The Abundant Life – May 31, 2018


The Abundant Life


May 31 2018                                                 For Sunday, June 3rd


From the Rector




Justice is Always the Context


Our reading from the Hebrew Scriptures as well as our Gospel reading reference the Sabbath day. Deuteronomy contains the command to honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy by refraining from work. The reading from Mark (2:23-3:6) describes a dispute in how the Sabbath is kept. In chapter 2 of Genesis, God finishes the work of creation on the sixth day, rests on the seventh, and blesses it. The day of rest is a blessing from God at the creation, but it becomes a Sabbath when God associates it with divine redemption from oppression under Pharaoh.


In our reading from Deuteronomy, the Sabbath prohibition from work is first made universal. Neither the people, their children, their servants, their animals, nor immigrants living among them are to work on the Sabbath. Then it is connected to basic justice – “so that your male and female servants can rest just like you.” The context of justice is enlarged by reminding the people that they were slaves in Egypt, whom God brought out “with a strong hand and an outstretched arm.”


At its root, justice goes back to God’s action on behalf of the children of Jacob who were rescued from slavery – it is both an example and a responsibility. In this teaching, God takes a natural gratitude for rest and deepens it with justice. It is not enough for me to be grateful for my own rest, relief, or redemption, but I have a responsibility to those who still need relief.


How might I build justice into my own rest?


The text has a simple formula for the people of that time – everything stops so that everybody can rest. But what about today? There are many reasons that everything can’t stop. Should all nurses leave the sick to care for themselves? Of course not.


What if I took steps to care for those on whom my rest and relief depends? What if I made sure to value their work so that they had the opportunity to rest? Simply, what if I made sure that they earned a just wage – a living wage? I could tip thoughtfully. I could advocate for laws that insured a living wage for all workers. When it is up to me, I could pay more to the workers who earn the least.


One thing everyone can do which costs nothing, is to treat each person – child, worker, or immigrant – with respect. I can dig deeply into my family or religious memories and remind myself that I do this because God did the same for me and mine.


We remember what God has done in Jesus each week as we gather around the table. Join us as we share a meal of grace that calls us to justice.


Fr Andrew



Featured Scripture


Deuteronomy 5:12-15 Common English Bible (CEB)


Keep the Sabbath day and treat it as holy, exactly as the Lord your God commanded: Six days you may work and do all your tasks, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lordyour God. Don’t do any work on it—not you, your sons or daughters, your male or female servants, your oxen or donkeys or any of your animals, or the immigrant who is living among you—so that your male and female servants can rest just like you. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt, but the Lord your God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. That’s why the Lord your God commands you to keep the Sabbath day.​









Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library

The Episcopal Cafè                        

6/3          When is the Sabbath anyway? Reflection on Deuteronomy 5:12-15
                   Led by Alan Zimmerman    Read about it 
6/10         Look Beyond the Story- Reflection on Genesis 3: 8-15.
                   Led by Gary Scott   Read about it
6/17         Riddles: A Reflection on Ezekiel 17: 22-24.
                   Led by Craig Ewing   Read about it
6/24         The Time is Now! Reflection on 2 Corinthians 6:1-13.
                   Led by Bro. John Charles    Read about it



Tuesdays — Accepting God’s Gift of Faith


Tuesdays @ 7PM in Library: 


The Great 50 Days of Easter! This series will celebrate the 50 days of Easter incorporating elements of Lectio Divina, Hymns, and Baptismal Covenant

How Can We Make Christian Decisions in the 21st Century:  Applying Faith Tools in making difficult decisions on current issues
6/5    Baptismal Covenant.  Led by Bro. John Charles
6/12    Scripture/Tradition/Reason.  Led by Fr. David Caffrey
6/19    Virtues. Led by Bro. John Charles & Audrey Spencer
6/26    Via Media (The Middle Way).  Led by Jerry Di Noto



Women of St. Paul’s


You are invited by your chapter of the Daughters of the King to explore DOK’s commitment to our parish in prayer, service and unique evangelism. We are beginning study sessions that will let you discern if our Rules of Prayer and Service may be your choice to deepen your spiritual life as a member of a lay women’s religious order; our disciplines support our small, serious but joyful community of like-minded women. Please call for further information if you are interested in such a ministry:  Sharon Strong 760.285.8910 or Bonnie Stroock 760.799.9336.




