For Sunday, June 26, 2022

St Paul’s Parish Life Camping Ministry

Are you interested in joining us for the upcoming camping trip, July 14 – 16, in Idyllwild (previously announced in this space and in The Abundant Life)?  We have scheduled a trip planning session for Sunday, June 26, 9:30 – 10 AM, outdoors on the church lawn.   Join us to learn more details about the event and sign-up for our festive group dinner planned for Tuesday, July 14.   $15 will reserve your spot. Remember, it’s 20 degrees cooler up in the tall pine trees. Questions? Contact Bonnie Stroock – 760.799.9336.

St. Paul’s Library “Last Call!” 

The Library Ministry at St. Paul presents “Last Call!” this Sunday, June 26. The Library will be open during the hour between services and from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, when parishioners can visit the Library to read and check out books.

Questions? Please contact our librarians at

Prayers of the Church

For the Anglican Communion, and for the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby; for the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, The Most Reverend Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, Archbishop of the Province of Sudan and Bishop of Khartoum.

For the Episcopal Church in Europe, The Rt. Rev. Mark D. W. Edington, Bishop.

For the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Susan Brown Snook, Bishop; for the clergy and people of St. Margaret’s, Palm Desert.

For Ukraine: God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

For Bishops Against Gun Violence, a network of nearly 100 Episcopal Church bishops. (For more information visit bishopsagainstgunviolence.org

“We come to you now in sorrow and sadness at the death and violence inflicted on our siblings of St. Stephen’s Church. Receive the souls of those who have died. Grant them peace in your arms of love. Be with those who are injured and suffer, those who are grieving, and those who are frightened and dispirited. Help us as a nation to find ways to bring an end to this scourge of violence, which hurts your children and our human family. Give us the strength we need, the courage we must have, and the faith in you that will see us through. All this we pray and ask in the name of the prince of peace—your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen.

(Excerpted from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry’s message to the church following the fatal shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.)

For those commended to our prayers: Art Koski, Lisa C., Richard M., Mauricio Correa, Mary Kipe, AJ Miller, Tom Lutgen, The Rev. Karl Jacobson, Zachary and Carolyn Scott and family, Edward and June, Angela Brinker, Terrence Marguet, Christina Laredo, Ken Hughes, Brian Nealy; pray for all those affected by COVID-19: heal those who are suffering, comfort those who grieve, and strengthen those who are caring for others; pray for all those for whom no prayers have been said.

For those who have died: Shirley Macdowell, Guy Sands, Michael Francis Lang – May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

For those with birthdays: June 26: Mark McMillan, Ruth Wylie; June 27: Mary Mann; July 1: Rick Reed, Joseph Casazza; July 2: John Murren, Erik Palmer.

For those celebrating anniversaries: June 28: Roger Donnelly & Stephen Lisante, Betti & Ken Hendrickson; June 29: The Rev. Jessie Thompson & The Rev. Dan Kline, Doug Hairgrove & Woody Wood, Tempe & John Essell; July 1: The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch & Shelia Brubaker; July 2: Natasha & Navin Hemrajani.

For those for whom flowers have been given:Today’s Altar Flowers are sponsored by Jim Panos, in thanksgiving for his birthday. The flowers in the Narthex today are sponsored by Cheryl and Ray Kelley, in thanksgiving for their 25 years of worship at St. Paul’s (since June 25, 1997).

Send us your Prayer Requests via email — You may request prayers, “For those commended to our prayers” or “For those who have died,” by sending requests to

For next Sunday’s Lectionary readings, go to www.stpaulsps.org, and click on “This Week’s Scriptures” in the Worship Services box. From the calendar, select July 3, The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

Mid-Week Contemplative Eucharists

Come worship with us at a simple spoken mass (Eucharist) or Evening Prayer (during the summer) offered Wednesdays at 6:00 PM. The church will be open the hour prior (5:00-6:00 PM) for silent, socially distanced personal prayer. Come and rest.

Summer Singers

summer choir

During these summer Sundays through September 25, I’m inviting volunteer singers to join me in the choir “loft” to encourage and support congregational singing during the 10:30 AM liturgy. We will rehearse together Sunday mornings at 9:45, by reviewing the day’s music and singing through the full service. No vestments required, just dress appropriately for the morning service. Come often or a few times; I would love to have you sing with me! See you at 9:45 in the “loft”!

