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 […]

Christ the King Sunday

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Welcome to Christ the King Sunday, known to some as the Reign of Christ Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent. Today allows us to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and what we expect from a leader. And, while there are readings assigned to today, we have the opportunity […]

Humility in Our Political Lives

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Is anyone here, besides me, looking forward to the end of this election season? I have always been fully engaged in the political process because I see it as the way in which we, the people, decide how we live together. In this great ongoing experiment we call democracy, we address big questions, such as […]

Delight In The Whole Creation

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Good Morning. My name is Clark Berge. I am a member of the Society of St. Francis, an Episcopal religious order of Franciscans. It is a great pleasure to be here with you this morning, to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. There is much that is important about St. Francis that still […]

Jesus Has The Power

For the prelude, you were treated to a rendition of Autumn Leaves by the Stabe Wilson Ensemble, a reminder that we live on a planet that has seasons, in a world that has been created by a magnificent, all powerful God. God has ordered the world so that in Autumn leaves fall and temperatures cool.  […]

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 […]