Sermons by The Rev. Justin R. Cannon

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February 12, 2017

A few years back there was a couple who were planning to get married. They decided to hold their wedding in Santa Barbara. I don’t know how many of you have been there, but it’s a beautiful place for a beautiful, fairly local, wedding escape. Along West Cabrillo Boulevard you will find Harbor View Inn, […]

January 22, 2017

Last Sunday we commemorated the Feast of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and ever since then I have found myself immersed in Reverend King’s writing. He was quite a moving preacher, gifted in ways I could only aspire. Upon reflecting on today’s lessons– particularly the Epistle and Gospel readings — one quote of […]

The Feast of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose feast we celebrate today, was an American Baptist minister who led the struggle against racial discrimination in the 60s. He was a provocative preacher, and passionately advocated the principle of non-violent protest, affirming that one’s opponents should be tackled with compassion rather than aggression. He was awarded […]

Cosmos Sunday

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Just before he dismissed them to go to Eucharist a Sunday school teacher asked the children, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” Young Annie replied, “Because people are sleeping” That joke has absolutely nothing to do with my sermon, but I wanted to make sure you all were fully with me. […]

Ocean Sunday

[FR. JUSTIN] In the Baptismal Rite the priest prays, “We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received […]

You Are Called to be Righteous, Not Self-Righteous

I’d like to entitle today’s sermon: you are called to be righteous, not self-righteous. Today’s Gospel lesson reminding me of this story I was emailed some time ago: Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at […]

The Real Sin of Sodom

“Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!” Today I want to preach about the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah! You heard me right—and if you’re a newcomer bear with me two minutes before you decide to walk out. You see, in […]

Richness Toward God

A businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The businessman complimented the native Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman […]

Interdependence Day

At the end of every service Deacon Pam offers the Dismissal. Sometimes she proclaims, “Let us go forth in the name of Christ” and other times “Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.” In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus offers his own version of a dismissal when he sends […]

Claiming Our Heritage as Earthkeepers

The Reverend Thomas Berry was a Roman Catholic priest, a cultural historian, and an eco-theologian. As one who studied cosmology and geology, Father Berry preferred to describe himself as an “Earth scholar.” Three sentences of his witness about the connection between humanity and the earth have struck me deeply to the core, and throughout my […]