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The Rector: Courageous Restraint

Fifth Sunday in Lent29 March 202010.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer This past week has witnessed one of the most extra-ordinary events in our history We are now living through a pandemic where there is a daily risk of death, not just to the weak and vulnerable in our society, but to all of us We have all read […]

Revd James Barnett: Third Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in Lent8 March 202010.30 Eucharist Revd James Barnett It is good to be here in your beautiful and ancient church which reached its present form before, during and after the final realisation of the Reformation  I have known your Rector for more than forty years and I am grateful to him and to […]

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 […]

The Rector: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday26 February 2020Revd Nicholas Mercer Today is Ash Wednesday It is the start of the beginning of Lent which is a penitential season in the Church In the Bible and in the Medieval Church, covering ones head with ashes was considered a sign of repentance, sorrow and mourning Quite literally we mark the start of Lent […]

The Rector: The Labourers in the Vineyard

Septuagesima9 February 202010.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer After a very full Sunday last week, I went home and slumped in front of the television My favourite programme on a Sunday is “SAS – Are you tough enough” but, last week, I was also drawn to the BAFTA awards I had recently seen “The Two Popes” which had been […]

The Rector: Blessings Abound

Candlemas2 February 202010.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer As many of you now know, we sent our daughter to a Catholic School in Sherborne Known as the “nuns on the hill” they were educated in a beautiful Palladian manor called Leweston The rule of thumb goes that “the boys at Sherborne date the girls at Sherborne but marry the […]

The Rector: The Lucifer Effect

Third Sunday of Epiphany26 January 202010.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer This coming week marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz The camp was liberated by the Red Army on the 27th January 1945 and a memorial service was held, this week, at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem- you may have heard about it on the media To […]

The Rector: The Baptism of Christ

First Sunday of Epiphany12 January 202010.30 EucharistRevd Nicholas Mercer You will note from the inside of the Church that the Christmas decorations have all been taken down No more Christmas tree, Advent Crown and Crib Christmas is over The Wise men have seen the Christ Child and they have journeyed home from whence they came  There is, […]