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The Abundant Life


October 20, 2016                         For Sunday, October 23rd


From the Rector




How Do We Stand?


As Jesus journeys to Jerusalem, he continues to challenge expectations and overturn assumptions. Jesus was not alone in this; he was following a tradition of Hebrew Prophets who were fierce critics of people who stood in positions of influence. 


The Pharisee was a type of religious adherent who was highly observant. The Tax Collector was a type of a collaborator with the occupying Romans. One might easily look up to the first person and might even more easily look down on the second. This story plays on the listener’s assumptions, but makes a different point – when they pray, how do they see themselves in relationship to others as well as to God?


Each character stands by himself, but how? The Pharisee stands proudly by himself, clearly looking down on others – especially the Tax Collector. He is at the center of his prayer. Although he is a good man and has exemplary observance of spiritual discipline, his interpretation has led him to conclude that he is living out a blessed life, to which he is entitled. After all, he might say to himself, “Look at these losers!” He stands apart, in a bubble of ego and entitlement, divided from his fellows and from God.


On the other hand, the Tax Collector stands “at  a distance.” We don’t know if he has been shunned to the margin as a collaborator. However, rather than seeing himself in relation to the others, all his prayers are about his own shortcomings. As Mark Davis has observed, he understands himself as a loser, accepting the Pharisee’s observation. Yet his prayer is intensely personal, and for God alone.


Each stands differently. One stands in need of nothing, assured that he is better than others. The other is unwilling even to consider others and knows that he stands in need of mercy. 


Each of these characters are extreme and indicate real spiritual need. The difference in where they stand is where the possibility for growth and spiritual health are found. When I stand in self-confident judgment over others, the real goodness that may be in me is disconnected from the blessing that God desires for me and the world. However, when I stand in the place where I am in need of God’s mercy or grace, God can easily work with me. And I am connected to all those who cry out for that same mercy – who cry out to a listening, merciful God.


Join in worship this week as we seek mercy for others in need, for the world that is hurting, and for the parts of ourselves that have difficulty engaging life without abundant mercy.


Fr. Andrew



Featured Scripture

     Luke 18:9-14 Common English Bible (CEB)

Jesus told this parable to certain people who had convinced themselves that they were righteous and who looked on everyone else with disgust:“Two people went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself with these words, ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like everyone else—crooks, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week. I give a tenth of everything I receive.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He wouldn’t even lift his eyes to look toward heaven. Rather, he struck his chest and said, ‘God, show mercy to me, a sinner.’ I tell you, this person went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. All who lift themselves up will be brought low, and those who make themselves low will be lifted up.”




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.


All Saints’ Day,
November 5, 2016
For our annual observance of All Saints’ Day, we invite you to offer the names of loved ones who have passed away within the last 12 months.  The names will be celebrated during All Saints’ Day service on Saturday November 5th. Please add names to registers located in the Parish Hall and Narthex, or by calling the Parish Office at 760.320.7488.  If you have submitted names in past years, they are part of a permanent parish record and will be remembered along with those newly added.  Deadline for submitting names is Wednesday, October 26, 2016.




Seeking Vestry Nominations


The Vestry (Governing Board of St. Paul’s) has opened nominations for the new term. A three-year term on the Vestry is a significant responsibility and a rewarding experience. For more information and to share the name of someone you know who might be interested contact any of the following Vestry members: Bob Hettinger (treasurer@stpaulsps.org), Kathy Kilmer kmkcc@aol.com (760 325.0332), Rosanna Langley rolangley1@aol.com (760. 409.8534), Tom Lutgen tmlutgen@hotmail.com (760.322.4089), and Diane Stielstra dianestielstra@msn.com (760.325.3710).





Gay Pride 2016


All St. Paul’s parishioners are invited to march in the parish contingent of the Palm Springs Pride Parade on Sunday, November 6th at 10 AM. You don’t have to be gay to march!  We welcome all of our “allies” and those who are Proud to be welcoming, empowering, supportive Episcopalians!  If you would like to “march,” but need to ride, there are a limited number of spaces available in the cars. See the sign-up sheets in the Church Lobby & Parish Hall. Check this space for further details.




Welcoming Pride Shabbat


Temple Isaiah invites people of all faiths to a community-wide Welcoming Pride Shabbat (Sabbath) service to be held on Friday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Bochner Sanctuary at Temple Isaiah JCC, 332 West Alejo Road, Palm Springs. Clergy from various congregations will participate.  The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch will represent St. Paul’s. Please join in this worship service at Temple Isaiah and stay for the reception following.