Canon Phil, Interim Director of Music & Organist

June is LGBTQ+ Awareness Month
Celebrate PRIDE!

 

Social Justice Ministry volunteers separate and sort donated clothing items.

Social Justice Ministry Distribution Event

The Social Justice Ministry sponsors a Distribution event the last Wednesday of each month, set up in the Columbarium colonnade outside the church.  The next event is scheduled for June 29.  Ministry volunteers will be on hand to give out sundries, clothing, backpacks, blankets – and so many other essentials – to our needy neighbors.  Currently, the Ministry needs additional volunteers to help fold and distribute inventory items. If you would like to donate time and/or treasures to this worthy cause, please contact Lena Granet at or 760.322.2179.

July Book Club

The next Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Meeting information will follow later. For July, Book Club has selected The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. The Plot is a propulsive and suspenseful novel about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it. What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?

New members are always welcome at Book Club. For more information, please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Escape the Summer Heat with a Hike and Picnic! 

Come join St. Paul’s Hiking Group for a special summer hike and picnic on July 23, 2022, in beautiful Idyllwild, California, just a short hour’s drive from Palm Springs.  We will meet there at 9 am and enjoy a leisurely 3-mile walk among the pines at the Idyllwild County Park and Nature Reserve, followed by a bring-your-own picnic (beverages provided) and plenty of fun and fellowship.

This hike is suitable for all ages and skill-levels and is especially recommended for those who are new to the trail or new to the area and interested in exploring – all you need is a good pair of walking shoes.  Carpools can be arranged for those in need of a ride.  Your friends and family are invited to join us, and canine friends are welcome with a leash.  There is a $6 per person fee for the park.  Contact Nancy Antonius at for more details.

Church flower sponsorships

Fresh flowers at the altar honor God and add to the beauty of our worship.  We invite you to consider sponsoring altar flowers (or Narthex flowers) to recognize or honor special people and events.  You can reserve your sponsorship Sunday(s) by calling the Parish Office (760.320.7488).  Or you can sign up using the Flower Sponsor Register found in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Service Livestreaming

St Paul Streaming Worship Services

We are livestreaming our 10:30 AM Sunday Eucharist every week. The livestream project was made possible through a generous gift from a “snowbird” member from Philadelphia who wintered in Palm Springs for many years and worshiped at St. Paul’s every Sunday. You can view the livestream on our Home Page, YouTube Channel, and Facebook Page.

Missed a service?  Or want to rewatch a liturgy? All our past services are available to watch either on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/StPaulintheDesert or on our Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulinthedesert

coffee hourCoffee/Social Hour Hospitality

For those wishing to sponsor refreshments for a specific Sunday Coffee Hour, please call or stop by the Parish Office to sign up. All our hospitality procedures and protocols are subject to any CDC guidelines and mandates that Bishop Susan may put into place, depending on prevailing COVID conditions.

The Abundant Life E-List

If you are not a current subscriber to our weekly electronic newsletter, it’s easy to sign up.  Just go to www.stpaulsps.org, scroll down to find “Join Our E-Mail List,” enter your email address – and you’re all set.  You will receive the newsletter each week, usually on Fridays.

If the newsletter ends up in your spam/junk folder, simply add to your email address book.

Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. Please pray for all those affected. To donate directly to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund, visit  (https://support.episcopalrelief.org/).  If you prefer, you can donate through St. Paul’s Parish.  Be sure to designate “ERD Ukraine” on your check or cash envelope.  To date, donations processed through our church have totaled $1,918.

COVID-19 and Masking at St. Paul’s Update

Please click here to read the latest update regarding masking at St. Paul’s.

The following changes will take effect in our public worship on Sunday May 1, 2022:

+ 8:00AM – vaccine and mask required

+ 10:30AM (& Wednesday nights) – vaccine and mask strongly recommended

In addition to the changes mentioned above, the following will continue:

+ Funerals, which often have many guests from out of state, will be mask required services (we will not check for vaccinations)

+ Ushers, altar ministers, lectors, and clergy will continue to remain masked unless reading, preaching, or celebrating the Eucharist. Staff singers/choir/ensembles will continue to remain masked during the services

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