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The Rector: St John the Evangelist

First Sunday of Christmas27 December 2020Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer Life is full of surprises I have been ordained for nearly ten years and have preached throughout the year for many a year However, this is the first time that I have found myself preaching on the Feast of St John the Evangelist When I came to examine…

The Rector: ‘Tell John the Good News’

Third Sunday of Advent13 December 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer As we journey through Advent, we turn our attention this Sunday to John the Baptist He is mentioned, for the first time, in our Advent Prayer together with our Gospel Reading, where we learn he is in prison John the Baptist however is a mysterious figure and not…

The Rector: “It is not good for man to be alone”

Second Sunday of Advent06 December 202010.30 Morning ServiceRevd Nicholas Mercer In the midst of writing this sermon the Government was deciding on how many of us could get together over Christmas The regulations seemed to change day by day and tier by tier I am not exactly sure now what the rules are now However, we were rightly…

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…