For Sunday, February 10th

Weekly Message

Who’s in my boat?

Suggested scripture: Luke 5:1-11

The fishermen, including Simon, are washing out their nets after a night of fruitless fishing. Given their failure, we can imagine the disappointment they must feel despite their best efforts and expertise as seasoned fishermen. This scene can be familiar as we strive to labor for peace, justice, acceptance and inclusion. It can be familiar when we try to do the right thing, change bad habits or deal with challenging associates and/or family members. At times, we may even despair and wonder if we are making any progress, especially when efforts seem to be one step forward and one step back.

In my own experience, I strive to cast my net to reap a harvest of change, but at times my efforts can be useless or unproductive. At such times I can be tempted to abandon my net and walk away entirely, or stubbornly hang in and continue to anchor myself in familiar waters of habits, behaviors and responses that yield no catch. I would like to think that I’m captain of my own boat and capable of steering a course of my own design, but this so often leads to disillusionment, if not despair, when things do not go as planned. I’m sure you can relate!

Perhaps when this happens we need to give up the role of captain and agree to be captured by something bigger than ourselves. I believe we need to faithfully believe who really is the captain of our boats and trust when we are challenged to venture into deeper waters and not be afraid. Our gospel reminds us that things did not change for the disciples until Jesus got into the boat and gave the orders.
Ultimately, my take-away from this gospel story, is that it’s about following Jesus, the One who tells us not to be afraid and tells us to follow Him – even if that means going greater distances and doing what seems unlikely. If we allow Jesus to take charge, he can haul us in when we are over our heads. He is the one who charts the course for us to endure in our efforts and to cast nets of compassion, love, peace, forgiveness and inclusion.

We experience being in the vessel of redemption when we gather to proclaim and partake of the one who charts our course and captains our lives.

Peaceful Sailing!

Jerry DiNoto
Ministry Development Coordinator

Featured Scripture

Luke 5:1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)

One day Jesus was standing beside Lake Gennesaret when the crowd pressed in around him to hear God’s word. Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets. Jesus boarded one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, then asked him to row out a little distance from the shore. Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he finished speaking to the crowds, he said to Simon, “Row out farther, into the deep water, and drop your nets for a catch.”

Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I’ll drop the nets.”

So they dropped the nets and their catch was so huge that their nets were splitting. They signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats so full that they were about to sink. When Simon Peter saw the catch, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Leave me, Lord, for I’m a sinner!” Peter and those with him were overcome with amazement because of the number of fish they caught. James and John, Zebedee’s sons, were Simon’s partners and they were amazed too.

Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.” As soon as they brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.

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 (February 14) we will discuss Romans 12-13:10. To prepare for our discussion, you may use your own bible or find the readings online at

We will meet at the home of Sharon Strong. For more information, please contact Sharon at 760.285.8910.

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.

Baroque Music Concert

Friday, February 15, 7:00 PM, in the Parish Hall, Desert Baroque presents “A Perfect Match – Music and Instruments” performed by two fortepianists (Monica Jakuc Leverett and Meg Irwin-Brandon), on two rare instruments based on Viennese models dating from around 1800. Works by Haydn, C.P.E. Bach and Mozart will be performed.

Also, a master class will take place from 2:30 – 4:00 PM (in the Parish Hall) with Professor Randall Love of Duke University. Modern pianists will find this an opportunity to play period instruments.

Concert tickets are $25 ($35 reserved)
Master class admission is $60 (advance registration), $70 at the door.

For more details check our St. Paul’s website or visit

Black History Month Parade

Saturday, February 23rd

Our PARADES / SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM is organizing our contingent in this event. Parade begins at 11 AM downtown Palm Springs -Arenas/Palm Canyon. Your support and participation in demonstrating who we are as a faith community by our involvement in this public event is greatly appreciated. Walkers, riders and drivers are needed.

Sign-up sheets for this parade are in the Narthex (church lobby), in the Parish Hall and the Office. There will be some seats available in cars for individuals who need. Oh, don’t forget to wear the Parish Tee Shirt, please see an usher if you need to purchase a tee-shirt.

A Cabbello in Concert Feb. 24th

On Sunday, February 24 at 4:00pm we will present ‘A Cabbello’ men’s ensemble with Rich Cook, Director, in a concert titled “Vintage Vocals for the Soul.”

The performance will feature selections from Palestrina to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gospel favorites. This lively and entertaining group is one of Palm Springs’ several men’s choirs. More information on them can be found at Donations will be graciously received at the door. Reception to follow.

Gun Violence Awareness

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of over 80 Episcopal bishops workings to curtail epidemic gun violence in the US. Each Friday they host a five minute prayer service relative to these issues on their facebook page.

For more information visit

Mural Project

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Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, has commissioned a mural for the South-East side of the church facing My Little Flower Shop. Bernard Hoyes is the artist and his mural is called “Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters.” The mural celebrates iconic images of St. Paul the Hermit, Water, Agriculture, Hollywood-Palm Springs connections and the images of three local clergy who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and on Civil Rights in Palm Springs. There will be an image from the Agua Caliente tribe, and affirmation of several of the cultures that are an important part of our community.


Accepting God’s Gift of Faith

Accepting God’s Gift of Faith is a spiritual renewal program for Episcopalians, as well as an instructional preparation program for persons seeking Baptism, Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation in The Episcopal Church.

The program consists of seven consecutive Tuesday evening sessions, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, in the Parish Hall. It started on January 29 and will run through March 12. At the culmination of the program, our Assisting Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will preside at Baptisms, Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations during her Bishop’s Visitation at St. Paul’s on Sunday, March 17.

Program registration information is available in the Narthex (church lobby) and Parish Hall. For additional information, contact Jerry Di Noto at 760.320.7488. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor of one of the program participants, contact Deacon Susan Green at 760.808.0174

Taizé Services Begin February 7th

On Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 PM we will offer our next Taizé service. As one person said, “Taizé is a deeply spiritual, candlelit service with music, religious art, silence and prayer. It is a wonderful opportunity to center your day and your life while expressing gratitude to our Creator.”

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

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.

2/10: Here I am, send me! A reflection on Isaiah 6

2/17: Blessed by Trust: Reflection on Jeremiah 17

2/24: Reconciliation/Revenge: A reflection on Genesis 45

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, through March 12th, in the Parish Hall

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.

2/12: Our Beliefs Part 1: Bible, Basic Beliefs, Sacraments.

2/19: Our Beliefs Part 2: Seasons of the Church Year, Book of Common Prayer.

2/26: The Christian Life: Walking the Walk, Prayer, Gifts, Community & Service.

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.

Potluck Events

Save the Dates:
St. Paul’s Parish Life Committee announces the upcoming Potluck events…

Tuesday March 5: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:30 to 7:30 PM

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

All of these festive events will take place in the Parish Hall

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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