Dean John will be heard celebrating the hard-working, down-to-earth nature of the area encapsulated in the Diocese; the Cathedral City of Ripon is seen by many as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, ‘a place where talk of shepherds and sheep connects the content of the ancient Christian gospel with the reality of contemporary life’. Throughout the service, the congregation will be reminded of the realities of contemporary life for many in the area; the prayers spoken by Canon Ruth will reflect the recent closure of Kellingley colliery and Redcar steelworks, as well as remembering those affected by recent flooding in Cumbria.
This realism is also the central theme of the sermon, which will be given by Bishop of West Yorkshire and the Dales, the Rt. Revd. Nick Baines. Bishop Nick extends the invitation ‘to plunge ourselves into the depths of the real world as it now’, just as Jesus did some 2000 years ago in Bethlehem.
The recording will air shortly after 9am on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas morning.