Sermons from Sherborne

We are pleased to provide here an archive of sermons preached in Sherborne since 2004.

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There are 1080 sermons in the archive.


Sunday 4th October 2020

Francis, a saint for today:  A sermon for the Parish Eucharist on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi - Rev Leslie McCreadie

Ever since I was a child and I received at Sunday school a picture of St Francis standing with birds on his arms and animals around his feet, he has been a saint who has held great appeal.  Later in life when we had a Franciscan mission to our church,…


Sunday 23rd August 2020

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist - Rev Christopher Huitson

The Duke of Edinburgh, famous for his quips and quotable comments, is reputed to have said to the queen on the day of her coronation: “where did you get that hat!” Of course marrying into the royal family has consequences and there are many things which can no longer be…


Sunday 2nd August 2020

Generous Love: - Rev Leslie McCreadie

The passage from the gospel of Matthew shows us a very compassionate side of Jesus. It is easy to skip on to the Feeding of the 5000 and ignore that the first verse in this passage.  Jesus’s reaction to the death of his cousin John the Baptist.  How does he…


Sunday 17th May 2020

For Rogation Sunday: - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

For Rogation Sunday:  Today in the Anglican calendar is Rogation Sunday. “Rogation” comes from the Latin verb rogare, meaning “to ask”. In the Book of Common Prayer the Gospel for today comes from John 16, where Jesus says “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father…


Sunday 10th May 2020

“I see the heavens opened”: a sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

From our first reading, the story of the death of Stephen, the first Christian martyr: “Filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look’, he said, ‘I see the heavens opened…’”. [Acts 7. 55-56]…


Sunday 3rd May 2020

The Shepherd and the Gate: a sermon for the Sherborne Abbey Eucharist, recorded in the Vicarage - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

It’s frustrating – it really is – when the set reading for the day tells only half the story. And that happens today. In John chapter 10 Jesus makes two claims for himself: he is the door of the sheepfold, and he is the Good Shepherd. But today we’ve only…


Sunday 26th April 2020

The Bread of Life: a sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, recorded in the dining room of Sherborne Vicarage - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

There is a rubric in the Book of Common Prayer, today more honoured in the breach than in the observance, which declares, quite uncompromisingly, ‘And note, that every Parishioner shall communicate at the least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one.’ We Anglicans tend not to go in…


Sunday 19th April 2020

Resurrection peace - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

From the first verse of this morning’s Gospel [John 20. 19-31]: “When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said,…


Sunday 12th April 2020

No lockdown of hearts or minds: a sermon recorded in the Vicarage dining room - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

Spring has come for us today! Christ has burst his prison, And for three days’ sleep in death Like the sun has risen. All the winter of our sins, long and dark is dying, Welcome now the light of Christ, Life and joy supplying.   “Christ has burst his prison”….

That’s it: a sermon recorded in the Vicarage dining roo - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A retired Bishop used to tell some amusing stories from his time as a young man doing National Service in the Army. At the Basic Training Unit were a variety of specimens, mostly from the human species. One of them gradually developed a peculiar habit. He went around the camp…