For Sunday, April 19th


A message from the Rector

A whole new world has been thrust upon us in these several past fast-moving weeks such as we have not known before.  I am sure most of you are as bewildered and surprised as I am to suddenly be unable to worship together or do most of the things with others in our lives that we have always taken for granted.  In response to the health crisis in our world our lives have suddenly changed.

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Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby; pray for the Church of Ireland, The Most Rev. Dr. Michael Geoffrey St. Aubyn Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, The Rt. Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop.

For the Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; pray for the Clergy and people of St. John’s, Indio.

For our Parish in Transition: Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p. 818)

For those commended to our prayers:  Edward Howard, Cedric Rougely, Tony Ellerd, Pedro Jose Rivera, Betty Muhleck, Melissa Franklin, Courtney Pavelak, Rob Adams, Brian Nealy, Barbara Nussbaum, Norma Westaway, and for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Rosa Taylor, Fletcher Leary, Jr., Marissa Vaughans, Betty Lemons, Dora Harris, Judy Tackett, Emily Foster, Jimmy Hanchett, Jeanita Lewis, Ruth Lofthus, Joe Grant, Bill Feingold, The Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris.

For those with Birthdays:  April 19: Elaine Martinkovic; April 21: Penelope Lamont; April 22: Nick Bonnell, Michael Patino; April 23: Sophie Olson, Amy Hardwick, Navin Hemrajani; April 25: Gary Hiatt, Jordan Arvizu-Fuller, John Sanders.

For those celebrating their anniversary: Helen & Tom Amestoy

Send us your Prayer Requests via email — You may request prayers, “For those commended to our prayers” or “For those who have died,” by sending requests to

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings go to, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select April 26, The Second Sunday of Easter.

Weekly Bible Sharing

With the Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law

Thursday, April 23rd
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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

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.

Sunday Worship Childcare

Childcare is available during the 10:30 a.m. service.

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.

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