The Abundant Life – May 4, 2017


The Abundant Life


May 4th,  2017                                         For Sunday, May 7th


From the Rector



Out Shepherd Each Other


The 23rd Psalm is familiar scripture for many people, whether they profess a faith or not. The language is filled with comfort and safety. It seems to be about a speaker, possibly King David, recounting the close support he receives from God.


In the Christian tradition, Psalm 23 appears regularly in our weekly cycle of Scriptures. We will read it for this fourth week of Easter and we read it for the forth Sunday in Lent. In the season of preparation and penitence we read this Psalm. In the season of rejoicing and celebration – we read this Psalm.


There is comfort in the sense of guidance and protection we receive when we are struggling or anxious. But we can easily become too sentimental and miss some of the challenge and danger that are just between the lines.


One way to look at this Psalm is to match the challenge the speaker faces with the relief found at the Lord’s hands. When tired, God revives and refreshes me. When faced with people who want to see me defeated, God sets a banquet, and honors me.


However, what if we looked at this another way? What if this was teaching us what it meant for us to be shepherds, and how we should care for those we encounter? How might we be people of “still waters” in the face of anxious turmoil? Or people of abundant grace and welcome, even for “those who trouble me?”


At St. Paul’s we have informal “Pew Shepherds” who attend to the folks around them in worship and operate as a first line of Pastoral Care. Then, knowing ourselves caring shepherds, we are called by Psalm 23 to deeper, more inclusive practice: we are to gather in not just familiar neighbors, but to go in search of those we do not know, and those who have never been comfortable in a pew, who have no way to find “still waters.”


Join us as we become agents of God’s persistent “goodness and mercy” for the world around us.


Fr. Andrew





Featured Scripture


Psalm 23


The Lord is my shepherd;


I shall not be in want.


He makes me lie down in green pastures

    and leads me beside still waters.


He revives my soul

    and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.


Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,


I shall fear no evil; for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;

    you have anointed my head with oil,

    and my cup is running over.


Surely your goodness and mercy

    shall follow me all the days of my life,

    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.






Susan Green Candidate for Deacon Ordination 



Susan is a candidate for ordination as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church.  She has been in the discernment process for the last five years and studying at the Diocesan School for Ministry in San Diego for the last two years.  We will charter a bus to leave St. Paul’s Palm Springs at 6:30 am on June 17th.  The bus will arrive at the Cathedral in San Diego in time for the Ordination at 10:00 am.  It will return at about 12:30 and arrive in Palm Springs at about 3:30 pm. 



The cost for the transportation is $30; payments are now being received..  Sign up today in the Parish Hall.


Click here to read Susan’s account of her Journey to Being a Deacon.





A Death in the Parish




Ronald B. Kubler
4/19/1935 – 4/17/2017


Celebration of Life

Saturday May 6, 2017
2:00 P.M.






Guest Preacher

The Rev. Laurel Mathewson – May 6-7, 2017



Laurel, along with her husband, the Rev. Colin Mathewson are vicars in charge of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, North Park, San Diego. They are engaged in the North Park Project, which is building a new way of being the church in San Diego. You can learn more about the Mathewsons and the ministries of this faith community by checking their web-page.



From St. Luke’s web-page: We dream to be a place where all people can enter into uncomfortable and brave spaces with others different than themselves — different races, ethnicities, classes, creeds, sexual orientations, and gender identities — and find their perspectives and hearts transformed.  We follow a God who loves each of us especially for who we are and desires that every single human among us has all she or he needs to thrive in this world.  Until that day comes, we will work alongside God’s powerful Spirit to do justice in this hurting world and help all people find a loving and dignified home.







Click here for full details on this event.






Parish Life News





The Parish Life Hiking Group will be hosting its May 2017 hike at 8:30 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Our hiking destination will be the mountains, forests and orchards of the Oak Glen Preserve in Yucaipa. Join us in the Church parking lot at 8:30 am and where we will organize rides to the trails in Yucaipa. We plan to return by approximately 12:30 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a bright spring morning excursion into God’s beautiful creation.


Contact Chris Kelly 760.406.2978 for further information.









Family & Children’s Ministry is sponsoring a field trip on Sunday, May 14th – Mother’s Day to the Palm Springs Art Museum. We depart after the 10:30 service and Sunday School session. For more information contact Ted Barajas at 760.902.1014.










Parish Potluck and Concert: May 20, 2017


Parish Life Committee invites you to a pot luck and concert on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Depending on the heat and the wind, we will gather in the parish hall or perhaps outside under the colonnade around 5:00 p.m. following the 4:00 service and will plan to eat about 5:30. Tickets may be purchased for beverages.


Entertainment will be provided by Heatwave Show Band from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coachella Valley. They are an award winning group of musicians aged 11–20 from various schools throughout the Coachella Valley. Check out more information on the group and see video samples of their music at


We will be requesting a donation of $5 – $10 per person which will help defray the cost of the band.


Mark your calendar to bring family and friends to this fun event.





The Parish Life Book Club meets every first Tuesday of the month. You won’t want to miss our next discussion on June 6th at 1:00 pm in the Library. We’re reading Mitch Albom’s latest book The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Albom is the author of several best-sellers including Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Frankie Presto is an orphan from the Spanish War, who is raised by a blind music teacher. Frankie ultimately ends up in America with his guitar and six magic strings. We hope you’ll join us as we consider Frankie and his talent and life. See you on June 6th.




Communion at Windsor Court


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





Serving Christ in Others!


The St. Paul Social Justice Committee will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday May 11, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the church office library. Main topics of discussion will include the church’s plans for serving the homeless in the wake of the coming closure of Roy’s Desert resource center and other city and nonprofit programs. Please join us to plan how you and St. Paul’s can make a difference in serving our neighbors and our community. Call Chris Kelly (760) 406-2978 for further information.







Sundays @ 9:15 am


AT ST. PAUL’S IN THE LIBRARY – The Episcopal Cafè


5/7        God Loves Dirty Sheep: Reflection on John 10:1-10 – Led by Craig Ewing

             Read about it


5/14      Theology of Our Political Movement – Led by Alan Zimmerman​

             Read about it


5/21      Truth and Beauty: A reflection on John 14:15-21 – Led by Br. John Charles
           Read about it
5/28      Jesus Prays for His Disciples: Reflection on John 17: 1-11 – Led by Gary Scott
             Read about it




Tuesdays @ 7PM




Christian Formation Inspired by Jesus’ Jewish Heritage.


This series, based on Rev. Lauren Winner’s book, Mudhouse Sabbath, includes DVD presentations and discussions. It is a look at Jewish traditions and how they have spiritual relevance for Christians.


5/9        Hospitality & Mindful Eating– Led by Alan Zimmerman


5/16      Doorposts– Led by Craig Ewing


5/23      Jewish and Christian Prayer – Led by Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch


5/30      Practice of Fasting – Led by Br. John Charles





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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