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The Abundant Life

 

 

 

February 15, 2018                                  For Sunday, February 18th

 

 

From the Rector

 

 

 

 

Spirit-Forced

 

 

There are many verses in the Bible which offer comfort and respite, but Mark’s very brief depiction of Jesus’ temptation is not one of them. This week we read about the beloved son being forced into the wilderness by the same Spirit which gently alighted, like a dove, upon him at his baptism. God’s Spirit then forces Jesus into being tested by Satan (not the embodiment of all evil in this passage, but the catalyst to define Jesus’ ministry).

 

There is no full detail for Jesus’ experience in Mark beyond its forty-day duration. The detailed challenges of Satan and Jesus’ responses come from the other Gospels. Mark leaves us with only the sketch of temptation, but asserts the force of the Spirit’s sending Jesus into the wilderness. So the first thing to happen after his baptism is to be forced out – thrown out to wrestle with his vocation.

 

Jesus emerges from the wilderness proclaiming the good news of God’s reign. This reign is an alternative to the domination of Caesar’s empire, and is accessed by Jesus’ followers as a change of heart demonstrated by a changed life. The remainder of Mark’s Gospel builds on this mandate for spiritual change which activates the good news.

 

My life as a Christian is lived in this tension. I have been aware of a different expectation in following Jesus since my teens – different because I had a conscious desire to take Jesus seriously. All of us are invited to use this season of Lent to examine our lives to see how we are doing as followers and how we might follow Jesus more closely. Did I say invited? Rather, the Spirit of God is forcing us – throwing us into this wilderness of examination.

 

The space of self-examination is uncomfortable. We will be among “wild beasts.” There are questions for us that will disrupt and even endanger our status quo. For example, do we believe that the good news of God’s reign extends beyond Church time and comfortable relationships? How are our relationships changed because we follow Jesus?

 

While this season in the “wilderness” is uncomfortable and dangerous, we are not alone. God sends angels to care for us, too. Our sisters and brothers who seek to follow Jesus more closely also remind us of God’s care. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is nourishment for those in this wilderness, whose calling is being tested. There is the encouragement of taking new actions that promote God’s good news. Standing up for the lowly or outsider, feeding the hungry, making a place for the homeless, believing the stories of abuse told by victims, sitting with the sick and dying, and praying – listening for direction and finding peace – are each places where we experience God’s angelic care.

 

Join us in worship this Lent, praying with one another as we are Spirit-forced into our wilderness with Jesus.

 

Fr. Andrew

 

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Featured Scripture

 

Mark 1:9-15 (CEB)

 

About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”

 

At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.

 

After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!”

 

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Funeral Service Scheduled

 

 

A Requiem Eucharist Funeral Service for well-known parishioner Kaye Clemons will be held at St. Paul’s on Saturday, February 17th, at 11:00 AM.  A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

 

 

 

Katherine Lee  Clemons (Kaye)

November 19, 1924 – January 26, 2018

 

 

 

 

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FAITH BUILDING

 

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library

The Episcopal Cafè                        

 

February

 

2/18        God’s Bow in the Clouds: Reflections on Genesis 9:8-17

                 Led by Audrey Spencer

 

2/25       Out of Our Hands: A Reflection on Romans 4:13-25

                 Led by Gary Scott

 

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Sundays @ 6:00 PM in the Library — Accepting God’s Gift of Faith

 

Preparing for Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation — The Adult Faith Building team will assist in facilitating this seven-session program designed for those wishing to be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church. Instructional preparation for candidates consists of seven consecutive two-hour Sunday sessions, 6-8:00 PM, now through March 18th. All are welcome to attend any of these sessions as part of your Lenten renewal, even if you are not seeking confirmation, reception or reaffirmation. If you would like more information or wish to become a candidate or a sponsor, contact Jerry Di Noto at 760.320.7488 ext. 224 or Fr. Andrew at 760.320.7488 ext. 223. The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside at Baptisms/Confirmations/Receptions and Reaffirmations during her Visit on March 25, 2018.

 

February

 

2/18      The Christian Life: — Led by Br. John Charles and Audrey Spencer

 

2/25      Our Beliefs – Part 1: — Led by Jerry Di Noto and Ron Geikow.

