Vision Statement for St. Paul’s, Marfa, Texas
St. Paul’s is an open, loving community
growing in the experience and understanding of the love of God,
acting to share the visible presence and compassion of Christ.

Mission Statement for St. Paul’s, Marfa, Texas:
Our mission is to be a welcoming, prayerful, caring community
actively sharing the love of God.

Values Statement for St. Paul's Marfa, Texas
To accomplish our mission, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church bases its decisions and actions on the following core values:
  • Love of God and neighbor by honoring the worth and dignity of every human being including ourselves.
  • Daily relationship with God all through our lives through prayer and service.
  • The importance of giving and receiving forgiveness through the generosity of the Holy Spirit.
  • We value continual learning.
  • We value the Episcopal tradition of communal worship.
  • Practicing hospitality by welcoming all and serving and sharing with our communities.
  • The stewardship of God’s creation and all its inhabitants.


"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful,
for beauty is God's handwriting." -Ralph Waldo Emerson 


THURSDAY at 4:00!
Book Study Group on Zoom

Contact Fr. Mike or Tricia Seifert for information
Click here to attend




Out of concern for our neighbors and ourselves, 
we will not have church gatherings for the rest of the month.

We will have our Sunday worship (10:30 am) live streamed 
on our Facebook page here


“Love one another.
Pray for one another.
Stay calm.
And wash your hands.”




A Prayer for Quiet Confidence
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning
and rest we shall be saved, 

in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: 
By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, 
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, p. 832


If you wish to chat or need pastoral care or wish to have communion brought to your door,or need someone to run errands for you,
The Rev. Mike Wallens

(214) 862-7292


St.Paul's Episcopal Church, Marfa 
          Live Stream Services

Please join us for Sunday morning Worship Services via Live Stream at 10:30 at the following link:
You do not need to have a Facebook account to view...

Just go to the VIDEO tab and at 10:30 a live stream will begin, you just need to push the play button on the live video to join us.
Once this temporary safety measure to help combat the spread of Covid-19 is over, our normal services will resume.


Tuesday, August 4: Why do friendships cease when the personal communication becomes meaningless or ends? Ralph G. Nichols put it this way: “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” 

Wednesday, August 5: The whole notion that we can listen to one thing and do anything else at the same time has been debunked over and over again. So we “do” homework and “listen” to music and in the end know little about either. Which means that, in the end, it’s ourselves we’re shortchanging. 

Thursday, August 6: Concentration is one of the lost arts of human development. On the other end, that might mean that one of these days we will discover silence again.


6th - 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

Friday, August 7: It takes humility to really listen to another person. Which may be why in America so little of it seems to be getting done. Fr. Thomas Dubay writes, “The humble listen to their brothers and sisters because they assume they have something to learn.” Obviously not so the proud.

7th John Mason Neale, Priest and Hymnographer, 1866

Saturday, August 8: Conversation is meant to be an exchange of thought. If I never get to say mine, what does that say about both of us: You and me—separately?

8th Dominic, Priest and Friar, 1221

Sunday, August 9: Think back over your last conversation with another person. Who did most of the talking? And that says what about you? And what about the other person? “Listening,” Alan Alda writes, “is being able to be changed by the other person.”

 9th Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), Philosopher, Monastic, and Martyr, 1942

9th - 10th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

9th - Bishops Committee Meeting - NOON

Monday, August 10: Interruption is nothing but an attempt to take over the conversation from another person rather than listen to one. Clearly, there are more ways to dominate other people than by the sword.

10th Laurence of Rome, Deacon and Martyr, 258

Tuesday, August 11: Conversation tells us who we love: ourselves or the people we say we love. “Being heard,” David Augsburger says, “is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.”

11th Clare of Assisi, Monastic, 1253

Wednesday, August 12: Caught in a world of sound and noise, we lose touch with the unsaid, the re-said, and what needs to be said. No wonder we feel so behind in our race to keep up with the world around us. Think of turning off every sound in the house for at least an hour a day. See how restful that is? 

Thursday, August 13: Television is a maelstrom of ideas coming from different directions. Choose any two stations. Listen only to those two stations for two weeks. Now pick two different ones. What did you discover—in them, in yourself—as a result?

