The Abundant Life – March 16, 2017


The Abundant Life


March 16, 2017                                For Sunday, March 16th


From The Rector



No Shame in Hope


The complications of Lent deepen as we reflect on some of the dimensions of reconciliation with God. Faith, grace, hope, and love are the context of our connection to God. In this week’s scripture, Paul says problems and troubles interact within this context, and are also “dimensions of reconciliation.”


The dimension of Jesus’ faithfulness, his total trust in God and his obedience, can inspire us because we believe this trust has welcomed us and all people to stand in God’s grace. This trust took Jesus through trouble, persecution, and suffering to ultimate triumph, and it gives us the hope Paul writes of.


There are lots of kinds of suffering and problems which people experience, just by being a part of this imperfect and hurting world. Self-examination helps us identify the troubles caused by our actions and choices, those that are the result of other people’s actions and choices, and some which leave us asking “why.” Yet these troubles are dimensions of reconciliation, they can lead to hope.


The road to hope and wholeness involves both honesty and generosity. The path to wholeness does not mean that we will always understand, but its bedrock is the belief that God’s overarching plan is for our wellness and the well-being of all people. When we suffer, we trust in God’s presence and look for others to reach out to us. When others suffer, we reach out to them. The way we respond is a sign of God’s presence, just as Jesus’ faithfulness was a sign of God’s love.


In the complexity of Lent, we gather to offer ourselves to God with honesty and to others generosity.


Join us.


Fr. Andrew




Featured Scripture


Romans 5:1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)


Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.


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Palm Sunday

Blessing of Palms and Entry into Jerusalem

Saturday, April 8 – 4:00 pm 

Sunday, April 9, 8:00 am and 10:30 am


Tuesday in Holy Week – April 11 

The Service of Tenebrae 7:00 pm

 (Candles are extinguished and the darkness grows.) 


Maundy Thursday – April 13 

Supper – 5:45 pm

Foot Washing in Memorial Garden

Holy Communion – 7:00 pm (Childcare provided)


8:00 p.m.

Altar of Repose

Watch with Jesus through the Night (sign up)


Good Friday – April 14 

Good Friday Liturgy – St. John’s Passion – 12:00 p.m.

(Childcare provided at Noon service)

Stations of the Cross – 7:00 pm-Children welcome


Holy Saturday – April 15

The Great Vigil of Easter 8:00 p.m.

Baptism, The First Communion of Easter


Easter Day – April 16

Service and Music 7:00 a.m.

Family Service with Choir 9:00 am

Easter Egg Hunt  10:15 am

Festival Service with Choir 11:15 am


All Services are Holy Communion (Childcare provided at all services)





Taizé Worship – Thursdays @ 7:00 pm



Enrich your Lenten experience in a quiet setting of candles, liturgical art, chants, personal reflection and prayer. Our next Taize Service is  Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details at 760-320-7488 ext. 225.





The United Thank Offering (UTO)


The United Thank Offering is part of Lent this year. UTO is a ministry begun in 1871, where Episcopalians give thanks to God for their life blessings. Information booklets and giving envelopes are in the pews, and there are giving boxes available in the Narthex and the Parish Hall. They will be available during March, and will be collected at our three services on March 25 and 26.  Your offering of thanksgiving will be gratefully received and used to fund vital projects serving God’s people.  St. Paul’s DOK is pleased to help with this project.





Lenten Organ Recitals





St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church (Palm Desert) hosts a series of organ recitals on Fridays at Noon (half hour) throughout Lent presented by local organists. Following each recital a light lunch of soup and sandwiches is available for everyone. Our own Nathan Ensign will be playing on March 17th. All are invited.





Seven Weeks for Water 2017


According to the Christian tradition, Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. During this period many people engage in fasting and practise moderation or self-denial in order to focus on repentance and consecrating oneself to God. While water has a strong spiritual significance in the Christian tradition as a gift of God, this scarce resource is threatened and denied to millions around the world.


The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) invites you to use this season of Lent to reflect on water. Since 2008, the EWN has been providing weekly theological reflections and other resources on water for the seven weeks of Lent and for World Water Day on 22 March.


Please click here to visit the article.






“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.”  


The next single session class with Fr. Andrew will be Sunday, March 26, at 9:15 am in the Conference Room in the Parish Office.  In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member.







Hospitality Ministry



Please join us in the Parish Hall after each Sunday service for coffee and refreshments. 


Sunday’s coffee hour after the 8:00 service is sponsored by Barry Hagenbuch & Robert Woods in celebration of Robert’s birthday. The Choir is hosting the coffee hour after the 10:30 service.


Please consider signing up to be a host.





Communion at Windsor Court


The next Communion Service at Windsor Court is Wednesday, April 12th at 10:15 am. The priest and the residents are always happy to have parishioners attend.





Parish Life Book Club




Parish Life Book Club is a social group that meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 1 PM in the Library to talk about a book they select to read. The next meeting of the Book Club is April 4th when we will discuss Hidden Figures, a compelling and untold story by Margot Lee Shetterly about a team of African American Women mathematicians whose work and insights enabled NASA to win the Space Race and successfully put Neil Armstrong on the Moon. The book is available in local libraries and in paperback or Kindle format. If you enjoy reading and would enjoy discussing books with others, we’d love to have you join us. For more information please contact Jackie Freeburn at








Faith Building  2017

Sundays at 9:15 am in the Library – The Episcopal Cafè


3/19       John 4: 5-42 -Of Wells and Tents- The Samaritan Woman.

              Led by Fr. David Caffrey

              Read about it


3/26       John 9:1-41 Blindness at Siloam 

              Led by Gary Scott


4/2         Bishop’s Visit: No Session


4/9         Palm Sunday: No Session


4/16       Easter Sunday: No Session





Tuesdays @ 7PM at St. Pauls in the Church


Ashes to Easter: A Gospel Journey through Lent


Evening Prayer and Lenten Reflection 


3/21      –on Forgiveness. – Led by Fr. David Caffrey
3/28      –on Healing – Led by Br. John Charles
4/4        –on Relationship with Jesus – Led by Jerry DiNoto

4/11        Holy Week: No Session


4/18       –on Relationship with Jesus – Led by Jerry Di Noto.




Wednesdays @ 11 am to 1 pm

Peace vs Violence: Moving beyond Helplessness
This four week Lenten series on Wednesdays 11 am to 1 pm sponsored by St. Paul’s and St. Margaret’s:
March 22nd – Violence within Family
March 29th – Violence within Community
April 5th     –  Violence with the World
Sessions will be held in Meyers Hall at St. Margaret’s Church. Luncheon and education materials will be provided. Sign up is required for the sessions you wish to attend due to the luncheon preparations. Sign-up sheets are in the church narthex and parish hall. You can also call Debby Jansma at 760.212.1991.


Don’t Forget Roy’s!


With 2017 well underway, it’s time again to remember St. Paul’s continuing outreach to the homeless men, women and children at Roy’s Desert Resource Center. Your donations of homemade and store-bought baked goods help bring a cheerful weekly dessert service to Roy’s residents, and your cash donations help to purchase clean socks and underwear for those in need. Please celebrate the New Year by helping this important ministry. Contact Chris Kelly, 760.406.2978, for more information.






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,, 858-793-4555 or the Rev. Janet Wheelock,, 952-240-8067.




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.




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.




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.





The Church of St. Paul in the Desert

Local: 760.320.7488   //  Fax: 760.416.2441
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125 West El Alameda

Palm Springs, California 92262

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