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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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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 (28)

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 (6)



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

Jesus Prays for You

Posted on May 16, 2021 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (2)

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

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

JESUS PRAYS FOR YOU.

 

Do you know that Jesus prays for you? In John 17: 15 Jesus prays for His disciples saying: "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified."

 

Jesus prays everyday for our protection from the evil .

Hebrews 7:25 says: "Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him," because he always lives to intercede for them."

 

May God help us to pray for protection of other people as Jesus prays for us.

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1Timothy 2:1-4).

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

Brother James.

GOD LOVES YOU AS YOU ARE

Posted on May 9, 2021 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (28)



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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

GOD LOVES YOU AS YOU ARE.

 

Jesus said: "This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you." (John 15:12).

God's love is unconditional. He loves you as you are.

How does God show his love for you?

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

 

God loved us while we were yet sinners.

He commands us to love other people no matter how sinful they are.

 

May God help us to love others as He loves us in Christ Jesus our Lord.


 

Wishing a happy and blessed Mother's Day .

 

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

 


 

Brother James.

"WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING"

Posted on May 2, 2021 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)


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

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

"WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING."

 

In John 15: 5 Jesus said: "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in him , bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing.."

 

Jesus declares that with him, his disciple could produce much fruit but without him they could do nothing.

 

Philippians 4:13 says: "I can do all things through through Christ who strengthens me."  (Philippians 4:13)

 

May God help us to completely depend on Jesus. "For with God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

 

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

 


 

Brother James.

UNITY OF GOD'S PEOPLE

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (24)

Acrylic Painting of Fish from West Africa, ‘Unity’


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

 

The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

UNITY OF GOD'S PEOPLE.

 

In Acts 4:32-35 we read: "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need."

 

The unity of the believers helped them to care for one another and to bring glory to God.

Jesus prayed for the unity of his believers saying: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." (John17:20-21).

 

May God help us and all believers in Christ to live and serve in unity for the glory God.

 

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

 


Brother James

ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN: THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED. ALLELUIA!

Posted on April 4, 2021 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (6)

Empty Burial Tomb

by Clyde J Kell


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

Happy Easter!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed . Alleluia

.

 

The angel of the LORD said to the women:

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said.

“You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.

He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee.

There you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16:6-7).


 

"He has risen." Alleluia!

 

By his resurrection, Jesus has conquered sin, death and Satan.

 

All those who believe in Jesus have been given the power of His

resurrection to continue doing what Jesus was doing in the name of :Jesus.


 

Jesus says:

 

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works

I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these,

because I am going to the Father." ( John 14:12.


 

May God help us to have faith in Jesus and to do his works in his name.

 

In the name of Jesus , we have the victory.


 

May God bless you with your families and friend and help us to conquer the Devil in

the name of Jesus.


 

Brother James.


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