James Langstaff

A Bishop Reflects

A future with hope – A Prisons Week sermon

Sermon preached at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 15th October 2017  (Prisons Week) Jeremiah 29.11-14; Romans 8.31-39; Matthew 7.7-11  “A future with hope” is held out as part of the Lord’s plan for his people, “welfare and not harm”.  Words from Jeremiah 29 which follow on from where God speaks through the prophet to his people experiencing the imprisonment of exile – not incarceration in quite the same way as being held in custody,.. Read More

Called Together: Grow, Enrich, Resource

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS at DIOCESAN SYNOD Saturday 14th October, 2017 Isaiah 42. When I addressed Synod in June, I was able to bring members up-to-date about the strands of emphasis in ministry and mission which were emerging from our engagement with our parishes, chaplaincies and wider communities in the first part of this year.  As I put it then, this was part of our seeking of God’s wisdom as to the shape and expression.. Read More

The Measure of Grace

A sermon preached by Archbishop Urmas Viilma of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Service of Confirmation at St. Luke’s Church Seven Oaks, Rochester Diocese, England Matthew 20:1-16 I am very thankful for this opportunity to participate and preach at this service of confirmation. I have hosted guests from the Diocese of Rochester and Bishop James on several occasions, however, for my wife and myself this is the first time in England on a.. Read More

Chrism Eucharist – God’s gifts of forgiveness, healing and peace

Rochester Cathedral – Chrism Eucharist 13th April 2017 – Maundy Thursday 1 Samuel 3.1-10; Revelation 1.5b-8; Luke 7.36-50  Characteristically, Luke’s account of the anointing of Jesus gives us a woman who is manifestly on the outside.  This is not Mary of Bethany as in John, nor is it the nameless woman of Matthew and Mark.  This is ‘a woman in the city, who is a sinner’ – and she enters the story of.. Read More

The Love of God made Visible

Ordination Charge – Ordination of Deacons and Priests 23rd September 2015 Isaiah 58.6-9 Adamnan of Iona (also known as Eunan) is probably not top of your list of famous Christians from the British Isles. Today is the day on which he is remembered within the life of the church as he died on 23rd September in the year 704. He had been born around 624 near Raphoe, County Donegal, was educated by the.. Read More