The Abundant Life – June 28, 2018


The Abundant Life


June 28, 2018                                                 For Sunday, July 1st


From the Rector



Snapshot of Our God


Independence Day happens in a week and across the USA people will celebrate the founding of our nation. The 1776 Declaration of Independence is a snapshot of the grievances of the British Colonies and led to the Revolutionary War, the Articles of Confederation, and eventually to the final ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1791. The snapshot of Independence Day may be a moment at the beginning of a long struggle, but it also stands for the entire struggle for freedom, dignity, and justice. In the centuries since, new lands, new peoples, and previously excluded peoples have been drawn in and the struggle for justice continues.


This weekend we will be remembering Independence Day and reflecting on scriptures selected for the occasion. Our reading from Deuteronomy offers us a snapshot of our God and a challenge to those who love God. The idea of a snapshot is that it is a moment in time and reflects a narrow focus. The giving of the Law to Moses and the people of Israel on Mt. Sinai, is a snapshot. The passage we are reading follows the making of new tablets for the Law – after Moses smashed the first tablets which God had made.


Here is the picture: The awesome and almighty God who is above all gods is tired of the stubborn hearts of these chosen people. God does not accept bribes or play favorites -neither should God’s people. God looks out for those without status – widows and orphans – and so should God’s people. God loves immigrants and so should God’s people – who were immigrants in Egypt.


The mighty God assures justice for the weakest, most vulnerable, and most disconnected of people. God loves them! The God who has blessed us, asks us to be a blessing to them also.


I imagine that the committee who, years ago, chose this text for Independence Day were mindful of the rich blessing it is to be a United States Citizen, and thought this a reminder that blessings come with responsibility beyond our own well-being. That is, they emphatically extend to the well-being and wholeness of others who seek the blessings of justice and opportunity. It makes me thankful and urges me to turn outward.


We will come together in thanksgiving and prayer this Sunday, thanking God for the gift of Jesus, for the forgiveness of our sins, and for loving us through all our brokenness. We will thank God for our Country and its blessings and ask that we be guided to build a more just nation – one that reflects God’s love for everyone. Such a snapshot of our love and service may remind people of this snapshot of God’s love. Join us.


Fr. Andrew




Please Note:


Fr. Andrew will be away from the 2nd until the 14th of July, representing the Diocese at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Members of the Vestry will respond to the after hours emergency number – (760) 323-4028. If needed, they will make referrals to appropriate clergy.





Featured Scripture



Deuteronomy 10:16-21 Common English Bible (CEB)


Stop being so stubborn, because the Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt. Revere the Lord your God, serve him, cling to him, swear by his name alone! He is your praise, and he is your God—the one who performed these great and awesome acts that you witnessed with your very own eyes.







Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library

The Episcopal Cafè                        




7/1      Lectio Divina Reflection on Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24. 

             Led by Gary Scott


7/8     Am I Boasting or Conceited? Reflection on 2 Cor. 12:1-10

             Led by Alan Zimmerman     Read about it 


7/15    Prophetic Pains and Plumb Lines:  Reflection on Amos 7:7-15.

             Led by Jerry Di Noto     Read about it


7/22    Broken Walls, Crossed Borders: Reflection on Eph. 2:12-22.
              Led by Alan Zimmerman     Read about it 
7/29    Praying for Power: Reflection on Ephesians 3: 14-21.
              Led by Br. John Charles     Read about it


Tuesdays — Accepting God’s Gift of Faith


Tuesdays @ 7PM in Library: 

A BBC Series: A nursing convent in a poor East London 1950 community is home to a small order of Anglican nuns and lay nurses, who work as midwives as they minister to physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the women and families they serve. We’ll watch four episodes which offer gripping moral and ethical insights into birth, life and death for us to ponder and discuss.


7/10      Episode One “Call the Midwife”  Led by Jerry Di Noto
7/17      Episode Two “Call the Midwife”  Led by Alan Zimmerman
7/24      Episode Three “Call the Midwife” Led by Gary Scott
7/31      Episode Four “Call the Midwife”  Led by Audrey Spencer


General Convention

Every three years elected representatives from each diocese of the Episcopal Church gather to determine policies, priorities and the budget for the next three years. They also learn, worship, pray and bear witness. The convention meets July 5 – 13 in Austin, Texas. To watch the proceedings live, visit the media hub .





Hospitality Ministry

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


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.





Parish Life Hospitality Coordinators – If you enjoy planning and managing social events, we’d like to talk to you! We’re currently seeking volunteers to help coordinate our after-service hospitality on Sundays. Partnering with the Sexton, volunteers will provide oversight to ensure adequate host presence and suitable refreshments following the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM services. Questions? Please contact Fred Ross at (415) 710-9180 or email (NOTE TO ALL: Donated food items suitable for Sunday hospitality are always welcome. Please deliver your contributions to the Parish Hall kitchen.)




Support Camp Stevens Scholarships

for Refugee Children


Camp Stevens invited every congregation in the Diocese of San Diego to help fund camp scholarships for Sudanese and Congolese Refugees in San Diego. Our Vestry responded by raising two scholarships (about $1,260) and asking the weekend worshipers to match. The response has been tremendous! $4,330 raised so far! Camp Stevens will provide a full week of camp for 40 children spread over the Camp Season. This will cost about $45,000 for the camp expenses and the supplies that the kids, who have never been to camp, need. If you would like to support this gracious gift to refugee children, please make your check to St. Paul’s, with Refugee in the memo.





St. Paul Campers 



. . . who signed up for our trip on July 13 – 15, please meet briefly at noon in the Sunday School room on July 1st to complete our plans.  Bonnie Stroock.





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 month of August. For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at




A Theological Gem in Our Own Backyard


Our diocese has a local theological training program in Ocean Beach open to all adult learners. Anyone can take classes on subjects ranging from Hebrew and Christian scriptures to world religion, spirituality, ethics, and others. While these courses are graduate level, and prepare future deacons and priests for ordination, they are accessible, interactive and relevant to modern day ministry. The fall semester begins on September 21. Classes are $400 each, and may be audited for $150 each. An informational discernment day will take place on Saturday, July 21, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the school. Learn more






Escape the heat! Wednesday, August 1st, Noon to 2:00 PM at the Quiet Creek Inn, 26345 Delano Dr., Idyllwild, CA  92549 – (951) 468-4208. Attendees bring food, beverages and serving utensils. Our generous hosts, Nathan De Petris and Marc Kassoof, owners of the Inn, will supply the plates and cutlery. Parking at the Inn is limited and reserved for the registered guests. However, there is ample street parking located on Delano Dr. and Four Chimneys Road.  Please sign up in the Narthex or Parish Hall or call the office at (760) 320-7488 to confirm your attendance.  Also, please indicate if you need a ride or are willing to use your vehicle for carpooling.






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 have changed for the summer. From 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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