Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 956 sermons in the archive.


Sunday 12th August 2018

Bread - The Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 12 August 2018 by the Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest   Great Wishford, in the Wylye Valley near Salisbury, has been my home for the last fourteen years. It is a beautiful village, and it attracts many visitors and…


Sunday 5th August 2018

Glory, glory - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Feast of the Transfiguration, preached at the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey on Sunday 5 August 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods.   It is some years since I last turned to Lewis Carroll for my text, so it’s time to do so again. “As…


Sunday 29th July 2018

The spiritual audit - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Holy Communion at Castleton Church, preached on Sunday 29 July 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   To understand a Bible passage, you should always try to read it in context. In today’s Gospel reading, the parable of the dishonest steward [Luke 16:1- 13], the context is…


Sunday 22nd July 2018

Mary Magdalen - The Reverend Christopher Huitson

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 22 July 2018 by The Reverend Christopher Huitson   We seem to have had a plethora of sporting finals this last week or two … so … A footballer arrived at heaven’s gate and was asked sternly if he…

Redeeming the past: yours and mine - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Evensong on the feast of St Mary Magdalene, preached in Sherborne Abbey on 22 July 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   Today is St. Mary Magdalene’s Day, a day on which we commemorate a woman who had a past but also, at one time in…


Sunday 15th July 2018

One thing I know - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 15 July 2018 by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   From this evening’s Second Lesson, the reply of the man born blind to the Pharisees: “one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” [John 9. 1-25] Christianity…


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…