Bishop Stephen's sermons

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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Holy Week Good Friday Address 2019

Good Friday 19 April 2019

It was Friday afternoon. The scene was just outside the gates of Jerusalem and the date: probably the 7th of April in the year 30AD. What follows is not of itself anything out of the ordinary: three men are executed by crucifixion; two are criminals, one is a rabbi from Galilee. Download and read the full sermon...

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Holy Week Thursday Address 2019

Thursday 18 April 2019

We refer to the events that begin at the Last Supper and run through Gethsemane, Jesus’ arrest and trial, his scourging before Pilate, his crucifixion, and his body being taken down from the cross and laid in the tomb as his passion. Download the sermon...

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Holy Week Wednesday Address 2019

Wednesday 17 April 2019

As he died on the Cross Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Mark 15.34) This cry of anguished abandonment is also a quote from the opening line of Psalm 22. Download the full sermon...

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