The Abundant Life – March 30, 2017


The Abundant Life


March 23, 2017                                For Sunday, March 26th


From The Rector



Authentic Light



Most of our readings this week are lengthy, but this small portion from the Letter to the Christians in Ephesus is a gem with a clear message – Wake up to the light! Be light! Live the authentic light we receive in Christ!


Richard Carlson, (Professor of New Testament, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA) reflects on what constitutes that light (emphasis mine): “The fruit of our light identity involves conduct which is pervasive goodness, righteousness, and truth. Goodness recalls the good works God prepared for us (Eph. 2:10) while righteousness and truth involve conduct, speech, and relationships as established in Christ (Eph. 4:21-25).”


Being light means more than thinking the right way, or having said yes to God’s invitation to the Christian life. It means that, but it also means walking as light or “doing the light thing.” We are asked to consistently live so that what we do reflects what we believe and who God has made us to be. Authentic light is turned on not only when it will be seen by others, but is on all the time – especially in places where God’s people are hurting, or where secrets choke abundant life.


When we believe that we are part of the Truth, but tolerate half-truths or outright lies and don’t challenge them, we betray The Light and we betray our light. The authentic light to which God calls us requires us to examine ourselves first, to forgive and be forgiven, and to challenge injustice and untruth in our community, our nation, and the world.


Homelessness is an injustice in our community – a thorny problem with no easy solutions. The lie is that those who find themselves homeless deserve it: they are in that circumstance solely as a result of their own actions. The truth is more complicated. There are many reasons people find themselves homeless. But without resources to help, without light to brighten that darkness, the life of every person without safe shelter is degraded and darkened by hopelessness.


As we worship God this weekend we include some who are homeless, some who are at risk of homelessness, some whose home situation is not secure, or we know someone for whom those categories are true. God calls us to welcome each other. God calls us to learn about the homelessness of our community for the sake of truth and to invest ourselves in thorny solutions for the sake of righteousness.


God calls us to be authentic light.



Fr. Andrew




Featured Scripture


Ephesians 5:8-14 Common English Bible (CEB)


You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light. Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. Therefore, test everything to see what’s pleasing to the Lord, and don’t participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness. Instead, you should reveal the truth about them.It’s embarrassing to even talk about what certain persons do in secret.But everything exposed to the light is revealed by the light. Everything that is revealed by the light is light. Therefore, it says, Wake up, sleeper! Get up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.







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)





Bishop’s Visit and Reception


There will be a gathering and reception at St. Paul in the Desert to honor our Bishop next Sunday, April 2nd, following the 10:30 service. Please plan on attending as we come together to express our gratitude and bid farewell to Bishop James Mathes.




Help Make Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday




The Altar Guild invites ALL to join them in Hogarth Hall on Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 am to make Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday. Children are welcome to participate as well. Making palm crosses is not a difficult skill to learn, and since we make about 500 of these crosses, as many hands as possible are welcome. Make this one of your Lenten contributions to our Parish. A light breakfast will be served and this is a great time for fellowship and to meet new people. There is a sign up sheet at Hogarth Hall. For more information contact Br. John Charles Westaway or Kathy Kilmer.






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. 





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 this 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. 


On Sunday we celebrate Mothering Sunday which dates to the 16th century and falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. On Mothering Sunday domestic servants were given a rare day off to return to their “mother” church, which was usually the church where they were baptized or the local parish. This occasion resulted in family reunions. One tradition was to break Lenten sacrifices and celebrate these reunions with food. The Simnel Cake, which is very similar to a fruit cake, was one of the foods eaten at this celebration. Here at St. Paul’s, the Altar Guild members have traditionally provided Simnel Cakes and other goodies for Coffee Hours on Mothering Sunday. Please join us in Hogarth Hall after the services as we celebrate Mothering Sunday.


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








Palm Springs Pride Parade



We are fast approaching our deadline for an organized, thoughtful participation in the Palm Springs Pride Parade. The team needs to be in place by April. Please contact the Parish Office [760.320.7488] immediately if you want to help.








Faith Building  2017

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


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 

3/28      –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 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. 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

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125 West El Alameda

Palm Springs, California 92262

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