Heat in the sod: Sermon for St Stephen’s Day

Dec. 26, 2021 by

by Kenneth Padley in St Michael’s church 26th December 2021 II Chronicles 24.20-24; Acts 7.51-60; Matthew 10.17-22 When I was a child, the King of Bohemia about whom we have just sung cut a sorry sight in my mind’s eye.

No room at the inn – Christmas sermon

Dec. 25, 2021 by

by Kenneth Padley on Christmas Eve 2021 at St Michael’s St Albans Luke 2.1-7 I was hopeless at drama when I was in school. The furthest I ever got in the nativity play was the part of the inn-keeper. I

Advent Hope – sermon by Kenneth Padley

Nov. 28, 2021 by

preached in St Michael’s church 28th November 2021 Jeremiah 33.14-16; I Thessalonians 3.9-13; Luke 21.25-36 Towards the end of the year 1596, a man called Philip Nicolai arrived in the German town of Unna. Nicolai was a Lutheran pastor and

Remembrance Sunday sermon – John Bannister

Nov. 15, 2021 by

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15. 13) Some years ago, there was a television advertisement that tried to

Revitalisation and The City of God: St Albans Civic Sermon

Oct. 17, 2021 by

by Kenneth Padley; St Albans Cathedral 17th October 2021 Psalm 126; Proverbs 8.12-21; Revelation 21.1-5a Martin’s Scorsese’s movie Gangs of New York depicts gratuitous blood-letting between Protestants and Catholics in the late nineteenth-century American metropolis. The message of the film is that

Anxiety, Capitalism, and the Sin of Hoarding: a Harvest Sermon

Oct. 12, 2021 by

by Kenneth Padley at St Mary’s Childwick  10th October 2021 based on Joel 2.21-27 and Matthew 6.25-33 Today’s Harvest Festival falls in the midst of another extraordinary period of consumer behaviour. After all that bog roll hoarding of early 2020, we have recently seen

The Lord is here!

Sep. 27, 2021 by

Sermon by Charles King, Michaelmas, 26 September 2021 Readings: Genesis 28:11-18; Revelation 12:7-12; John 1:47-51 It’s a curious thing, preaching yourself out of a job. And I have to say, I hope I don’t find myself doing it too frequently! But

Becoming holy: a Christian take on ethics

Aug. 31, 2021 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley 29th August 2021 Readings: Deuteronomy 4.1-2,6-9; James 1.17-27; Mk 7.1-8,14-15,21-23 [This sermon is heavily informed by Chapter 8 of Tom Wright’s God in Public (2016)] Mid afternoon on Thursday 15th January 2009, an Airbus A320 took

Kenneth’s Sermon for Pentecost 2021: What’s the point of the Holy Spirit?!

May. 24, 2021 by

Acts 2.1-21; John 15.26-27, 16.4b-15 Come, thou holy Paraclete,and from thy celestial seatsend thy light and brilliancy:Father of the poor, draw near;giver of all gifts, be here;come, the soul’s true radiancy.            Amen. What is the point of the Holy

‘How can I understand, unless someone guides me?’

May. 2, 2021 by

Sermon about How to read the Bible by Kenneth Padley for the Fifth Sunday of Easter 2nd May 2021 based on Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8.26-40 and John 15.1-8. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ asked Philip. ‘How can