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The Abundant Lite

November 20, 2014                                                            For Sunday November 23rd


From The Rector




Believe Like No One is Watching



My breathing begins to get tight when I know that I have to sing in leading worship. I work at relaxing and slowing down. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes not – but no matter what – I know or judge how I performed. This is very different than my shower singing. In the shower, there is never a shortness of breath or tension, and I never judge myself. I just sing.


Have you seen the posters that promise a certain kind of authenticity when you “dance like no one is watching?” If we want to truly be ourselves, we need times when we can ignore self-criticism and give ourselves to something, whether it is singing, dancing, or believing.


The Gospel selection we will read this weekend raises up this value at the end of a series of stories about when “the end” will come or what the reign of God will be like. I have been waiting for this Gospel. We have heard about wise and foolish bridesmaids, shrewd and lazy servants, and folks who were tossed out of the wedding feast because they had no proper attire. Each of these stories has emphasized traditional wisdom or traditional cultural expectations. In none of them has Jesus turned our world upside down. I have been waiting for the story of the sheep and the goats.


In this story, Jesus upends the expectations of his listeners. It is not because Jesus emphasized caring for the poor and marginalized. It is not because Jesus is to be met and served in these people who are least. It is precisely the listeners expectations that are at the heart of this story. As Richard Jensen has pointed out (Preaching Matthew’s Gospel), the righteous – those on the sheep side – had no expectation that they were doing anything praiseworthy! They were surprised that their daily engagement with life put them in the position where they provided service to their king.


The joy referenced by Jesus is the joy of God when those made in God’s image are cared for and brought to the center of the community. That joy grows when the righteous unexpectedly find that they have a share in it. This joy is an authentic response to an uncalculated connection to God’s people.


When I read about this expression of grace, lived out in seeing Jesus in others. I have this urge to turn it into a program or process. I want to say, “Here is how to serve God.” And I miss the point.


As a Christian, I am asked to live out what I have heard from Jesus, throughout my life. I am not asked to be perfect or to “fix” anything. We are asked simply to let Jesus dance through us and to move with the others. We are asked to let Jesus breathe through us, believe – and rejoice. Join us.


Fr. Andrew



Featured Scripture

Matthew 25:31-46


Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, `Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, `Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, `You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, `Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, `Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”



The Stewardship Appreciation Brunch

The Stewardship Committee invites you to The Stewardship Appreciation Brunch to celebrate your generous contributions of time, talent and financial support this Sunday, November 23, 2014, immediately following the 10:30 am service in Hogarth Hall. The brunch is free but you must have a ticket to attend and seating is limited. Tickets are still available in the Parish Office.





November 30th and December 7th after both services.


This is a not-for-profit organization which helps our brothers and sisters in Africa build water wells, educate children, offer employment and other humanitarian projects.  This is done by the sale of crafts and jewelry made by those employed.  When you purchase an item you are helping the individual who created it by giving them the income they need to survive.  Last year we raised $1,470.50.  Thank you so much!  If you have any questions, please call Rosanna Langley at 760.409.8534.



Calling All Elves – Two Decorating Events

Time to Deck the (Parish) Hall for Christmas and string lights in advance of the Palm Springs Festival of Lights.  All interested folks are invited to come help on Saturday, November 29th at 9:00 AM. Morning snacks and beverages will be served. 


Christmas decorations will go up in the church after the last Sunday in Advent. Please join your fellow parishioners to decorate the church on Monday December 22nd at 9:00 AM.


Please call the Parish Office @ 760.320.7488 to sign up.



Faith Formation


“Sundays at 9:15″

In The Library





Welcome to The Episcopal Café Discussion Group! Sessions will be held in the Chapel Room in the Parish Hall. These discussion/sharing sessions are based on online topics from Episcopal websites,



11/23  Church Hall. The Ministries of St. Paul’s will make presentations on how stewardship is demonstrated.  Facilitated by Craig Ewing


“Tuesdays at 7″








November ~ In The Library


Spirituality for the 2nd Half of Life-The Best is Yet to Come!

Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

11/25  Signpost of healthy & mature spirituality.  


