The Abundant Life – September 28, 2017

The Abundant Life


September 28, 2017

For Sunday, October 1st


From the Rector

Deep Generosity

The central point of my sermon last Sunday was that God is generous, and as we practice generosity we value what God values. I encouraged acts of “micro-generosity.”

But on our website this last Thursday, I was moved to emphasize that catastrophic disasters require more of us. Bp. Katherine called for a Day of Prayer this last Friday, and invited us to “surprise yourselves with deep generosity in responding to the needs created by these storms and fires.”

It is fitting that St. Paul’s responded with a service of prayer and Holy Communion, and now it is fitting that we respond to the call for “deep generosity” growing from that prayer and the sanctity of the Eucharist – where God meets each of us.

These recent disasters – particularly the devastation in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico – remind us of our responsibility to those who are far beyond our local community. Their need is immediate and great. We have heard their pleas for help. 

Can we surprise ourselves as we pray and determine what to give for their relief? Our journey to generosity goes through the Eucharist and out to a damaged world. Join in.

Fr. Andrew


Featured Scripture

Matthew 21:28-32 Common English Bible (CEB)

“What do you think? A man had two sons. Now he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’

“‘No, I don’t want to,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went.

“The father said the same thing to the other son, who replied, ‘Yes, sir.’ But he didn’t go.

“Which one of these two did his father’s will?”

They said, “The first one.”

Jesus said to them, “I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering God’s kingdom ahead of you. For John came to you on the righteous road, and you didn’t believe him. But tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. Yet even after you saw this, you didn’t change your hearts and lives and you didn’t believe him.


Generosity Must Go through Puerto Rico

Four hurricanes have ravaged Mexico, the Caribbean, Texas, and Florida. Puerto Rico has sustained catastrophic damage from two of these and needs our help, NOW.

The regular news of hurricane, earthquake, fire, and flood can be overwhelming and challenging to our priorities. Each of us has responsibilities to ourselves, our families, and our local communities, but these recent events have tragic consequences that remind us of our responsibilities to a wider and larger community.

The central point of my sermon last weekend was that God is generous, and as we practice generosity, we value what God values. I encouraged acts of “micro-generosity.” This week I am calling for something more, something large, because the need is so great.

Bp. Katharine has called for a Day of Prayer on Friday, September 29th, being the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. St. Paul’s will respond to this call with a service of prayer and Holy Communion at 12 noon. She has also invited us “to surprise yourselves with deep generosity in responding to the needs created by these storms and fires.”

Join us as we remember, as we pray, and as we give for relief. Our journey to generosity must go through Puerto Rico.


All Saint’s Day Observed on Sunday October 29th. 

In our annual observance of All Saints’ Day, we recognize and celebrate our relationship with those who have gone before us. To that end, we invite you to offer the names of loved ones who have passed within the last 12 months. The names will be celebrated during All Saints’ Day services the weekend of October 29. You can submit names by adding them to registers located in the Parish Hall and Narthex, or by phoning the Parish Office at 760.320.7488. (Note: If you have submitted names in past years, you need not re-submit them. They are part of a permanent parish record and will be remembered along with those newly added.) 

Deadline for submitting names is Sunday, October 22.


Pastoral Care Team

St. Pauls is forming a Pastoral Care Team to visit/contact members who are shut-in, in the hospital, or sick. Are you called to care for those who are sick? Participation in this ministry requires an interview with the Rector, completion of the Diocese of San Diego Safeguarding God’s People training, and specific training by local experts. This is a ministry of prayer and presence to build the spiritual well-being of our parish. This ministry will work in coordination with the Eucharistic Visitor Ministry, and Parish Clergy. Please contact Fr. Andrew at 760.320.7488 x 233 or


Hospitality Ministry

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

 Robert Woods & Barry Hagenbuch are sponsoring the coffee hour after the 8:00 service and Craig Ewing is sponsoring the coffee hour after the 10:30 service.

