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 



December 22 - 7:00 pm - The Longest Night Service
​Live Streamed at 7:00 pm

Join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle  - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.

5:00 pm - Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols
​Live Streamed at 5:00 pm

~Come worship - 
see people virtually you have not seen in a while!~


Beginning on January 6 @ 7 pm central time

Virtual BIBLE STUDY for Epiphany
It is based upon the Gospel of Mark, using the daily reading schedule from the Good Book Club. 

You will be asked to complete readings in advance of class to prepare for class discussion (Gospel of Mark and other sources). 
Our sessions may be 45-60 minutes or longer, based on the desire of the group. 

If interested, please sign up at or

The Bishop's Committee has set a threshold number for active cases in the Tri-county area to determine whether to offer in-person worship. When that threshold is crossed, we will have only live-stream worship on that particular Sunday. The decision will be made every Friday and put in an email with the regular Saturday announcements We will always live-stream!


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.

As we have done since our pandemic responses have been in place, please let me know if you wish to receive communion at home or wish for a pastoral visit in person or by Zoom. We will look forward to seeing you, one way or another, on Sunday.

Love one another.
Pray for one another.
Stay calm.
Wear a mask, keep your distance 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



Tuesday, December 15: Before women can believe that they are valued in this world, gender-based violence which affects women’s ability to thrive and succeed must be seen as criminal behavior—even in marriage. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.

Nino of Georgia, Missionary, c.332


Wednesday, December 16: Before women can believe that they are really valued in this world, women must be given basic human rights to determine their life choices. The important thing is for the rest of us to note these things—like the childhood marriage of little girls in Afghanistan—and educate our own circles about it. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.

3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre

Chapter 5


Thursday, December 17: Before women can believe that they are really valued as full human beings in this world, they must have the right to secure private property rights and land tenure. Otherwise, they are denied the right to life and the right and means to support themselves in case of tragedy. In Kenya, Uganda, and other countries in Africa, women do most of the farming but are denied the right to own the land. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.


Dorothy Sayers, Apologist and Spiritual Writer, 1957

11:00 - Southwest Deanery Clericus

4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen


7:00 PM - Migrant Cycle of Prayer
Click Here


Friday, December 18: Before women can believe that they are really being treated as full human beings they must have full access to education and especially higher- educational opportunities. In many societies, girls stop going to school at the time of puberty because there are no private toilet facilities provided for their new needs. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.

3:00 Rio Grand Borderland Ministries Meeting


Saturday, December 19: Before women can believe that they are actually adult human beings they must have the opportunity to assume leadership roles. The United States has fewer women in government positions than any other developed country, including Russia. Until we insist that women be part of our own decision-making process, we will continue to cater to the needs of men and women will remain second-class citizens here.


Sunday, December 20: Before women can believe thatthey are important people they must have a place in decision-making in society, in their local communities, in their homes. Marriage is meant to be a partnership not a property exchange. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.

10:30 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

Katharina von Bora, Church Reformer, 1552



Monday, December 21: Knowing that there is no ceiling above your head to keep you down is what enables aperson to grow, to flourish, to become more than they knew they were. That is the light of the soul that Mary, Madonna of Light shines into our souls and shows us what we should be doing in life.


12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita


Tuesday, December 22: When we are fully grown of soul—both women and men—we are mature enough to care for others as well as ourselves. Anything other than that is spiritual immaturity. As Henry Nouwen reminds us, “The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.”

Ruth Elaine Younger, Monastic, 1986 
Henry Budd, Priest, 1875
Charlotte Diggs (Lottie) Moon, Missionary in China, 1912

7:00 pm - The Longest Night Service
​Live Streamed at 7:00 pm

Join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle  - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.


Wednesday, December 23: The courage to accept the self, to be what we are rather than waste our lives wishing we were someone, something else, is the beginning of the flowering of our souls. Brené Brown puts it this way,“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.’’

     3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre

Chapter 6


Thursday, December 24: Becoming ourselves rather than a carbon copy of some cover-girl woman, is a woman’shighest call to selfhood and society’s definition of that for her is a woman’s greatest barrier to adulthood.

5:00 pm - Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols
​Live Streamed at 5:00 pm

24th - 7:00 PM - Migrant Cycle of Prayer
Click Here


Friday, December 25: On Christmas, on the feast day of the birth of Jesus, we are called to commit ourselves to the birth of our own best self. May Sarton writes, “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”



Saturday, December 26: Born to be another Christ means that we will grow into the heart of Jesus for which our own world is now waiting in this time. It is to that light that the Madonna is leading us.



