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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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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.

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 (12)

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.


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