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The Rector: ‘Tell John the Good News’

Third Sunday of Advent13 December 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer As we journey through Advent, we turn our attention this Sunday to John the Baptist He is mentioned, for the first time, in our Advent Prayer together with our Gospel Reading, where we learn he is in prison John the Baptist however is a mysterious figure and not…

The Rector: Feast of Christ the King

Christ the King22 November 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Before I came to Bolton Abbey, I was Rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Port Stanley It is the most Southerly Anglican Cathedral in the world and was, literally, shipped over to the Falkland Islands at the end of the nineteenth century It came in kit form and included…

The Rector: ‘Just War’

Remembrance Sunday08 November 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer A few years ago I was invited to take part in a Radio 4 programme entitled “A Question of Conscience” It was recorded in Richmond Castle by a former Army Chaplain called Andrew Martlew He recalled the story of the Richmond 16 who had been imprisoned in WW1 for refusing…

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: 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: Righteous Anger

The Sixth Sunday after Trinity19 July 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer I recently listened to an excellent BBC podcast It was entitled “The Big Disease with a Little Name” and charted the history of the HIV-Aids  For those who can remember, this was another pandemic caused by a virus about 40 years ago At the time, there was…

The Rector: The New Normal

Sunday after Ascension Day24 May 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer There has been much talk in the past week about when will we get back to “normal” We have already seen some return to “normality” and this will, hopefully, increase in time Something is said to be normal if it conforms to a general pattern It comes from the…

The Rector: The Canaanite Woman

Second Sunday in Lent8 March 202010.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer Coronavirus has rather overshadowed all other events in the past ten days and we could all be excused for missing other important news But just before the crisis, the issue of social inequality hit the headlines once again The Landmark England Review written by the distinguished epidemiologist Sir…