 13th Jeremy Taylor, Bishop and Theologian, 1667

13th - 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy


Friday, August 14: The theologian Paul Tillich writes, “The first duty of love is to listen.” Imagine what that could do to a marriage, parenting, friendships....

14th Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Martyr, 1965

Saturday, August 15: It is not enough to claim that I have listened to another person simply because I stayed silent while they spoke. It is imperative that I listen with interest, actively, and intent on understanding what is being said.


Sunday, August 16: Good listening almost always follows a comment with a good question. Then I’m most likely to learn something. Doug Larson writes, “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”

16th - 11th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


Monday, August 17: Communication is not a collection of tricks or tips on how to get people to talk to us. It is the ability to bring genuine interest to the engagement. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese monk, writes about “compassionate listening” this way: “You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty their heart.” 

Tuesday, August 18: All speech is not about “deep listening,” of course, but all speech is about respect and attention. When you mock a person’s needs or dismiss their comments entirely, you are clear that you are not interested in who they are, let alone in what they want to talk about. 

Wednesday, August 19: Great public speakers and facilitators know that the wealth of peoples must be dug out of their souls. As Larry King, the popular TV interviewer explained very simply, “I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.” 

Thursday, August 20: If we had set up listening structures years ago, we would not have to go through the protests we’re seeing now. The problems have all been there for years: police brutality to the black community, mistrust between races, systemic racial injustice, self-segregation of the white community. As Cheryl Richardson says, “People start to heal the moment they feel heard.”

20th Bernard of Clairvaux, Monastic and Theologian, 1153

20th - 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy


Friday, August 21: To listen to another person without having to tell a story of your own is the beginning of genuine social maturity. Otherwise, another person’s precious life gets overlooked so we can showcase our own.

Saturday, August 22: The next time the family comes over to visit, put out a plate of cheese and crackers and give everyone a secret question to ask and ask everybody in the group to answer theirs. 

1. What was the best thing that happened to you since I saw you last? 2. What are you hoping you’ll be able to do within the next 30 days?
3. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve had to deal with in the last month?
4. What’s the most interesting, sad, important or hopeful thing you’ve heard recently? Why?
5. Now, listen hard and when the questions are over, ask a follow up question of anyone in the group. Then, just sit back and listen to the good conversation for the rest of the night. 

Sunday, August 23: Showing interest in a person is the gift that tells them there is something in them that is worthwhile. It is the most personal gift you can give them. Henri Nouwen wrote, “Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to their inner selves more fully.”

23th - 12th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


Monday, August 24: To be a stranger in a strange place and have no one take a bit of notice of you is one great reason not to go back. More than that, without a good question and an interested response, there is no reason to stay either.


Tuesday, August 25: Inclusion requires that I come to know who you are, what you’re thinking, and what I can learn from you. Then, there is reason for us to go on together. Then we are ready to learn from one another all the time. 

Wednesday, August 26: To have no interest in anyone else, no desire to learn something from them, is to have only ourselves to draw on—and that is a very small diamond indeed. “Listening,” J. Isham writes, “is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.”

26th Thomas Gallaudet and Henry Winter Syle, Priests, 1902 and 1890

Thursday, August 27: To talk to a stranger is akin to panning for gold. It can take a long time and a lot of listening but it pays off in the gold dust that collects in us. As G.K. Chesterton writes, “There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”

27th Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387

27th - 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy


Friday, August 28: To talk with people who agree with you brings peace. To talk with people who don’t and learn why brings wisdom. It can make us more open to another point of view or more closed, but most of all it will leave us broader souls and better thinkers than when we began. 

28th Augustine of Hippo, Bishop and Theologian, 430

Saturday, August 29: Times change when ideas change. Then ideas cannot be squelched or held back or ignored. Better to get there by listening to the depth of them as early as possible so we can learn the problems before we try to suppress the answers.


29th - Order of St. Luke 9:30am

Sunday, August 30: There is so much we can learn from one another. What takes us so long? If we ever do. As the Sufi poet Hafiz writes, “Everyone is God speaking. Why not be polite and listen?”

