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The Abundant Life


June 22, 2017                                             For Sunday, June 25th


From the Rector




Enticed To Follow


Our reading from Hebrew Scripture for this week is chosen because it has themes that Christians have found to resonate with the the words of Jesus in our Gospel selection (Matthew 10:24-39). However, I am pondering a different aspect – the interaction between Jeremiah and God.


In the course of following his vocation, Jeremiah regularly enters into a monologue directed to God about that calling. Jeremiah has just delivered God’s judgement to the leaders in the temple. Rather than listen, they beat him and confine him. The words we read are spoken from that confinement. Jeremiah is challenging God: “Lord, you enticed me, and I was taken in. You were too strong for me, and you prevailed. Now I’m laughed at all the time; everyone mocks me.”


While we as readers might wonder at his familiarity with the Almighty, Jeremiah complains and blames, as if he were talking to a friend or spouse. He was enticed into carrying an unpopular message to the people’s leaders. He was betrayed and now angrily responds. The prophet carried out his task relentlessly, but constantly rails at the one who gave him that task.


There is an authentic interaction – all from Jeremiah’s perspective – between the promise of the calling and the cost to oneself of the actual work. Being faithful doesn’t mean Jeremiah won’t react strongly to negative consequences. Although his faithfulness has cost him, he can’t let it go. “I thought, I’ll forget him; I’ll no longer speak in his name. But there’s an intense fire in my heart, trapped in my bones. I’m drained trying to contain it; I’m unable to do it.”


Is there power, but also risk, in Jesus’ enticement to us? How might we respond if the path leads us into a status quo that could be hostile or demeaning – a place where we could be the butt of jokes or derision? Is following Jesus something that costs us, but we cannot not let go? Am I willing to engage in a relationship with God that entices me to intimacy, even when I know it will put me at odds with others whom I care about.


Being called by God, as we learn from Jeremiah, is complicated. In our worship, week by week, that complexity finds mutual support. We support one another and the community of faith is nourished by Word and Sacrament. Join us.






Featured Scripture


Jeremiah 20:7-13Common English Bible (CEB)

Lord, you enticed me, and I was taken in.
    You were too strong for me, and you prevailed.
Now I’m laughed at all the time;
    everyone mocks me.
Every time I open my mouth, I cry out
    and say, “Violence and destruction!”
The Lord’s word has brought me
    nothing but insult and injury, constantly.
I thought, I’ll forget him;
    I’ll no longer speak in his name.
But there’s an intense fire in my heart,
    trapped in my bones.
    I’m drained trying to contain it;
        I’m unable to do it.
I hear many whispering—
    “Panic Lurks Everywhere!—
    proclaim, yes, let’s proclaim it ourselves!”
All my friends are waiting for me to stumble:
    “Perhaps he can be enticed.
        Then we’ll prevail against him
            and get our revenge on him!”
But the Lord is with me like a strong defender.
    Therefore, my oppressors
        will stumble and not prevail.
They will be disgraced by their own failures.
    Their dishonor will never be forgotten.
The Lord of heavenly forces tests the righteous
    and discerns the heart and the mind.
Let me see your retribution upon them,
    for I have committed my case to you.
Sing to the Lord,
    praise the Lord,
        for he has rescued the needy
        from the clutches of evildoers.





Summer Church Office Hours


The Church office has transitioned to summer hours. We will close at 11:30 a.m. on Fridays until after Labor Day in September. 





Hospitality Ministry



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


 Please consider signing up to be a Sunday Coffee Hour host.





“St. Paul’s 101” – Welcome!



If you want to join St. Paul’s or learn more about the parish, come to “St. Paul’s 101.”  The single session class with Fr. Andrew is this Sunday, June 25, at 9:15 am in the Conference Room in the Parish Office.  In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member.






Episcopal Night at Petco Park



Join us for a fun night at Petco Park in San Diego as the Padres take on the Detroit Tigers, Friday, June 23rd. The Party in the Park will begin before the game at 5 pm. The Episcopal choir will sing the national anthem before the game and Bishop Mathes will throw out the first ball. For more information please contact the parish office at 760.320.7488, or see the diocesan website  




Parish Life Book Club



Parish Life Book Club (PLBC) will discuss the book The Orphan Tale, by Pam Jenoff at their July meeting. Because the July 4th holiday falls on the first Tuesday of the month, the PLBC will meet on Wednesday, July 5th at 1:00 pm in the Library. The Orphan Tale is a compelling read about a traveling circus during World War II and the close friendship of two remarkable women during World War II and the sacrifice and struggles they must endure. 








Summer Parish Potluck 



Please mark your calendar for August 10, 2017, for the summer parish potluck. Doors open in the parish hall at 5:30 with dinner at 6:00. Sign-up sheets will be in the narthex and parish hall about thirty days ahead of the event.




The Parish Life team would appreciate your input. We’ve hosted several activities and your feedback will help us plan future events.  Would you like more entertainment options or perhaps simply enjoy great food and the company of others? Please email your thoughts and suggestions to FredERoss@comcast.net.





Sundays @ 9:15 am


AT ST. PAUL’S IN THE LIBRARY – The Episcopal Cafè


6/25        String of Pearls: Reflection on Matthew 10:24-29

               Led by Ron Geikow    Read about it


7/2        Guest of Honor: Reflection on Matt. 10:40-4

               Led by Alan Zimmerman      Read about it                              


7/9        A Key Insight about Romans 7:15-25

               Led by Craig Ewing     Read about it


7/16      What Kind of Soil & Sower Are You? Reflection on Matt. 13:1-9

               Led by Ron Geikow       Read about it


7/23      The Gospel According to Annie – A Reflection on  Romans 8: 12-25

                Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey  Read about it


7/30      Nothing Can Separate Us: Reflection on Romans 8.26-39

               Led by Gary Scott     Read about it




Tuesdays @ 7PM




Christian Formation Inspired by Jesus’ Jewish Heritage.


This series, based on Rev. Lauren Winner’s book, Mudhouse Sabbath, includes DVD presentations and discussions. It is a look at Jewish traditions and how they have spiritual relevance for Christians.


6/27      Body – Led by Craig Ewing


No evening sessions during July & August. Sessions will resume September 5th.



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.






Office Hours are 9 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday.  Friday office hours are 9 am – 11:30 am through summer. 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.




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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