Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 863 sermons in the archive.


Sunday 22nd January 2017

The importance of verbs - The Vicar, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 22 January 2017 by the Vicar, Canon Eric Woods The most important words in the Bible are verbs, not nouns. The Bible is less concerned with who someone is than with what that someone is doing. That is true…

Vocation and Invitation - The Reverend Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes

A sermon preached at Castleton Church on Sunday 22 January 2017 by The Reverend Canon Charles Mitchell-Innes Jesus saith unto them, “Come and see.”  [John 1: 39] It is a magnificently unassuming invitation: three monosyllables, three everyday words of welcome and openness which transformed the lives of Andrew and his brother Simon…


Sunday 15th January 2017

Unworthy but chosen - The Reverend Ron Martin, Assistant Curate (and Head of Chaplaincy Services at Dorset County Hospital)

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 15 January 2017 by The Reverend Ron Martin, Assistant Curate (and Head of Chaplaincy Services at Dorset County Hospital). Our reading from the Gospel this morning has John the Baptist declaring of Jesus, “Here is the Lamb of God…

The genealogy of Jesus - The Reverend Richard Wyld, Assistant Curate

A sermon for Evensong, preached at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday January 15th 2017 by The Reverend Richard Wyld, Assistant Curate A couple of years back I read the fascinating account of the theologian and broadcaster Robert Beckford’s journey to learn about his forebears, and in particular those who had been slaves…


Sunday 8th January 2017

The gifts of the Magi - The Reverend Lesley McCreadie, Associate Priest

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist, preached in Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 8th January 2017 by the Reverend Lesley McCreadie, Associate Priest   When it came to taking down our Christmas cards this year, I was struck by the huge number of cards depicting the arrival of the Wise Men complete…


Sunday 1st January 2017

Seeing Jesus - The Vicar, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 1 January 2017, preached by the Vicar, Canon Eric Woods A bit like the supermarkets, which will no doubt soon be selling hot cross buns and Easter eggs, the Church gets some of its feasts and fasts rather muddled at…

Following the star - The Vicar, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 1 January 2017 by the Vicar, Canon Eric Woods. I hope you have all had, and are continuing to have, a truly happy, joyful and peaceful Christmas. And I’m sure that part of that Christmas joy has been the giving and…


Sunday 25th December 2016

A parish priest’s Christmas sermon - The Vicar, Canon Eric Woods

Preached at Festal Mattins in Sherborne Abbey on Christmas Day 2016 When the dignitaries of the Church, such as Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, preach their Christmas sermons, they must be conscious that they are speaking, not just to their immediate congregations in their cathedrals or basilicas, but…


Saturday 24th December 2016

Peace begins in our hearts - The Vicar, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the First Eucharist of Christmas, preached on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2016, by the Vicar, Canon Eric Woods In his 1939 Christmas radio broadcast to the Nation and the Empire (as it then was) King George VI conquered his stutter and his fear of the microphone to tell…


Sunday 27th November 2016

Advent space - The Vicar, Canon Eric Woods

An Advent Sunday sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on 27 November 2016 by the Vicar, Canon Eric Woods I have to confess that I am not a great fan of BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. Perhaps it would be more honest to say that…