For Sunday, October 7th

From the Rector

Yield Your Hearts

The Gospel portion we read this week is one of the most difficult to manage because Jesus – in handling the Pharisees’ trick question – says the law was not God’s original intent, which he then spells out. We are left to ponder many marriages – from the most secular to the most enthusiastically religious – which have been broken. I am the child of a second marriage and my first mentor priest battled some social disdain in his ministry because his spouse was divorced. So there is broken, there is new, and there can be transformation.

What is Jesus asking us to consider? I believe we can start with his reflection on “unyielding hearts.”

Jesus says that divorce was not intended by God, but was permitted in response to unyielding hearts – hearts that were no longer vulnerable. The intimacy that is required of anyone who would love is incredible, and is built on a heart that can yield, that can be vulnerable to the other. This same intimacy and vulnerability must be mutual.

Jesus models that vulnerability in his ministry. He crosses borders where he is the stranger and welcomes women and men whom he is not required to welcome. The teaching that is most troublesome to his followers is that Jesus will suffer and die, trusting God to raise him on the third day. He raises the example of powerless and vulnerable children as a requirement for participation in the reign of God.

The unyielding hearts that, too often, prevent us from connecting with God’s love and serving with compassion can be healed or transformed. That transformation begins when choose to yield as Jesus did – to crossing borders into compassion and vulnerability.

Week by week we gather in worship and offer up our relationships to God in prayer. We yield our very selves to God as we give thanks for our lives, and receive God’s promise of deep connection in the Bread and Wine of Holy Communion. Join us.

Fr. Andrew

Featured Scripture

Mark 10:2-16 (CEB)

Some Pharisees came and, trying to test him, they asked, “Does the Law allow a man to divorce his wife?”

Jesus answered, “What did Moses command you?”

They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a divorce certificate and to divorce his wife.”

Jesus said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your unyielding hearts. At the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. Because of this, a man should leave his father and mother and be joined together with his wife, and the two will be one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, humans must not pull apart what God has put together.”

Inside the house, the disciples asked him again about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if a wife divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” Then he hugged the children and blessed them.


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


10/7 – In Solidarity With Jesus Reflection on Hebrews 1:1-4. 2:5-12. Led by Craig Ewing  Read about it

10/14MINISTRY FAIR No Episcopal Café Session.

10/21From Weakness to Greatness  Reflection on Isaiah 53:4-12 Led by Alan Zimmerman  Read about it

10/28 – He is More than Able  Reflection on Hebrews 7:23-28. Led by Gary Scott  Read about it

Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in the Library


Biblical Wisdom Literature – The Wisdom of Solomon. This five-week series is a video presentation and discussion of the Book of Wisdom and the Solomon’s reflections.

10/9 – The Wisdom of Solomon on Divine Providence. Led by Jerry Di Noto

10/16The Wisdom of Solomon on Prayer. Led by Alan Zimmerman

10/23The Wisdom of Solomon on Death. Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

10/30Overview of Biblical Wisdom. Led by Br. John Charles

Monthly Taizé Services Resume

Our monthly Taize service resumes for the fall on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 PM in the church. This service, a beautiful mix of prayer, song and Scripture, gives one an opportunity to experience God in a quiet, contemplative setting. All are invited to participate.

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

Want to help change the world?

 St. Paul’s Social Justice Committee has changed the time and date of the meeting from what was originally posted. The meeting will now be held on Thursday, October  4, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Church Office Library. Topics of discussion will include our continuing programs for the homeless, our adult literacy project, social justice advocacy and other important outreach initiatives. If you are looking for ways to put your own faith into practice, consider joining us and finding out how you can help. Contact Chris Kelly — [email protected] —for more information.

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club will meet on the second Tuesday of November this month only at 1 PM in the Library and new members are always welcome. On November 13, 2018, Book Club has selected Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Manhattan Beach is a story about a woman mesmerized by the sea and her struggle to understand the disappearance of her father during World War II and the complexity of his life. 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 protected]

The Palm Springs Library has eight copies in the book club section
and an audiobook to loan.

Blessing of the Animals

St. Paul’s invites members and friends of the Parish to a special ceremony on Saturday, October 6th, at 10:00 am. We will give thanks to God for the amazing gift of creation and especially for our Animal Companions. The special prayers will take place in the Church. All well-behaved animals are welcome and will receive a special blessing and affirmation of God’s love. (We believe the animals already know this, but the Human Companions enjoy a reminder.) Representatives from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter will be with us to promote their community programs.

Parish Life Pot Luck – Thursday, October 11, 5:30 PM

Sign-up sheets are in the Church Lobby and Parish Hall. This is our first pot-luck of the season, come and enjoy fellowship and share food. Join us as we celebrate a Palm Springs Oktoberfest!

Ministry Fair

Sunday October 14th after the 8:00 and 10:30 AM Services.  Each ministry will exhibit a description of who they are and the work they do. Tasty snacks will be offered at each exhibit station. This promises to be an informative and fun opportunity to see (and nosh!) your way through the various ministries at St. Paul in the Desert.

Parish Life Hiking Group

Sat Inside All Summer? Join the Parish Life Hiking Group!

St. Paul’s Parish Life hiking group will be kicking off its 2018-2019 hiking season with a hike among the oak groves and hillsides of Wildwood Canyon State Park in Yucaipa on Saturday morning, October 20, 2018, starting at 8:00 AM. Please contact Chris Kelly at [email protected] for a full hike description and details on our upcoming hikes. We’re going lots of wonderful places and would love to have you join us!

2018 Desert AIDS Walk

Sat Inside All Summer? Join the Parish Life Hiking Group!

Saint Paul has supported the Desert AIDS Project for over 30 years providing donors, board members, and participating in events. Please join us as part of the Community and register with our team. Take Action and walk on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Make an Impact by donating or collecting donations for Desert AIDS Project. Sign-up sheets are in the parish hall or online at

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.  Our Tee-Shirts are perfect attire for local parades such as the Desert AIDS Walk.

Music Tour in Spain

Our “Vacation Organist” at St. Paul’s, Meg Irwin-Brandon, invites you to join a small-group tour for aficionados of the organ in Spain, October 23rd – November 2nd. Private visits to historic organs in churches and cathedrals, Salamanca, Tordesillas, Valladolid and more. Contact Meg for more information: 413-285-6881.

The Church of St. Paul is hiring!

The position of Administrative Assistant in the Church office is open. The position is 20 hours per week, and reports to the Parish Administrator. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Kathy Guidry at 760.320.7488 x 234

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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