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The Rector: Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday10 November 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer On Palm Sunday in 2010 my family visited my aunt in her Nursing Home on the outskirts of Ripon. As we were talking she started to cry We, obviously, wanted to know what had upset her but she began talking, in a confused way, about the “awful loss of life”  […]

The Rector: “Remember, Remember”

Trinity 213 November 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer I very much enjoyed the Estate Bonfire last night I have always loved the spectacle of fire and fireworks since I was a child and am reminded of the old nursery rhyme which goes: Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder treason and plot We see no reason why gunpowder […]

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 […]

The Rector: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

Trinity 1920 October 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer Last Sunday we witnessed a crowning moment in the history of the Anglican and Catholic Churches Cardinal John Henry Newman was canonised by the Pope and is now a Saint His Canonisation was the result of two “verified” miracles   First, Deacon Jack Sullivan was relieved of spinal stenosis and […]

The Rector: Your Place at the Table

Trinity 1813 October 201910.30 Eucharist Revd Nicholas Mercer I have been very much enjoying the recent programme on BBC 2 called “Inside the Vatican” The series follows the lives and work of those at the centre of the Catholic Church. It goes behind closed doors following the Pope and some of his highest ranking officials But it […]

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 […]

The Rector: St Michael and All Angels

Trinity 1529 September 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer It is interesting how some people keep turning up in your life I first encountered George when I was a schoolboy at Uppingham School. Indeed, I met him in the Chapel every week When I left School, I thought that was the last I would see of him, however, we […]

The Rector: The Price of Healing

Trinity 1422 September 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer I read, last week, the story of a Nigerian woman who gave birth to quadruplets in a London Hospital The woman was returning home from the United States, when she went into labour – in the plane – and was subsequently delivered of four children The birth and post-natal treatment […]

The Rector: Faith and the Outsider

Trinity 1315 September 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer My brother recently had a DNA test done through a company called Ancestry DNA He sent me a copy and I found, to my amusement, that he/we had ancestry both from the Russian Steppes (Western) and from the Beaker Tribe Many of us know where to find the Western Steppes […]

The Rector: Acting Justly

Trinity 111 September 201910.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer Last year I sat through a judgement given by the Chief Justice of the Falkland Islands It was an important case as it concerned the former Chief of Police He was standing trial on historic sex offence charges The Judge delivered an impeccable judgement reminding himself, and the attendant audience, […]