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The Abundant Lite
January 29, 2015
For Sunday February 1st
From The Rector
Jesus and his disciples enter a town of about 1,500 people on the Sabbath,
and Jesus goes to church – the local synagogue – immediately. He begins
Things happen fast and dramatically in Mark’s telling of the Jesus story.
Teaching and healing events occur early and urgently, and the narrator
keeps the pace intense by using “immediately” and “suddenly” to describe
the action. I think this is a primary reason for using the words – to
convey contrast between the status quo and the teachings and actions of
Jesus. We are to sit up and take notice. The people in the synagogue do the
same. They are struck by Jesus’ teaching. It is authentic, it is immediate,
it is not business as usual. He may have been teaching the same topics and
with the same points as other teachers, but his had something different –
authority, power – a vital reconnection to God’s kingdom.
There is not much said about what that authority meant, only that it was
not like what had been usual. Were the teachings and lifestyles of those
other teachers unfocused? Were those teachers accepting though discouraged
by present political realities? Were those teachers not responsive to the
situation of the people? Were they simply tired? Had they lost sight of
God’s covenantal kingdom? We don’t know. We only know that Jesus made a
connection and got the people’s attention.
Jesus’ ministry takes off. In response to the teaching or his presence,
people in various need appear and he connects with them. In his presence,
people begin to reconnect to the power of God which restores them to health
and wholeness. The first of these is the man with the “unclean spirit” who
recognizes that Jesus is “…the Holy One of God.” In this first powerful
confrontation, Jesus’ authority is recognized.
I believe that Jesus intended to teach and connect the people of God with
the Word of God. What happened after that was the result of his listening
to the need and being himself. He was authentic and immediate - he was
fully present.
God calls us to be fully ourselves and be fully present, both when we
worship and when we serve. God will use our authenticity and our immediacy
to heal and bless.
Join us as we claim our authentic selves.
Fr. Andrew
Featured Scripture
Mark 1:21-28 Common English Bible (CEB)
Jesus and his followers went into Capernaum. Immediately on the Sabbath
Jesus entered the synagogue and started teaching. The people were amazed by
his teaching, for he was teaching them with authority, not like the legal
experts. Suddenly, there in the synagogue, a person with an evil spirit
screamed, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to
destroy us? I know who you are. You are the holy one from God.”
“Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon. “Come out of
him!” The unclean spirit shook him and screamed, then it came out.
Everyone was shaken and questioned among themselves, “What’s this? A new
teaching with authority! He even commands unclean spirits and they obey
him!” Right away the news about him spread throughout the entire region of
I will be making a pilgrimage to the
Holy Land, November 6 – 16, 2015.
The Pilgrimage will be organized by the Rev. Earle King of St.
Martin-in-the-Fields, Grand Island, NY. This will be Fr. King’s sixth
pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Our families have been friends since 1982 and
I continue to work with Fr. King as a part of the General Convention of the
Episcopal Church.
There are several spaces available to join this pilgrimage. A $300
non-refundable deposit is required by the end of January to reserve a
See Fr. Green's Flyer [1]here. Full Details [2]here. Contact Fr. Earl
King at 716-773-3335 or at [3][email protected]
Faith Formation
"Sundays at 9:15"
In The Library
Welcome to The Episcopal Café Discussion Group! Sessions will be held in
the Chapel Room in the Parish Hall. These discussion/sharing sessions are
based on online topics from Episcopal websites,
Historical Penance.
Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey
2/8 Penance a Modern Perspective.
Led by Br. John Charles & Audrey Spencer
2/15 Prelude to Lent.
Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey
Toward an Earthly Spirituality - Guest presenter Rev. Dean Lueking: a five
week Lenten series from biblical King David that speaks uniquely to our
2/22 David, his Story; (1 Samuel 16- 1 Kings 2);
David and Samuel: Names (1 Samuel 16: 1-13)
3/1 David and Saul: Work (I Samuel 16:14-23);
David and Goliath: Imagination (I Samuel 17)
3/8 David and Jonathan: Friendship;
David and Doeg: Sanctuary (I Samuel 21-22)
3/15 David and Generosity: (I Samuel 30);
David and Sovereign Grace (2 Samuel 7)
3/22 David and Bathsheba: Sin (2 Samuel 11-12);
David and Absalom; Suffering (2 Sam. 16-18)
"Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Library"
Christian Mysticism & Mystics
Episcopal Café Moves to
Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Library
2/3 Let's Drop 3 Labels in 2015, Facilitator to be announced.
2/10 Animals in the new creation, Facilitator to be announced.
2/17 Shrove Tuesday: Evening Prayer and Pancake Supper
6:00 PM in Church Hall.
Our Homeless Brothers and Sisters
Still Need Your Help
Thanks to everyone who gave generously this Christmas, we were able to
deliver 85 gift cards worth $25 to each of the homeless men, women and
children at Roy’s Desert Resource Center. Our goal now is to resume
monthly deliveries of new underwear and socks to Roy’s residents – a gift
that is both urgently needed and much appreciated. Please help feed the
hungry and clothe the naked with a financial contribution this month.
