For Sunday, November 18th

From the Rector

The Means Sanctify the End

We read in Mark’s Gospel the disciple’s questions about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem – “When will it happen and how will we know?” Every year on this next-to-the-last Sunday, our readings invite us to ponder endings. As Mark tells the story, Jesus and his disciples have been in and around Jerusalem for several days and he will be betrayed shortly.

As we reach the end of the Church’s year, I am thinking about what makes for a prophetic ending. As I reflect on the disciple’s comment about the magnificence of the Temple building, and Jesus’ telling of its destruction, I think about what it might have been like for them. They come from the countryside about 70 miles north of Jerusalem and the Temple. This may have been the first time they have seen it, and they are impressed. There is nothing like it in Galilee.

Yet in Galilee the people also know how to honor the one God, when they gather, and when they pray. And when the Temple in Jerusalem is eventually destroyed in 70 C.E., some of the Jewish people of Jerusalem will move north to Galilee – and they will continue to gather and pray.

Jesus warns the disciples about being too anxious about “the end.” They need to keep at the work and simple prayer they have learned from him. By keeping faith, when the end comes, they will be ready for what comes next.

The people of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Paradise, CA are facing an unimaginable devastation that might look like the end. Along with all the other residents of Paradise, they are evacuated and waiting for what comes next. I have been reading about St. John’s Church in Chico opening their doors to the evacuees and offering prayer as well as more tangible support. They continue to gather and pray.

Week by week we gather and pray. Being faithful in our worship and fellowship helps us to focus, not on the end, but on what comes next. Join us.

Fr. Andrew

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Featured Scripture

Mark 13:1-8 Common English Bible (CEB)

As Jesus left the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look! What awesome stones and buildings!”

Jesus responded, “Do you see these enormous buildings? Not even one stone will be left upon another. All will be demolished.”

Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? What sign will show that all these things are about to come to an end?”

Jesus said, “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many people will come in my name, saying, ‘I’m the one!’ They will deceive many people. When you hear of wars and reports of wars, don’t be alarmed. These things must happen, but this isn’t the end yet. Nations and kingdoms will fight against each other, and there will be earthquakes and famines in all sorts of places. These things are just the beginning of the sufferings associated with the end.

Celebration Weekend, November 17th-18th

This is Celebration Weekend, November 17 & 18: Transforming Generosity is our theme for the coming year. How would “generosity” be transformed if we always remembered what Jesus calls us to do? We are indeed called to establish new priorities for ourselves and our communities of faith. That transformation will call us to look for generosity in every aspect of our work, in every aspect of our lives.

We will celebrate this theme as our Pledge Cards are received at all services this weekend.

Daughters of the King

St. Paul’s chapter of The Daughters of the King (DOK) is sponsoring a thought-provoking workshop, “Spirituality in the Second Half of Life,” Saturday, November 17, from 9:00 AM to Noon, in the Parish Hall. The workshop facilitator is the Rev. Canon David Caffrey.

Participants will explore the promise of a richer spiritual life that awaits each of us as we grow older. Come share what is sure to be an intriguing examination of this fascinating subject. Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex, the Parish Hall and the Parish Office. For more information contact Sharon Strong at 760.285.8910.

Thanksgiving Day Worship at St. Paul’s

Begin your Thanksgiving Day celebrations with your parish family: this Thursday, November 22, 2018, 10:30 AM, Holy Communion.

Embracing Diversity in our Lives

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, December 1st – Laura Trejo, a nationally known speaker, will lead a vestry-sponsored workshop for St. Paul’s and the community, in the Parish Hall, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Her topic is “Embracing Diversity in our Lives” and her workshop will help participants explore what things make people unique and what makes us all similar. Laura is the first Latina appointed to be a General Manager for the City of Los Angeles and is currently head of the Department of Aging. Come join us – and bring a friend! RSVP to [email protected]

Interfaith Dialogue Event

God as Light in Judaism and Christianity

6pm – Thursday, December 13, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum
Free Admission

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Tuesdays During Advent

St. Paul’s Advent Tuesday services provide a quiet and thoughtful pause from what can be a hectic season, and a chance to focus on the blessings of Christmas and the joy of our savior’s birth.

Tuesdays @ 5:00 PM – December 4, 11 and 18, in the Church.

Stations of the Nativity:This prayerful Advent meditation, done in the style of the Stations of the Cross, is based on fourteen events surrounding the Nativity of Jesus.

Following Stations of the Nativity, we invite you to join our meditative Taize service.

Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM — December 4, 11, and 18, in the Church.

Taize:This service, a mixture of song, meditation and Scripture, gives one an opportunity to experience God in a quiet, contemplative setting. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details.

Monthly Taizé Service

Our next monthly Taizé service is  Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM in the church. This service, a mixture of song, meditation and Scripture, gives one an opportunity to experience God in a quiet, contemplative setting. Contact Nathan Ensign for more details. A good singing voice is NOT required.

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Library. New members are always welcome. On December 4, 2018, Book Club will discuss the selected book When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

This is a moving memoir by a young neurosurgeon with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question: What makes a life worth living? If you enjoy reading and talking about the books you read, join us! For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at [email protected].

Episcopate Transition

We are well on our way to prayerfully selecting our fifth diocesan bishop. The Bishop Nominating Committee and the Standing Committee have announced one candidate for election, The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook. The Rev. Canon Snook is currently the Canon for Church Growth and Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. We appreciate your prayers as we walk this path, continually listening for God’s voice in this process.

Developing Questions for the Walkabout

Final candidates for the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego will be presented to the diocese in walkabout events held across the diocese from January 13-18, 2019.

A feature of these events will be listening to the candidates respond to specific questions. The transition committee asks for your help in drafting suggested questions about candidates’ visions for our diocese, their views on mission, or whatever you believe is important to know about our candidates. Please submit your suggested questions (with your name, church name and whether you are clergy or a lay person) by e-mail to:  [email protected] by December 19, 2018.

Thank you for your help as we travel this journey of change together.

Adult Literacy Program

St. Paul’s Adult Literacy Program is accepting applications for English speaking adults who need help in learning to read or who want to improve their skills in reading, writing and comprehension. If you know of anyone who would benefit from participating in this program, please have them call Gary Scott @ 760.218.3180 or Sharon Strong @ 760.285.8910 to register for the program. Those registered will  be placed with a tutor as soon as possible.

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library
The Episcopal Café


11/18: Hope beyond Disaster: Commentary on Daniel 12:1
Led by Jerry Di Noto

11/25: Reflections on Revelation (1): Why read it?
Led by Gary Scott

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in the Library


The 2nd Half of Life: “Life begins at—?”
This series is designed to look at reality, concerns and spirituality for older people.

11/18:  Orphan Elders Led by Audrey Spencer

11/27:  All the Ending in Life Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

Hospitality Ministry

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

Parish T-Shirts

Parish Tee-Shirts are available. The cost is $10.

Tee-shirts can be purchased from the ushers before or after services or at the parish office during regular business hours.

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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