St Bride's: Sermon Series

As the parish church of journalism, St Bride's is keen to hear and disseminate the word of visiting preachers both lay and clergy.

Each Lent there is a series of sermons during Sunday morning services on a given theme.

Here you can listen again to past sermons and read transcripts where available.

2014: Confidence, Compassion and Creativity Sermon Series

The Diocese of London is encouraging all parishioners to use its Capital Vision 2020 programme as a strategy for growth at grass roots level. Our vision is of a church that is Christ centred and outward looking. We seek to be more confident in speaking and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, more compassionate in serving our communities with God's love, and more creative in reaching new people and new places with the good news of the Gospel. 

What might this mean for us at St Bride's? This Lent we are going to look at each of the three C's (which are part of the Capital vision strategy), Confidence, Compassion and Creativity, and explore what these concepts could mean in our personal and church lives. 

  • Are we confident in expressing what we believe in simple and accessible terms? 
  • How does our faith relate to our daily living at home or at work? 
  • What is the church doing to meet social needs at local level, or to fight poverty and injustice in other parts of the world? 
  • How can we engage with the creative arts to express the Gospel in exciting and imaginative ways?
  • Finally, do we pray for one another and find ways of sharing our faith with other people?

During the six Sundays of Lent we shall reflect on these questions in the Sunday Sermons, with the hope that we may become people of greater confidence, compassion and creativity in our Christian life and witness.

Confidence, Compassion and Creativity

Confident in Speaking the Gospel

Rosemary is a priest and writer who is passionate about words and ideas. She has strong northern roots from her childhood in the Lancashire Pennines but has lived in London for more than a decade and loves the pace and variety of city life. The author of The Courage to Connect (2007), Unwrapping the Sacred (2009) and Does my Soul look Big in This? (2012), Rosemary also works as Dean of Women in the central area of the London Diocese and chairs the Church of England's national network of advisers in women's ministry.

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Creative in Praying for Others

Gordon was educated at Ardingly College and Brasenose College, Oxford. Ordained in 1974 he began his career with a curacy at St Mary Walton, Liverpool and was then successively Vicar of St John's East Dulwich, a tutor at Wells Theological College, Team Rector of Stafford (1991-1999), Provost (1999-2000) and then Dean of Birmingham (2000-2005) before his ordination to the episcopate as the suffragan Bishop of Stafford - a post he vacated in June 2010. A prolific author, he is also a keen hill walker.

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Confident in Living the Gospel

Born in Oxford in 1947 David studied classics and then Theology at Oxford. He met his wife Rosemary while training for the ministry at Cuddesdon Theological College. Ordained in 1973 he began his ministry in Reading, and then became Anglican Chaplain to the University of Reading. He moved in 1982 to become Vicar of three Berkshire Villages, and served as Rural Dean of Bradfield. He was appointed Rector of Buckingham in 1994, and area Dean in 1995. Since 2000 he has been Rector of St Bride's, and since 2009 he has served as Archdeacon of London. He is an Honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquarians of London. He and Rosemary have four children and four grandchildren, and they share an interest in literature and the arts.

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Compassionate in Serving the Community

George has been Rector of St Mary-le-Bow since 2002. Born in north London, he was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, and went on to train for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and (briefly) at United Theological College, Bangalore. He was ordained in 1985 to a parish in inner-city Leeds. He was then Chaplain of St John's College, Cambridge, before returning to London, first as Vicar of St Anne's Hoxton, and now Rector of St Mary-le-Bow.

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Creative in Reaching New Places

Craig has been ordained for about 11 years and spent most of this time in parishes in Brighton and Crawley in Sussex. Craig was also chaplain to a girl's public school. He is passionate about social justice issues, working in a multi-faith context and liberation theology as well as the support and engagement of those in the academic environment. Craig studied Theology at the University of Surrey and the University of Chichester after gaining his diploma in management studies and membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing at Middlesex University.

Creative in Proclaiming the Gospel

Andrew is the Vicar of St James', Clerkenwell and also the Anglican Chaplain to City University. Andrew trained as a strategy consultant and continues to develop leadership material on local church and evangelism strategy. He has written a book on evangelism strategy for the local church called 'the Because Approach' and is currently involved in the launch of a national school of evangelism.