Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 1015 sermons in the archive.


Sunday 14th July 2019

Who is my neighbour? - The Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 14 July 2019 by the Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest   Out in the Judean desert, the road from Jerusalem to Jericho is one of the loneliest roads that I know. In the first century, main highways had…

Ruby reflections - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Holy Communion at Castleton Church, preached on Sunday 14 July 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   I intended to keep it quiet, but these things always leak out. The 2nd July was the 40th anniversary of my ordination as a priest. The Bishop of…


Sunday 7th July 2019

Sing we Merrily - Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes

A sermon for the end of the Abbey Choir’s year and the retirement of Paul Ellis, its Director, preached at Evensong on Sunday 7 July 2019 by Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes   “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching…one another in psalms and hymns and…

By the light of the silvery moon - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 7 July 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Never did I think I would be preaching to you by the light of the silvery moon. But I promise you that I will not croon, or spoon,…


Sunday 30th June 2019

For the Friends of Sherborne Abbey, and for Patronal Festival - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon preached at the Abbey on Sunday 30 June 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   When people look at Sherborne Abbey, what do they see? They see different things. Some see the finest building in Dorset, with its glorious fan vaulting – of which Simon Jenkins says…


Sunday 23rd June 2019

The Establishment rebel - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Eve of St John Baptist’s Day, preached at Evensong in Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 23 June 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Tomorrow is the Feast of the birth of St John the Baptist. Look out for the lovely garland always erected round the…


Sunday 16th June 2019

The Holy Trinity - The Reverend Guntars Reboks, Assistant Curate

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Trinity Sunday, 16 June 2019, by The Reverend Guntars Reboks, Assistant Curate   According to the church calendar it is Trinity Sunday and according to another, secular calendar today is Father’s Day. Both of these events draw our attention…

The Holy Trinity – God in human experience: - Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest

Today is Trinity Sunday. It is a most unusual day in the Church’s Year as it does not relate to an event in the Bible, or connect with the life-story of Jesus shown in the New Testament. Today is a unique occasion where we celebrate the doctrine of the Holy…


Sunday 9th June 2019

Recovering our Joie de Vivre - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Feast of Pentecost, preached at the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey (and later at Castleton Church) on 9 June 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods John Henderson, an unbeliever, Had lately lost his Joie de Vivre From reading far too many books. He went about…


Thursday 30th May 2019

Ascension now - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist on Ascension Day, preached on Thursday 30 May 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   All over the country, clergy are increasingly transferring the big weekday Festivals of the Christian calendar to the nearest Sunday. One reason, and an understandable one, is the…