Bishop Philip's Blog

How was Christmas for me?

That’s the question I was asked to answer for a piece in the Saltash Team Ministry Newsletter. And if there’s one word I would choose to describe it, that word would be ‘unexpected’. Of course there was much that could have been expected. There were services of Nine Lessons and Carols in the cathedral; I […]

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February’s pause for thought…

Here’s a fun fact for you – well I think it’s quite fun anyway! If you go to the Book of Common Prayer, the Church of England’s old prayer book that’s still used in many churches, and find Psalm 46, it’s said you’ll find something very strange. Count 46 words in from the beginning and […]

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How is it that we hear the call of God?

My sermon in Truro Cathedral on Sunday, January 17, 2021. 1 Sam. 3:1-10; Ps. 139-1-9; Rev. 5:1-10; Jn 1:43-end Speak, Lord, today for your servants are listening. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Speak Lord, for your servant is listening. To many of us with at least some passing knowledge of the […]

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Why episcopal leadership should advocate & support pioneer ministry

In a blog for Pioneer Hive on the Church of England’s website, Bishop Philip writes about why episcopal leadership should advocate for and support pioneer ministry with insights into how a strategic vision for this is unfolding in Cornwall. A Cornish Call to Pioneer

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What will you take forward from this time?

How has lockdown been for you? For some of us it will have been the hardest of times, mourning the loss of someone we loved. While we can be thankful today for the relatively low number of deaths we’ve experienced in Cornwall, that’s not much comfort to those who have lost someone. Every single death […]

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Easter 2020 – Bishop Philip’s message

It is strange to be writing this Easter message in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. I just don’t know where we will be by the time you read this. Every day the ground seems to shift beneath our feet, and life becomes ever more uncertain and unpredictable. But there’s another reason why writing an […]

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My sermon from Mothering Sunday, March 22, 2020

May I speak in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen At times of crisis we can tend to default to what is familiar and secure, to ‘go home’ as it were, and I guess many people have done that in this strange season and gone back to what […]

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A sermon about St Piran and the cross – and hopefully not a lack of imagination!

Cross of St. Piran service 2020 Isaiah 53:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 In what some of you might consider a staggering lack of imagination, I thought that this year, at this service during which we award the Cross of St. Piran, I would speak about the cross and St. Piran. In that order. I admit I […]

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Safeguarding – if it’s God’s business, it’s all our business

Here is the text of a talk I gave at an event to celebrate the roles of our parish safeguarding co-ordinators.   ‘God is our strength and refuge, our very present help in time of trouble’. That’s how Psalm 46 starts and it was those words that first sprang into my mind when I was thinking what to […]

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Together this Christmas

Whatever your views on politics, I’m sure you would agree that a divided society cannot be a happy society; and ours has been sadly divided in recent years. Indeed, politicians themselves recognise that. They often talk about ‘bringing the country together’, although their plans to do so can, sadly, divide as much as they unite. […]

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