  Please consider sponsoring a coffee hour this summer!


Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday each month at 1 PM in the Library. The Book Club meets again on October 3rd and is reading Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Killers of the Flower Moon revisits a shocking series of crimes committed against the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma in the 1920’s. Based on years of research, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction and each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. Ultimately, it is an indictment of the callousness and prejudices toward American Indians that allowed murderers to act with impunity for years. The Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. The Book Club is growing and new members are always welcome. For more information please contact Jackie Freeburn at


Taizé Services Return

Our first Taizé service of meditation and chant will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th in the Church. All are invited to this quiet service in a setting of religious art and candles. As one person said: “Taizé 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.”


Blessing of the Animals

St. Paul’s invites members and friends of the Parish to a special ceremony on Saturday, October 7th, at 10:30 am. We will give thanks to God for the amazing gift of creation and especially for our Animal Companions. The special prayers will take place in the Parish Hall. All well-behaved animals are welcome and will receive a special blessing and affirmation of God’s love. (We believe the animals already know this, but the Human Companions enjoy a reminder.)


Parish Potluck in Idyllwild

We have been invited to have an outdoor lunchtime potluck in Idyllwild at the Quiet Creek Inn on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The Inn is owned and operated by parishioner, Nathan DePetris. Nathan will provide the venue, plates and utensils and we provide the rest. We will arrange carpools for the drive up and back. We anticipate leaving the church parking lot at 10:00am and should return to St. Paul’s by around 4:00 pm. St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church in Idyllwild will also be invited to join those attending from St. Paul’s. There is a limit of 120 people from both parishes and there will be a sign-up sheet in the back of the church (narthex) and in the parish hall. Come and enjoy a pleasant day with us in Idyllwild. For further information please contact Fred Ross at


The Desert AIDS Walk & more

The Desert AIDS Walk is celebrating 31 years of “Walking to Make a Difference.” Each year since 1987, when the historic first steps were taken, the Desert AIDS Walk, along with more than 2,500 community members have walked united to raise funds for the vital services provided by Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.). The Desert AIDS Walk has made it possible for D.A.P. to provide their patients and clients with an unparalleled range of services including: medical and dental care, medications, housing, behavioral health counseling, back to work training and so much more all under one roof. 

Saint Paul in the Desert has participated and donated every year in support of the work at D.A.P. Join us in support of our community by signing up in the parish hall after each service to either walk or donate. The walk is Saturday October 21st at Ruth Hardy Park. Gather here at the church at 8:00 a.m. 

 Sign Up Now! We are also taking sign-ups for the Pride Parade on Sunday, Nov 5th, and the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, Nov 11th. Wear your St. Paul’s t-shirt and join the parish contingent in one or both of these events.

If you don’t have your St. Paul’s t-shirt yet, there’s still time to get one. Sign-up sheets are in the Parish Hall. Suggested donation is $10.00. You can also call the office with your order. These shirts can be used by participants in future events and parades we are planning. 


Adult Faith Building Schedules

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

10/1 The Blame Game: Reflection on Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 

Led by Gary Scott – Read about it

10/8 Confidence in the Flesh: Reflection on Philippians 3/4b-14

Led by Ron Geiko – Read about it

10/15 Alien Ideas: Reflection on Isaiah 25: 1-9

Led by Alan Zimmerman – Read about it 

10/22 God Gets Work Done Anyway God Can: Reflection on Isaiah 45:1-7

Led by Jerry Di Noto – Read about it

10/29Holiness: Reflection on Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18.

Led by Audrey Spencer – Read about it

Tuesdays @ 7 pm in the Library

An Overview of the Reformation: Key figures and issues: Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses.

10/3 – John Wycliff: Led by Jerry Di Noto

10/10John Huss: Led by Gary Scott

10/17Martin Luther: Led by Ron Geikow

10/24The Swiss Reformation: Led by Alan Zimmerman

10/31The Anabaptists: Led by Jerry Di Noto

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