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.

Please join us each Sunday at 12:15p.m. for the rest of that week's sermon!

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January 22, 2023

Posted on January 22, 2023 at 11:20 AM

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

In the Lord's prayer we say: "Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth." (Luke 11:2-4).

 

In this prayer we pray for God's Kingdom to come down and His will to be done here on earth as it is done in heaven.  Jesus brings down the Kingdom of God to earth.  The kingdom that Jesus brings is the kingdom of love, peace, and unity. 


Through his ministry Jesus fights against the enemies of peace such as ignorance, poverty, and disease.  Matthew 4:23 says: 23 "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people."

 

May God help us to establish the kingdom of God here on earth by preaching the good news of deliverance from ignorance, poverty, and disease in the name of Jesus.

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus.

 

Fr. James.

January 15, 2023

Posted on January 14, 2023 at 8:20 PM

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

Greetings in the Holy Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

MISSION STARTS AT HOME.

 

There is a saying which says that: " CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME."  The good things that we do have their beginnings at our homes. Similarly, whatever good we have should be first shared at home with the family members.

 

In our Sunday Gospel reading, John 1:40-42 we read: "40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  42 And he brought him to Jesus"

 

What is the first thing that Andrew did after meeting with Jesus? He went and brought his Brother Peter to Jesus.  Let us go and do likewise by bringing members of our family to Jesus.  "Mission starts at home."


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

January 8, 2023

Posted on January 9, 2023 at 12:00 AM

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

JESUS AT HIS BAPTISM.

 

In Matthew 3:16-17 we read: 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

 

Jesus was declared the Son of God at his baptism. What was Jesus doing at his baptism?

Luke Luke 3:21-22 says: "... And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the 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; with you I am well pleased." 


As Jesus was praying, heaven was opened.  Jesus opens heaven through out his life with prayer.  He prayed throughout his ministry to the cross.  Even while he as on the cross Jesus prayed for us saying: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34) and in Luke 23:46 He said: "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."  Jesus life was a life of prayer.


May God help you to make your life a life of prayer and God will open the heavens for you as you pray.  May God be with you and bless you with your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.


Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

January 1, 2023

Posted on January 1, 2023 at 11:30 AM

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

Greetings in the Holy Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

THE HOLY NAME.

 

In Luke 2:21 we read: Luke 2:21, NIV:" On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived."

Jesus is the Holy Name that was given to Christ our Lord.  The name Jesus is the same as Joshua in the Old Testament and it means " Yawheh " is salvation, God is salvation.

Mathew 1:21 says: "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Jesus is God who saves us from our sins.

Mathew 1:23 also says that Jesus shall be called Immanuel which means " God with us."

Jesus is God with us and He saves us from our sins.  Jesus promised to be with us always until the end of the age.

This is what God promised his people in Joshua 1:5,9: (5)" No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life., As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. (9) Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and very courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go" this year of 2023.

cf. This chorus:

"How Great is our God.

How great is our God.

How great is his name.

How great is his love forever the same

He rolled back the waters

of the great mighty sea

And He said I will never leave you

Put your trust in me."

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

 

"The Priestly Blessing: Numbers 6: 22-27: 22.The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: 24 ‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” 27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

 

Fr. James.

December 24, 2022

Posted on December 24, 2022 at 5:30 PM

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

Merry Christmas.

 

In Luke 2:10-11 we read:

10" And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord"

 

Before the coming of Christ people lived in fear of the unknown.  Jesus was born to save us from sin and fear of the unknown.

 

The angel said to Joseph: (Mathew 1:20-21) 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, [a] because he will save his people from their sins.

 

May God help us to receive Jesus in our lives in order to save us from sin and fear of the unknown future.

 

Merry Christmas.

 

Fr. James.

 

 

Rev. Dr. Nahum Beard's Advent Sermon Notes December 18, 2022

Posted on December 18, 2022 at 3:00 PM

4th Sunday in Advent:The Daily Visitation

Readings:

Isaiah 7:10-16

Romans 1:1-7

Matthew 1:18-25

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

Collect:

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his

coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the

unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reminder: Advent season of preparation. Historically fasting and prayer. It is a reminder to

prepare oneself and the Church for Jesus’ second coming

Today: we begin with an invocation for the Holy Spirit to purify our consciences so as to prepare

our hearts.

The instruction within the collect today is that often it is through the daily visitation—daily

encounters with God that our conscience is purified. What does this mean-‘a daily visitation’ or

encounter. How shall we avail ourselves of this means and through it this end of purification and

preparation?

1) First let’s be assured that God our Father is available.

