Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 1077 sermons in the archive.


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…


Saturday 11th April 2020

‘Done on the Cross’: meditations for Holy Week 2020 - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

  6) Christ the Life-giver   We have been exploring what was ‘done’ on the Cross on that Good Friday, and have encountered thus far five powerful images: Christ as victorious over the forces of evil; as the ransom paid to secure our freedom; as our substitute; as the sacrifice…


Friday 10th April 2020

‘Done on the Cross’: meditations for Holy Week 2020 - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

  5) Christ the Magnet   In my meditation address, on Christ the Ransom, I mentioned Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries. His last years saw a great surge of activity and vigour in theology and the work of theologians, spearheaded not in theology’s…


Thursday 9th April 2020

‘Done on the Cross’: meditations for Holy Week 2020 - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

  4) Christ the Sacrifice   Ami is French for ‘friend’. Quite what they mean by it has always been something of a puzzle to the English. But in my first term at Oxford, when as a novice historian I had to study a course in historical geography, AMI was…