Bishop Stephen's sermons



Lent Lecture 2016: Inhabiting the world distinctively

Chelmsford Cathedral 23 February, St John's Colchester 24 February & St John's Stratford 25 February

As part of the Chelmsford Diocese 2016 Lent lecture series the Bishop of Chelmsford gave a lecture at three churches on the theme of ‘Inhabiting the world distinctively,' one of the strategic priorities for the diocese. The lectures were given at Chelmsford Cathedral, St John’s church in Colchester and St John’s church in Stratford on 23, 24 and 25 February, respectively.  Read the news article. For details of the remaining lectures in the series click here. 

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Bishop Stephen’s New Year’s Day Sermon 2016

Chelmsford Cathedral

"It is a sobering thought, but over the past ten days more people have probably seen the new Star Wars film than attended church..." Read Bishop Stephen's New Year's Day sermon in full....

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Bishop Stephen’s Christmas Sermon 2015

Chelmsford Cathedral

"There was no room at the inn. That's one of the first things small children learn about the Christmas story. Many learn very little else. Nevertheless, it stands as a powerful sign of what we do when God comes knocking. We draw the curtains. Check the locks. Put the chain across the door. Set the alarm. Pull up the drawbridge. Make excuses. Say we’re busy. Pretend we’re out. Ask him to go somewhere else. Peek

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Bishop Stephen Cottrell gives Sermon Address at the Consecration of Bishops

St Paul’s Cathedral, 28 September 2015

The Bishop of Chelmsford gives the sermon at the ordination of Bishops Anne Hollinghurst, Ric Thorpe and Ruth Worsley. Bishop Stephen Cottrell in his sermon speaks of the work and office of a bishop in three ways – messenger, sentinel and pastor. “And one of the first responsibilities of a bishop is to be an angel, a messenger, an evangelist, the one who endlessly and constantly tells the story of what God has done in Christ”

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