For Sunday, January 20th
“They have no wine!”
The Wedding Feast at Cana is the first event of the Epiphany Season where we encounter Jesus’ manifestation of himself and his mission. Throughout the centuries, biblical scholars have speculated and waxed eloquently concerning his first miracle of changing water into wine. Rather than comment on these speculations, I offer a reflection as to how this event can permeate everyday life.
I was struck with the verse, “When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’” Mary’s words made me reflect on the times in my life when the wine ran out. Perhaps something we can all identify with. I thought about the times where the wine of joy seemed to dry up. The death of loved ones, the times of betrayal by friends or trusted institutions, and the times of having made the wrong choice. In short, the times when the vibrancy and vitality of life seemed to fade. Each one of us could tell a story about the day the wine gave out and many are living those stories today.
Regardless of how it feels, or what we think about it, the day the wine runs out is the beginning of a miracle. Christ does not simply refill our glasses. He transforms our lives, turning water into wine. That which was colorless is now vibrant red. Every time that good wine of Christ’s healing, transformative, and compassionate love is poured, our lives are changed. We are brought “out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 368) I can’t tell you how that happens; I only know that it does happen. I have tasted the good wine of Christ’s presence. I have experienced the miracle at Cana in my life and have seen it in the lives of others. “They have no wine,” Mary said. But they will! For God’s faith-filled people, miracles always begin when the wine gives out.
Gathering as a community of faith, we taste the wine of hope and are filled with the warmth of the active love of God. Spiritually fortified with that, we can go forth and continue the banquet of life, changing water into wine, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those for whom the wine of life has seemingly run out.
Ministry Development Coordinator
John 2:1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They don’t have any wine.”
Jesus replied, “Woman, what does that have to do with me? My time hasn’t come yet.”
His mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby were six stone water jars used for the Jewish cleansing ritual, each able to hold about twenty or thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some from them and take it to the headwaiter,” and they did. The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine. He didn’t know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.
The headwaiter called the groom and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.” This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
Guest Preacher Rev. Tracey Lind
This Sunday, January 20, The Very Rev. Tracey Lind will be our guest preacher and will also be the speaker at the 9:15 AM Episcopal Café session.
Rev. Lind is a newly retired Episcopal priest and city planner whose ministry has included work for social and environmental justice, interfaith relations, sustainable urban development, arts and culture, and progressive theology. Most recently, her ministry has extended to include the spiritual insights and lessons she has gained from a life complicated by dementia.
On November 8, 2016, Tracey was diagnosed with early stage Frontotemporal Dementia. This diagnosis hasn’t stopped her from fully immersing in what life has to offer, and what she has to give. From October to December last year, she was invited to speak at seven European churches in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Rev. Lind’s spouse, Emily Ingalls, will also be with us and will share her insights as a caregiver at the Episcopal Café session.
Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration
This Sunday, January 20, 2019, The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration Committee will hold its 34th annual event at The Church of St. Paul in the Desert. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. with guest speakers, live performances, and refreshments to follow.
St. Paul’s is honored to host this annual celebration of the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The committee’s mission is to promote unity among the diverse cultures of our community and the Coachella Valley. All are welcome to attend.
Upcoming Events – Newcomers Welcoming & Annual Meeting
Friday, January 25th: Newcomers Welcoming Session – for those interested in pursuing membership at St. Paul’s. This session is scheduled for 10:30 AM, in the Conference Room.
Sunday, January 27th: Annual Meeting – 9:15 AM, in the Parish Hall. We will elect new members to the Vestry and give our thanks and appreciation to those whose terms are ending. We will also elect delegates to the Diocesan Convention and their alternates. It will be a great opportunity to meet the Vestry members and to get answers to any questions you have about the vestry or the parish.
Accepting God’s Gift of Faith
Coming later this month: “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, January 29 through March 12. All sessions are scheduled for 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, in the Parish Hall. 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 and Parish Hall. For additional information, contact Jerry Di Noto at 760.320.7488. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor to one of the program participants, contact Deacon Susan Green at 760.808.0714
Baroque Music Concert
On Friday, February 15, 7 pm Palm Springs Desert Baroque presents “A Perfect Match – Music and Instruments” performed by two Fortepianists, on two rare instruments based on Viennese models from 1800.
From New England, Monica Jakuc Leverett and Desert Baroque’s founder/director, Margaret Irwin-Brandon perform. Solo sonatas and fantasias by F.J. Haydn, Marianna von Auenbrugger and C.P.E. Bach plus Mozart’s Sonata in D for Two Pianos. A master class will take place from 2:30-4 pm with Professor Randall Love of Duke University. Modern pianists will find this an opportunity to play period instruments.
Concert tickets: $25/$35 reserved seating
Master Class: $60 (with advance registration) $70 at the door.
Call Meg Irwin-Brandon at 413-285-6881 for more information.
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 February 5, 2019, Book Club has selected Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. This is an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Palm Springs Library has 4 books and 1 audiobook to loan.
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.”
Contact Nathan Ensign through the music office (Ext. 225) for more information.
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.
1/20: Dementia and its Effects
Guest Speaker, Tracey Lind
1/27: No session: Annual Meeting
Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in the Library
1/22: Candlemas Instructional Service
Led by Gary Scott and Team
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, beginning 1/29, 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.
1/29: First Session: Our Faith Journey – What is Faith and Doubt?
2/5: Our History and Heritage – Anglo-Episcopal Tradition
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.
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
Seeking Coffee Hour Hosts
With the arrival of fall, we joyfully welcome our part time parishioners returning to the desert. It’s a time for festive hospitality at our Coffee Hours following Sunday services. Currently, there are several dates available, between now and year-end, to host a coffee hour. It’s easy! All you do is provide offerings of fruit, pastries, cookies – anything, really, that you think others would enjoy. The church provides coffee, tea, lemonade, and all service items. If you would like to sponsor a future coffee hour, please sign-up today. You’ll find the sign-up book on the table just inside the Parish Hall entrance.
Questions? Please contact Kathy Kilmer, 760.774.8233
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.