Sunday, December 27: For women to grow beyond society’s expectations of women Barbara De Angelis warns us, “It takes a lot of courage to be the same person on the outside that you are on the inside.”


10:30 - First Sunday after Christmas
Live Streamed at 10:30 am



Monday, December 28: In the darkness of life remember that it is the Madonna of Light that will lead you beyond your fear. Then, you will be ready to lead others, too.

12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita



Tuesday, December 29: For a woman to lead, she must first stand up, as Mary did to the Angel, and make her own ideas known.


Wednesday, December 30: One of the greatest women the church has ever had to deal with was Teresa of Avila. She continues to call women to the womanliness of spir-itual adulthood when she says, “Authentic prayer never leads to complacency but needles us.... It leads us to true self-knowledge, to true humility.” And self- knowledge leads us to find the courage to become who we are meant to be.

3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre

Chapter 7


Thursday, December 31: Growing to fullness of life— within and outside ourselves—is the goal of life. “What you are,” theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar teaches, “is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”





Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop and Theologian, 389

Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, First Indian Anglican Bishop,

Dornakal, 1945

10:30 -Second Sunday after Christmas
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

William Passavant, Prophetic Witness, 1894


Elizabeth Ann Seton, Monastic and Educator, 1821

12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita


Sarah, Theodora, and Syncletica of Egypt, Desert Mothers, 4th-5th century



3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre


7:00 - Bible Study
4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen



Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary, 1969


Julia Chester Emery, Lay Leader and Missionary, 1922

10:30 -First Sunday after Epiphany
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645


12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita

10:30 - Marfa Ministerial Alliance
Aelred of Rievaulx, Abbot and Theologian, 1167

Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, 367
7:00 - Bible Study
Richard Meux Benson, Priest,
and Charles Gore, Bishop, 1915 and 1932

4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen


10:30 -Second Sunday after Epiphany
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

Antony of Egypt, Monastic, 356 

12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita



Prayers of the People  - Third Sunday of Advent

The Lord God has called us to proclaim his saving message through word and deed.

Let us begin by the offering of our prayers, responding, “Come, Lord Jesus.”

+ O Emmanuel, give us the courage to admit our sins and shortcomings, the

desire to turn to you in faith and repentance, and the grace to accept your gifts of

forgiveness and new life; for this we pray.

Come, Lord Jesus.

+ O Root of Jesse, remove all prejudice from our hearts, and help us to accept our

unity with all humankind; for this we pray.

Come, Lord Jesus.

+ O Key of David, unlock the imagination of your Church that we may bring good

news to those who live in despair, liberty to persecuted Christians, and relief to

children who are victims of abuse and abandonment; for this we pray.

Come, Lord Jesus.

+ O Prince of Peace, awaken us to the fruits of concord, that humanity may turn

from its destructive vengeance and choose the path that leads to justice and security

for all people everywhere; For all who cannot find God, that the light, the songs, and the messages of this season may be a doorway to recognizing that God is with us... for this we pray.

Come, Lord Jesus.

+ O Desire of Nations, lift the vision of our leaders, not to politicize the present

challenges, but to resourcefully lead your people to the blessings of your kingdom;

for this we pray.

Come, Lord Jesus.

+ O Dayspring from on High, put to flight death’s dark shadow, and receive into the

body of your resurrection those who have departed this life in your faith and fear;

for this we pray.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Mary revealed the greatness of the Lord, and in our gladness we continue our



For Our Country

Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our

heritage: We humbly ask you that we may always prove

ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.

Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and

pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;

from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend

our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes

brought here out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue

with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust

the authority of government, that there may be justice and

peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we

may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth.

In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,

and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail;

all which we ask 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 our faith community 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,


Prayer for the Pandemic

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 the Falkland Islands (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury), Sodor & Man (England), El Camino Real (The Episcopal Church), Sokoto (Nigeria), El Salvador (Central America), South Ankole (Uganda)South Dakota (The Episcopal Church), ,  South Kerala (South India), Embu (Kenya), South Rwenzori (Uganda),  Enugu (Nigeria), Enugu North (Nigeria), ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Retired & Non-Parochial Clergy, Spouses and Widows, Ministry of the Chaplain to Retired Clergy & Surviving Spouses For the Health and Well-Being of Elders…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…. For Joe, our president-elect and 

Kamala, our vice president-elect and all newly elected officials as well as 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


