Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, gave the sermon at the recent consecration of Anne Hollinghurst, Ric Thorpe and Ruth Worsley. I wasn’t able to be there so I was glad to find it online – vintage Cottrell. Here’s a quote:
So – a new line for the litany- Good Lord deliver us from successful bishops, from too well prepared or even too well organised bishops, from ready answer in the back pocket and PowerPoint strategy self-sufficient, all efficient bishops. Take us to those high places, places of perspective and reality, where we and all our schemes are set on fire, which, paradoxically for us, are also those places where life is raw, and pain and darkness requisite.Take us to the heights of prayer, to the depths of the scriptures, to the bottom step before the altar, to places of silent waiting where, with mitres off and staffs laid down,we will be replenished and know our need of God, and there be renewed and strengthened for the things that lie ahead as bishops of God’s church – messengers, sentinels and pastors.