God calling

Jun. 30, 2019 by

Sermon for Petertide by Kenneth Padley (All Age Service 30th June 2019) Reading: Luke 9:57-62 People have always called and been called. Long before the telephone was invented, calls were made – including calls to and from God. God called

Clothed with Christ: Alban and all the Saints

Jun. 23, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley in St Michael St Albans for 23rd June 2019 Baptism of Maximilian Ridley-Holloway Readings: Galatians 3.23-29; Luke 8.26-39 ‘As many of you as are baptised into Christ have been clothed with Christ’ (Galatians 3.27). I suspect

It’s all about the cross: sermon by Kenneth Padley

Apr. 7, 2019 by

Lent 5 2019: Philippians 3.4-14; John 12.1-8 It’s all about the cross. The suffering and death of Jesus is the obvious theme of this season of Passiontide. Not everyone gets this. There was a notorious case five years ago when

The existence and nature of God

Feb. 24, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley on Revelation 4 and Luke 8.22-25 St Michael St Albans 24th February 2019 What on earth are we to make of the whacky passage which we have just heard from Revelation chapter 4?! The book Revelation

Sermon: generosity and novelty – the wedding at Cana

Jan. 21, 2019 by

Why did he do that one? Of all the many exciting things that Jesus got up to, the transformation of water into wine during the wedding at Cana is a tricky miracle to get our heads around. It is not

What is the peace of Christmas? – sermon by Kenneth Padley

Dec. 30, 2018 by

The subject of peace often emerges at this time of year, as politicians and pundits review the twelve months that have passed, and as preachers and perfectionists point to the holy baby as a sign of hope and change. Ours

Advent Hope – Sermon by Kenneth Padley

Dec. 3, 2018 by

Sermon for Advent Sunday in St Michael’s church 2nd December 2018 Readings Jeremiah 33.14-16, I Thessalonians 3.9-13, Luke 21.25-36   Advent is the season of hope. Advent is the season of hope because it is the season of the future.

Halloween nonsense and the significance of All Saints Day

Nov. 5, 2018 by

Sermon at the Commemoration and Thanksgiving for the Departed in St Michael’s church, 4th November 2018 Readings: Isaiah 61.1-3, Revelation 7.9-17   One of the delights and worries of living in a Vicarage is that you’re never quite sure what

Animals in War Sermon – Animal Service -16th September – Kenneth Padley

Sep. 16, 2018 by

Isaiah 11.6-9   World War One will receive a high public profile over the next two months as we head towards the centenary of the close of that most horrific conflict. Last Saturday and Sunday, St Mary’s sister church, St

Salvation – Trinity 16 – Sermon – Kenneth Padley

Sep. 16, 2018 by

Mark 8.27-38   Salvation! It’s a major theme in the Christian tradition – but perhaps not one we talk about enough here at St Michaels and St Marys. We preach quite a bit about Jesus’ teaching and miracles, and the