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Sermons by Revd Nicholas Mercer

The Rector: Doubt is not Unbelief

First Sunday after Easter 11 April 2021Sung EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer Having celebrated the Resurrection just a week ago on Easter Sunday we continue, today, hearing about the first of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples Taken from John’s Gospel, we hear this morning about Jesus’ disciples being in a locked room when Jesus appears to them in the…

The Rector: ‘While ever on her knees’

Maundy Thursday1 April 2021Sung EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer As you know, we are now in Holy Week As Christians, we follow the events of our Lords last week on earth as closely as we can And today is Maundy Thursday which marks the start of his last three days Maundy Thursday is when we traditionally celebrate the Last…

The Rector: Storming the Capitol

Palm Sunday28 March 2021Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer One the defining moments already of this year was the storming of the Capitol in Washington on the 6th January An event which left the free world reeling in horror Called to action by Donald Trump, his supporters gathered in Washington and listened to a speech where he said told…

The Rector: ‘How did I get so busy?’

Fifth Sunday of Lent21 March 2021Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Since the closure of the Priory last year, I have been celebrating Holy Communion along with just my wife or children We always light the candles Candles on the altar, as you may know, should always be lit, right to left And then extinguished the other way around…

The Rector: Mothering Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Lent14 March 2021Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer When I started writing this sermon for Mothering Sunday, I was drawn to an article in the newspaper about a man called David Thomas Or, to be more accurate, he used to be called David Thomas and is now Diana Thomas He was formerly a man who transitioned…

The Rector: The Ten Commandments

Third Sunday of Lent7 March 2021Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer As you all know, I was a chaplain at Sherborne School for over three years We would worship, as a School, at least twice a week, in the magnificent Sherborne Abbey And on two pillars in the centre aisle, the Ten Commandments were written on the wall However,…

The Rector: “If you see the Canaanite woman in the road…”

Second Sunday of Lent28 February 2021Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Yesterday the Church of England remembered one of its great priests by the name of George Herbert He was born in 1593 into an aristocratic family and had a glittering early career Cambridge then fellow of Trinity College And after becoming a Public Orator he then became a…

The Rector: The Temptations of Christ

First Sunday of Lent21 February 2021Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer In 1988 I went to see the film “The Last Temptations of Christ” It was directed by the very talented Martin Scorsese – but like so many other films about Christ, it stirred strong emotions In this case, this was largely because the film contained scenes of a…