The lesson of Christmas and the Epiphany is that the God-head in the Eternal Son

condescended to come to us. He came to fellowship with Sinners and save us. He condescends

still in the Holy Spirit to enliven and empower.

John.14.23Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;

and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

We have been and still are His intended home. His mansion if you will as the collect says. So

knowing His intention and His promise to continually visit us, for His Spirit to indwell us we can

be confident that if we will walk with Him in fellowship and obedience then we must encounter

Him daily.

2) Now it may be that we, not being fully mature or yet made perfect, may not realize this

experientially.

a) A first issue and most likely is in recognition. Analogy: Part of growing up and

indeed parenting is recognizing opportunity and danger. The young child reaches

for the flame, the adult forsees and stops the child admonishing him to prevent

injury whenever possible. So a call to maturity is recognizing the opportunity, the

blessing, afforded to us in Christ. And likewise the dangers that may distract us

or wound us. The Spirit helps us in our weaknesses and we have in the

scriptures what we need to recognize and understand.

 

b) Dangers: The Scriptures admonish us the will of God. We have the 10

commandments and the Law of Christ to keep us from danger and to direct our

energies to actively love God, love our neighbor, and our enemy. To receive His

love and listen to and try not to grieve the Holy Spirit. To forgive, and find

forgiveness.

c) Opportunity: The Christmas story is as it says in Isaiah 7 is a sign. It is something

to look for, for Israel. And for us it is important to note that He may present

himself in gentleness and humility. We should look for the unexpected—a word

of encouragement from a stranger, a scripture verse in a text. Sometimes to slow

oneself down and pray even in times of busyness and stress.

d) He comes in power and strength -the lesson of Advent is that Christ will come in

power. He is revealed in power in the resurrection as the epistle says. Now, we

live in a time of transition where the kingdom of heaven is being revealed but is

not fully revealed (inaugurated eschatology-‘now and the not yet’). This is why we

pray and see healing and deliverance more or less in times and seasons, but it is

when he returns that we shall all be healed and delivered in the resurrection. But

knowing He reveals himself in this way we should be bold of faith to encounter

God in vision, dream, prophecy, word of knowledge and wisdom, and His

healing. We do not want to miss the gift of His daily visitation because we set our

eyes, our expectations, to low.

 

3) So we know He must and will come because he has revealed it as His will in His word.

So again we pray that we might avail ourselves of His daily visitation, that He might do

the work in us of purification and preparation as we look to his coming again. He is

faithful and will do it. Let us pray.

 

December 11, 2022

Posted on December 11, 2022 at 3:15 PM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD BRINGS JOY TO HIS PEOPLE.

Happy Advent.

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent and is marked by a pink color which is the color of joy that Christ brings to the world.  God brings joy to the people He redeems.


In Isaiah 35: 3-6 we read: 3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be  opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for JOY. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert."


God will come and give his people joy by delivering them from their distress. Jesus comes to bring joy to his people as he heals them from all their diseases.


Jesus says: 4 "Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[a] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor." (Mathew 11:4-5).


May God bless you and fill us with His joy as we always believe and trust in Jesus Christ our Lord.

" ..The joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10).

Fr.James.

 

December 4, 2022

Posted on December 4, 2022 at 11:30 AM

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

 

Happy Advent.

 

THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM.

 

Who are the Children of Abraham?  In Mathew 3: 9 we read: 9 "And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham."  The Children of Abraham are those who believe in God and live by faith in God as Abraham did.

John 1:11 says: 11 "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God."

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

Fr. James.

November 13, 2022

Posted on November 13, 2022 at 11:20 AM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD ANSWERS PRAYER.

 

.How do you know that God answers prayers? The Bible says so.  "In Isaiah 65:24 we read: 24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear."

 

As we read in the collect for today we we are supposed to read the Bible for ourselves and meditate on God's word. The collect for today says: "Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to: 1. hear them, 2. read, 3 mark, 4 learn, 5. and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

When we read the Bible we encounter a host of God's people who prayed to God and their prayers were answered. Pray as the Bible directs and God will answer all your prayers.

 

Jesus says: " Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24).

 

May God bless you and your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus.

 

Fr. James.

 

November 6, 2022

Posted on November 5, 2022 at 8:10 PM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

 

" ...I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES.."

"25 I know that my redeemer[a] lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.[b] 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet[c] in[d] my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!"

 

Do you know your Savior who lives in Heaven?  Job gave his personal testimony that he knew his Redeemer lives and his heart was yearning to meet with his God.

 

Jesus said: "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3).

 

Is your heart yearning to meet with Jesus? May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you in the name of Jesus Christ , Our Lord and Savior.

 

Fr. James.


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