Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 908 sermons in the archive.


Monday 25th December 2017

The work of Christmas begins - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

Under our unwritten British constitution, Parliament has a power of which tyrants can only dream. Not a lot of people know that – but they should. Once we have elected them, our representatives at Westminster can do anything, given one or two very minor obstacles such as the brief delaying…


Sunday 24th December 2017

Christmas is waiting to be born - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

I have never known what it is to take my new-born child into my arms. That happiness has been denied to my wife and me. But I can imagine, of course I can imagine, what it might be like. Which is why I know that when Mary laid Jesus in…


Sunday 17th December 2017

The need to stoop - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Mattins at Castleton Church, preached on Sunday 17 December 2017 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Once upon a time, when I was a young curate and the institutional Church (of which I am not hugely fond, but that’s another discussion for another time) hadn’t entirely taken…


Sunday 10th December 2017

Christ is not just for Christmas; not just for believers - The Reverend Sister Isabel Keegan FJ

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne abbey, preached on Sunday 10 December 2017 by The Reverend Sister Isabel Keegan, FJ   Each year as the Seasons of Advent and Christmas merge into each other, I am amazed afresh by the ingenuity of some advertising slogans. Castle Gardens for instances…


Sunday 3rd December 2017

You put your whole self in - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey on Advent Sunday, preached on 3 December 2017 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   You put your left arm in, your left arm out, In out, in out, you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn…


Sunday 26th November 2017

Love shall be our token - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Feast of Christ the King, preached in Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 26 November 2017 by 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…


Sunday 19th November 2017

Sharing God’s promises - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Mattins at Castleton Church and Evensong at the Abbey, preached on Sunday 19 November 2017 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Once upon a time there was a poor but hardworking shoe-maker. All his shoes were beautifully made, but best of all was a pair he had…


Sunday 12th November 2017

For Remembrance Sunday 2017 - Major General Robert Corbett, KCVO, CB

A sermon preached at the Service of Remembrance at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 12 November 2017 by Major General Robert Corbett, KCVO, CB I was a soldier — I went to the Guards Depot at Caterham as an 18 year old Recruit for the Irish Guards straight from school, wet behind…


Sunday 5th November 2017

The Truimph of God’s Will and of His Love - Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes

A sermon for Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 5 November by Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes   And behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it.   (Daniel 7:7) Well,…


Sunday 29th October 2017

All - The Archdeacon of Wiltshire, The Venerable Dr Sue Groom

A sermon for Bible Sunday, preached at the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey on 29 October 2017 by the Archdeacon of Wiltshire, The Venerable Dr Sue Groom   ‘ALL’. It’s such a little word, isn’t it? Only three letters: ALL: ‘all.’ Not some, not a portion, not a little bit, not…