Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 1016 sermons in the archive.


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…


Sunday 26th May 2019

Encouraged by the Resurrection - The Reverend Christopher Huitson

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 26 May 2019 by the Reverend Christopher Huitson   Fifty years ago, at the beginning of June, I was ordained as Deacon so it is a happy chance that I am acting as Deacon in this service today….

The garden of your soul - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Rogation Sunday, preached at Sherborne Abbey on 26 May 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Rogation Sunday – from the Latin rogare, to ask – has almost disappeared from our modern liturgies, and from the consciousness of most churchgoers except those who live in farming communities. The…


Sunday 19th May 2019

Love changes everything - The Reverend Robert Green

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 19 May 2019 by The Reverend Robert Green   It is more than 50 years ago when Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote the song “All you need is Love”, and it remains one of the songs of…


Sunday 5th May 2019

Instruments in his hands - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist on Sunday 5 May, preached at Sherborne Abbey during the annual Music Festival by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   This morning’s readings [Acts 9.1-20; John 21.1-19] are both about the opening of eyes. There are Saul’s blind eyes after his encounter with the…


Sunday 28th April 2019

Here be dragons - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Low Sunday at Castleton Church, preached at Mattins on Sunday 28 April 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   I was rather amused when the Labour Party tweeted all its members with best wishes for St George’s Day – on the 22nd April. I was even…


Sunday 21st April 2019

An idle tale? - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Easter Day at Sherborne Abbey, preached at the Parish Eucharist on Sunday 21 April 2019 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Some decades ago, the then Cardinal Archbishop of Paris was preaching in his cathedral church of Notre Dame and mentioned an incident that had happened…

The Humility of God - The Reverend Ron Martin, Associate Priest and Head of Chaplaincy Services at Dorset County Hospital

A sermon preached at Festal Mattins on Easter Sunday 21st April 2019 by The Reverend Ron Martin, Associate Priest (and Head of Chaplaincy Services at Dorset County Hospital). Isaiah 43:1-7.  John 20:19-23.   “Peace be with you.”  These are the first words Jesus utters to his disciples when he appears…

Alleluia! Christ is risen – the raising up of Jesus into the Community of Faith - The Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest

A sermon for Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Easter Day, 21 April 2019 by the Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest   ‘Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!’ In a sense, this is all that needs to be said in the Church today. I have heard of…


Friday 19th April 2019

The Good Friday Three Hours’ Devotion - Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes

Conducted at Sherborne Abbey on Friday 19 April 2019 by the Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes              The Way of Calvary: the Path to Heaven Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23: 34) Reading: Luke 23: 33-38 In these addresses I have taken four of Jesus’ ‘Last Words’…