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The Abundant Life

 

September 22, 2016                         For Sunday, September 25th

 

From The Rector

 
 
 
 Did We, Could We – Make a Difference?      
 
 The passage from Luke this week features Lazarus, a powerless, helpless beggar (not to be confused with Lazarus who appears as a friend of Jesus in John’s Gospel). And an unnamed Rich Man. Even the setting of this parable turns the tables on common expectations. It is usually the rich and powerful who are named, not the poor and powerless!
 
Lazarus is said to have been left at the gate, not able even to get there himself. He has no choice in the matter, as opposed to the Rich Man who is able to “feast sumptuously” and satisfy every desire. The picture we have starkly points out how opposite their lives are. While unable to feed or care for himself, the best that Lazarus experiences is dogs who lick his wounds. The Rich Man neither notices nor responds.
 
Both men die in the story, and their now-shared experience continues to emphasize the opposite of what is expected. Lazarus is whisked to the bosom of Abraham and the Rich Man is sent to the land of the dead where he is tormented by fire and an HD-quality vision of Lazarus at peace.
 
Then begins a dialogue between the Rich Man and Father Abraham, the Great Patriarch. It contrasts the Rich Man’s life of plenty and Lazarus’ life of want during their lives and the reversal after death.  The Rich Man’s current condition in Hades is not so much punishment for being rich, but is a consequence of not seeing the needs of the world at his own gate. A consequence and a warning.
 
Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, in her commentary at Working Preacher, suggests that the listeners to this parable would identify with the five siblings of the Rich Man and the point of the parable is a warning for the siblings and for us: Be alert to others’ needs, especially those in the community whom life seems to have cast aside. Our attention to their plight may make all the difference.
 
The Rich Man had the power, he had the resources, and these gave him the responsibility, yet he never even noticed Lazarus at his own gate. Yet, in his first plea to Abraham, he asked for a fingertip of water to relieve his thirst. This is not a parable that pits the rich against the poor, but challenges the differential of powerful and powerless – the strong and the weak. Jesus is powerful, but he identifies with the weak, as he said in Matthew chapter 25; when you have given water to the least of my siblings, you have relieved my thirst.
 
Join us as we learn to from one another and from God, how sharing at the communion table prepares us for and calls us to make a difference – now.
 
Fr. Andrew
 

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Featured Scripture

 
     Luke 16:19-31
 
Jesus said, “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, `Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, `Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house– for I have five brothers– that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, `They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, `No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, `If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'”
 

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2016 Desert AIDS Walk
 
Join the 2016 Desert AIDS Walk Team, now! The 2016 Desert AIDS Walk is Saturday Oct. 22nd. Members of St. Paul’s have participated in every walk since the first one in 1989. Sign up to walk. Get sponsorships. Help support people in the Coachella Valley with HIV/AIDS. We are recruiting Walkers and Sponsors after each service. Look for the AIDS Walk Table on the walkway near the west entrances to the church. You can also join the team at desertaidswalk.org. Our Team name is St. Paul in the Desert. Please make donation checks payable to Desert AIDS Project.
 

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Diocesan Convention
 
The 43rd Annual Diocesan Convention takes place right in our own backyard this year, at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part! Registration is being handled online only at www.edsd.org.  Convention dates are Friday and Saturday, November 11-12.  New at Convention this year – Youth Genius Bar. Do you need help navigating Instagram, Facebook or Twitter? Youth from all over the diocese will come together to answer tech questions on Friday afternoon and evening during Convention. 
 
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10 MYTHS ABOUT

GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA

 

Although guns kill or injure more than 100,000 American every year, pervasive myths about guns and gun violence persist and thwart any meaningful dialogue about how to confront this epidemic. For the next 10 weeks, the Social Justice Committee will be sharing 10 Myths about Gun Violence in America as published by Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV).

 

Gun Violence Myth 1: “Guns Keep Us Safe.”  The Truth: If guns really kept us safe,  the United States would be the safest nation in the world, since we own approximately  90 guns for every 100 people. The rate of firearm violence in America, however, vastly exceeds that of other industrialized nations where gun ownership is strictly regulated.

 

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Accepting God’s

Gift of Faith Program 2016   

 

Are you worshipping with our community and ready to take a further step to become an Episcopalian through Baptism and/or Confirmation?  Already an Episcopalian and have been inactive and want to reconnect?  Confirmed in another denomination and want to be received into the Episcopal Church?  Then our Accepting God’s Gift of Faith Program is for you! The program will consist of eight weekly sessions in preparation for Adult Baptism/Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation by Bishop Mathes on Sunday, December 4th. Sessions will be on Tuesdays at 6:00pm, starting on October 11th. Sessions begin promptly with dinner at 6pm and end by 8pm. This group journey will lead participants through their own spiritual life story as well as through the history, theology and worship of the Episcopal Church. It is an opportunity to spiritually grow in and through the community of faith at St. Paul’s. Please RSVP your interest in attending by calling the Office by September 30th at 760.320.7488, ext. 0.
 

