For Sunday December 18, 2022

Movie night in the Parish Hall

Saturday, December 17, 6:00 PM

Bring your pizza, a bucket of chicken or your favorite snacks and get ready for a fun night with your friends from church.  Drinks and popcorn will be provided.

This month’s movie selection is “Hidden Figures,” a #1 New York Times bestseller.  It is the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space – a powerful, revelatory history essential to our understanding of race, discrimination and achievement in modern America.

Join us!

Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 18th – 4:00 PM

Our annual service of traditional Advent Lessons & Carols has been postponed to Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 PM.  (The service was originally scheduled for December 4.) Join us for the sounds of the Season at St. Paul’s.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the following events!

  • Sunday, December 18 – 4:00 PM – Advent Lessons & Carols
  • Wednesday, December 21 – 6:00 PM – Interfaith Blue Christmas Service at St. Paul’s

Christmas Services

  • Christmas Eve – 6:00 PM – Family Service – Best for families with young children.
  • Christmas Eve – 11:00 PM – Midnight Mass – Incense and Full Choir
  • Christmas Day – 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM – Hymns, Holy Eucharist
  • Wednesday, January 4 – Epiphany (transferred) – 6:00 PM – Spoken contemplative Mass

Special Events in January

  • Sunday, January 8, 2023 – The annual visit from Bishop Susan Brown Snook at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM services.
  • Sunday, January 29, 2023 – The Feast of St. Paul the Hermit and, following our 10:30 service, our annual meeting: Strategic Plan revealed, Church Directories distributed, Lunch served. You won’t want to miss this!

Christmas Flower Offerings

‘Tis the Season!

If you would like to contribute toward the cost of poinsettias, please use the special offering envelopes found in the pew pockets. Deadline for inclusion in our published Christmas flower donor listing is Wednesday, December 21. Your donated flowers may be collected after Christmas to distribute to those who couldn’t attend services in person, or for your own enjoyment at home.

Parish Offices Holiday Schedule

St. Paul’s Parish Offices will be closed to the public the week after Christmas.  Except for some minor end-of-year wrapping up of administrative duties, regular office routines will be “on hold.”

This schedule gives all church staff and office volunteers time to rest and recharge after a busy Advent and Christmas season.  An assisting priest will be on-call for pastoral care emergencies.  The regular office schedule will be reinstated Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Winter Coat Donations Needed

Now that cooler weather has arrived in the desert, the Social Justice Ministry is seeking donations of new or gently used winter coats and jackets to distribute to our needy neighbors. Winter hats, scarves and gloves are also appreciated. Remember, donated used clothing should first be dry cleaned. Please place your donated items in the collection “barrels” located in the narthex.

Mid-week Services

You are invited to the church on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM each week for contemplative Eucharist/Evening Prayer. The church will be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, personal prayer. Come and rest.

  • Wednesday, December 21 – Blue Christmas
  • Wednesday, December 28 – Off for holiday
  • Wednesday, January 4 – Epiphany

Parish Book Club reinstates in-person meetings

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 1:00 PM in the Library at St. Paul’s. For January, Book Club has selected Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng. Our Missing Hearts is an old story made new, of the ways supposedly civilized communities can ignore the most searing injustice. It’s a story about the power—and limitations—of art to create change; the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children, and how any of us can survive with our hearts intact.

New members are always welcome at Book Club. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Blue Christmas: The Longest Night

St. Paul in the Desert will host this interfaith prayer liturgy on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 6:00 PM. The date is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.

It’s a time when some people, amid all the Christmas festivities, find themselves unable to shake feelings of grief, loss, or loneliness. The Blue Christmas service is a way to honor those feelings, even when the season suggests otherwise. It is a gentle, contemplative service of light and hope, to be a comfort in this season of waiting for the Light in the darkness.

All are welcome.


Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for The Anglican Church of Korea, The Most Reverend Peter Lee Kyeong-ho, Bishop of Seoul and Presiding Bishop (Primate) of Korea.

For the Episcopal Diocese of Central Gulf Coast, The Right Reverend James Russell Kendrick, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Right Reverend Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of Holy Cross, Oceanside; for the growth of evangelism in the Diocese.

For those commended to our prayers: Jenni Foreman, Glena, Drew Blazier, Rex Comer, Louis Thibault, John Ketcham, Gary Koch, Jim Panos, Ventura Fuentes, Susan Pelowski, Paula Davis, Marna & Rick Hill, Ivory Murrell, Jr., James Hodge, Terri & Judi Miller-Steele, Joe Christopher, Greg Gowdy, Barry Hagenbuch, Roy Cody, Howard Cecil, George Barros, Philip Smith, Dirk Beach-Barrow, John Lasher, Marie Ratnam, Robert Menifee, Maria Medina, A.J. Miller, Tom Ranier, Nuan Pan & Burt, Adair, Genie Bell, Maria, Cat Conner, Frank Riviers, Tom Lutgen, Brian Nealy; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said. 

For those who have died: Mary “Cookie” Zingg, De Andre Rouse, Gale Enger, Kenneth Roy, Ronald Roy, Abdulio Medina, Frederick Swann, Joe Callanan, David De St. Cyr, Covert E. “Pete” Parnell, III, Gene Cipriano, Emanuel Manning, Christopher Manning. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

For those with birthdays: December 19: Shaun Olson, A.J. Miller; December 20: John Essell; December 21: Don Norris; December 22: Greg Barton; December 23: Brian Nealy; December 24: Tyrus Brown, Linda Richard, Brynn Shih.

For those celebrating their anniversary: December 18: Steven Michael Chacon & Felipe Rodriguez.

For those for whom flowers have been donated: Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Gary E. Hiatt, in loving memory of Fred E. Ross. Today’s Narthex flowers are sponsored by Steven Michael Chacon & Felipe Rodriguez, in celebration of the first anniversary of their marriage.

For our Confirmands as they prepare to take this important step in their spiritual journeys.

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 Weekly print deadline is Wednesday noon.

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to, and select December 25, the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas Day).

Sunday Service LiveStreaming

St Paul Streaming Worship Services

We are livestreaming our 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist every week. The livestream project was made possible through a generous gift from a “snowbird” member from Philadelphia who wintered in Palm Springs for many years and worshiped at St. Paul’s every Sunday. You can view the livestream on our Home Page, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page.

Missed a service?  Or want to rewatch a liturgy? All our past services are available to watch either on our YouTube Channel: or on our Facebook timeline:

Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. Please pray for all those affected. To donate directly to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, visit  (  If you prefer, you can donate through St. Paul’s Parish.  Be sure to designate “ERD Ukraine” on your check or cash envelope.

Episcopal News Services

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