Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 963 sermons in the archive.


Sunday 11th November 2018

Moods of Remembrance - Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Fry, KCB, CBE

A sermon for the Service of Remembrance at Sherborne Abbey on 11 November 2018, given by Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Fry, KCB, CBE   Remembrance is about the dead of all wars and there are those of you here today who will have recent conflicts in mind, especially the Wars of 9/11….


Sunday 4th November 2018

Loving neighbour; loving self - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 4 November 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   We hear them Sunday by Sunday at the start of the Eucharist – the two Great Commandments which Jesus told the scribes and the Pharisees summed-up “all the law…

Preparing for the Kingdom - The Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest

A sermon for Mattins at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Castleton, preached on Sunday 4 November 2018 by the Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest   What does it mean to be ready for the Kingdom? The scribe in this morning’s story from Mark [12.28-34] asks Jesus what is the greatest…


Sunday 28th October 2018

Remember, remember - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 28 October 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods. A Dorset service for the Centenary of the Royal Air Force had been held earlier in the day.   When the Second World War broke out, my father duly went to join…

For the Centenary of the Royal Air Force - Air Marshal Sir Christopher Coville KCB

An address given at a special Centenary Service at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 28 October 2018 by Air Marshal Sir Christopher Coville KCB   I confess to a degree of trepidation as I mounted the pulpit. RAF Fighter pilots, even old ones, are not known for their godliness; and I…


Sunday 21st October 2018

Empty for God - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 21 October 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Two days ago we commemorated the life and work of Henry Martyn, translator and missionary. By “we” I mean the seven folk who gathered with me in the Lady…

Who then can be saved? - The Reverend Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes

A sermon preached on Sunday 21 October 2018 at Evensong in Sherborne Abbey by the Reverend Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes.   What strange people Jesus collected around himself!  And it seems from our second lesson this evening (Luke 3: 7-18) that the process began even before the outset of his ministry….


Sunday 14th October 2018

Treasure in heaven - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Eucharist at Salisbury Cathedral preached on Sunday 14th October by The Rector of Sherborne, Canon Eric Woods   Were I ever to write my memoirs, I would be tempted to call them Things they didn’t teach me at theological college. The problem is, the book would be…


Sunday 7th October 2018

Not alone - The Reverend Jane Craw, Team Vicar

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist, preached in Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 7 October 2018 by The Reverend Jane Craw   In the same way that our Gospel passage takes us to the beginning of creation where God created male and female, I should, for a moment, like us to indulge…

Kingdom rules - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Mattins at Castleton Church, preached on Sunday 7 October 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   In the last two or three months, I have been deeply involved in a passionate email relationship with two young ladies. They are passionately in love with their fiancés and they…