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

A Light in the Darkness – Christmas Hope

Sermon preached at Rochester Cathedral 25th December 2016 – Christmas Day Readings: Isaiah 52.7-10; John 1.1-14 For those sitting in the ruins of Aleppo today, the call of the prophet to ‘break forth together into singing’ would seem like a rather sick joke.  In recent days, we have heard the heart-wrenching words of Bana el-Abed, the seven-year old (now evacuated to safety in Turkey) who took to Twitter in order to bring the.. Read More

A Light in the Darkness – Prison Hope

Unease, anxiety and sadness are woven into the experience of Christmas for every person who is in touch with reality.  Violent death and a sense of the fragility of the social structures which keep chaos at bay are there even in the simple, pared-down narratives of the Bible about how the birth of Jesus happened.  The hope of Christmas is spoken, from day one, into a world that is recognizably our world. Over.. Read More