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

Jesus as Bread of Life: Sermon by Kenneth Padley

Aug. 5, 2018 by

Exodus 16.2-4, 9-15; John 6.24-35 St Michael’s AL3 4SL; 5th August 2018   Ten years ago a legal battle broke out among members of Sixties boyband Procul Harum. The dispute concerned copyright of their most famous song A Whiter Shade

Stories within stories

Jul. 9, 2018 by

Stories within stories: Mark 5.21-46 St Michael’s AL3 4SL 1st July 2018   Sometimes we find two stories talking to one another. Having recently passed the longest day, I was reminded of an example from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Within

Easter Folly

Apr. 1, 2018 by

Easter Sermon by Kenneth Padley Acts 10.34-43; I Corinthians 15.1-11; Mark 16.1-8   I want to say a huge welcome to this most jolly of feasts: Happy April Fools’ Day! Doubtless you will have seen spaghetti growing on the trees

What is Jesus overthrowing today?

Mar. 26, 2018 by

Sermon for Palm Sunday by Kenneth Padley Matthew 21.12-17 Overturning the tables   Loads of churches go on procession on Palm Sunday. Many churches have a donkey on Palm Sunday. Not many churches can recreate the route which Jesus took

Sermon: Covenants

Mar. 6, 2018 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley Lent 3 2018 Exodus 20.1-17; John 3.14-21   Christians don’t always help ourselves with some of our complicated, technical words. The week before last, a friend of mine was teaching a lesson to a class of

Jesus’ strapline: The Kingdom of God

Jan. 21, 2018 by

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany          2018.1.21 Jonah 3.1-5,10; I Corinthians 7.29-31; Mark 1.14-20 Kenneth Padley   The best adverts have the most memorable straplines. There are dozens of these phrases that immediately call to mind a product

Sermon: Dreaming of a white Christmas? Think again!

Sermon: Dreaming of a white Christmas? Think again!

Dec. 24, 2017 by

Sermon for Advent IV; 2017.12.24; Kenneth Padley   Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? Two Sundays ago those who battled through the blizzard conditions arrived at church in a winter idyll, the snow as deep and crisp and even

Sermon: ‘Mark’ and his ‘gospel’

Sermon: ‘Mark’ and his ‘gospel’

Dec. 10, 2017 by

For those snowed in, here’s this morning’s effort!   Mark 1.1-8 10th December 2017 Mark’s ‘gospel’ Kenneth Padley   Nineteen hundred and fifty years ago a writer sat down to write. We don’t know where the writer was writing. We