January 1, 2023

Posted on January 1, 2023 at 11:30 AM

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

Greetings in the Holy Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




In Luke 2:21 we read: Luke 2:21, NIV:" On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived."

Jesus is the Holy Name that was given to Christ our Lord.  The name Jesus is the same as Joshua in the Old Testament and it means " Yawheh " is salvation, God is salvation.

Mathew 1:21 says: "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Jesus is God who saves us from our sins.

Mathew 1:23 also says that Jesus shall be called Immanuel which means " God with us."

Jesus is God with us and He saves us from our sins.  Jesus promised to be with us always until the end of the age.

This is what God promised his people in Joshua 1:5,9: (5)" No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life., As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. (9) Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and very courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go" this year of 2023.

cf. This chorus:

"How Great is our God.

How great is our God.

How great is his name.

How great is his love forever the same

He rolled back the waters

of the great mighty sea

And He said I will never leave you

Put your trust in me."

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


"The Priestly Blessing: Numbers 6: 22-27: 22.The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: 24 ‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” 27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”


Fr. James.

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