Service Schedule Change


The Palm Springs PRIDE Parade on Sunday November 6th, makes the church virtually inaccessible on Sunday morning. Our All Saints Principal Service will be Saturday, Nov. 5th at 4:00pm. The Choir will sing. There will be a quiet service at 8:00 Sunday with no music. There will be no 10:30 service.



43rd Annual Diocesan Convention – Local this year
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. 


Save the Date!  November 19


On Saturday, November 19th, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Parish Hall, The Rev. Canon David Caffrey will present a workshop on sharing the Good News of Christ.  He will bring together those interested in – or those highly suspect of – what in the Episcopal Church is called the “dreaded e-word – evangelism.”  With his usual humor and good grace, Canon Caffrey will involve us in a journey of joy, and says, “Evangelism is nothing to be afraid of. It’s simply sharing the Good News, and all of us can do that.”  DOK is sponsoring the workshop, and invites everyone to attend.






The Social Justice Committee continues its presentation of Myths about Gun Violence in America, as published by the Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV):

Gun Violence Myth 5: Gun Laws Aren’t Effective. Sensible gun laws can and do work. Since the Brady Act went into effect in 1994, for example, background checks on prospective gun purchasers have prevented the sale of firearms to more than 1.6 million prohibited purchasers, notwithstanding that law’s “private sale” loophole. Studies have shown that a variety of state laws have had a positive impact and can serve as best practices for other states.

  • Virginia’s one-gun-a-month law, enacted to address gun trafficking, significantly reduced the number of out of state crime guns traced back to Virginia dealers
  • In 12 states where child access prevention laws had been in effect for at least one year, unintentional firearm deaths fell by 23% from 1990-94 among children under the age of 15.
  • Following Maryland’s adoption of a ban on “junk guns,” firearm homicides dropped by 8.6% in the state – an average of 40 lives saved per year – between 1990 and 1998.



Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM

Episcopal Café in The Library

Check it out

10/23   Pride and Prejudice  
            Led by Gary Scott
10/30   Speaking to the Soul- Joyful Choice  
            Led by Audrey Spencer
11/06   No Session – Palm Springs Pride Weekend

11/13   The one unwilling to work, shall not eat!
            Led by Alan Zimmerman



Tuesday Evenings at 6:00 PM

        Accepting God’s Gift of Faith Program 2016.

This program is for those preparing for Adult:
  • Baptism
  • Confirmation
  • Reception
  • Reaffirmation
in the Episcopal Church on Sunday, December 4th by Bishop Mathes.





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.




“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 Sunday, October 30, at 9:15 am in the Chapel in the Parish Hall.  In this informal setting you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member.




DOK Meeting


DOK meets this Tuesday October 25th at 1:00 pm in the small conference room in the Parish Office. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) will be our “guest,” a most remarkable lady. Members want to know how the lives of women saints impact our own, and so begins our “Series of Saints.” Women of our parish are invited to join the adventure!


EDSD Book Drive
For the fall collaborative project, the Diocese is asking churches to collect new and gently used books for children up to age 14. Start collecting books now, and bring them to Church on Sunday, October 30th. We will then bring all the donated books to Convention on November 11-12, at St Margaret’s, Palm Desert. All donations will be distributed throughout the desert region to children in need by Episcopal churches and other social service agencies.


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.




Taize Services


The next Taize Service will be Thursday, November 3rd 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. All are invited.  Contact Nathan Ensign for more details at: 760-320-7488 Ext. 225.





The next COMMUNION SERVICE at Windsor Court is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th at 10:15 am. The priest and residents always welcome parishioners to join in the worship. 





Hospitality Ministry

Please join us in the Parish Hall after each Sunday service for coffee and refreshments. 
Sunday’s Coffee Hour following the 8:00 service is hosted by Josh Brown.
Coffee Hours are an important ministry of hospitality for both our members and guests. There are still several Coffee Hours without sponsors throughout year end. Please consider signing up to be a host.




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.



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.



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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Saturday,October 22nd

Holy Communion

4:00 pm

The Reverend Andrew Green



Sunday, October 23rd

Holy Communion

8:00 a.m.

The Reverend Paul Kowalewski


Holy Communion

10:30 a.m.

The Reverend Paul Kowalewski



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