30th Margaret Ward, Margaret Clitherow, and Anne Line, Martyrs, 1588, 1586, and 1601

30th - 13th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


Monday, August 31: When will peace and justice finally come? When we listen to one another across political ravines, across racial rivers, across sexist boundaries, across our fears. As Arundhati Roy says, “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”

31st David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon, 1931


1st - Alpine Ministerial Alliance- NOON

2nd The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942

3rd Phoebe, Deacon

3rd at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

4th  Paul Jones, Bishop, 1941

5th Katharina Zell, Church Reformer and Writer, 1562

6th Hannah More, Religious Writer and Philanthropist, 1833

6th - 14th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

7th Kassiani, Poet and Hymnographer, 865

8th The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

9th Constance, Thecla, Ruth, Frances, Charles Parsons, and Louis 
Schuyler, Martyrs, 1878

10th Alexander Crummell, Priest, 1898

10th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

12th John Henry Hobart, Bishop, 1830

13th - 15th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

13th - Bishops Committee Meeting - NOON


15th Catherine of Genoa, Mystic and Nurse, 1510

17th Hildegard of Bingen, Mystic and Scholar, 1179

17th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy


The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 

Mercifully receive our prayers, O God, that we may know your ways and follow where you lead

Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

God of love, we pray for your church: For Michael., our Presiding Bishop; Michael, our bishop; for all lay and ordained ministers; and for all who seek you in the community of the faithful. Equip us with compassion and love, to carry out your work of reconciliation in the world.....God of love,

Hear our prayers for the church.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of freedom, we pray for our nation, and all the nations of the world: For peace and unity across barriers of language, color, and creed; for elected and appointed leaders, that they would serve the common good. Inspire all people with courage to speak out against hatred, to actively resist evil. Unite the human family in bonds of love.....God of freedom,

Hear our prayers for the world.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of justice, we pray for the earth, your creation entrusted to our care: For the animals and birds, the mountains and oceans, and all parts of your creation that have no voice of their own. Stir up in us a thirst for justice that protects the earth and all its resources, that we may leave to our children’s children the legacy of beauty and abundance that you have given us.

God of justice, Hear our prayers for the earth.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of peace, we pray for this community: For our local leaders; for our schools and markets; for our neighborhoods and workplaces. Kindle in every heart a desire for equality, respect, and opportunity for all. Give us courage to strive for justice and peace among all people, beginning here at home....God of peace,

Hear our prayers for this community.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of light, we pray that Christ will reveal the path to those for whom the shadows are long, the poor and desperate, the lonely and unemployed, the hungry and fearful, the refugee and homeless, the prisoner and those who live as if in prison, that we may not forget them...God of empathy.....Hear our prayers for those on the margins.....

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of mercy, we pray for all in any kind of need or trouble: For those whose lives are closely linked with ours, and those connected to us as part of the human family. For refugees and prisoners; for the sick and suffering, the lonely and despairing; for those facing violence; for all held down by prejudice or injustice. Let us remember by name those we know and can name in the silence of our hearts; for those we don’t know but know about, and for those worldwide who suffer....Awaken in us compassion and humility of spirit, as we seek and serve Christ in all persons....God of mercy,

Hear our prayers for all who are in need.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of grace, we pray for those who have died: For the faithful in every generation who have worked for justice; for prophets who called us to racial reconciliation; for martyrs who died because of hatred; and for all the communion of saints. Make us faithful to your call to proclaim your Good News, by word and example, and bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light....God of grace,

Hear our prayers for those who have died.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

Celebrant: Hear our prayers, Holy God. Breathe your Spirit over us and all the earth, that barriers would crumble and divisions cease. Make us more fully your co-healers of the broken world. Unite us with all people in bonds of love, that the whole earth and all its peoples may be at peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Prayer for St. Paul's 

(adapted from a prayer written by Richard Rohr)

O Great Love,
thank you for living and loving in us and through us.
May all that we do
flow from our deep connection with you and all beings.
Help us become a community
that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory.
Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world.
Guide us in living out our mission to to be a
welcoming, prayerful, caring community
actively sharing the love of God . . .
Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking,
we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God,


Loving God, hasten the day when the virus will have run its course; quicken scientists to develop medications and vaccines; call out the best instincts of your people- love, neighborliness, compassion, and a sense of caring for every member of your beloved community on Earth. We pray out of the depths to you, O God of hope. Amen.

