Sunday Worship Service

Available for streaming Saturday after 4pm
Sunday, May 9, 2021
The Rev. Canon Victoria T. Hatch

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Weekly Bible Sharing

With Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, May 6th
12:00 p.m.

Join via Zoom: Click here to join meeting.

Or, join by phone: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 841 2829 0982

Charitable Gifting Event

Tuesday May 25, 2021
11:00 – 12:00

Eight4Nine Restaurant
849 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA

Planning for St. Paul’s Future: Charitable Gifting Strategies

Robert L Firth – Attorney
Michael Hancock – Ameriprise Financial

RSVP: – or- 760-272-1332

In-Person Worship Services

Updated May 6, 2021

We are so excited that we can get back to in-person worship services.  Our Sunday Services begin on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, at 10:30 AM.  Prior reservations will be required, as we are still limited to the number we can accommodate in the Sanctuary and maintain the required social distancing.  You may not be able to attend every week – we want to be sure everyone who wants to attend gets a turn.  We have one more worship service recording session scheduled for Thursday, May 13, at 10:30 AM, and you can also reserve space to attend that session.

Here is how you make a reservation:

  • Email our Parish Administrator at
  • Call the church office at 760.320.7488, extension 234. You can enter this extension as soon as the recording begins.  You do not need to listen to the full recording.

We are still figuring out how this process will work best, so we ask that you please be patient. We request that you arrive by 9:45 AM so that we can get everyone seated and ready to begin the service at 10:30 AM.  If we find it does not take this long to prepare for the service, we will move the arrival time to a slightly later time.  The following restrictions are still in place, and we ask that you adhere to them:

  • Masks are required for anyone 4 years of age or older (double masking is NOT required).
  • Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained.
  • Assigned seating will be in place. We will try to accommodate your preference as best we can.
  • Hand Sanitization is required prior to entering the Sanctuary.
  • No congregational singing is allowed, however soft humming is permitted.
  • Verbal responses by the congregation during the service are allowed.

The recorded worship service will still be available online through our website and Facebook Page.  Until our Live Stream equipment is fully functional, these services may not be accessible until later Sunday or, possibly, Monday.

May 7, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am pleased to inform you the Search Process Team has selected a range of candidates to visit our campus during May and June.  While we cannot reveal details of who those candidates are, we can tell you they come from a range of experiences, talents, and come from the East Coast to Southern California. Most importantly, they have each expressed a deep interest in and connection to our parish.  Vestry and Committee members will have an opportunity to meet and visit with each candidate in small and large groupings.  We will introduce our beautiful campus and facilities as well as the City of Palm Springs to each guest as we continue to mutually discern if this is the partnership God has in store for us.

We ask that you remain prayerful for and with us all as we enter this phase leading up to the selection of the Ninth Rector of The Church of St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs.


Clinton L. Carbon, Convener

Transition Committee


Pray for our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)

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