 

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“Let the Good Times Roll”

 

As we welcomed the three Magi recently, Sunday, February 18 at 4:00 pm we welcome three other visitors from the East! BRASS ROOTS TRIO (trumpet, French horn and piano) will present a concert of classical, jazz, Americana and Latin styles. They have won acclaim for their breathtaking virtuosity, artistic passion and adventurous programming since 2004 — this is definitely not your stuffy classical concert. Your donations are graciously accepted at the door and a reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

 

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The Good Book Club

 

The Good Book Club — Encouraged by Presiding Bishop Curry during Lent and Easter, “The Good Book Club” began its reading of Luke on February 11th. Materials for Individual Study can be obtained from www.forwardmovement.org or you can use “Forward day by Day,” available here at St. Paul’s for no charge. Group Study begins February 20th at 1:00 PM in the Parish Office conference room. “A Journey with Luke,” edited by Marek Zabriski, includes reflections, study questions and prayers by Episcopal Church clergy and lay professors and theologians. The book will be our basic study source, but is not mandatory as other resources are available. The DOK chapter of St. Paul’s is hosting the studies which will run through Lent.

 

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PSALMS, HYMNS, AND SPIRITUAL SONGS:

 

A Lenten Study at St. Anthony’s – Desert Hot Springs. Join in on Thursdays during Lent at 1:00 PM beginning February 22nd. This Lenten Study will be devoted to the music of Christians. Led by the Rev. Dr. Bill Doggett, this series will involve study and some easy singing. Weekly topics will include Chant, Gregorian and others; Metrical Psalms; The Rise of Hymns; Children’s Hymns; and The Episcopal Hymnal. Come for a pot-luck lunch. Contact Deacon Susan Green at bluejayfive@gmail.com or 760.808.0174. St. Anthony’s is at the corner of 20th and Mountain View in Desert Hot Springs.

 

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BLACK HISTORY PARADE & COMMUNITY FAIR

 

St. Paul’s will be participating in the annual Palm Springs Black History Month Parade on Saturday, February 24th. Please sign-up to join us as we celebrate our diversity and God’s inclusive love. We will be assembling in our parking lot at 9:15 AM or you can go to the parade line-up area at Arenas/Palm Canyon (at Lulu’s). A community Fair will be held at Francis Stevens Park following the parade. Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex and Parish Hall.

 

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“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.” This is a single session class with Fr. Andrew. In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member. The next session with Fr. Andrew will be Sunday, February 25th at 9:15 am, in the Conference Room in the Parish Office.

 

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Next Taizé Service

 

 

Join us for our Taize service on Thursday, March 1st, at 7:00 pm. As one person said, “Taize is a deeply spiritual service by candlelight with music, quietude and prayer. It is a wonderful opportunity to center your day and your life while expressing gratitude.”  For more information, contact Nathan Ensign at 760.320.7488 x225.​

 

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Parish Life Book Club

 

Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday each month at 1 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome. On March 6, 2018, Book Club has selected Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This is a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of a picture-perfect family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Little Fires Everywhere is a bestseller and 2017 awards winner. Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. For more information please contact Jan Wacker at jwacker2001@yahoo.com.

 

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United Thank Offering

 

You will find information and giving envelopes for the United Thank Offering (UTO) in the pew pockets this weekend. The familiar blue boxes (perfect for pocket change!) will be available in the Narthex and Parish Hall. The DOK, which facilitates this ministry here at St. Paul’s, has added information on recent grants given by the UTO, an impressive list attesting to the work of this important ministry of the Episcopal Church. Your donations will be in-gathered March 11th. Please consider supporting the UTO this year during Lent.

 

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Communion at Windsor Court

 

 

The next communion service at Windsor Court is Wednesday, March 14th at 10:15 am. The priest and the residents are always happy to have parishioners attend.

 

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Conference @ Hope Lutheran

 

Where Is Our Peace in this Violent World? — St. Margaret’s and St. Paul’s will sponsor a conference on this important topic on Saturday March 24, 2018 at Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert. Guest speakers will be Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Assisting Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Watch this space for more details.

 

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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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CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

 

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.

 

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Sunday Worship Childcare
 
Childcare is available for both the 8:00 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.

 

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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
 
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.

 

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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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The Church of St. Paul in the Desert

Local: 760.320.7488   //  Fax: 760.416.2441
Email: clergy@stpaulsps.org  Website: www.stpaulsps.org

125 West El Alameda

Palm Springs, California 92262

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Saturday, February 17th
4:00 p.m.
Holy Communion
The Reverend Andrew Green
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Sunday, February 18th
8:00 a.m.
Holy Communion
The Reverend Canon David Caffrey

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Holy Communion
The Reverend Canon David Caffrey
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