Prayers are asked for…..

The Church

Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Michael, our Bishop and Michael, our Vicar….In the Anglican cycle of prayer we pray for Pray for the new Province of Alexandria - created from the former Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East....Karnataka Central (South India), Karnataka North (South India), Karnataka South (South India), Karnataka Central (South India), Karnataka North (South India), Karnataka South (South India) Ogbaru (Nigeria),Bondo (Kenya), Kasai - Mbujimayi (Congo) Ogbia (Nigeria), Bor (South Sudan), Ogbomoso (Nigeria), Botswana (Central Africa), Brandon (Canada), Ogoni (Nigeria), Brasilia (Brazil), Brazzaville (Congo) Ogori-Magongo (Nigeria), Brech in (Scotland), Katakwa (Kenya) ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. James, Taos,…We also pray for St. James, Alpine, St. Stephens, Ft. Stockton, Santa Inez, Terlingua, Chapel of St. Mary & St. Joseph, Lajitas, and the Marfa and Alpine Ministerial Alliances…. For Connor Travis and the ministry of Young Life.

For Our Leaders

For Donald, our president, Greg our Governor, Manny our mayor and the mayors and city managers of our surrounding communities…. our elected officials in Washington and all who exercise authority at any level of government. For all who struggle to make a more just society.


For St. Paul’s and Prayer Wall

Living out our mission to be a welcoming, prayerful, caring community actively sharing the love of God….On our wallToday I Pray: For the world so we can overcome bad times.  More rain.  Peace of Mind.  Peace in the family and the whole world. Healing. For the loss of my husband. He was amazing. We were amazing together. His name is Chuck. Healing for Elizabeth's father...For the strength to make decisions I need to.  Family, the world be healthy. Love 4 all...BLM brings change, Rudy and those who care for him.  Today I Hope: People's health and success, for a home, the pandemic situation ends. Peace and kindness...That thing things I need for happiness will prove true, Covid is not on this chalk piece.  Today I Thank: Those who wear masks.  For the abundance in love.  For all my blessings...God for my blessings and allowing for the clothe of happiness.  God for my husband of 16 years....Nick for watching my house. My family and travel buddies. Juneteenth. Easton Wattes.  Border Patrol, First responders. GOD.  Caring people everywhere...

St. Paul’s Prayer List

Gail, Patty, Holly,  D'Ette, Merit and the Fowlkes family, James, Shere, Kevin and Jay, Lesly, Lila, Melodie, Mimi, Pat & Mary, the Vana Family.  FOR Jeanie Olivas, Vijaya, Frank, Larry, Jack Risen, Kathryn Anschutz, Sue Ellen, Kelly, Brian Hutchins who have cancer, for Michael Simpson, Lee Ann, for James, Brian Neal & Jacob, Linda & David, for Jenny, Megan and Elizabeth, for David who has MSA, Frank, for Ralph, Kathleen, Bishop Jerry and Jane Lamb, Jessie Ann, Francisco Javier Del  Hierro Vega, Juan Paul Del Hierro Vega, Arlyn Del Hierro, Canon Carole McGowan. Help us remember that whereas some sections of the media are skewed and biased or even untruthful, Your essence is truth and light, for the media that  they present with truth, compassion and unbias.  Douglas, for those with the coronavirus, those living in isolation because of the virus, caretakers and researchers to find a cure and a vaccine. MEMBERS OF THE TIPTON FAMILY, Amanda, a nurse on the frontlines in New York City, Debbie Hamilton who is a paramedic on the front lines in San Antonio.  Dawn who has cancer, Airman First Class Sidney Davis who is overseas.....Andrea, a nurse recovered from COVID-19 and back at treating others. Britt Webb recovering from surgery, Safe travels, Protection from COVID-19, Ellen Boyd. After 15 years of being cancer free, her cancer has returned. Penney Hardaway, recovering from open heart surgery, JOANNA who is in hospice care and her three girls who watch and wait with her. For the Kinney-Morrow family, Father Phil West recovering from a stroke, Gary Stonum who has Covid-19.  Kaki and her family who morn the loss of Ellery, for Katie who is dying.  Hadley who is in Cooks Children's Hospital, Aurie, the Rev'd Skip Bambrook in the hospital with Covid-19...