Simply drop your check, payable to “St. Paul in the Desert,” in the
collection plate or hand it to an usher with a notation on the “memo” line
that it is for the “Roy’s Fund.” For more information contact Chris Kelly
at 760-406-2978. Both the Roy’s team and residents are truly grateful for
your support.
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 incidents are taken seriously and
investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have
experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact the John Seitman, at
[email protected] or 858-793-4426.
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.
[4]"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.
[5]"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.
Our mission statement calls us to be “a welcoming, empowering and
supportive community.” We are currently forming a new ministry at St
Paul’s to support that mission. Volunteers are needed from all three
services to donate approximately 90 minutes of their time per month. That
time is split into 3-30 minute segments: 30 minutes before and 30 minutes
after the service you attend, once per month, to support the Welcoming
Table located in the Narthex and another 30 minutes a month assisting with
name badge organization. If you are able to lend a hand, please contact
Mike Funke at 760.-409.0986 or [email protected]!
Help us live our mission statement!
Our Partnership
Katherine Finchy
Elementary School
. . . continues through our donations of classroom supplies. Please take a
blue classroom supply wish list, available from the ushers, [6](or view and
print), to use when you go shopping. Please place your donations in the
basket marked “Katherine Finchy Elementary” located in the Narthex. You
may also bring your purchased supplies to the Church Office during business
hours. If you are unable to shop, but would like to help financially,
please make your check out to “St. Paul in the Desert” and write “Katherine
Finchy” on the memo line.
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Please observe that the office is not open for walk-ins on Mondays. If you
call, please leave a message. In case of emergencies, a priest will return
your call.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Patti Minton-Sivcovich on Saturday,
February 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM here at the Church of St Paul in the Desert.
A new opportunity for rewarding service begins next month:
St. Paul's Adult Literacy Ministry
is open to all interested volunteers. No teaching experience is needed to
participate. The first training session will be held Saturday, February 7,
2015 at 9:00 AM in the St. Paul's small conference room. Please watch for
further information in upcoming Sunday bulletins.
The next parish Vestry meeting will be held in the Library on Thursday,
February 26th at 6:00PM.
Save the Date
February 8, 2015
at 4:00PM.
The Church of St. Paul presents a concert with Mark Thallander on organ and
Peter Green on piano. The program features piano and organ duets based on
familiar hymn tunes. For more information contact Director of Music,
Nathan Ensign at 760-320-7488 X 225.
Prayer Services
for Lent
. . . led by Nathan Ensign, will be held on Tuesday evenings throughout
Lent at 7:00 PM in the church: 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24.
(NOTE: There will be no sessions on Palm Sunday 3/29, Tuesday of Holy Week
3/31 and Easter 4/5)
-- --- -The next scheduled Taizé Service is Thursday, February 5th at 7 pm.
January 16th at
7:30 PM
The Church of St. Paul will present the Plymouth State University Chamber
Singers from New Hampshire. Under the direction of Dr. Dan Perkins, this
21 voice choir will sing a program with works by such known composers as
Whitacre, Bernstein, The Beatles, Part and others. Donations are graciously
received at the door and a reception will follow to welcome singers and
community guests.
We are looking for volunteers to be Story Tellers and/or Doorkeepers
(observers) for our Sunday School program during the 10:30 service. This
is an opportunity to teach children through biblical readings and
activities selected by the Sunday School Team from an Episcopal
curriculum. If you are interested in volunteering or want more
information, please contact Ted Barjas at 760.902.1014.
Holy Communion at Windsor Court, 201 South Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, is
hosted by the Nursing Home Ministry on the second Wednesday of the month,
next, on February 11, at 10:15am. The Presiding Priest always welcomes
assistance from parishioners.
Coffee Hour following the 8:00 AM service is hosted by Deanna Hansen.
Please consider volunteering as a Coffee Hour host in 2015. Sign up with a
friend or make a new friend by signing up with someone you’d like to get to
know better.
A binder at the entrance to the Parish Hall indicates available Sundays
throughout the year. There are several Sundays available through the end of
the year. If you have questions, call Ray or Cheryl Kelley at 760.778.1725.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry invites you to join our circle on Wednesday's
from 10am -1pm in Hogarth Hall. Whether you wish to learn to knit or
crochet or are an expert needleworker, we welcome you. Needles, hooks and
yarn are provided. Please drop in to create and enjoy our prayerfully made
Episcopalians Against Gun Violence
. . . is an ad-hoc group of bishops, clergy and lay people disseminating
information about Episcopalians who are working, collectively and
individually, to curb gun violence. For further information, click [9]here.
At the Church
of St. Paul
in the Desert
. . . we welcome all worshipers to a place free of violence, bullying, and
abuse. 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.
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