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Bishop of Colchester preaches Harvest sermon

Preaching the sermon at the County Harvest Festival Service, the Bishop of Colchester, Roger Morris spoke of his family’s connections with agriculture and the need for people in all parts of East London and Essex to be reconnected with their origins as "people of the soil":

“We need to be reconnected, we need to remember, and never forget, that we are people of the soil; dependent upon agriculture for the milk in our tea, for the butter on our crumpet, and for our daily bread.”

The most important connection of all is that we belong to God who made us and reconnects us "with the earth, with ourselves, with each other," said Bishop Roger:

“That is the connection that ultimately broke down. The connection between us and God. And that is the connection that Jesus came to repair; coming to earth as a human, as a person of the soil.”

Bishop Roger was preaching at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday 4 October 2015.

Revd Janet Nicholls was licensed as the diocesan Rural Adviser and Agricultural Chaplain at the Service.

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