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God is in control

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (8)

Dear Members and Friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD IS IN CONTROL..

Who is in control of your life?

The Gospel reading of Mark 4: 26-29 says:

The Parable of the Growing Seed:

26" He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like.

A man scatters seed on the ground.

27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows,

though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—

first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.

29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it,

because the harvest has come.”

In the parable of the growing seed God is in control of the growth of the seed

from planting to harvest.

God is in control of our lives from the beginning to the end.

Therefore we should not fear or worry about our future as it is in God's hands.

Jesus says:

31" So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?

’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father

knows that you need them.

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things

will be given to you as well." (Mathew 6:31-34).


May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Fr. James.

WE ARE SAVED TO SERVE.

Posted on May 30, 2021 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (9)

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

WE ARE SAVED TO SERVE.

In Isaiah 6: 1-8 we read:

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted,

seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they

covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they

were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

          “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

          the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and

the temple was filled with smoke.

5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips,

and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the

King, the Lord Almighty.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he

had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said,

“See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”


 

The name Isiah means: "God is salvation."


 

Isaiah was a prophet in the southern Kingdom of Judah. Isaiah encountered God in the temple when King Uzziah died in 740 B.C. When Isaiah saw the holiness of God in the temple he realized that he was a sinner before God and repented. (6:2-5).

 

God in his mercy sent an angel to cleanse him from all his sins. (6:6).

 

After his cleansing, Isaiah heard the voice of God calling:

"Whom shall I send and who will go forn us" (6:8a)

Isaiah responded to God saying:

"Here am I. Send me" ( Isaiah 6: 8b).

 


God is still calling us to go out for him to serve people He would like to save. Are you willing to say: "Here am I. Send me.?"

 

Jesus says:

"Then he said to his disciples,

'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send

out workers into his harvest field.'” (Mathew 9:37-38).


 

Wishing you a happy and blessed Memorial Day.

 

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

 

Fr. James.


GUIDE LINES ON THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Posted on May 23, 2021 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (2)



Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

We are blessed to have Rev. Dr. Nahum Beard ministering to us tomorrow with

the word of God and the administration of the Holy Communion.

We all welcome him in the name of Jesus.


 

GUIDE LINES ON THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

 

"I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH.(JOEL2:28."

 

God wants to fill all people with the Holy Spirit.

 

Today is the Day of Pentecost.

On the Day of Pentecost God poured the Holy Spirit upon all the disciples: "them."

 

This was to fulfil what was prophesied by prophet Joel 2:28-29: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit."

 

No matter how hard or dry you are , God wants to fill you with the Holy Spirit.

 

In Ezekiel 37:4-5 we read: "Again He said to me, 'Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live."

 

Therefore do not loose hope, continue gathering with other disciples on the Lord's Day and God will fill you with the Holy Spirit.

The zoom service starts at 12:15 pm.

May God bless you and pour His Spirit upon you with your family and friends.

In Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Brother James

Jesus Prays for You

Posted on May 16, 2021 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

JESUS PRAYS FOR YOU.

 

Do you know that Jesus prays for you? In John 17: 15 Jesus prays for His disciples saying: "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified."

 

Jesus prays everyday for our protection from the evil .

Hebrews 7:25 says: "Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him," because he always lives to intercede for them."

 

May God help us to pray for protection of other people as Jesus prays for us.

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1Timothy 2:1-4).

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you by the precious blood of Jesus.

Brother James.

GOD LOVES YOU AS YOU ARE

Posted on May 9, 2021 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (28)



Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD LOVES YOU AS YOU ARE.

 

Jesus said: "This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you." (John 15:12).

God's love is unconditional. He loves you as you are.

How does God show his love for you?

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

 

God loved us while we were yet sinners.

He commands us to love other people no matter how sinful they are.

 

May God help us to love others as He loves us in Christ Jesus our Lord.


 

Wishing a happy and blessed Mother's Day .

 

May God bless you with your family and friends and protect you by the precious blood of Jesus.

 


 

Brother James.

"WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING"

Posted on May 2, 2021 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

"WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING."

 

In John 15: 5 Jesus said: "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him , bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.."

 

Jesus declares that with him, his disciple could produce much fruit but without him they could do nothing.

 

Philippians 4:13 says: "I can do all things through through Christ who strengthens me."  (Philippians 4:13)

 

May God help us to completely depend on Jesus. "For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

 

May God bless you and protect you with your families and friends and protect you by the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 


 

Brother James.

UNITY OF GOD'S PEOPLE

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (9)

Acrylic Painting of Fish from West Africa, ‘Unity’


Dear Members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

UNITY OF GOD'S PEOPLE.

 

In Acts 4:32-35 we read: "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need."

 

The unity of the believers helped them to care for one another and to bring glory to God.

Jesus prayed for the unity of his believers saying: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." (John17:20-21).

 

May God help us and all believers in Christ to live and serve in unity for the glory God.

 

May God bless you with your family and friends and and protect you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 


Brother James

ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN: THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED. ALLELUIA!

Posted on April 4, 2021 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Empty Burial Tomb

by Clyde J Kell


Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

Happy Easter!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed . Alleluia

.

 

The angel of the LORD said to the women:

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said.

“You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.

He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee.

There you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16:6-7).


 

"He has risen." Alleluia!

 

By his resurrection, Jesus has conquered sin, death and Satan.

 

All those who believe in Jesus have been given the power of His

resurrection to continue doing what Jesus was doing in the name of :Jesus.


 

Jesus says:

 

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works

I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these,

because I am going to the Father." ( John 14:12.


 

May God help us to have faith in Jesus and to do his works in his name.

 

In the name of Jesus , we have the victory.


 

May God bless you with your families and friend and help us to conquer the Devil in

the name of Jesus.


 

Brother James.

Jesus Humbled Himself

Posted on March 29, 2021 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

JESUS HUMBLED HIMSELF.

 

We read in John 12:14 -15 and Mark 11 : 9-11).

 

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;

see, your king is coming,

seated on a donkey’s colt.” (Zechariah :9:9).

 

Mark 11: 9-11

" 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna![a]”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!” ( Psalm 118:26).

 

Jesus chose to ride on a donkey as a sign

of his great humility to fulfil the prophecy in

Zachariah 9:9:

" Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!

Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!

See, your king comes to you,

righteous and victorious,

lowly and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples of Jesus threw their clothes over the donkey

and Jesus sat on it. The people who followed

spread their clothes and palm branches on the road a head of Jesus

shouting:

Hosanna![a]”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

The palm branches were a symbol of peace ( shalom)

and victory . Hosanna means : Save now.

Jesus was seen as a humble but victorious King who was coming

to bring salvation and peace.

 

In Philippians 2:5-11 We read:

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

 

May God help us to be like Jesus and humble ourselves in

order to bring glory to God the Father."

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you by the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.


Fr. James.

THE POWER OF PRAYER

Posted on March 21, 2021 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (3)

Dear members and friends of St. Peter's Anglican Church,

The Peace of the Lo0rd be always with you.


"Prayer"

by Nikola GULEV


 

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

 

In Hebrews 5: 7 we read: "During the days of Jesus life on earth , he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears .." Jesus prayed for us with fervent cries and tears."

 

At his baptism Jesus prayed and the heaven was opened.( Luke 3:21-22. "When all the people were being baptized , Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven : you are my Son , whom I love; withy you I am well pleased."

He prayed again before going to the cross and the Father spoke from heaven. ( John 12:27-28 "Now my soul is troubled , and what shall I say? ' Father , save me from this hour ' ? No, it was for this reason I came to this hour. 28. Father glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heave,, " I have glorified it , and I will glorify it again ."

 

Prayer is the only key that opens the gates of heaven.

 

James 5:16 says: "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."

 

May God help us to pray without ceasing in all situations..

 

Please, kindly, zoom in at 12:15 and join us for worship and hearing the word of God that could change your life forever.

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you with by the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

 

Brother James.


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