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The Abundant Life


December 1, 2016                     For Sunday, December 4th



From The Rector


A “Belt and Suspenders” Faith


On this second weekend in Advent we read about the one who is to come, the one who is to restore justice and re-balance all life. He is not named, but we have high expectations of him and deep hope. The Coming One has a belt around his waist and one around his hips – like wearing both a belt and suspenders. I grew up with this metaphor – belt and suspenders – as being prepared for anything and not likely to be at any disadvantage. The Coming one is ready because he is righteous and faithful. Those who wait for him need not worry. He is prepared.


The profound faithfulness of the Coming One comes from his array of relationships. His relationship to God is the soil from which his connection to the people and all of creation springs. The passage tells us that “He will delight in fearing the Lord.” This doe not mean that he will be afraid of God, but will be in an authentic relationship – one that recognizes both the closeness and “otherness” of the divine.


That relationship with the “root of Jesse” paves the way for relationships with people, especially those who are overlooked, and with all of creation. The metaphor is that of wolves and lambs, leopards and goats living together in peace. It designates that all people will have hope: even the poor and weak will be treated fairly, and there is no competition for relationship with God and God’s blessings.


At the heart of the Coming One’s righteousness is the blessing of truth; he will have skills of truth: wisdom, understanding, planning, and knowledge. He will listen deeply to the needs of all people and will make good decisions that are equitable – not based on appearance or hearsay. The wellness of all people is the outcome of this righteousness.


When Christians read about the Coming One, we are filled with joy and excitement! We see in this promise of the Coming One, a savior and a model for our lives. We see Jesus.


We see Jesus as the one who is rooted in divine relationship and welcomes us in as well. We see Jesus’ righteousness as the way for us to be people of wisdom, understanding, and equity. We are invited to build on the truth and relationship we witness in Jesus and proclaim hope for one another and the whole world.


Join us this weekend, particularly at our 10:30 service, as we celebrate with our Bishop and with children and adults who are making decisions to begin or renew their relationship with Jesus. May all of us be renewed.


Fr. Andrew




Featured Scripture


Isaiah 11:1-10 Common English Bible (CEB)


A shoot will grow up from the stump of Jesse;

    a branch will sprout from his roots.

The Lord’s spirit will rest upon him,

    a spirit of wisdom and understanding,

    a spirit of planning and strength,

    a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.

He will delight in fearing the Lord.

He won’t judge by appearances,

    nor decide by hearsay.

He will judge the needy with righteousness,

    and decide with equity for those who suffer in the land.

He will strike the violent with the rod of his mouth;

    by the breath of his lips he will kill the wicked.

Righteousness will be the belt around his hips,

    and faithfulness the belt around his waist.

The wolf will live with the lamb,

    and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;

    the calf and the young lion will feed together,

    and a little child will lead them.

The cow and the bear will graze.

    Their young will lie down together,

    and a lion will eat straw like an ox.

A nursing child will play over the snake’s hole;

    toddlers will reach right over the serpent’s den.

They won’t harm or destroy anywhere on my holy mountain.

    The earth will surely be filled with the knowledge of the Lord,

    just as the water covers the sea.

On that day, the root of Jesse will stand as a signal to the peoples. The nations will seek him out, and his dwelling will be glorious.







December 6th, 13th & 20th

Advent Taizè Services –  7:00 p.m.



December 11th, Sunday

Lessons & Carols – 10:30 a.m.



December 24th – Christmas Eve

Carols – 5:45 p.m.

Family Service – 6:00 p.m.

(Childcare available)


Carols – 10:45 p.m.

Midnight Mass – 11:00 p.m.



December 25th – Christmas Day
Holy Communion and Carols – 10:30 a.m.



Hospitality Ministry


Please join us in the Parish Hall after each Sunday service for coffee and refreshments. 


The Vestry is sponsoring the coffee hour after both services Sunday.


There are several Coffee Hour sponsorships available through year-end. Please consider signing up to be a host.