December ~ In The Church


12/2, 12/9 & 12/16 – Taize Services



Volunteers Needed – Roy’s Desert Resource Center!


Our Outreach Ministry to the homeless at Roy’s Desert Resource Center needs your support. There are various ways you can help.  Donations of homemade desserts (cakes, pies, cookies, etc.) are especially welcome, but so are “store-bought” items and fruit.  In addition, our Roy’s Fund is always in need of your tax deductible donations which enable us to deliver about $400 worth of new underwear and socks to Roy’s residents every month.  Simply bring dessert items to the Church kitchen (leave perishables in the refrigerator space reserved for Roy’s).  They will be taken to Roy’s for Monday dinner by one of our teams of volunteers.  If you have any questions, just call our ministry leader, Chris Kelly, at 760.406.2978.




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!



Episcopalians Against Gun Violence


. . . is an ad-hoc group of bishops, clergy and lay people disseminating information about Episcopalians who are working, collectively and individually, to curb gun violence. For further information, click here.






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 the John Seitman, at jseitman@pacbell.net or 858-793-4426.





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Please observe that the office is not open for walk-ins on Mondays. If you call, please leave a message. In case of emergencies, a priest will return your call. 




Camp Stevens Visit

Dec. 6


Many people at church contribute to our beautiful Diocesan camp in Julian. To thank you,  a  lunch and tour has been arranged on Dec. 6th, a Saturday.  Time away is 9 AM to 3 PM.  If you are interested in coming along,  contact Bonnie Stroock,   St. Paul Camper’s Coordinator at 760-324-7949.


Our Adult Choir


. . . will be singing at the annual Palm Springs Anti-Violence Vigil to be held Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 PM at Francis Stevens Park (corner of Palm Canyon and Alejo). This event is to commemorate all the transgender people lost to violence in the past year.  All are welcome.







We are looking for volunteers to be Story Tellers and/or Doorkeepers (observers) for our Sunday School program during the 10:30 service.  This is an opportunity to teach children through biblical readings and activities selected by the Sunday School Team from an Episcopal curriculum.  If you are interested in volunteering or want more information, please contact Ted Barjas at 760.902.1014.



Our Taize style meditation service is returning for 3 Tuesdays in Advent.  Our next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM.

In a setting of icons, candles and low light, and, using short songs repeated again and again with a few words to express a basic reality of faith, this service of prayer and meditation becomes a way of listening to God. All are invited. To learn more, contact Nathan Ensign at:  760.320.7488 Ext. 225.  We are also looking for a few volunteers to assist in setting up for the service.









Holy Communion at Windsor Court, 201 South Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, is hosted by the Nursing Home Ministry on the second Wednesday of the month, next, on December 10th, at 10:15am. The Presiding Priest always welcomes assistance from parishioners.





Please consider signing up to host a Coffee Hour in 2014. A binder at the entrance to the Parish Hall indicates available Sundays throughout the year. There are several Sundays available through the end of the year. If you have questions, call Ray or Cheryl Kelley at 760.778.1725.






The Prayer Shawl Ministry invites you to join our circle on Wednesday’s from 10am -1pm 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.



Our Partnership


Katherine Finchy

Elementary School


. . . continues through  our donations of classroom supplies. Please take a blue classroom supply wish list, available from the ushers, (or view and print), to use when you go shopping.  Please place your  donations in the basket marked “Katherine Finchy Elementary” located in the Narthex.  You may also bring your purchased supplies to the Church Office during business hours. If you are unable to shop, but would like to help financially, please make your check out to “St. Paul in the Desert” and write “Katherine Finchy” on the memo line.



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.


“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.



At the Church

of St. Paul

in the Desert

. . . we welcome all worshipers to a place free of violence, bullying, and abuse. 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.


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Saturday, November 22nd


Holy Communion

4:00 p.m. 

The Rev. Andrew Green



Sunday, November 23rd


Holy Communion

8:00 a.m.

The Rev. Canon David Caffrey


Holy Communion
10:30 a.m.

The Rev. Canon David Caffrey



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