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The Rector: Amidst the Wreckage

Advent Sunday29 November 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer A few years ago, whilst I was still serving in the Army, I prosecuted a soldier for causing death by dangerous driving Given the gravity of the offence it was a General Court Martial with all its pomp and ceremony In those days, swords, medals and gloves were worn There…

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: Render unto Caesar

The Second Sunday before Advent15 November 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer I have been riveted by a programme on BBC 2 recently called “Surgeons: At the edge of life” You may have seen the programme but it follows surgeons at Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospital – working at the very margins of science In the third episode we watched…

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: ‘So Great a Cloud of Witnesses’

All Saints Day01 November 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer On the 29th July 1941 a Polish prisoner called Zigmunt Pilawski escaped from Auschwitz In an act of appalling brutality and retribution, the Deputy Commander of Auschwitz decided that 10 prisoners would die to deter further escapes The prisoners were lined up and the men chosen When selected one…

The Rector: The King James Bible – “The greatest work of prose ever written in English”

The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity25 October 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Today is Bible Sunday: I must admit that I struggled to find a reason why we celebrate Bible Sunday However, I did discover that, in 2017, Pope Francis called for one Sunday each year to be designated as “Bible Sunday” so people would “Appreciate all the inexhaustible…

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: Laying down the Law

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity11 October 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer In 2007 I was serving in Cyprus at HQ BFC We used to attend the Church of All Saints which was a Nissan Hut at the far end of Camp Although our children were very young at the time we always took them to Church Just after…

The Rector: What can I do?

The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity04 October 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer It goes without saying that this is the first Harvest festival that any of us have celebrated in the midst of a global pandemic Masked, distanced and unable even to bring produce to Church, this is a Harvest like no other We live in extraordinary times But…

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…