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

The centre of the universe

Nov. 24, 2019 by

Sermon for the Feast of Christ the King and Baptism of Oliver Housley by Kenneth Padley 24th November 2019. Readings Jeremiah 23.1-6; Luke 23.33-43. The year 2019 marks the anniversaries of two major endeavours in human exploration and discovery. Most

“I’ve upped my giving – up yours!”

Nov. 17, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley for the annual Giving Campaign and launch of the Parish Giving Scheme. Friends, as we head towards the end of the Church year, and before we dive once more into the delights of Advent and Christmas,

Resurrection Hope

Nov. 3, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley All Saints Commemoration of departed loved ones 2019.11.3 Readings: Isaiah 25.6-9; Romans 8.9-11 I want to begin by really commending you for coming to this service tonight and for reflecting together on death and bereavement. I

Angels ascending and descending

Sep. 30, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley for St Michael’s Patronal Festival Communion 29th September 2019 Readings: Revelation 12.7-12 and John 1.47-51 I went to Vicar school in a place called Cuddesdon. Cuddesdon is the Church of England’s version of Hogwarts. It is

Eeyore, Education, and St Albans Cathedral Study Centre

Sep. 23, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley in St Albans Cathedral 22nd September 2019 during the Presentation of St Albans Study Centre certificates Psalm 128, Ezra 1; John 7.14-36 Faith and learning The children’s author AA Milne was an acute observer of human

God of wrath and God of mercy: is there a Jekyll and Hyde aspect to the Almighty?

Sep. 15, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley at St Michael’s church 15th September 2019 Readings: Exodus 32.7-14; I Timothy 1.12-17; Luke 15.1-10 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a dystopian tale by the nineteenth-century novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. In