Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 1052 sermons in the archive.

Sunday 8th December 2019

Prepare ye the Way of the Lord - Canon Eric Woods

The modern lectionary – that’s the list of readings prescribed for every day of the year – rather messes up the themes of the four Sundays in Advent, symbolised in the Advent Wreath by a blue candle for the patriarchs (that was last week), for the prophets (today), for John…

Sunday 1st December 2019

Expectation - The Reverend Robert Green

It is a very happy coincidence that this year Advent Sunday falls on 1st December, as throughout the world there will be children opening the first door of their Advent Calendars. Some will only find a chocolate, others will begin the story of the birth of Jesus. For my own…

Sunday 24th November 2019

The Feast of Christ the King - Rector, Canon Eric Woods

Today is the last Sunday of the Christian year, a day for taking stock. In the old Prayer Book the Gospel of the Day is the feeding of the five thousand, with its gathering of the fragments. We heard that reading as our second lesson tonight [John 6. 5-14]. In…

Of toys, and gifts, and love - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

It is just a fortnight since Remembrance Sunday, and I for one find it difficult to do the mental and spiritual gymnastics which are required to wrench us away from the season of Remembrance and make us change gear ready for Advent and Christmas. Emotionally I am still with what…

Sunday 17th November 2019

Who is in charge - The Reverend Canon Tim Biles

Many years ago, perhaps at my Confirmation class, I was told to read the Gospel of the coming Sunday at the beginning of the week, every Monday. That way, the Gospel would be turning over somewhere in the mind all week and the Sunday sermon would then make more sense….

Sunday 10th November 2019

Swear you will never forget - Major General John Stokoe CB CBE

A sermon for the Remembrance Sunday Service at Sherborne Abbey, preached on 10 November 2019 by Major General John Stokoe, CB, CBE 101 years since the signing of the Armistice in 1918 and the birth of national remembrance. 80 years since the outbreak of the Second World War; the 75th…

Sunday 3rd November 2019

St Luke and tax collectors! - Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 3 November by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   A few weeks ago, on 15th September, I preached on the Sunday Gospel reading, from Luke chapter 15, in which the scribes and the Pharisees were complaining about the…

Heaven: - Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 3 November 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   The story of the raising of Lazarus which we heard read just now [John 11. 32-44] has been called an ‘enacted parable’, and so it is. Jesus tells Martha “I am the…

Sunday 27th October 2019

A Closer Walk - Revd Leslie McCreadie

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist preached in Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 27th October 2019 by the Reverend Lesley McCreadie, Team Vicar I wonder how many of you can remember the piece by the Two Ronnies and John Cleese where the three of them stand in a row looking up to…

Sunday 20th October 2019

George Herbert on Prayer - Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes

A sermon for Mattins at Castleton Church, preached on Sunday 20 October 2019 by Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes “‘This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel…’ saith the Lord: ‘I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and…