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The Rector: Sermon at the Funeral of Andrew Hartley

Monday 14 September 2020 We meet today to say our goodbyes to Andrew Hartley Beloved Husband of Anna Father of Guy, Daisy, Georgina, Gus and Angus And grandfather of so many grandchildren that I dare not try and list them lest I leave anyone out Andrew was seventy five years old when he died and…

The Rector: “God’s unfairness”- Battle of Britain Sunday

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity13 September 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer There has been much talk of late about fairness: During the lockdown I was sent a link to an article written by Lord Sumption Rather than tend his roses after leaving the Supreme Court, he had decided to publically challenge the lockdown restrictions On behalf of his…

The Rector: “This ain’t my life”

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity6 September 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Just before I went on leave I was listened to the last in a series of podcasts from the Charles Parker Awards I must confess that I had never heard of Charles Parker before He was a BBC Radio presenter who started his life working for Radio…

The Rector: “Less reverently esteemed”

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity9 August 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer This is my twentieth sermon since we went into lockdown and my last sermon before I go on leave I sometimes measure out my life in sermons and have now preached, unbroken, for five months It is certainly time for a break When it comes to stamina,…

The Rector: ‘Fake News’?

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity2 August 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Every week we say the Nicene Creed in our service of Holy Communion It was adopted at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD and is a touchstone of the Christian faith But, like so many creedal statements, we so often say the words without giving them…

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 Cost of Discipleship

The Fifth Sunday after Trinity12 July 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer I was very taken by an article in the Daily Mail last week which had the heading, “There is nothing normal about the new normal” The article made reference to Independence Day and contrasted the scenes of revelry in Soho with a wedding in St Anne’s Church,…

The Rector: Holy Communion anew

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity5 July 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer On Easter Day, I was among the 13,000 people who watched the Archbishop of Canterbury celebrate Holy Communion at home This was the Anglican Communion’s first ever digital only Easter Day service and was “premiered” on YouTube and Facebook. The Archbishop celebrated Holy Communion at his kitchen…

The Rector: Notes from the Underground

The Third Sunday after Trinity28 June 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer On Monday morning I started the day by listening to Pope Francis It is rather dramatic way to begin any week but he had recently given an interview for what was called a “Rethink Podcast” The purpose of the interview was to ask a number of eminent…