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Altar and Narthex (church lobby) Flower Sponsorships

 

Sponsoring flowers for the Altar or Narthex is a distinctive way to remember loved ones or commemorate special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries.  There are many dates still available to sponsor an arrangement this year. RESERVE YOUR DATE NOW by completing the sponsor sign-up form in the binder on the table to your right as you enter the Parish Hall.
 

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Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM

Episcopal Café in The Library

Check it out

 
September
 
9/25      Who Do You Love?
             Led by Alan Zimmerman
             Read About it
 
October
 
10/2      Finding God and Faith on TV.
             Led by Jerry Di Noto
 
10/9      Attitude of Gratitude- 10 Lepers (Lk.17:11-19)
             Led by Br. John Charles
 
10/16   We Must Risk Delight.
            Led Craig Ewing
 
10/23   Pride and Prejudice  
            Led by Gary Scott
 
10/30   Speaking to the Soul- Joyful Choice  
            Led by Audrey Spencer
 
 

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Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 PM

Faith Building – In the Library
                                                                                      

Book Study – How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian:  Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis to Revelation,” by John Dominic Crossan.  Led by Br. John Charles.

 

9/27    Part IV: Community

 

10/4    Part IV: Community (cont’d.)

 

 

 

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Announcements

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CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

 
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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Giving Made Easier 

 

We encourage you to use our new system for online giving.

 

Pay your pledge, make a donation to St. Paul’s or support select ministries.

 

More information in the column to the right of this publication.

 

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Sunday Worship Childcare

 

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

 

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WELL IN THE DESERT
OPEN HOUSE
 
WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 18th, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
 
588 W. Rosa Parks Rd. (building behind First Baptist Church)
 
Indian Canyon to Rosa Parks, P.S. Gas Station on corner
 
Click logo below for website.
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Taize Services Resume

 

On Thursday, October 6th we will resume our monthly Taize services at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.  This quiet service of silence, psalm and meditation through singing Taize chants is offered for all in a setting of Liturgical art and candlelight.  Contact Nathan Ensign for more details at: 760-320-7488 Ext. 225.

 

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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 next single session class with Fr. Andrew will be Sun. Sept. 25 at 9:15 in the Chapel in the Parish Hall. You will learn about St. Paul’s, ask questions about the Parish, and join.

 

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HOLY COMMUNION
SERVICE FOR
LOCAL CARE FACILITIES

 

The next COMMUNION SERVICE at Windsor Court is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 at 10:15 am. The priest and residents always welcome parishioners to join in the worship. 

 

 

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Hospitality Ministry

Please join us in the Parish Hall after each Sunday service for coffee and refreshments. 
 
Sunday’s Coffee Hour following the 10:30 service is sponsored by Ana Maria Gomez and Jose Gonzalez.
 
Coffee Hours are an important ministry of hospitality for both our members and guests. There are several Coffee Hours without sponsors throughout the year. Please consider signing up to be a host.
 

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Call for Confirmation Class Sponsors
 
Are you interested in accompanying a member of the Confirmation class on their spiritual journey?  This is an opportunity to make new spiritual friendships that will last well beyond the confirmation experience.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please call Br. John Charles at 415-279-6340.
 
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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
 

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.

 

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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.

 

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Baked Goods and Fruit
for Roy’s
 
St. Paul’s Monday night outreach to the homeless men, women and children at Roy’s Desert Resource Center needs your support to help get through the summer doldrums. Home-made or store bought baked desserts, cakes and cookies, as well as fresh fruit, are urgently needed.  Simply bring your donation to church on Saturday or Sunday and leave it with the ushers. Contact Chris Kelly at (760) 406-2978 for further information.
 

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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.

 

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WORSHIP SERVICES

 

Saturday,September 24th

Holy Communion

4:00 pm

The Reverend Andrew Green

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Sunday, September 25th

Holy Communion

8:00 a.m.

The Reverend Paul Kowalewski

 

Holy Communion

10:30 a.m.

The Reverend Paul Kowalewski

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Children Welcome in Worship

Childcare is available on
Sunday Mornings from 10:00 am
through the 10:30 Service

 

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Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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