The Abundant Life – June 21, 2018


The Abundant Life


June 21, 2018                                                 For Sunday, June 24th


From the Rector





Don’t You Have Faith Yet?


After a long day of teaching, Jesus and the disciples sail across the Sea of Galilee and face a sudden wind storm. The boat is nearly swamped, but Jesus sleeps. Wakened by his anxious disciples, he speaks to the wind and sea and they are calmed.


There is not much story here. But there is plenty to consider.


The disciples are still learning about Jesus. They have heard him teach and they have been no more able to understand than the crowd – Jesus had to explain his parables to them in private. The disciples witnessed Jesus healing the sick and contending with the authorities. Now they witness Jesus controlling the forces of nature with his command. They don’t comprehend, but they are building a profile of Jesus that makes them wonder.


Jesus wonders too. “Don’t you have faith yet?” He asks.


I wonder how their faith should have manifested in that circumstance. Should the disciples have prayed more? Should they have been able to still the winds themselves? Should they have brought buckets, just in case?


Initially, I thought that the disciples were being shamed for what I judged a reasonable response to their crisis. So I looked again and noticed what they said as they woke Jesus. “Teacher, don’t you care that we are drowning?” These folks who had begun following Jesus and had seen him heal, forgive, and welcome many, wondered if he cared about them.


They are not being criticized for their inability to stop the wind or still the waves. They are not being nagged about their fear in the face of that dire situation. They are being reminded that they should have no doubt of Jesus’ sincere care for them.


The faith that Jesus is praying for them is a faith that gives them a place to stand in the midst of a world that seems like chaos, like a fierce storm. His care for them is not something that comes and goes but is always present. Faith is their connection to that abiding love.


As people of faith, we gather to remember that abiding love. We visit the sick. We release resentments. We welcome the stranger. The faith that connects us to God’s love calls us to make that love tangible in these and so many other ways. Join us.


Fr. Andrew




Featured Scripture



Mark 4:35-41 Common English Bible (CEB)


Later that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” They left the crowd and took him in the boat just as he was. Other boats followed along.


Gale-force winds arose, and waves crashed against the boat so that the boat was swamped.But Jesus was in the rear of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. They woke him up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re drowning?”


He got up and gave orders to the wind, and he said to the lake, “Silence! Be still!” The wind settled down and there was a great calm. Jesus asked them, “Why are you frightened? Don’t you have faith yet?”


Overcome with awe, they said to each other, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”








Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library

The Episcopal Cafè                        

6/24         The Time is Now! Reflection on 2 Corinthians 6:1-13.
                   Led by Bro. John Charles    Read about it



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: 


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
6/26    Via Media (The Middle Way).  Led by Jerry Di Noto
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. The episodes offers 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



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

Learning More About One’s Faith


Why shouldn’t one learn more about one’s faith? One of the core values of our local theological training program, the School for Ministry in Ocean Beach, is to be a community of learning. We seek to be a place where many can learn and many can teach. Anyone can come and hone their skills and develop appreciation for the things of God in this time and place. Those who are interested may take classes as lay leaders who want to expand their knowledge and leadership abilities, as postulants considering a life of ordained ministry, or as auditors who want to satisfy their curiosity or grow in their spiritual life. If you are interested, please speak with the Rev. Cn. Allisyn Thomas (, 619-481-5451). 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 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn more: 



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.)




Pray for Our Youth Delegation to Guatemala



Sixteen Diocese of San Diego youth and three chaperones will board a plane for Guatemala on Saturday, June 23.


They welcome your prayers as they complete construction projects to assist the local community. Our young people wrote the following prayer:



Dear God, We give thanks for the youth of our diocese and their mission trip, To Guatemala With Love. Please help them to be prepared and willing to help those they serve with open hearts and steady hands. Remind them to be open to new experiences and people. Help them care for each other and watch for opportunities to do your work in the world. Wrap them in your love and bless them with strength, courage, optimism, compassion and love as they walk this journey. Bring them home safe to us, and rich with stories of their adventures and service. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.





“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,





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 months of June and 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:






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
Email:  Website:

125 West El Alameda

Palm Springs, California 92262

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