Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 940 sermons in the archive.


Sunday 8th July 2018

The faithful calling of the Lord - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist, preached at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 8 July 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   It is a fact little known to the general public, or even to most church members, that clergy and bellringers traditionally hold each other in deep mutual suspicion. To…


Sunday 1st July 2018

Forty years on - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Patronal Festival Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 1 July 2018, preached by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Forty years ago, on the first Sunday of July 1978, I was ordained a Deacon in the Church of God by the Bishop of Bristol in his cathedral….

Mary – a path to God - Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes

A sermon for Patronal Festival Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 1 July by Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes Mary arose in those days, and went…into the hill country [of Judaea], and entered the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth.  (Luke 1: 39-40) Picture this scene for a moment: the young shortly-to-be-mother…


Sunday 27th May 2018

Believe the impossible - The Reverend Robert Green

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Trinity Sunday, 27 May 2018, by The Reverend Robert Green on the Golden Jubilee of his priesting     Lewis Carroll was, as we all know, the author of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and his real name…

Let’s have a good gossip about the Trinity - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Trinity Sunday, 27 May 2018, by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Gossip, officially, has a bad press. Here’s a typical quote: ‘Be warned: A person content to sit with you and criticise others will start criticising you as soon as you…


Sunday 20th May 2018

Come, Holy Spirit - The Reverend Jane Craw, Team Vicar

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist preached in Sherborne Abbey at Pentecost, 20th May 2018 by The Reverend Jane Craw   The Saturday before last I went to Salisbury for my college reunion. There I met up with friends with whom I had trained to be a teacher way back in…


Thursday 10th May 2018

The Ascension - The Reverend Jane Craw, Team Vicar

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist preached in Sherborne Abbey on Ascension Day, Thursday 10 May 2018 by The Reverend Jane Craw.   I met one of our congregation the other day and asked if she were coming to an Ascension Day service. ‘Yes!’ she said with great enthusiasm. ‘We would…


Sunday 6th May 2018

Love one another - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 6 May 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Dr Murray Dell, who died in 2015, was for some years Vicar of Lyme Regis, and before that Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Sadly I…


Sunday 29th April 2018

Abide in Me - The Reverend Lesley McCreadie, Team Vicar

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist, preached in Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 29th April 2018 by the Reverend Lesley McCreadie, Team Vicar   Before I was ordained a friend in Longburton offered to make me a white stole for my ordination. She asked what I would like to go on the…


Sunday 22nd April 2018

Following the Good Shepherd - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 22 April 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Jesus said, ‘I am the good shepherd’, and perhaps because we live in a rural county where the sight of sheep – and lambs at this time of year…