoken service. How nice it was to enjoy this celebration together, especially as a newcomer to the church and the whole service just felt absolutely perfect, from the readings, the sermon, to the music and songs, which included one of my all time favorites – “How Great is our God.”


I was left reflecting on how when you need it most, your spirits can be lifted. Today my church did just that!