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Sermons on John

The Rector: Huddled round a Candle

Second Sunday of Easter19 April 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer When I was at Theological College we received some unexpected advice from the Principal During one of his talks he advised us that, despite our eager expectations, we might have a ministry where we were simply “huddled round a candle”. The purpose of his comment was to temper […]

The Rector: The Wedding at Cana of Galilee

Second Sunday of Epiphany19 January 202010.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer It would not be an exaggeration to say that marriage has been dominating the headlines in the last week Despite the conflict in the Middle East and the beginnings of an impeachment It has been the marriage of Harry and Meghan which has stolen the show At the […]

Neil Appleby: Sermon on Matthew 18

I want say a huge ‘thank you’ to Nicholas for inviting me to speak here this morning. Nick and I became close friends in the Falklands where I was the Headteacher of the secondary school and he was the Priest in Charge of the Cathedral, we were both from very different church backgrounds but had […]

The Rector: The Price of Truth

Trinity 20 (Bible Sunday)27 October 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer On the 12th October the film Official Secrets had its debut We are planning to go and see it on Tuesday at the Plaza in Skipton The film stars Keira Knightley, Matt Smith and Ralph Fiennes and tells the story of GCHQ whistle-blower Katharine Gun, In the run […]

Revd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer: Harvest Festival

Trinity 16: Harvest29 September 201910.30 EucharistRevd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer Jesus asks the crowds, ‘Do you not say, four months more, then comes the harvest? …But look around you, and see the fields are ripe for harvest…The reaper reaps their wages and gathers fruit for eternal life; the sower and reaper rejoice together.’ Today we […]

Ian Hunter Smart: Dives and Lazarus

Trinity 123 June 201910.30 EucharistIan Hunter Smart ‘God is Love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.’ (Words from the appointed epistle for today and to which I shall return.) It is a privilege, for me at least, to be here this morning in this magnificent and historic priory church, and […]

The Rector: Seeing the Unseen

Feast of Pentecost9 June 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer A few weeks ago, I was watching a television programme about the Victorians. The programme was looking at scientific advances through the Victorian era and it related the story of a German physicist called Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen Roentgen was testing cathode rays and seeing whether they could pass through […]

The Rector: Walking with Christ

Seventh Sunday of Easter2 June 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer A few years ago, I was invited to join the Society for Christians and Jews for an all-expenses paid tour of the Holy Land Whilst I was on this wonderful trip, I came across the Chapel of Ascension in Jerusalem The Chapel or/more accurately/ a shrine is found […]

The Rector: We believe in life before death

19 August 2018 10.30 Sung Eucharist The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Canon Simon Cowling Ephesians 5. 15-20; John 6. 51-58  We believe in life before death. Some years ago, Christian Aid introduced this statement into its annual campaign. It succeeds in being unobjectionable, challenging and subversive in equal measure. The statement is unobjectionable because it’s […]