Sermons

Each week, the 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.

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November 28, 2021

Posted on November 28, 2021 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

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

 

The peace of the Lord , be always with you.


 

"THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."

 

In Jeremiah 33:14-16 we read:

14 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which

I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.

15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness

to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely:

and this is the name wherewith she shall be called,

'The Lord our righteousness.'

 

How does God become our righteousness ?

Righteousness means: " making right with God.

How does God make us right with him?

God makes us right with himself through the death of Christ.


 

Romans 3:21-26 says:

(Righteousness Through Faith).

21" But now apart from the law the righteousness of God

has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe.

There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption

that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice

of atonement,[b] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because

in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time,

so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."


God made us right with himself through the death of Christ to show that he is righteous.

How do you destroy your enemy?

You destroy your enemy by making him or her your friend.

God destroyed the enmity in us by the death of Jesus and thus made us his friends through our faith in Christ.

"What a friend we have in Jesus?"

May God help us to make friends with our enemies through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Fr. James.

 

November 21, 2021

Posted on November 21, 2021 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Dear members and friends of St. Peters Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

I wish to welcome you all to our St. Peters Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser to be held by zoom

tomorrow Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 12:15.pm..

 

Our message for tomorrow is: " 'All things come from you' , O God." ( 1Chronicles 21:14).

 

At the first Fundraiser recorded in 1 Chronicles 29:10-14:

10" David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,

the God of our father Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;

you are exalted as head over all.

12 Wealth and honor come from you;

14 “But who am I, and who are my people,

that we should be able to give as generously as this?

Everything comes from you, and we have given you

only what comes from your hand."

 

We and all things in heaven and earth come from God

who rules over all creation.

 

God has given his kingdom to his Son Jesus Christ

and has made him king of kings and Lord of Lords.

The only way to live in peace is to seek and to accept

Jesus as Lord and the King of our lives.

 

Jesus says in Mathew 6:33.

 

"" "But seek ye first the kingdom of God,

and his righteousness;

and all these things shall be added unto you."

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect

you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 


 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 

November 7, 2021

Posted on November 7, 2021 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

PRAYERS FOR PEACE AND COMFORT.

 

Please, pray for God's peace and comfort to be upon Sister Edna Aird and family

after the loss of Brother Neil Aird.

Neil went to be with the Lord at Baptist East Memorial Hospital on Wednesday evening ,

November 3, 2021.

May God rest his soul in eternal peace .

 

May God pour His peace and comfort upon

our beloved Sister Edna Aird and the family.

" May the LORD bless you and keep you :

The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

The LORD lift up his countenance upon you ,and give you peace "

In the name of God the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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PUT GOD FIRST.

 

In our first reading today we read 1 Kings 17:8-16 which says:

8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah."

 

Elijah said to the woman: " Do not be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me."

 

When the woman did what the man of God told her everything she had was blessed because she put God first by offering

her food to the man of God first.

Let us put God first by honoring him with whatever he has given us and then leave our lives in his hands.

 

Jesus says: "33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Mathew 6:33).

 

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

 


 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 

October 17, 2021

Posted on October 17, 2021 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (9)

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

CHRIST CARRIES OUR DISEASES AND SORROWS.

Who carries your worries and sorrows?

 

Isaiah 53:4-6 says: "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."

 

Jesus carried our griefs and sorrows on the cross and prayed for us saying, "Father ,forgive them: for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

 

In Mathew 11:28 Jesus invites us to bring all our burdens to him saying: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

 

May God bless us and help us to carry our burdens and sorrows to Jesus.

 

Attached , please, find the Bulletin for 21st. Sunday after Pentecost.

 

Fr. James.

October 3, 2021

Posted on October 3, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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?

 

In Job 2: 3-6 we read: "Then the Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.' 'Skin for skin!' Satan replied. 'A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.' The Lord said to Satan, 'Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.'”

 

God allowed Satan to test Job but he was instructed to spare his life.

God holds your life as he held that of Job.

Jesus says in Mathew 10: 29-31: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

 

May God help us to cast our cares upon Jesus as he cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7).

 

May God bless us with our families and friends and protect us by the precious blood of Jesus. Amen.

 


 

Fr. James.

September 26, 2021

Posted on September 26, 2021 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


'Old Man Praying', drawing by Vincent van Gogh

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)


 

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

 

James 5:13-18 says: "Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops."

 

Have you ever experienced the power of prayer in your life?

James says: "Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray." (James 5:13).

Many people in various problems have prayed and experienced God's power. James gives the example of Elijah who prayed for rain and God answered his prayer ( James 5: 17-18).

Do you know people in the Bible who prayed and God answered their prayers? The same God who answered people in the Bible answers prayer today.

Mathew 18 19-20 says: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

 

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

 

Fr. James.

September 19, 2021

Posted on September 19, 2021 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

"GOD IS MY HELP" ( PSALMS 54:4).

In Psalms 54:4 we read: "Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me."

How have you found God being your help?

In the Bible we find so many verses pointing to God as our help. Do you know some of those verses?

Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

Prophet Isaiah 41:10 says: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Read the Bible for yourself and you will find how God is your help.

"God is all what you need."

 

Jesus said: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." ( John 10:10).

 

 

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

 


 

Fr. James.

September 12, 2021

Posted on September 12, 2021 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 


 

"..... WHO DO YOU SAY I AM ?"

 

In Mark 8: 27-29 we read: Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

 

The word "Messiah" means "Christ" or "the anointed one." .

 

Mathew 16:16 says: "Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.'"

 

Confession of Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of the living God is the foundation of the Christian faith.

 

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” (Mathew 16:17-19).

 

Jesus further said: "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." (John 17:3).

 

To know Jesus as the Christ is eternal life.

 

Do you confess Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God?

 

May God bless us and always give us the power to confess Jesus as the Christ and the Son of the living God.

 


 

Fr. James.

 

August 29, 2021

Posted on August 29, 2021 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD IS ALL GOODNESS.

Has something good happened to you recently? Whatever good you have comes from God.

 

James 1:17: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

 

Since God is all goodness, whatever happens, God is able to change it into goodness for his praise and glory.

 

In Romans 8:28 we read: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

 

May God bless us all and help us to trust in his goodness through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

Fr. James 

August 15, 2021

Posted on August 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (3)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

GOD GIVES US GOOD THINGS.

 

In Psalm 34:10 we read: "The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."

 

God will not fail to give you what is good for you.

 

Romans 8:32 says: "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all— how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?"

 

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

 


 

Fr. James.


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