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The Abundant Life


May 26, 2016                                     For Sunday, May 29th


From the Rector



Speak the Word, Jesus,
          We Want to be Whole
“Just say the word and my servant will be healed.” This recognition of Jesus’ power is the hinge of this week’s Gospel, and the story turns on the pronouncement. Jesus need not make a house call, he need only say the word – act on behalf of the servant – and all will be well.
The powerful centurion represents the occupying Roman Empire, and has authority over the local people. However, he acts graciously and generously towards them. He is an outsider, but not your typical outsider. The story highlights the division of power and how each side perceives its use, and also how in this story there is a subtle difference. There is the obvious gulf between the imperial army of Rome and the subject Galileans. Though Jesus is aligned with the occupied subjects who have benefited from the Centurion’s patronage, the centurion recognizes the power of Jesus to heal. The officer changes roles, and asks the village elders to be his patrons in enlisting Jesus’ help. He believes the elders can intercede on his behalf so that his beloved servant will be healed. An exchange of patronage is how things work between powerful men.
But here, faith exceeds patronage, and the truth of the passage is made simple. The local elders connect Jesus with the officer, but it is the centurion’s inherent and emphatic resolve that amazes Jesus. He addresses his fellow Galileans with the example of the centurion’s faith, says nothing else, and the servant is found to be healed.
I believe that the healing of the servant is an example of a broader healing that takes place. The idea of insiders and outsiders is turned on its head. The division of patrons and supplicants is not only reversed; it also becomes unnecessary: Jesus affirms the importance of relationship as he cares for the unlikely and unexpected.
Jesus did not need the centurion to be brought to him by the elders in order to join this healing, but the centurion needed their connection. The interplay could be a set of transactions that are almost commercial, or they can be a way of understanding that the connection to both Jesus and the others was vital to the wholeness and completeness of this community. The centurion honored his commitment to the community as did the elders. 
People ask for prayers all the time. We pray in order to be connected. We affirm – by our petitions for that single person or for the many on our prayer lists – that our prayers connect us to God who will act, to Jesus who will “say the word.” We affirm our faith by our petitions, and connect with Jesus through our love for others. 
When we gather in worship, we call upon Jesus. When we share the bread and the cup, we are welcomed and renewed in that healing relationship with Jesus and each other. Jesus speaks God’s word of healing and invites us to do the same – that the world may be whole. Join us.
Fr. Andrew




Featured Scripture

     Luke 7:1-10 (CEB)
After Jesus finished presenting all his words among the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion had a servant who was very important to him, but the servant was ill and about to die. When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Jesus to ask him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they earnestly pleaded with Jesus. “He deserves to have you do this for him,” they said. “He loves our people and he built our synagogue for us.”
Jesus went with them. He had almost reached the house when the centurion sent friends to say to Jesus, “Lord, don’t be bothered. I don’t deserve to have you come under my roof. In fact, I didn’t even consider myself worthy to come to you. Just say the word and my servant will be healed. I’m also a man appointed under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and the servant does it.”
When Jesus heard these words, he was impressed with the centurion. He turned to the crowd following him and said, “I tell you, even in Israel I haven’t found faith like this.” When the centurion’s friends returned to his house, they found the servant restored to health.



Gun Violence Awareness Day
Thursday June Second is “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” – a day to remember the victims of gun violence in our country, educate ourselves concerning this serious national problem and to take sensible action toward a more peaceful society.  This year, St. Paul’s invites you to remember this important day by wearing orange – the official gun violence awareness color – on Thursday June 2.  The Social Justice Committee will also be passing out orange ribbons and helpful information and links before and after regular services on Sunday June 5, with special prayers to be included in both services.  As we wore red for Pentecost, you might want to wear orange on Sunday June 5th. For more information on National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the Episcopal Church’s witness against gun violence, see the Facebook page “Episcopalians Against Gun Violence.” .
Volunteer for “Roy’s Movie Night”

We’re looking for a few additional volunteers to join us for the Social Justice Committee’s new monthly “Movie Night” event for the homeless men, women and children at Roy’s Desert Resource Center.  Come help set up, serve popcorn and drinks, be an usher and enjoy a fun film with our brothers and sisters at Roy’s – a good time will be had by all.  You must be able to commit to the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  For more info, contact church Head Usher Ron Shepard before or after the Saturday or Sunday services, or call Chris Kelly at 760-406-2978.

