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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July 10, 2022

Posted on July 10, 2022 at 11:55 AM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you. 

Obeying god brings blessings and protection. 

Read through the Bible and see whether there are

things God has asked you to do and you have not done .


 

In Deuteronomy 30: 8-9 Moses said to the Children of Israel:

"8" You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands

I am giving you today.

9 Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous

in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb,

the young of your livestock and the crops of your land.

The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous,

just as he delighted in your ancestors,"


 

Obedience brings peace and prosperity in the family and in the land.


 

Jesus' mother said at a wedding in Cana of Galilee:

 

" His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5).


If we obey God, the gates of heaven will be opened and great miracles will happen here on earth.

 


 

May God bless you and protect you with your families and friends.

 

In Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 

July 3, 2022

Posted on July 3, 2022 at 1:05 PM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

OBEDIENCE BRINGS BLESSINGS AND HEALING.

 

When people obey what God tells them to do God blesses them and heals them as well as their land.

 

In 2 Kings 5:1-14 , we read that when Na'-a-man obeyed the word of the Lord from Elisha he got healed and his body became like that of a little child.

 

" He went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy." ( 2KIngs 5:14).

 

Is there something God has been telling you to do and you have not yet done it? In the midst of several crisis in the world today, what has God been telling us to do?

Read 2 Chronicles 7:14.

 

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

I wish you all a blessed and Happy 4Th of July .

 

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

 

Fr. James KIbe Karanja.

June 26, 2022

Posted on June 26, 2022 at 3:25 PM

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

 The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 ''FREEDOM IN CHRIST"

In Galatians 5:1 we read: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free."

What kind of freedom are Christians expected to have?

Galatians 5:13-14 says: 13" You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself."

God wants us to have freedom of loving one another. Love saves and protects.

Jesus says: "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”(Luke 19:10).


 May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 Fr. James.

 

June 12, 2022

Posted on June 12, 2022 at 9:45 AM

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES US INTO ALL THE TRUTH.

13 "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth." The Holy Spirit is our guide and helps us in all our weakness. "In the same way ,the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for , but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express" (Romans 8:26).

 

 

May God bless you with your family and friends and guide you by the Holy Spirit into all the truth in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James Kibe.

June 5, 2022

Posted on June 5, 2022 at 10:15 AM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

THE HOLY SPIRIT BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS.

 

The Holy Spirit comes down to break all barriers. In Acts 2:17-21 we read: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[a]

God breaks down barriers of language, age, gender and even race .

May God help us to receive the Holy Spirit who breaks down all our barriers and unites God's people in love in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

May 29, 2022

Posted on May 29, 2022 at 10:20 AM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

THE POWER OF PRAYER.

Have you ever experienced the power of prayer?

Many people have been delivered from their enemies through prayers. Others have been healed from various diseases.

 

In Acts 16: 25-31 we read: 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”" When Paul and Silas prayed and praised God while in prison, the foundations of the prison were shaken by an earth quake. Your prayer and praise to God could shake the foundations of the prisons of this world and set many prisoners free.

"Expect a miracle when you pray."

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

Fr. James .

May 22, 2022

Posted on May 22, 2022 at 10:45 AM

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

"DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?" ( John 5:6).

 

In John 5:6-8 we read:

6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 

When Jesus saw the man who had been sick for thirty eight years without any one to help him, he had compassion on him.

Do you have a problem that nobody wants to help you?

Jesus wants to help you and says to you: "Get up ! Pick up your mat and walk." God does not want us to dwell on our problems but to get up and start moving on new life.

 

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10).

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


 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

May 14, 2022

Posted on May 16, 2022 at 9:05 AM

Acts 11:1-18

Revelation 21:1-6

John 13:31-35

Psalm 148

 

The Collect

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

From the Collect:

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life:

It is in knowing God, and letting Him come near that we see the purpose of life and life eternal

From Rev21: See, the home of God is among mortals.He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."

The experience of life eternal is not just the absence of pain and evil, but the nearness of God who, revealed fully as a truly good and loving Father, personally brings the comfort and healing that we need. He removes the sting of shame, suffering, and death from this life and replaces it with His great love.

From Psalm 148: 13 Let them praise the Name of the Lord, for his Name only is exalted, his splendor is over earth and heaven. 14 He has raised up strength for his people and praise for all his loyal servants, the children of Israel, a people who are near him. Hallelujah!

We worship forever as a natural response to who He is AND in joy to being near to Him. Likewise He delights in us, finally free and with him. A wedding supper, a feast, a real celebration.

Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life,

It is in knowing God in the person and mission of Christ that we understand the power of everlasting life

It is not just that God takes away the sufferings and curses of this life. It is not a nihilistic destruction, simple denial, or a magical wave of the hand—it is atoned for in the suffering and sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.

Colossians 2:13-14 - When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

The healed life that lasts forever is accomplished by our connection to Him by faith flowing from Christ’s eternal life.

Romans 6:4,8 - We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life… Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

Hebrews 7:16,24-25 - ….[He] who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life…But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

From The Gospel John 13: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

So the main purpose and Joy of eternity is knowing God and experiencing being known and loved by Him.

The power of that life is the unending life of Christ, He is THE LIFE.

This purpose and power don’t just begin after this life; it begins now for the Christian. Hear how St. Paul prayed…

Ephesians 1:18-21 - I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

The Sacraments, prayer, fellowship, and the gifts and graces of the Spirit are given to us to experience God and therefore plant and water the seeds of eternal life (paraph. St. Irenaus of Lyon)

The Gospel reading today shows us the most excellent way: Love. It is in loving each other well that we sacramentally (Grace-filled) model the Love of God. It brings healing to our hearts now in the present. Brotherly (and sisterly!) love teaches us of the certainty of heaven by demonstrating God’s work in our lives. It stirs up more faith in the promises of God….For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

May 1, 2022

Posted on May 1, 2022 at 9:40 AM

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

JESUS PREPARES BREAKFAST FOR HIS DISCIPLES.

 

In John 19: Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[c] 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

 

Jesus prepared breakfast for his disciples by roasting fish and bread by the shores of the lake. God takes care of his disciples by providing food for them and he will take care for you at the time of need.

 

Jesus says in John 6:35:

 

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

 

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


Fr. James KIbe Karanja.

February 4, 2022

Posted on February 6, 2022 at 11:00 AM

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD PERFECTS.

 

In Psalm 138:8 we read:

8" The Lord will perfect that which concernes me:

thy mercy, O Lord, endures for ever:"

forsake not the works of thine own hands."

 

God is the one who perfects our lives.

Therefore no matter what happens in your life,

do not worry or fear but trust in the Lord Jesus

and he will perfect your life.

 

He knows how to make crooked lives straight.

and to open springs of water in the desert.

 

John 10:10 says:

 

10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

 

Attached , please, find the bulletin for Sunday.

You are welcome to join us by zoom to hear the

word of God that could change your life forever.

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect you

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Amen.

 

Fr. James K Karanja.


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