Those who have died

Judge Kerith Sproul Hurley....David and his family and friends who care for him.....



to us suddenly overtaken by an unwanted trauma.

I never anticipated that now, in the midst of an abundant summer following a beautiful spring, we would still be living out a winter spirituality. But the Covid-19 Pandemic has brought this upon us. 

But…We’re All in This Together, Right?….except…. 

Lowering of pollution that first month—the air so crisp and clear and breathable. Everything stood out in beautiful colors. 

The pandemic has starkly revealed the economic, racial and social inequalities of the status quo in so many countries of both hemispheres which makes for poor physical and mental health in all sections of the population, an increase in injustice and unstable communities. We remember the people of Portland, Oregon, USA and other cities where political machismo is rampaging over elected officials and the populace; for the democracy candidates in Hong Kong being imprisoned and denied their right to stand; for activists in so many countries standing up against corruption and violence, losing their lives and disappearing without trace: be close to those in ChinaSomaliaZimbabweBelarusRussiaAfghanistan and elsewhere.

Lord, you are the God of justice and truth: lead us from darkness to light

We have seen that people of color and the poor have borne the brunt of the crisis: much higher rates of virus infection and morbidity as well as greater economic devastation. Help all those researching in the UKthe USA, India and elsewhere for the reasons for this. May we all embrace the proven results and change what is wrong and protect our brothers and sisters of all colors and creeds. 

Lord you created us all in your image.  Open our eyes to see the beauty in the diversity you have created and celebrate our differences as well as similarities. Together we make up a beautiful image reflecting You.

The Pandemic has laid bare the gross social inequities in our nations and the many things we have taken for granted which have failed us. 

Help us to embrace that the new “now~” has to be different from the old “normal” if we want our children to have a future on this wonderful blue marble we call home, Earth.

Sojourners Magazine calls this Kairos time—”a propitious moment for decision or action.” Certainly we have seen an alarming escalation of hate crimes (especially targeting Asians) in many countries whether the predominant population is white or of color. We name for healing our own countries… but also South AfricaRussia, ChinaIndonesia, Brazil, Turkey, GreeceHungary

We give thanks for the generosity and welcome of individuals daring to stand out from the crowd to share your Love and welcoming heart to those fleeing violence, war and starvation.   Thankfully we have also seen a broad shift in attitudes and perceptions around the nations. Mercifully and providing a source of hope, the new generation is choosing not to tolerate what has been accepted for too long by too many people. This is very encouraging, but I must remind myself of the shortness of attention spans and the limits of bureaucratic imagination. Will our changing cultural consciousness have a real effect on laws, policies or practices of our flawed social structures? 

The bottom line is: We cannot go back to “normal” because “normal” is what got us here. 

A statement from URI (United Religions Initiative USA) regarding this moment of choice sums it up for us: 

“We choose love.
  We choose compassion.
  We choose non-violence.
  We choose equality.
  And we choose to dedicate our lives to creating cultures of peace, justice and healing.”  

We choose to follow you, Jesus, Prince of Peace. Send your Holy Spirit to fill us with hearts brimming over with love for one another and the planet and all its component plants, resources and creatures which you have created for each one of us to enjoy and have our needs not our wants met.

God of grace, you invite the despised,
 you touch the unclean,
you lift the head
 of those who are brought low:
 give us that hope against all hope
 for a world transformed
 by your healing touch;
 through Jesus Christ,
the mercy of God. Amen. 

(Steven Shakespeare, Prayers for an Inclusive Church

(Inspired by and adapted from
The Canticle, July 2020, Voice of the Community of St Francis, Province of the Americas)



The Rev. Michael Wallens
Vicar - Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 175, Marfa, Texas 79843
Office - 915.239.7409  |  Cell - 214-862-7292

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