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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.

Jan 30, 2022

Posted on January 30, 2022 at 6:55 AM

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

 

The peace pf the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD IS YOUR ROCK OF REFUGE.

 

Who is your Rock of refuge?

 

In Psalm 71 we read:

"In you, Lord, I have taken refuge

let me never be put to shame.

2.In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;

turn your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my rock of refuge,

to which I can always go;"

give the command to save me,

for you are my rock and my fortress.

4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,

from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

5 For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,

my confidence since my youth.

6 From birth I have relied on you;

you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.

I will ever praise you."

 

God has always been the Rock of refuge for his people.

Psalm 46: 1-5 says:

 

"God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble."

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day."

 

Therefore , no matter what happens ,

even if the earth and the heavens boil, we will

not fear for the Lord God Almighty , the

creator of heaven and earth is with us.

 

Jesus is the Rock of refuge to whom we can go always.

 

The following hymn tell us so.

The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide,

The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide:

A shelter in the time of storm !

Secure whatever ill betide :

A shelter in the time of storm !

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land!

A weary land, a weary land ;

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land

A shelter in the time of storm !

22. A shade by day, defence by night

A shelter in the time of storm !

No fears alarm, no foes affright :

A shelter in the time of storm !

3. The raging storms may round us beat :

A shelter in the time of storm !

We'll never leave our safe retreat,

A shelter in the time of storm !

4. O Rock divine, O Refuge dear:

A shelter in the time of storm !

Be Thou our helper ever near,

A shelter in the time of storm !

 

May God bless us and help us to trust

in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and

Rock of Refuge no matter what happens.


Fr. James KIbe Karanja.

January 23, 2022

Posted on January 23, 2022 at 9:50 AM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

THE MINISTRY OF JESUS.

 

The ministry of Jesus was a fulfilment of what Prophet Isaiah had prophesied in Isaiah 61:1-2: "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,"


The ministry of Jesus was fourfold ministry.

1. To preach the good news of salvation to the poor.

2 To bind up the broken hearted.

3. To proclaim freedom for the captives and release from the darkness for the prisoners.

4. To proclaim the year of God's favor and the day of vengeance for our God and to comfort all those who mourn.


 

The ministry of Jesus is wholistic ministry. It covers all departments of life. Jesus has given his ministry to his disciples and to the whole Church. Jesus says: "Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

 


May God help us to do the whole ministry of Jesus and protect us in the name of Jesus.

 

In Christ Jesus our Lord,

Fr. James

January 16, 2022

Posted on January 16, 2022 at 9:10 AM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.




 

JESUS CHANGES WATER INTO WINE.

 

In John 2:1-9 we read: "On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine."

 

What is the taste of fresh water? Fresh water is tasteless. Jesus changes tasteless water into wine. He gives good taste to tasteless lives. Do you have a tasteless relationship with any person? Jesus changes lives. When Pilate sent Jesus to King Herod that day they became friends though ,before, they were enemies

 

Luke 23:6-12 says: "On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies."

 

Invite Jesus into your relationship and he will change it into wine.

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

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 

January 2, 2022

Posted on January 2, 2022 at 10:00 AM

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

 

Happy New Year.

 

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.

 

What does the birth of Jesus do to you? Many people come into the new year carrying heavy burdens of fears and worries of what will happen to them. Jesus was born to save and deliver us from all the fears and problems we might encounter ..

 

We read in Luke 2:10-11,"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.'" Do not be afraid, but trust in Jesus. He knows the way and will lead and deliver you from all problems of this life and the the life hereafter.

 

May God guide you and deliver you from all problems in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Fr. James.

 

December 19, 2021

Posted on December 19, 2021 at 1:05 PM

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

GOD BLESSES PEOPLE UNCONDITIONALLY.

 

Does it matter where you come from or your size for God to bless you?

 

In Micah 5:2 we read: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

 

God blessed Bethlehem with the birth of Jesus though it was small among the clans of Judah. Never despise your background or your size. God is able to bless you despite your background or your size. Just trust in Jesus and do the right.

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed happy New Year of 2022.

 

Fr. James.

December 5, 2021

Posted on December 5, 2021 at 10:25 AM



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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.


 

"PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD." (LUKE 3:4)

In Luke 3:4 we read: As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him." We prepare the way of the Lord by repentance of our sins.


Jesus says: And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel (Mark 1:15). Repentance of our sins opens up the gates of the Kingdom of God.


May God help us to repent of our sins as we prepare to meet with God our Maker.

Fr. James.


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