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.  RESERVE YOUR SPECIAL DATE NOW by completing the sponsor sign-up form in the Flower Sponsorship Binder.  You’ll find the binder on the table to your right as you enter the Parish Hall. 

Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM

Episcopal Café in The Chapel

Check it out

5/29    Education for Ministry Program: Overview and Introduction 
           Presented by Alan Zimmerman  
6/5      End of Life Care.
           Led by Rev. Andrew Green.
         Read about it 
6/12    Caring for the Dying – the “CONE” Theory of Death.
           Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey.
6/19    Freedom and Subjection
           Led by Br. John Charles.
           Read about it
6/26    The Three Kinds of Grief Nobody talks About
           Led by Craig Ewing.
           Read about it



Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 PM

Faith Building – In the Library

Please Note:  In the Gospel of Luke, Led by Br. John Charles, Br. John respectfully requests that you read the scripture in advance of each session.


5/31    Luke 12:13-34 – The Dangers of Money

           Led by Br. John Charles.




6/7     Luke 14:1-24 – Table Manners.
          Led by Br. John Charles.
6/14   Luke 15:1-32 – Parables of the Lost.
          Led by Br. John Charles.
6/21   Luke 23:32-49 – Reflections from the Cross: The Death of Jesus.
          Led by Br. John Charles.                               
6/28   Luke 24:13-35 – The Road to Emmaus.
          Led by Br. John Charles.



A Welcoming, Empowering, Supportive Community


Our mission statement calls us to be “a welcoming, empowering and supportive community.” We are currently forming a new ministry at St Paul’s to support that mission.  Volunteers are needed from all three services to donate approximately 90 minutes of their time per month.  That time is split into 3-30 minute segments: 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the service you attend, once per month, to support the Welcoming Table located in the Narthex and another 30 minutes a month assisting with name badge organization.  If you are able to lend a hand, please contact Mike Funke at 760.-409.0986 or mike.funke@yahoo.com!

Help us live our mission statement!









The Church office will be closed on Monday May 30 in recognition of Memorial Day. 
Effective May 31 through Sept 6, our summer office hours will be 9:00- 4:30 Tuesday through Thursday: and Friday 9:00 – noon.


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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If you’re interested in getting to know your fellow parishioners at a more social or personal level, the St. Paul Parish Life Committee may have something just for you!  This new endeavor is looking for ways for St. Paul’s members to socialize and have fun together, with programs starting gradually this summer and expanding in the fall.  If you have thoughts on how social and recreational activities could be developed and sustained, please contact Fred Ross and/or Gary Hiatt at 760-325-1542, or email Fred at fredeross@comcast.net or Gary at ghiatt@comcast.net. Gary and Fred look forward to hearing from you.


Giving Made Easier
St. Paul’s has a new system for online giving and we encourage you to use it (see the right hand column on this web page.)
If you have any questions, please contact the office. Our online system makes it easy to direct your donation to a specific fund.


Thank you!!
The Daughters of the King thank our St. Paul family for your generosity during our spring ingathering for the United Thank Offering (UTO).  We have sent a check to the UTO organization in the amount of $1480! Thank you for supporting the work of the Church in the world with your generous contributions.




The next COMMUNION SERVICE at Windsor Court is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th at 10:15 am. The priest and residents always welcome parishioners to join in the worship. 






Please join us in the Parish Hall after each Sunday service for coffee and refreshments. Coffee Hours are an important ministry of hospitality for both our members and guests.
Sunday’s Coffee Hour after the 8:00 service is sponsored by Marcus & Jessica Scott. JoAnne Adair is sponsoring the Coffee Hour after the 10:30 service.
Please consider hosting an upcoming Coffee Hour. The sign-up book is on the table to your right as you enter the Parish Hall.




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.






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 incidents are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact John Seitman, at jseitman@pacbell.net or 858-793-4426.




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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The Rev. Andrew Green



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Holy Communion

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The Rev. Andrew Green


Holy Communion

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