“Amen! Come Lord Jesus” Kenneth’s farewell sermon 29th May 2022

May. 29, 2022 by

Sermon at St Michael St Albans Sunday after Ascension 2022 Readings: Acts 16.16-34; Revelation 22.12-21; John 17.20-26 Friends, this morning we reach the final words, the very end of the testimony. With providential timing, our lectionary list of readings has

Jerusalem the Golden

May. 15, 2022 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley for the Fifth Sunday of Easter based on Revelation 21.1-6 St Michael’s church 15th May 2022 History is repeating itself in eastern Europe. Countries which thought that war was a thing of the past are finding

Sir George Leman Tuthill and the meaning of the empty tomb: Kenneth’s Easter sermon

Apr. 17, 2022 by

Readings: Acts 10.34-43; Luke 24.1-12 Sir George Leman Tuthill was a gentleman of the late Georgian era. He was born in Suffolk and educated in Cambridge. He became a medical doctor and was part of a team which reformed the

Pilgrimage: outward and inward

Mar. 13, 2022 by

Sermon at St Michael’s St Albans 9.30am 13th March 2022 Readings: Genesis 15.1-12,17-18; Luke 13.31-35 Pilgrimage is a concept with a colourful and sometimes controversial history in the Christian tradition. During the High Middle Ages, shrines such as that of

St Valentine and True Love

Feb. 13, 2022 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley at St Michael’s church, 13th February 2022 It’s all the fault of Geoffrey Chaucer. He is the one we have to thank for Valentine being promoted from one of the most obscure saints on the circuit

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

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