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Each week, our Rector, Very Rev. James Karanja emails parishioners an introduction to the upcoming sermon. You will find these posted here. You will also find sermon summaries from our Associate Priest Rev. Dr. Nahum Beard. Please come join us each Sunday at 12:00p.m. (12-noon) for the rest of that week's sermon!

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The Lord is My Shepherd

Posted on July 20, 2018 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)


THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD


In Psalm 23:1 we read, "The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing." Psalm 23 is called the Psalm of King David. King David believed that when you realize that God is your shepherd you lack nothing since God owns the heaven and the earth. The shepherd protects and provides for his sheep. Jesus says, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11) Do you believe in Jesus as your good shepherd? Jesus is able to protect and provide you with all your needs.


May God help us to believe and trust in Jesus as our good Shepherd.


Fr. James Karanja

Spiritual Blessings in Christ Jesus

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)


SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN CHRIST JESUS


In Ephesians 1:3-14 St. Paul praises God and says, "Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ...." What spiritual blessings do people get when they hear the gospel and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Through faith in Jesus Christ we are saved by God's grace and accepted as the Children of God. Our sins are forgiven and we are set free from sin and the devil to live holy and blameless lives for God's praise and glory. We become the body of Christ and the chosen people of God. The Holy Spirit gives us the assurance that we are the children of God and inheritors of the kingdom of God (Ephesians 1:13-14). John 1:12 says, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name."


May God help us to live for his praise and glory in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Fr. James Karanja

Walking with God

Posted on July 7, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)


WALKING WITH GOD


There is a saying that if you want to know what kind of person one is, look for the kind of people he or she walks with. What kind of people do you walk with? The Bible tells us that people who walked with God were blessed. In 2 Samuel 5:10 we read that King David "became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him”. Walking with God means living a life of complete trust in God. David walked with God and he conquered all his enemies. Do you walk with God? Would you entrust your life to Him for protection and provision of all your needs? God said to Abraham: "Walk before me faithfully and be blameless..." (Genesis 17:1-3).


May the LORD God Almighty help us to walk with Him for the rest of our lives.


In Christ Jesus our Lord.


Fr. James Karanja

The Touch of Faith

Posted on July 1, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)


THE TOUCH OF FAITH


In Mark 5:25-29 we read: "And a woman was there who was subject to bleeding for twelve years...........When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." She was healed immediately. Jesus asked, "Who touched my clothes?" The woman came before Jesus in great humility and Jesus said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering" (Mark 5:30-34). A woman who was bleeding was considered to be unclean and was not allowed to get close to people or even touch anyone. But this woman did not allow her barriers to hinder her from reaching and touching Jesus. She believed that Jesus had power to heal her even if she only touched his clothes. Her touch of faith caused power to go out of Jesus to heal her. It is our faith in Jesus that draws out God's power to heal and to perform great miracles in our lives.


Do you believe in Jesus and his power to heal? Touch him now by faith and you shall be made whole.


May God bless us as we believe in Jesus power to heal us.


Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

The Battle is the Lord's

Posted on June 23, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)


THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S


Are you facing a giant in your life and you do not know what to do? David was facing Goliath who was a Philistine giant. As he faced the giant he said to him, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled......All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands" (1 Samuel 17:45-47). David killed the giant by the name of the LORD. No matter how big your giant is, face him in the name of God and God will fight for you. In Mark 4:39 Jesus said to the waves in the sea: "....Be still..." and the waves became completely calm.


Let us trust in God completely for in the name of Jesus we have the victory.


Fr. James Karanja

Whatever God Has Planted Shall Prosper

Posted on June 16, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)


WHATEVER GOD HAS PLANTED SHALL PROSPER


In Ezekiel 17:22-23 we read; "This is what the sovereign LORD says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it;....it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches." Wherever God has planted you He will make you prosper. Even if you are as small as the grain of 'a mustard seed' (Mark 4: 31-32), God will make you fruitful and become a blessing to all nations. Jesus started the Church with only twelve disciples but now it has grown into the whole world and become a blessing to all nations.


May God help us to prosper and produce fruit wherever He has planted us.


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5: 17).


Fr. James Karanja

Fellowship Broken and Restored

Posted on June 9, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Fellowship Broken and Restored

6/10/18 Season after Pentecost, Revised Common Lectionary


Gen 3:8-15: Highlight:


Vs 8 Fellowship broken

From Sin.


Fall: not just a story, it is the documentation of an actual choice, the choice to forsake fellowship, camaraderie, healthy family, deep connection


Found in God’s way, in relationship with Him


Lost together in Adam’s choice, Lost when we choose like Adam and Eve to follow our own way, trusting to ourselves apart from Him


Vs 9 God never stops seeking (even now)

Vs 10 shame and fear prevents reconnection-hiding and avoidance

Vs 11-13 broken connection with God results in blame and cowardice—shame and fear-avoidance turned toward others. This causes broken connections among humanity.

