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

“No one is too Small to make a Difference”: St Bartholomew

Aug. 25, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley in St Michael’s St Albans 25th August 2019 Saints of God! Lo, Jesu’s people Age to age your glory tell; In his name for us ye laboured, Now in bliss eternal dwell. Twelve poor men, by

Providence and Joseph in Egypt

Jul. 22, 2019 by

Sermon by Kenneth Padley for Evensong on 21st July 2019 in St Michael St Albans Psalm 81; Genesis 41.1-16, 25-36; I Corinthians 4.8-13 Who would have thought that ancient economics could make such a gripping story? Genesis 41 begins with

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.