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

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

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

The journey of faith: putting God first

Mar. 8, 2020 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley Reading: Genesis 12.1-4; John 3.1-17 We are still early in the solemn season of Lent, that period of penitence and reflection which leads up to Holy Week, the most important days of the year, in which

Giving up fossil fuels for Lent

Mar. 1, 2020 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley 1st March 2020 Lent as is a time for giving things up. The season has come down to us from a tradition of fasting which developed in the early Church. Usually we think of fasting as

God become meat

Dec. 28, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley for Midnight Mass 2019 Hebrews 1.1-12; John 1.1-14 As the clock ticks towards midnight, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your many seasonal greetings and kindnesses, and to wish you, your families and

Three Biblical women: Mrs Isaiah, Mary, and Naomi

Dec. 22, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley for the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Baptism of Naomi Roden 22nd December 2019 Readings: Isaiah 7.10-16, Matthew 1.18-25 Excitement has grown during the days of Advent as we have recalled those who prepared for the