Vs 14 promise of Christ coming to redeem back what was lost: Protoeuangelion.


Gospel reading: Mark 3:20-35–lots to be said here but in practical summary:


1. Establish that Christ’s ministry destroys the work of the serpent (Gen 14). Application: there is not ever to be any truce or confusion on that point for that would rob the  Gospel of its power to save and restore, and lead to further curse and enslavement.


2. Vs 31-35: obeying God’s will and way—found only in the person and work of Christ—is the restoration of fellowship with God:reconnection, true family, God’s abiding presence


Invitation:


To have and enjoy God’s abiding presence; including the hearing of his voice, the comfort of his love, and the transforming power of his Spirit in us and with us continually.


We were not meant to face any part of life without that input and life-giving inflow of all that is good into our lives.

● (Personal Testimony)


● The missing Part that restores what life was meant to be has a Name: God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit: one God


● And every way that we continue to follow and depend on ourselves we reap the curse and the leadership of the serpent.


● Every way that we yield to God‘s will in Christ, who is seeking us and loving us, we establish his kingdom!


Commission: An essential part of our Faith and mission:


Restoration of abiding fellowship with God and through his kingdom, others (that is, the ministry of reconciliation) and Remove blocks to fellowship:


1. Sin:

a. Renounce and repent of sin, for ourselves, our families, our culture, our community.


b. Vigorously pursuing forgiving others and being forgiven. Without forgiving others there is no removal of Sin. Matt 18:21-35, Luke 6:37


2. Removal and healing of Shame, Blame, cowardice and their effects


3. Pursue and model quality time with the Lord. There is no relationship or intimacy without time and energy spent.

a. Ask the Spirit to identify the block of idols/distractions


4. Replacing unbelief with Faith: this is essential in removing the lies and ungodly beliefs about God‘s character and how he feels about and values us. Here’s a few truths to replace the lies in your life:

a. God is good, and all the suffering and injustice of this life comes from us and our choices, not him.

b. God never stops looking for you

c. God is ready to forgive and restore when we repent and renounce. (‘The prodigal’ Luke 15:11-31)

d. Having received Christ as Lord and only way of reconnection with God, God wants to be with you and help you spiritually, emotionally, and physically through every moment of your life, not abstractly but really involved, with word and deed, with small and large miracles

e. No matter where you come from or what you have done in the past God wants to be near you and close with you.

f. The Godhead loves you so much that he sent Jesus, the Son, to be broken, alone, isolated, tortured and dead, so that he might take this from you, and so that you with the faithful may know him in this life and be resurrected to eternal life and fellowship with Him forever

g. God says you will be able to hear his voice by the Spirit, and understand his revealed word in the Scriptures.


Intervention:


● Let us pray Now (2 Cor 6:1) asking God to reveal any blocks to fellowship that currently exist in our lives.


● Let us renounce them quietly that we might Today (Heb 4:7) embrace the offered fellowship, presenting to the Lord our whole selves, our souls and bodies, at the altar this morning in The Sacrament.


Rev. Dr. Nahum Beard

Where are you?

Posted on June 9, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)


WHERE ARE YOU?


In Genesis 3:8-9 we read: "Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’" Why did Adam and Eve hide from God? Adam and Eve hid from God because they had disobeyed him by eating the forbidden fruit….(Genesis 2:16). God went out to look for Adam and Eve and called to the man asking, "Where are you?" When we sin against God and try to run away from him God out of his great love for us comes down to look for us and to save us. Jesus says ".... the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:10)


May God bless you and protect you with the precious blood of Jesus.


Fr. James Karanja

Doing Good on the Sabbath

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)


DOING GOOD ON THE SABBATH


In Mark 3:4 Jesus asked: "Which is lawful on the Sabbath; to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" The people kept silent. Jesus then healed a man on the Sabbath. Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath to show that it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. God gave people a Sabbath day so that they could have time to rest and worship Him. Therefore, the Sabbath day was meant for doing good.


May God help us to do good always and to avoid doing what is hurtful.


In Christ Jesus our Lord.

Fr. James Karanja

I Saw The Lord

Posted on May 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I SAW THE LORD 


When did you first see the Lord? "Seeing the Lord, means having a deep personal experience of knowing God”. We read in Isaiah 6:1-8, "In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord..." King Uzziah died in about 742 B.C. Isaiah had a deep personal experience of God as the holy one. The experience of God's holiness made Isaiah realize that he was a sinner before God and needed to be saved. He cried to God in repentance and he was cleansed. He then heard God's call to serve him and he responded positively saying, "Here am I. Send me." He was ready to go wherever God would send him. When did you have a personal experience of God? Did you realize that God is holy and you are a sinner? Did you cry to God to save you? Have you ever heard God calling you to serve him? God is always calling us to serve him. May God save us and help us to be ready to go wherever he would send us.


"WE ARE SAVED TO SERVE"


Fr. James Karanja.


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