Sermons

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Gentleness

Easter Day sermon from the Bishop of Sheffield. Acts 10.34-43 and John 20.1-18 One of the great figures of the Quaker movement, Isaac Pennington, wrote these words in a letter to his friends in 1667.  He is trying to describe what it…
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The Vision Keepers

A sermon at the Chrism Eucharist Yesterday I was in St Peter’s Tankersley, one of the oldest churches in the Diocese. My reason for being there was to dedicate new building works.  There is a new heating system, a new kitchen and space…
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Commissioning Service for Mothers' Union President 2016

This morning I commissioned the new President of the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Sheffield, Pauline Reynolds (on my left in this photo with the rest of her team). This is the sermon I preached at the service. I focussed on the second…
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The Living Word

Launch of the Crossroads Mission Welcome to the Archbishop, to all of our visiting bishops and their teams on behalf of the whole Diocese of Sheffield. We are delighted you are here.  We look forward so much to working with you and to…
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Advising Mr Cameron: lessons from an ancient kingdom

The Prime Minister will not be short of advice as he appoints the Cabinet and prepares the Queen’s Speech.  There is a particular bible story about accepting and weighing advice that I would suggest it might be helpful for him to read and…
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Leading God's People

It’s not often I read a book and then go straight back to the beginning and start again. I have a small number of contemporary books on leadership which (I think) should be on every minister’s shelf.  Leading God’s People has gone straight…
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Prayers in Rotherham

This evening between 500 and 600 Christians from across Rotherham gathered in the Minster in the heart of the town to pray together.  It was a remarkable gathering. Nine days ago an independent report was published.  The report revealed…

I am the bread of life

The Diocese of Sheffield was formed in 1914 from the Diocese of York. Today we began our centenary celebrations with a Eucharist in the newly refurbished Cathedral.  There will be seven more pilgrimages in different locations across the Diocese…
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I am the Bread of Life

I am the bread of life A sermon at the Eucharist for the Centenary of the Diocese of Sheffield 8th June, 2014 1 Peter 2.1-10 and John 6.27-40 On Monday, Bishop Peter and I had tea with eight people who were more than a hundred years old.  We…