Christmas sermons from across Britain: Anglican Ink, December 25, 2012 December 26, 2012Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, Church in Wales, Church of England, Church of Ireland.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is urging people to go and ‘join the human race’ this Christmas and become agents of transformation and renewal. In his final Christmas sermon in Canterbury Cathedral Dr Williams says the purpose of the Christian message isn’t to defend religion or make the church credible, but to pose a challenge to everyone to reconsider who they are: “Here is something so extraordinary that it interrupts our world; here is something that – like Moses in the story of the Burning Bush – makes you ‘turn aside to see’, that stops you short. Faith begins in the moment of stopping … the moment when you can’t just walk on as you did before …”
The full text of the sermon can be found here.
The Archbishop of Canterbury-designate, Bishop Justin Welby of Durham preached a Christmas Eve Sermon and a Christmas Day Sermon at Durham Cathedral, which touched upon poverty and social discontent in Britain. He stated it was “very easy to be despondent” about the state of the church and the world.
Read it all in Anglican Ink.