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The Abundant Lite

October 30, 2014                                                            For Sunday November 2nd


From The Rector



Vulnerability Leads to Blessing


We celebrate All Saints Day this weekend and read a very familiar passage – the Beatitudes according to Matthew. Parts of it are familiar to many, even if they don’t go to church. Rather than look at each phrase, I want to reflect on my sense of the whole passage.


Jesus is beginning his teaching, his “Sermon on the Mount,” with these words. He is setting the tone. So when he begins by honoring people who have no hope of their own and no reason to think they are honorable, it stands out.


Jesus seems always to be preaching about one reversal of fortune or another. Those who have done everything correctly and expect the highest reward, will be disappointed when they are not at the front of the line. In the same way, those who have been living with loss or marked as “less than” others will be surprised when they are honored in front of the rest. I often talk about this reversal, but there is more going on than this. Jesus is inviting all who listen to a new way of living – one that is not defined by strength and power, but by vulnerability.


On the surface, this might look like another way of polarizing differences, of separating “us” versus “them.” The population who are meek and powerless now, will somehow take charge in God’s time. But I think there is something deeper going on.


If we look at ways in which these counter-cultural values exist in each of us, we might see a blessing for all.


Simply, all of us experience grief at some time and for everyone who has a place of power, there is someone with a claim to greater power. Rather than striving for a life without grief or ever greater power, what if we embraced our own limitations. We might exchange all our striving for something else. Jesus invites us to trade our striving for deeper relationship. He invites us to be vulnerable and learn that we are connected to other people – especially the ones we admire or fear – through that vulnerability. When we accept our own limitations, we may become more attuned to the limitations and vulnerability of others.


Then, instead of participating in a world striving for ever greater power, we would seek more and more to accept the mutuality of our human weakness. Our ambitions would shift from being more powerful or possessing more than others, to being more connected with others. We would be rewarded by our empathy leading us to more Jesus-like choices and relationships.


Join us as we practice vulnerability in our worship before God and our caring for each other.


Fr. Andrew



Featured Scripture

     Matthew 23:1-12


Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father– the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.”



The 1923 Steinway Returns – As New!


Coffee Hour November 2nd after the 10:30 service will be hosted by the Choir and will feature a very special event. The 1923 Steinway in the Choir room has returned from its summer’s restoration.  Dr. John Granet will be playing so that all can see and hear how beautiful it is! Plan on getting some food and come admire the new “baby”.


Altar Guild Training Session


All current and prospective Acolytes, Chalice Bearers, Worship Coordinators, and Altar Guild members are cordially invited to a training session on Saturday, November 1st at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall.  This will be a “refresher course” for current altar ministers and training for prospective servers.  Brunch will be served. Reservations required. To save your space, please call the church office at 760.320.7488 ext. 0 and leave your name and contact information.  







On November 6th, from 7 AM to 6 PM, help fill the Sunline bus bringing non-perishable food, canned goods and toiletry items to Ralph’s Market at Smoke Tree Shopping Center at E. Palm Canyon and Sunrise Way in Palm Springs.




Due to the new Parade Route now starting on Tacheva Drive and the difficulty in reaching the church on Sunday morning our Principal Service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8th at 4:00 PM. The Rev. Susan Russell from All Saints Pasadena will be our guest preacher.  There will not be a 10:30 AM service on Sunday November, 9th. There will be a said service with no music at 8:00 AM.


Demonstrate your Pride in our Diverse Spiritual Community and march with St. Paul’s Pride Parade Contingent on Sunday, November 9th at 10 AM.  All members of the Parish LGBTQ Community and their allies are welcome.  If interested, call the Parish Office, 760.320.7288 to leave your name and contact information.




Volunteers Needed for Palm Springs Pride


  Volunteers Needed for
    Palm Springs Pride
     Festival & Parade


      November 7, 8 & 9, 2014


Palm Springs Pride relies on hundreds of volunteers to make our unique festival and parade the success that they are year after year. Volunteering is all about making a difference. Palm Springs Pride is committed to involving volunteers across its operations from events to business support. When you volunteer with Palm Springs Pride, you’ll be making not only a difference for the organization but also the wider community for which we serve.


Click here to learn more about this year’s Palm Springs Pride Festival & Parade.


Click here to go directly to the Volunteer Application Form



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 on 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 will be available after each worship service or in the Parish Office beginning November 8.



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,




11/2  Ministries of Stewardship-Orientation & Intro

Facilitated by Craig Ewing

11/9  No Session – Pride Weekend

11/16 &23  Church Hall. 2 sessions-the Ministries of St. Paul’s will make presentations on how stewardship is demonstrated.  Facilitated by Craig Ewing


“Tuesdays at 7″ In The Library








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

Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey


11/4    Introduction – Journeying through the stages of life.

           (Fun for all ages!)

11/11  Making the Transition & Issues of Spiritual Direction.

11/18  The Seven Life Tasks that must be Negotiated.

11/25  Signpost of healthy & mature spirituality.  



Volunteers Needed – Roy’s Desert Resource Center!


St. Paul’s is expanding its outreach to the men, women and children of Roy’s Desert Resource Center, one of the Coachella Valley’s largest transitional living facilities for the homeless.  New volunteers are needed to assist in our continuing Monday night dessert service to Roy’s residents as are baked goods, used clothing and donations to our Roy’s “S.O.S” fund.  We are also looking for new volunteers willing to assist residents as they visit the on-site “God’s Closet” used clothing repository.  We encourage everyone with a little time to spare to join us in this opportunity for service and fellowship.  For more information, please contact Chris Kelly at 760.406.2978.  We would love to hear from you!




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!





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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. 



The Social Justice Committee


. . . will meet this Thursday, November 13th at 7 PM in the Library.




A Death in the Parish


Louise Packham died at home in hospice care.


May she rest in peace.


Her funeral will be at St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano – tentatively Nov. 15.  Her remains will be placed in our Columbarium sometime thereafter.






A celebration of the life of Bev Zwack will be held on Friday, November 7th at 1:00 PM.







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 Next Monthly Taizè Service will be held Thursday,  November 6th 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 November 12, at 10:15am. The Presiding Priest always welcomes assistance from parishioners.






Lucinda Hampson commemorates her birthday as the host of coffee hour following the 8 AM service.  The Choir is hosting a special event at coffee hour after the  10:30 service.   The 1923 Steinway in the Choir room has returned from its summer restoration.  Dr. John Granet will be playing so that all can see and hear how beautiful the “new” piano is! Grab some food and come admire the new “baby”.


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.


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.



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.



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.






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.




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.


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Saturday, November 1st


Holy Communion

4:00 p.m. 

The Rev. Andrew Green



Sunday, November 2nd


Holy Communion

8:00 a.m.

The Rev. Eric Law


Holy Communion

10:30 a.m.

The Rev. Eric Law



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