The Abundant Life – March 2, 2017


The Abundant Life


March 2, 2017                                For Sunday, March 5th


From The Rector


One Job


There is an image that has been part of casual humor for a while now. It involves someone who has a single responsibility and has been found to have failed massively, usually caught on video. These images become “memes.” An example would be this highway striping disaster.



Just after the beginning, when God had placed the humans in the midst of an abundant creation, to live and love, to care for it, they had “one job” – to stay away from that one tree. The two of them, the father and mother of humanity, failed miserably and tragically. This not only is the story of how brokenness, sin, and shame came into the world, it is the story about why people die. Adam and Eve had one job.


This is also a story about why boundaries exist and how they can be healthy for people’s growth and happiness. Any parent knows about the importance of boundaries and how, although obvious to the setter of boundaries, they must be tested and learned. Humanity constantly pushes against boundaries and this has led to both positive developments and deep brokenness.


The Episcopal Church has a mission, has one job. In our Catechism, there is a question: “What is the mission of the Church?” The answer is specific and powerful: “The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” Our mission, our one job, is reconciliation. We are to heal relationships, to mend, to restore, to renew, and to bring together.


This is our “one job” all the time and in everything we do as Church. It is at the heart of our worship and prayer, our program, and even our administration. It is a crucial job!


This Lent, we can own again that “one job.” We have the invitation to examine our successes and failures – even the hilarious fails – and to try again. We start with ourselves, with self-examination. First, how do we see our “one job,” and how have we done at fulfilling it? What worked and what didn’t? Where have relationships been broken? What was my part, and what can I do to restore?


Where have I crossed boundaries that led to brokenness? Where have I not pushed the boundaries that held me or others captive?


This weekend, at worship and with others, we will say or sing the Great Litany. It is an inventory, a confession, and a prayer. We pray it together and we receive God’s forgiveness and invitation to be part of a new creation. We receive the Holy Communion as a sign of that forgiveness, and a promise of God’s new creation.


Join us.


Fr. Andrew




Featured Scripture


Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 (CEB)


The Lord God took the human and settled him in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it. The Lord God commanded the human, “Eat your fill from all of the garden’s trees; but don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because on the day you eat from it, you will die!”


The snake was the most intelligent of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say that you shouldn’t eat from any tree in the garden?”


The woman said to the snake, “We may eat the fruit of the garden’s trees but not the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘Don’t eat from it, and don’t touch it, or you will die.’”


The snake said to the woman, “You won’t die! God knows that on the day you eat from it, you will see clearly and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree was beautiful with delicious food and that the tree would provide wisdom, so she took some of its fruit and ate it, and also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then they both saw clearly and knew that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made garments for themselves.




Rest in Peace











The funeral and committal service for parishioner Barbara Jane Miller is next Saturday, March 11th, at 11:00 am. Please keep Jane’s son John Miller, daughter Marybeth McKenna and son-in-law Tom Lutgen in your prayers.








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 Services are Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm and Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details at 760-320-7488 ext. 225.





Spring Ahead!




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.





Christianity, Sacredness, and Scarcity of Water


This is first of seven reflections for the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Networks (EWN) Lenten campaign, “Seven Weeks for Water” in 2017.


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 10:30 service is hosted by Mary Zingg & Rosa Zingg in celebration of Mary’s 94th birthday.


Please consider signing up to be a host.





Communion at Windsor Court


The next Communion Service at Windsor Court is Wednesday, March 8th at 10:15 am. The priest and the residents are always happy to have parishioners attend.





Support Desert Blind & Handicapped



…by dining at Nicolino’s Restaurant in Cathedral City on March 9th from 5 pm to 8 pm. A full dinner is just $25.00 per person. The easiest way to buy tickets is by credit card at (Click on “Events.”) Providing needed transportation for 45 years!




Parish Life Book Club


The Parish Life Book Club is a social group that meets monthly to talk about a book they select to read. These are people who enjoy reading and talking about what they have read. The Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm in the Library. For more information contact Jackie Freeburn at





Faith Building  2017

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


3/5         Matthew 4:1-11 – Lent is for our sake, not Jesus’.

              Led by Alan Zimmerman  

              Read about it


3/12       John 3:1-17 – The New Birth: Nicodemus’ and Ours.

              Led by Craig Ewing

              Read about it


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

              Led by Br. John Charles

              Read about it





Tuesdays @ 7PM at St. Pauls in the Library


Ashes to Easter: A Gospel Journey through Lent


Evening Prayer and Lenten Reflection 


3/7        –on Prayer – Led by the Team


3/14      –on Divine Love – Led by Gary Scott


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





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 15th – Violence within Self
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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