Archbishop Malcolm was among the Church Leaders to welcome Bishop Paul Bayes as Anglican Bishop of Liverpool at his Installment in Liverpool Cathedral last month.
Archbishop Malcolm read the Gospel at the service together with Free Church Moderator, Rev Phil Jump, before laying hands on Bishop Paul praying: ‘Enable him to proclaim the gospel of your Son, that his ministry among us may bring glory to your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
The Cathedral was full for the Service and the congregation included the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, the High Sheriff of Merseyside, the Mayor of Liverpool and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, together with Church leaders and Faith Representatives from throughout the country.
Bishop Paul walked through the City to the Cathedral before knocking three times on the Great West Door with the ivory mallet used by King Edward VII when he laid the foundation stone of the Cathedral in 1904.
In his homily Bishop Paul spoke of the ‘table of the Lord’ made by a carpenter and referred to the person of Jesus in the Gospel reading saying, ‘My brother Malcolm and my brother Phil read this earlier about Jesus: “I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles”. And then: “He will not wrangle or cry aloud... until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the peoples will hope”. And all this, the table and the poor man and justice brought to victory; all this is my vision of the church of Jesus Christ.’
Bishop Paul quoted Pope Francis as he spoke of his vision for the Churches, ’Pope Francis says: "An evangelising community gets involved by word and deed in people’s daily lives; it bridges distances, it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others.” The Bishop of Rome's vision is my vision for the church among the churches, for all the churches, as we gather again on the edge.’
Born in Bradford Bishop Paul is the eighth Bishop of Liverpool having previously served as Bishop of Hertford in the Diocese of St Albans.