A Change in How To Send Us Mail


As of June 30th, we will no longer use a Post Office Box to receive mail. All mail should be sent to our street address where we will soon have a locked mailbox. Many parishioners have their pledge payment sent directly from their bank to the Post Office Box. If this is the case with your pledge payment, please notify your bank right away to begin using our street address, 125 W. El Alameda, Palm Springs, CA 92262.





The Diocesan School for Ministry


Explore the Diocesan School for Ministry

  • Would you like to delve deeper into your faith?
  • Would you like to join a community of adult learners?
  • Would you like to take the next step on a path of discernment?

Attend a class at the School for Ministry in Ocean Beach to explore these avenues, and to broaden your understanding of our faith, scriptures and traditions. This theological training program equips and inspires people who want to know more about Christianity, deepen their faith and expand their connection to others. The following classes begin in August: Hebrew Scriptures, Ethics, Anglicanism, and Church History.


To learn more and register go to this website. 




Hospitality Ministry


We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall after either service on Sunday.


Sunday’s Coffee Hour after the 8:00 service is sponsored by Robert Woods & Barry Hagenbuch.

Barbara Halcom & Karla Fields are sponsoring the Coffee Hour after the 10:30 service.


There are many upcoming opportunities for you to sponsor a Sunday Coffee Hour after either the 8:00 AM or 10:30 AM service. The sign-up notebook is on the table as you enter the Parish Hall.




Communion at Windsor Court



The next communion service at Windsor Court is Wednesday, June 13th at 10:15 am. The priest and the residents are always happy to have parishioners attend.




“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.” This is a single session class with Fr. Andrew. In this informal setting, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about St. Paul’s and learn how to become a member. This month’s session with Fr. Andrew will be Sunday, June 24th at 9:15 AM, in the Parish Office’s Conference Room.




Icon Writing Retreat


Icon Writing Workshop is a five-day (June 25th-29th) retreat instructed by Teresa Harrison, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego. Participants will learn the prayerful practice of painting or writing a Byzantine-style icon. The emphasis will be on the step by step process of painting an icon, using Jo Sonia acrylic paint and 23 carat gold leaf, as well as on the spiritual practice of allowing God to work in us and through us. The course per-person fee is $435 and includes all supplies, five full days of instruction, and lunch. To RSVP please contact Julie McMinn,




The Parish Life Book Club


The Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome. For July 3, 2018, Book Club has selected Exile by Richard North Patterson. A journey into the lethal politics of the Middle East, Exile is an intricate tale of betrayal and deception and a moving love story. Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. The Book Club will not convene in the months of June and August. For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at




St. Paul’s Camping Ministry


The weekend of July 13 – 15 this summer, our church campers are going up to Hurkey Creek campground near Lake Hemet. Cost is low, $10 a person, but so are the temperatures – 25 degrees cooler than in Palm Springs! Basic cabins are available at $100 and we plan to fish! Contact Bonnie Stroock to reserve – 760.324.7949




Report Clergy 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 John Seitman, 858-793-4555 or Equilla Luke, 760-583-0485.




Compassionate Care Task Force


Our diocesan task force on compassionate care for victims of clergy sexual misconduct seeks to connect with those who have experienced misconduct. If you have reported clergy sexual misconduct and have information about the reporting or post-reporting experience that could be helpful to their work, please refer to the task force members, all of whom are listed on the diocesan website: Task-Force. Information on how to report misconduct is available here.




Church Office Hours


The Parish Office hours are changing for the summer. Beginning the week of Memorial Day, the Parish Office will be closed on Friday afternoons, beginning at 11:30 AM and will be unavailable for walk-in business. These hours will remain in place through the Labor Day weekend.

If 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.




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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