Advent Taizè Services



Our Advent Taize Services begin this Tuesday, December 6th, and will continue the following Tuesdays in Advent, December 13th and December 20th at 7:00 p.m. In a quiet setting of candles and liturgical art, this service offers a style of meditation through repetitive chant, psalm and silence for personal reflection and prayer. Everyone is welcome. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details at: 760-320-7488 Ext. 225.








If you would like to contribute toward the cost of Christmas flowers, please use the special offering envelopes found in the pew pockets.









Calling all Elves!



It’s time again to decorate for Christmas. Wednesday, December 21st starting at 9:00 a.m. We need helpers to decorate the interior of the church. Much of the decorations are high up so we are hoping some “ladder-nimble” elves will be able to help.











Don’t Miss the

Children’s and Family Ministry’s Picnic




Come join us at our picnic on Sunday, December 4th at 1:00 pm. at Ruth Hardy Park. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Snacks and prizes (games) will be available. Meet us near the playground.









Communion at Windsor Court


The next Communion Service at Windsor Court is Wednesday, December 14th at 10:15 am. The priest and the residents are always happy to have parishioners attend.





Christmas Gift Cards for Roy’s




As in the past, St. Paul’s will be raising money this Holiday season to buy a $25 Walmart gift card for each of the homeless men, women and children at Roy’s Desert Resource Center.  We urge all Sr. Paul’s parishioners to chip in this year and help in this important effort – simply drop your check to St. Paul’s in the collection plate with the notation “for Roy’s” in the memo line, or call Chris Kelly 760-406-2978 with questions.  Let’s make sure that no one in our community is forgotten or left out this Christmas.






Faith Building  2016

Sundays at 9:15 am in the Library – The Episcopal Cafè




12/4       Bishop’s visit – No Session.

12/11     The God Who Descends – The Incarnation Part I –

                 Led by Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch.

12/18     The God Who Descends – The Incarnation Part II –

                 Led by Rev.  Canon David Caffrey


12/25 & 1/1  Christmas Break – No Sessions





Tuesdays at 7pm in the Church


December 6th, 13th, & 20th – Taizè Services




Thursdays at Noon in the Library 


December 8th, 15th and 22nd – Join us for an Advent exploration of Brian McLaren’s book The Great Spiritual Migration led by Audrey Spencer. Bring a bag lunch and share thoughts on this book’s theme of migrating from Christian faith defined as a system of beliefs to a love-centered way of life.





Office Hours are 9 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Friday.  The office is closed on Mondays.
Should you call on Monday when we are closed to the public, please leave a message.  In case of an emergency, a priest will return your call.




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Sunday Worship Childcare
Childcare is available for both the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.




The Prayer Shawl Ministry invites you to join our circle on Wednesday’s from 10 am-1 pm in Hogarth Hall. Whether  you wish to learn to knit or crochet or are an  expert needleworker, we welcome you. Needles, hooks and yarn are provided. Please drop in  to create and enjoy our prayerfully made creations.




Report Misconduct
As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact Mr. John Seitman, jseitman@pacbell.net, 858-793-4555 or the Rev. Janet Wheelock,  jwheelock@edsd.org, 952-240-8067.




Bullying Behavior
Not Welcome Here

At St. Paul in the Desert we welcome all worshipers to a place that is free of violence and bullying.
Physical, verbal or emotional violence against others or against oneself is not acceptable because of our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.  Please let Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself be your guide.
“It Gets Better” is a series of video messages to encourage Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender youth and let them know that they are loved as they are.
“A Blessing for Those Who Are Bullied” was written by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, a Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
It is not enough to say “NO” to bullies. It is important to stand up for people and to provide resources for those who have been the targets.





The Church of St. Paul in the Desert

Local: 760.320.7488   //  Fax: 760.416.2441
Email: clergy@stpaulsps.org  Website: www.stpaulsps.org

125 West El Alameda

Palm Springs, California 92262

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