Bishop Stephen's sermons and Articles



God is calling us to be ambassadors of Christ in this city - Bishops Christmas Day sermon

Christmas Morning 2019 - Chelmsford Cathedral

‘How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the Messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, your God reigns.’ (Isaiah 52. 7) Sometimes good news comes from the most unlikely people and at the most unlikely times. So, the messengers for the greatest news of all are shepherds, considered little more than vagabonds and outcasts in their society, people whose testimony would not be accepted in a court of law, those

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Four Loves

My colleague Graham Tomlin, the Bishop of Kensington, just wrote a book about Life Beyond Brexit. His central argument is that there are four kinds of love. The first is self-love. It’s important – you have to take care of yourself, or you’re no good to anyone else – but it’s not enough. Then there’s love for friends and family and people like us. Thirdly, there’s love for neighbour –

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Sermon to mark the Canonisation of John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

St Mary the Virgin, Farmham, 29 September 2019

The Bishop of Chelmsford gave a sermon to  mark the Canonisation of John Henry Newman (1801-1890). The Bishop was preaching at St Mary the Virgin, Farmham - a church Newman loved to visit and where his friend was the Rector. In the sermon, Bishop Stephen reflects on Newman's life. "Newman is without doubt one of the towering and most influential figures in English Church life in the nineteenth century. His thinking and writing still shape

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Bishop’s Easter Day Sermon 2019

21 April 2019 - Chelmsford Cathedral

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has preached his Easter Day sermon: "In the passion of Christ and in his resurrection, we discover that the living God, the risen God, is the loving God; but a God who cannot suffer cannot love, and a God who cannot love is not a God at all, or a dead God, an irrelevant God, and not the God who was in Jesus. God displays this living and this loving through God’s

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