For Sunday, January 27th
Our Mission and Marching Orders
In our gospel passage Jesus is revealing his marching orders: bring good news to the poor, release captives, give sight to the blind, free the oppressed and proclaim God’s favor. Then he simply adds that today those who are listening are witnessing God’s fulfillment of this, right before their eyes.
Well, that certainly got their attention! Their preconceptions were challenged; they didn’t like the concept that God might not approve of everything they did or how they did it. They, like us, became defensive when the same old comfortable ways are challenged and need transformation. Jesus is challenging the status quo. Jesus is saying that the worship of God is not just about keeping the law perfectly; it is not about making sacrifice and keeping the festivals in a prescribed way; it is not about obeying the religious structure that was administered by the authorities. The worship of God is about lifting up the poor from the depths of misery, releasing those who are captive, the blind seeing, the lame walking, justice, compassion and peace.
The underlying truth, as I see it, is that while God loves everyone, when it comes right down to it, God is always on the side of those who are in need, those who suffer, those who hunger, those who grieve, those who struggle and those who are outcasts and considered unworthy.
The world, on the other hand, tends to glorify wealth and those who are successful. It tends to look down and even further victimize those who are poor or hungry or unemployed or struggling. We see people who are categorized and often excluded and rejected because their life styles are different, their cultures are different, they have other faiths, or their skin is a different color. Sadly, even religious beliefs are used to further judgmental attitudes and exclusivism.
The passage today reminds us that through baptism we are anointed and fused to the mission of Jesus – The Jesus Movement, as our Presiding Bishop Curry says. Our Baptismal promises are our marching orders: to resist evil; to love God and seek Christ in all persons; to respect the dignity of every human being; to strive for peace and justice among all people.
We affirm our mission and marching orders each time we gather and partake of the spiritual sustenance of Christ. We recall that we are fused to Christ, to one another and to the Kingdom of God.
Ministry Development Coordinator
Luke 4:14-21 Common English Bible (CEB)
Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news about him spread throughout the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been raised. On the Sabbath he went to the synagogue as he normally did and stood up to read. The synagogue assistant gave him the scroll from the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the prisoners
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to liberate the oppressed,
and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the synagogue assistant, and sat down. Every eye in the synagogue was fixed on him. He began to explain to them, “Today, this scripture has been fulfilled just as you heard it.”
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
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.
The Very Reverend Tracey Lind
The Very Reverend Tracy 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, Tracy was diagnosed with early stage Frontotemporal Dementia. 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. Reverend Lin’s spouse, Emely Ingals, shares her insights as a caregiver.
Reverend Tracy Lind shared her story with parishioners during the Episcopal Cafe meeting on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
Watch her talk on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9XGDUVjE3FU
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 email@example.com
The Palm Springs Library has 4 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 www.desertbaroque.com
A Cabbello in Concert Feb. 24th
Save the Date: Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 PM we will present A Cabbello men’s ensemble. Watch this space for more information on this musical event you won’t want to miss. For more information check: www.acabbello.org
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.
1/27: No session: Annual Meeting
2/3: Excuses: A Reflection on “Calling” from Jerimiah 1
2/10: Here I am, send me! A reflection on Isaiah 6
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 – Judeo-Christian, Anglo-Episcopal Traditions
2/12: The Christian Life: Walking the Walk: Prayer, Gifts, Community and Service
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.