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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August 8, 2021

Posted on August 8, 2021 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (5)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

GOD BRINGS US HELP WHEN WE ARE WEAK.

 

Is there a time in your life when you felt fed up with life and you almost lost hope? If this happened to you , then, know that you are not alone. Great people of God had felt the same but God sent them help at the right time.

 

In 1Kings 19:4-8 we read: "Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God."

When Elijah felt that he had enough of life and prayed to die God sent him help through an angel. God sent him a baked cake on hot stones and a jar of water.

God is our help and strength at our time of weakness.

Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

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

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were yet still sinners, Christ died for us." ( Romans 5:8).

 

 

Fr. James.

 

August 1, 2021

Posted on August 1, 2021 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (3)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


"The Bread of Life" by Jorge Cocco


 

 

JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE.

 

In John 6:35 Jesus said: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

 

Jesus satisfies our hunger and quenches our thirst.

 

Jesus meets all our needs. He is all that we need.


 

God said to Abram: "After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: 'Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.'”

If you have God in your life then you everything you need in your life.


May God bless us and help us to have Jesus in our lives.

Fr. James.


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July 25, 2021

Posted on July 26, 2021 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

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

 

The Peace of the Lord be always with you..

 

GOD WILL PROVIDE.

 

In John 6:5-11 we read:

 

5 "When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,

“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”

6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough

bread for each one to have a bite!”

8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how

far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place,

and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the

loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they

wanted. He did the same with the fish."

 

When the disciples took the five loaves and the two fish to Jesus He blessed

them and there was enough food for the five thousand and left overs that filled twelve baskets.

 

What are you going to take to God today?

 

" On the Mountain of the LORD it will be provided." (Genesis 2214)

 

Attached , please, find the bulletin for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, July 25, 2021.

 

May God bless you with your families and protect you by the precious blood

of Jesus.

 

Fr. James.

 

July 18, 2021

Posted on July 18, 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.


 

THE HEALING TOUCH.

 

Have you ever felt the need to be healed by Jesus?

 

In Mark 6: 53-56 we read: "When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside— they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed."

 

Jesus healed all those who touched His cloak.

Jesus heals all who come to him and touch him by faith.

 

Mark 5: 27-29 says: "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.' Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering."

 

Do you need to touch Jesus today.?

 

May God help us to touch Jesus by faith for healing of body, mind and soul.

 

 

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


Fr. James



 

 

Please, kindly, you are requested to use the following methods for supporting God's work at St. Peter's Anglican Church:

 

1. You are invited to send your offerings , tithes and donations to St. Peter's Anglican Church using the google pay

Gmail address: stpacmemphis@gmail.com

 

2. Mail your checks to St. Peter's Anglican Church , , PO BOX 240905 ,Memphis , TN 38124-0905.

 

3. Come and join us for worship on Sundays with your offerings, tithes or donations at the Glass House Worship Centre ,

5120 Crest Cove, Bartlett , TN 35138 at 12: 01 pm. ( Please, , kindly, confirm your coming by calling

(901) 8284506 or by sending a text by Wednesday at 5:00 pm).

 

Let us all give our offerings, tithes and donations to God cheerfully as the LORD your God has blessed you as God loves a cheerful giver.

(Deuteronomy 16:16-17); ( Malachi 3:10-11;); (1 Corinthians 16:2); (2 Corinthians 9:7).


July 11, 2021

Posted on July 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS' SAKE.

 

What is the reward of those who are persecuted for righteousness sake such as the prophets, Apostles and the martyrs who died for the word of God?

Jesus says: in Mathew 5:10: "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

The reward of suffering for the truth of the word of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

We read in 1 John 5:11: "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son."

May God bless us and give us the grace to be in His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James.

June 27, 2021

Posted on June 28, 2021 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (10)

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

 

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

JESUS IS THE LORD OF LIFE AND DEATH..

 

Mark 5:21-43 gives us an account of Jesus healing of a woman (Mark 5:25-35)

and raising of a girl from the dead ( Mark 5::35-43)

 

In Mark 5: 25-34 Jesus healed a sick woman who said in her heart:

" If I just touch his clothes , I will be healed.."( Mark 5:28).

The woman touched his cloak and got healed immediately. ( (Mark 5::27).

 

Jesus raised Jairus ' daughter by taking her by the hand and saying to her :

" Talitha koum !" ( which means " Little girl , I say to you , get up!").

The girl stood up and began to walk. Then he told the parents to give her food to eat.

(Mark 5:41-43.).

Jesus conquered the power of sickness and death.

 

He is in control of life and death.

 

As you go to Jesus know that there is nothing too hard for him for he is

" Immanuel - God with us." Mathew 1 :23).

 

" Is anything too hard for the LORD? " ( Genesis 18:14)

 

" For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37).

 

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

 


Fr. James.

God Calms the Storms

Posted on June 21, 2021 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (2)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD CALMS THE STORMS.

What do you do when you encounter storms in your life.

 

As we read in Mark 4:35-41:(King James Version).

 

35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

 

 

 

36 And when they had sent away the multitude,

they took him even as he was in the ship.

And there were also with him other little ships.

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves

beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow:

and they awake him, and say unto him, Master,

carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind,

and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased,

and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful?

how is it that ye have no faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another,

What manner of man is this, that even

the wind and the sea obey him?

 

The disciples of Jesus encountered storms in the sea.

 

When they called upon Jesus .,

Jesus calmed the storm saying " Peace be still!."

 

The sea became completely calm.

 

When you encounter storms in your life,

call upon Jesus and he will calm down the storms.

and you will have peace in your life.

 

JESUS SAYS : " PEACE BE STILL !." (MARK 4:39).

 

May God bless you with your families and friends

and protect you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Father's Day.

 


 

Fr. James.

God is in control

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

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


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