For Sunday, February 3rd

From the Rector

Authentic Abundant Love

This week we read one of the texts which is well known by Christians and non-Christians alike. However, in my experience, the first and last verses are the critical verses for Paul’s message: “If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. … Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love.” This is a rich, wonderful, iconic text, and there is much for us to know and practice.

Paul the apostle is writing to a community that is still trying to find stability as a congregation. They are divided by factions within and are confused about the most effective witness to the visitors who join their worship. He wants to show them a better way, the way of love. You can see our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s current invitation to practice The Way of Love.

Because this text is about “love,” whenever we read the word love without adjectives or modifiers, it can mean whatever we want love to mean at the moment. We often don’t study the text and ponder the descriptors. Love is not represented by rudeness, bragging or injustice, but embodies kindness, patience, hopefulness, and persistence. Clearly these are more than romantic virtues.

I believe that the love that Paul is writing about is the love that inspires us to be our most authentic selves as we connect with the abundance of God’s love for us. This kind of love is authentic because it trusts that God has enough for all. It is authentic because it empowers us to live and make decisions that match our trust in God’s abundance.

This is love that will last and will be the gift of our hearts that will heal God’s world. In our Great Thanksgiving each week during Epiphany, we say: “We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son.”

Week by week we celebrate the authentic and abundant love of God that calls us to love abundantly and authentically. Join us.

Fr. Andrew

Featured Scripture

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 Common English Bible (CEB)

Use your ambition to try to get the greater gifts. And I’m going to show you an even better way.

If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing. If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what I’ve done but I don’t have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever.

Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. As for prophecies, they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. We know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, what is partial will be brought to an end. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, reason like a child, think like a child. But now that I have become a man, I’ve put an end to childish things. Now we see a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have been completely known. Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love.

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

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome.

For February 5, 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

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

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.

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.


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.

2/3: Excuses: A Reflection on “Calling” from Jerimiah 1

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

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

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.

2/5: Our History and Heritage – Judeo-Christian, Anglo-Episcopal Traditions

2/12: The Christian Life: Walking the Walk: Prayer, Gifts, Community and Service

2/19: Our Beliefs Part 1: Bible, Basic Beliefs, Sacraments

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.

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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