For Sunday, March 3rd

From the Rector

God’s Presence Changes Us

This weekend we honor the transition into Lent with a yearly reminder of the Transfiguration. Each year we read about Jesus going to a mountain with three disciples. Jesus went to pray – to connect with God’s presence. The change that takes place in Jesus’ appearance is the reason for the naming of the feast and it looks back to the experience of Moses, who was in the divine presence on Mount Sinai in this week’s reading from Exodus.

Moses was changed by his encounter on Mt. Sinai. His face was changed so much that it frightened the people. And he was changed in his heart as he grew from a shepherd, to a prophet, to the leader of the people of God. Moses was unaware of the changes until he spoke with his leaders and then with the people.

Change was a part of his transition and development as a leader. Change was a part of the transition as the people who were recently slaves under Pharaoh became people of the Covenant with God. Not all the change was welcome.
Moses regularly complained about the burden his new role placed upon him. And the people regularly complained about the burden of freedom’s responsibilities and uncertainties.

I am very grateful for having experienced God’s presence as a part of St. Paul’s for these last 30 years and I am aware that change has always been a part of our life together. The first major change I can remember was moving the Altar from being attached to the south wall to a place in the center of the Sanctuary. It was a physical change that represented an internal transition. The Altar and it’s representation of God’s presence had moved from inside a 2nd Altar Rail, out to the center of the space where it was accessible to everyone.

As we gather this week to worship and pray, may we reflect on the ways God’s presence has invited us closer or held us at arm’s length as our community of faith continues our transition into the abundant life of Christ. Join us.

Fr. Andrew

Featured Scripture

Exodus 34:29-35 New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV)

Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

The Parish Life Team invites you to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper to be held in the Parish Hall March 5th, 5:30-7:30. Our renowned chef, Rick Tinsley, has a great menu planned with pancakes, crepes, fruit salad, pork and veggie sausage, coffee, lemonade and iced tea.

There are signup sheets in the back of the church (Narthex) and in the Parish Hall. An accurate head count is essential, so we can prepare enough but not an unnecessary excess of food for our diners. The suggested donation to attend is $5.00 payable at the door. Come and enjoy great food and a chance to get to know someone new. (Please seek out people you don’t yet know.)

Coming in April…

Thursday April 11: Spring Pot Luck: 5:30 PM-7:30PM

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday is March 6, 2019 – The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon and 6:00 PM; Imposition of Ashes at both services.

Taizé Service

The next Taizé service will be Thursday, March 7th.

Taizé is a deeply spiritual service by candlelight with music, quietude and prayer. It is a wonderful opportunity to center your day and your life while expressing gratitude.

For more information, contact Director of Music Nathan Ensign at 760.320.7488 ext. 225

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday each month at 1 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome.

On March 5, 2019, Book Club has selected Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. This novel is a moving family portrait, involving secrets and longing, that uncovers the ways families seek to understand one another.

Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

The Palm Springs Library has 3 books and 1 audiobook to loan.

Women’s Bible Study

Women of the Parish and their friends are invited to join us as we study and reflect on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. We meet on Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. For our study, we are following The Good Book Club’s suggested readings.

This Thursday (March 7) we will meet at the home of Sharon Strong and discuss Romans 12-13:10. To prepare for our discussion, you may use your own bible or find the readings online at

For more information, please contact Sharon at 760.285.8910

Good Enough Project

In Father Andrew’s February 17 message, he invited those of us who have experienced his ministry, to share with him a story about how his ministry affected you – for good or bad. Just a story, not an apotheosis nor a diatribe, is what he is soliciting. Nothing anonymous will get to him, but no names will be shared beyond him without your approval. We also welcome feedback about your experiences with Susan over the years.

Address them to “Good Enough Project”

St. Paul’s
125 West El Alameda
Palm Springs, CA 92262
For a submission or a brief Cell Phone Video.

Music Fund Benefit Concert

Sunday, March 17th

As a benefit for the Music Fund, on Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 PM, we will present our own John Granet in a piano concert featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and some of John’s most recent compositions. No tickets are needed, but donations will be graciously received at the door. There will be a reception to greet John and one another following the program.

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café
These sessions are designed to facilitate discussion of Sunday scripture readings.

3/3: Depths to God that I cannot know: A reflection on Luke 9 – Led by Alan Zimmerman

3/10: Wilderness Tests: Reflection on Luke 4 — Led by Deacon Susan Green

3/17: Bishop’s Visit. NO SESSION

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, in the Library

Renewing our Lives and Accepting God’s Gift of Faith
This seven-week spiritual enrichment program is designed to review and enhance our beliefs and confirm or receive new members.

3/5: Questions and Responses: Episcopal language, Questions/Issues/Concerns.

3/12: Instructional Eucharist: Step by step instruction on the Eucharist Service, liturgical elements and procedures.

Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent.
This series is based on the work of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It will feature soup suppers and Lenten themed Scripture study.

3/19: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ (Romans 6:3-11)

3/26: Deliverance Through Prayer (Exodus 14:10-15:1)


Sunday, March 10th

That’s right – Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM next Sunday, March 10. We’ll want to see you in church Sunday morning, so remember to set your clocks and watches forward before you retire Saturday night.

Fr. Andrew’s Retirement Reception

Save the Date!
On Sunday April 7, following the 10:30 A.M. service, please join us for a retirement reception honoring Fr. Andrew. More details will follow.

Coffee Hour after Services

We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.

And, please consider volunteering to be a Coffee Hour Host sometime during this new year. It can be a great way to honor and celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. There are still many Sundays available. The Sunday Hospitality Sign-Up Book is on the table at the Parish Hall entrance.

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 Thursday and 9 am – 11:30 am Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday or Friday afternoon 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 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.

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