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

“You wouldn’t believe it unless it was actually happening.”

Apr. 4, 2021 by

Sermon by Charles King, Easter Sunday, 4 April 2021. Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Mark 16:1-8. “You wouldn’t believe it unless it was actually happening.” The words of Steve Ali, a Syrian writer and broadcaster living in London. He was reflecting on

Sermon on the wedding at Cana

Sermon on the wedding at Cana

Jan. 25, 2021 by

Sermon by Mike Ford, 24th January 2021 Reading: John 2:1-11 The gospel passage is a lovely story.  Jesus rescues the bridegroom from considerable embarrassment over inviting more guests than he has catered for.  The story shows the quality of God’s

Lockdown Reflections: Saint Cadoc

Jan. 21, 2021 by

During lockdown, we have been peppering occasional pieces onto Youtube alongside our regular Sunday worship. Please click here for a recently recorded reflection on Saint Cadoc, one of my favourite poems by John Betjeman. Observant listeners will hear the Three

Saving Christmas

Dec. 25, 2020 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley 25th December 2020 Readings: Titus 3.4-7, Luke 2.8-16 How do you shape your Christmas? How do you make this time of year really special? Lots of people are asking such questions this year because of having

John’s Last Sermon from St Michael’s St Albans

Dec. 21, 2020 by

Please click here to view John Hayton’s last sermon for this parish on 6th December 2020. A powerful and emotional occasion for all involved, our heartfelt thanks go to John for his many years of hard work and service to