The Abundant Life – April 14, 2016

The Abundant Life


April 14, 2016                                     For Sunday, April 17th


From the Rector


Living Out Abundance
Our selected reading this week, the beloved 23rd Psalm, is a hymn of praise to God’s grace, love, and good intentions for each faithful person. From verse one, it confirms the reality of God’s abundance, and requires further thought.
“The Lord is my shepherd.  I lack nothing.”
The poetic language is not the result of an inventory of all one might need, but a claim about relationship. Because of the care my shepherd gives me, I have everything I really need. At the heart of abundance is relationship. Do I experience my relationship with God as supporting me, or do I live in fear? One path leads to a place of abundance, the other to a place of scarcity – even in the midst of plenty.
That relationship persists in good times and bad. The abundance in our hearts persists from restful and nourishing streams, into times of trial and threat of darkness and shadows, even to an awareness that God’s abundance is present in the midst of hostility.  If we track our lives through all we experience – ups and downs, challenge and success, friends and enemies – the constant is God’s presence. Our task is to continually seek that presence and turn away from fear.  
This constant turning towards the relationship with God is personal and corporate. It  confirms that although I may not be wealthy, I have all I really need. As a congregation, the discipline of seeking God in our mission, in our worship, and in our caring, not only reminds us that we are a beloved community, but also that the seeking itself guides us in responsible decision making.  
There is responsibility that comes from this abundance, and from understanding that it does not belong to us as a commodity that we control. We belong to God’s abundance, as the sheep belong to the shepherd’s care.  Unlike real sheep, our single greatest responsibility is to become extensions of God’s abundance to others. 
That includes the practice of generosity toward others as well as to ourselves. Generosity of our resources is the response to belonging to God’s abundance. Financial resources are only one example. Others to be shared are what the Rev. Eric Law calls “Holy Currencies” – time and place, leadership, relationship, truth, and wellness.
In all our worship, we are centered in God’s abundance. It immerses us in the deep truth of our belonging, and it calls us to share that belonging with one another.  We practice “living in the Lord’s house, as long as we live.”  Join us.
Fr. Andrew      





Featured Scripture

 Psalm 23  Common English Bible (CEB)
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd.
    I lack nothing.
He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
    he leads me to restful waters;
He guides me in proper paths
    for the sake of his good name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no danger because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
    they protect me.
You set a table for me
    right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
    my cup is so full it spills over!
Yes, goodness and faithful love
    will pursue me all the days of my life,
    and I will live in the Lord’s house
    as long as I live.




Newcomers Class with 
Father Andrew
Many worshipers wonder how to become a member of St. Paul’s. If you are interested, join our Rector in the Chapel on Sunday, April 24th at 9:15 am. You’ll learn how easy it is to become a member and will hear more about St. Paul’s, its ministries, and how we serve our members and our community. This is a single session class and is not the same as the Inquirers’ Class. If you are already a member of St. Paul’s, this class is not for you.


United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering (UTO) – of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society – will be collected at all services April 16th and 17th.  Please use the blue giving envelopes in the pew pockets or the special UTO collection boxes for your donations.  Collection boxes can be found in the parish hall and Narthex (church lobby).  Since 1871, the Episcopal Church has gathered funds for this special offering as an expression of thanks for personal blessings.  Donations fund grants in support of ministries in communities at home and around the world where there are no other sources of aid available.  For more information, please see the UTO informational brochures in the pews.  You are invited to take your copy with you and read the interesting history of this missionary outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church.  Questions?  Contact Bonnie Stroock at 760.324.7949.
Hand Made, Olivewood  Carvings
Next Sunday, April 24th, Bethlehem Handcrafts will be here to sell handmade olivewood carvings, after each service, in the Parish Hall. Bethlehem Handcrafts works on behalf of the remaining small Christian community in the Holy Land. Each item is crafted by local carvers using the trimmings of olive trees. Many of the families depend on income from the sales of these carvings for their livelihood. 

Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM

Episcopal Café in The Chapel

Check it out

4/17 Easter People Dressing a Corpse.
Facilitated by Audrey Spencer          
Read about it here                    
4/24 Love One Another– John 13:31-35.
Facilitated by Br. John Charles
Read about it here
5/1  We Break This Bread.
Facilitated by Craig Ewing
Read about it here
5/8   Be Ardent in the Spirit.
Facilitated by Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch
Read about it here 
5/15  The Mockingbird is the Pentecost Bird.  
Facilitated by Jerry Lynch
Read about it here
5/22  Trinity Sunday -A Reflection. 
Facilitated by Br. John Charles
Read about it here
5/29  Education for Ministry Program: Overview and Introduction 
Presented by Alan Zimmerman  



Tuesday Evenings at 7:00 PM

Faith Building – In the Library

“Studying, Speaking and Singing the Psalms”
Presented by Rabbi David Lazar.
4/19  Psalm 118- Praising Together with the Other
4/26  Psalm 30- Riding the Roller Coaster of Life 
5/3  Education for Ministry Program: Overview and Introduction. 

Presented by Alan Zimmerman


Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. This international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service and bring them into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship and engage in theological reflection together. On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7 pm, Ms. Karla Lewis, an EfM mentor from St. Margaret’s will join us for Tuesdays @7 to discuss the EfM program in general and EfM opportunities at St. Margaret’s. For more information or questions, please call Alan Zimmerman.

5/10 Beads & Prayer I–  Use of beads in prayer traditions. 

Presented by Audrey Spencer


5/17 Beads & Prayer II– Use of beads in prayer traditions. 

Presented by Audrey Spencer.   


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.


5/24 Luke 10: 25-37 – The Good Samaritan: A Way of Life  

Led by Br. John Charles.  


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

Led by Br. John Charles.


Roy’s Still Needs YOU!


Just a reminder that St. Paul’s outreach to the homeless men, women and children at Roy’s Desert Resource Center continues through the summer months and needs your ongoing support.  If you are a year-round resident of the desert, please continue to donate baked goods, fresh fruit and used clothing to this worthy cause.  If you’re leaving us for the summer, take a moment to consider financial support for this important outreach before you go. Contact Chris Kelly(760) 406-2978 for more information.



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.









The church office is open Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with a lunch break from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm.


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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Looking for new ways to put your faith into action?  The St. Paul Social Justice Committee continues its important work on various fronts…including our continuing gun violence and safety initiative and our new “shower and service center” homeless outreach for the summer months. We’re working on a host of new social justice programs for the fall.  We have ambitious goals and can use your ideas, your energy and your gifts. If you feel called to share Christ’s compassion and love please join us.   Contact Chris Kelly (760) 406-2978 for further information.



Our next Taizé service
 . . . will be Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m.
In a setting of icons, religious art and candles, this quiet service of chant and meditation has been a welcome respite for many during our busy work week.  


Save the Date!

St. Paul’s Campers

are planning a weekend trip to Idyllwild Co. Campground on July 15 to 17.  Plan to come and escape the desert in the tall pines and mountain air of Mt. San Jacinto.  Call Bonnie Stroock if you are interested in joining us.   760-324-7949



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.




The next COMMUNION SERVICE at Windsor Court is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th 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.
Coffee hour after the 8:00 service Sunday is sponsored by Barry Hagenbuch & Robert Woods; Jo Anne Adair is sponsor for 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 or 858-793-4426.




A Welcoming, Empowering, Supportive



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!

Help us live our mission statement!




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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