Sermons from Sherborne

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

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There are 967 sermons in the archive.


Sunday 9th December 2018

When is Bible Sunday not Bible Sunday? - The Rector, Canon Eric Woods

A sermon for the Holy Communion preached at Castleton Church on Sunday 9 December 2018, the Second Sunday of Advent, by the Rector, Canon Eric Woods   As and when this sermon appears on the Abbey website, it will have the title When is Bible Sunday not Bible Sunday? The answer…


Sunday 25th November 2018

The Kingship of Christ - The Reverend Christopher Huitson

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 25 November 2018 by The Reverend Christopher Huitson   A great number of stories have adhered to the great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Perhaps the most well-known concerns him meeting a grand lady whom he only half recognised. Desperately…


Sunday 18th November 2018

Christ will come again - The Reverend Robert Green

A sermon for the Parish Eucharist at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 18 November 2018 by The Reverend Robert Green   I wonder if like me you can remember where you were and what you were doing on 11th September 2001 when the news came through of the attacks on the…

The Parables of Jesus - The Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest

A sermon for Evensong at Sherborne Abbey, preached on Sunday 18 November 2018 by the Reverend Hugh Bonsey, Associate Priest   “Jesus is the best storyteller that the world has ever known.” This claim has been made time and time again in the history of the Christian Church – and how…


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…