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The Rector: Mission Impossible?

The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity18 October 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Today is the Feast Day of St Luke the Evangelist It punctuates the end of Ordinary Times and is a distinctive break in the calendar on what is otherwise the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity St Luke, as most of us know, is one of the authors of…

The Rector: Lost for Words

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity27 September 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer During my summer leave, I took the opportunity to scatter my Father’s ashes Although not strictly permitted by the Church, as his sole executor, as well as his elder son, it was incumbent upon me to comply with his wishes In the busyness of life, these important…

The Rector: “This ain’t my life”

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity6 September 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Just before I went on leave I was listened to the last in a series of podcasts from the Charles Parker Awards I must confess that I had never heard of Charles Parker before He was a BBC Radio presenter who started his life working for Radio…

The Rector: “Less reverently esteemed”

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity9 August 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer This is my twentieth sermon since we went into lockdown and my last sermon before I go on leave I sometimes measure out my life in sermons and have now preached, unbroken, for five months It is certainly time for a break When it comes to stamina,…

The Rector: Skin Hunger

The Seventh Sunday after Trinity26 July 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer The sensation of touch is one of the five senses which help us navigate the world around us It is not surprising therefore that there has been much focus on touch in the recent lockdown The news was full of stories about why we crave touch and…

The Rector: The Cost of Discipleship

The Fifth Sunday after Trinity12 July 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer I was very taken by an article in the Daily Mail last week which had the heading, “There is nothing normal about the new normal” The article made reference to Independence Day and contrasted the scenes of revelry in Soho with a wedding in St Anne’s Church,…

The Rector: Holy Communion anew

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity5 July 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer On Easter Day, I was among the 13,000 people who watched the Archbishop of Canterbury celebrate Holy Communion at home This was the Anglican Communion’s first ever digital only Easter Day service and was “premiered” on YouTube and Facebook. The Archbishop celebrated Holy Communion at his kitchen…

The Rector: The Restaurant is Open

The Second Sunday after Trinity21 June 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer One of my guilty pleasures is reading restaurant reviews Whereas, I am not inclined to spend money going out for dinner, I love to read about them I am a particular fan of Jay Rayner and Grace Dent    As one might imagine, the last three months…

The Rector: Lazarus tests positive

The First Sunday after Trinity14 June 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer In 1848 the Sunday school hymn “All things bright and beautiful” was first published It was written by Cecil Frances Alexander who was the wife of the Archbishop of Armagh and gave us the phrase “the rich man in his castle and the poor man at his…

The Rector: “Blesd RU”

Advent Sunday1 December 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer I received quite a shock the other day when I tried to look up some news on the Sherborne School website I found that I could now choose between Twitter, Facebook, Sound Cloud and Instagram I did not know where to start Understanding social media is especially difficult for me…