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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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January 23, 2022

Posted on January 23, 2022 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)

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 Comments comments (4)

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 Comments comments (0)

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 Comments comments (5)

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 Comments comments (5)



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.

November 28, 2021

Posted on November 28, 2021 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

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

 

The peace of the Lord , be always with you.


 

"THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."

 

In Jeremiah 33:14-16 we read:

14 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which

I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.

15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness

to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely:

and this is the name wherewith she shall be called,

'The Lord our righteousness.'

 

How does God become our righteousness ?

Righteousness means: " making right with God.

How does God make us right with him?

God makes us right with himself through the death of Christ.


 

Romans 3:21-26 says:

(Righteousness Through Faith).

21" But now apart from the law the righteousness of God

has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe.

There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption

that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice

of atonement,[b] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because

in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—

26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time,

so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."


God made us right with himself through the death of Christ to show that he is righteous.

How do you destroy your enemy?

You destroy your enemy by making him or her your friend.

God destroyed the enmity in us by the death of Jesus and thus made us his friends through our faith in Christ.

"What a friend we have in Jesus?"

May God help us to make friends with our enemies through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Fr. James.

 

November 21, 2021

Posted on November 21, 2021 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Dear members and friends of St. Peters Anglican Church,

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

I wish to welcome you all to our St. Peters Annual Thanksgiving Fundraiser to be held by zoom

tomorrow Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 12:15.pm..

 

Our message for tomorrow is: " 'All things come from you' , O God." ( 1Chronicles 21:14).

 

At the first Fundraiser recorded in 1 Chronicles 29:10-14:

10" David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,

the God of our father Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,

for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;

you are exalted as head over all.

12 Wealth and honor come from you;

14 “But who am I, and who are my people,

that we should be able to give as generously as this?

Everything comes from you, and we have given you

only what comes from your hand."

 

We and all things in heaven and earth come from God

who rules over all creation.

 

God has given his kingdom to his Son Jesus Christ

and has made him king of kings and Lord of Lords.

The only way to live in peace is to seek and to accept

Jesus as Lord and the King of our lives.

 

Jesus says in Mathew 6:33.

 

"" "But seek ye first the kingdom of God,

and his righteousness;

and all these things shall be added unto you."

 

May God bless you with your families and friends and protect

you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 


 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 

November 7, 2021

Posted on November 7, 2021 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (5)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

PRAYERS FOR PEACE AND COMFORT.

 

Please, pray for God's peace and comfort to be upon Sister Edna Aird and family

after the loss of Brother Neil Aird.

Neil went to be with the Lord at Baptist East Memorial Hospital on Wednesday evening ,

November 3, 2021.

May God rest his soul in eternal peace .

 

May God pour His peace and comfort upon

our beloved Sister Edna Aird and the family.

" May the LORD bless you and keep you :

The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

The LORD lift up his countenance upon you ,and give you peace "

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

Amen.

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PUT GOD FIRST.

 

In our first reading today we read 1 Kings 17:8-16 which says:

8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah."

 

Elijah said to the woman: " Do not be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me."

 

When the woman did what the man of God told her everything she had was blessed because she put God first by offering

her food to the man of God first.

Let us put God first by honoring him with whatever he has given us and then leave our lives in his hands.

 

Jesus says: "33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Mathew 6:33).

 

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

 


 

Fr. James Kibe Karanja.

 

October 17, 2021

Posted on October 17, 2021 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (9)

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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

CHRIST CARRIES OUR DISEASES AND SORROWS.

Who carries your worries and sorrows?

 

Isaiah 53:4-6 says: "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."

 

Jesus carried our griefs and sorrows on the cross and prayed for us saying, "Father ,forgive them: for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

 

In Mathew 11:28 Jesus invites us to bring all our burdens to him saying: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

 

May God bless us and help us to carry our burdens and sorrows to Jesus.

 

Attached , please, find the Bulletin for 21st. Sunday after Pentecost.

 

Fr. James.

October 3, 2021

Posted on October 3, 2021 at 9:25 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 IN CONTROL.

Who is in control of your life?

 

In Job 2: 3-6 we read: "Then the Lord said to Satan, 'Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.' 'Skin for skin!' Satan replied. 'A man will give all he has for his own life. But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.' The Lord said to Satan, 'Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life.'”

 

God allowed Satan to test Job but he was instructed to spare his life.

God holds your life as he held that of Job.

Jesus says in Mathew 10: 29-31: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

 

May God help us to cast our cares upon Jesus as he cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7).

 

May God bless us with our families and friends and protect us by the precious blood of Jesus. Amen.

 


 

Fr. James.


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