St. Paul’s Prayer Box and Prayer Wall

Living out our mission to be a welcoming, prayerful, caring community actively sharing the love of God….On our wallTo day I Pray: MDS Anderson patients and doctors...For Your children to know tyheir worth....Everyone is safe....This trip will be the best one....For families who have lost battles with COVID-19...Rudy with ALS....Friends, Families and peace...4 health and peace....Families who are suffering...for travel....Today I Hope: To remain sober....the teepees will be warm at Big Bend....For unity...For a safer tomorrow....Things will get better...Love, peace in the land...Ending racism...Peace in our world...Today I Thank: God for Camillia m y friend....His grace, patience, guidance...God for His grace...Universe for its enduring family...For our Democracy...Live to see another day...God for Gace...Finding a home here...Marfa for being accepting of all...His grace, patience and guidance...For this life I've been given...God 4 my life...God, that I live to see another day...This new beginning-11/7/ & love...Bill W & Dr. Bob...Prayer Box: For our long trip and our families far away...Becca's recovery from a broken ankle...For our family friend "R" who is facing serious surgery on October 1...Mariano Faiardo reecovery from cancer (my father)...Victor Amram, grandfather of 92 that is struggling for strength...Zanfini...


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, 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, Safe travels, Protection from COVID-19,...Ellen Boyd. After 15 years of being cancer free, her cancer has returned.... Itze who is in hospice...For the Kinney-Morrow family...Father Phil West recovering from a stroke...Gary Stonum who has Covid-19....for Katie who is dying.....Aurie....Mary Steele who is battling stage 3 breast Cancer...Kellie and Rick on their journey together....Pearl....Paul Woods, Cancer....Dorothy Swanson who fell and now has the Coronavirus....Lee Ann....Kaley Bowerman & Judah...Kristy Kimmell...Burt and Doris Ann Brownfield.......Corina & Carlos and their daughters, Iris and Lily....Rudy and Allison....Roberto who has cancer and Julia his wife....Luane Porter...Carol Janocek who has cancer...Layne who is struggling....Marina Z with Covid-19....Yvonne who is in hospice care...Roger Cribdin, Cancer medical trial, Zann who is in the hospital for tests...


Those who have died

Candace Covington, victims of Covid-19


World News This Week in Prayer

Dear God,

We know this above all things – your steadfast love endures beyond all things here on this earth and beyond this earth.  We know this, and yet we still struggle.  We know that we are your people, and we also know that you most certainly are our God. Although we know we can rest in this certainty, Lord, there is so much more that we are so very uncertain about – so much that we don’t know. So much to worry about that we sometimes find ourselves frozen unknowing what to do next.

God, we give to you the things we are uncertain about, because many of us truly don’t know what may be next in each of our lives.

We are uncertain about our jobs, our livelihood, the things which allow us to not worry about where our next meals may come from and keep us safe in the places we call home. We are uncertain about our health and the health of the ones we hold dear. We have lost some of our dearest people due to all kinds of illnesses, including Covid-19. As the numbers of those infected and those who have died continue to climb in the U.S. and around the world to levels we never imagined, we are uncertain about our own lives.

Although we pray we may stay healthy – we are uncertain about how much time we each have on this earth. We are uncertain about how to take care of those we love – knowing that we must stay away in order to care for one another. We are uncertain about what our world is going to look like in the next weeks, months, and years, and how it will change and become a different place than we remember.

We are uncertain, Lord. Deeply uncertain, but as we look toward this next week in the season of Advent – we look towards this week which encompasses joy.

We find joy and hope even in the places where there seems to be no goodness. We see the tensions in Venezuela due to the election. We worry as we see more than 300 people in southeastern India hospitalized with an unidentified illness. Our hearts ache as we see violence in Ethiopia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  We grieve the losses, including at least seven people have been killed in ongoing violent protests in northern Iraq.

  • Even as we see violence and our neighbors being hurt, we find hope in the helpers. And even more, we find joy in you, and in those making a difference even amidst terror.
  • We see joy, Lord, in the faces that light up when a Zoom call is first opened and we see people we haven’t seen in a long time.
  • We recognize joy, as we see people come together to lift up marginalized voices.
  • We hear joy in our middle and high schoolers who choose to have difficult conversations about topics that matter.
  • We feel joy as we keep going – as we continue doing some of the things we enjoy in an altered way.                                                                                                                   

We have joy and hope, Lord. And for this joy we are so grateful. We have joy, Lord, because it is you who gives us the joy that runs through our bodies. The joy that you are greater and can give us more possibilities than we could ever imagine. The joy that we can be absolutely certain, that even if our world may be breaking, our very bodies might be giving out, our jobs may not be there tomorrow, our dearest friends and family may be unhappy with us – even with all of this – we are absolutely certain that you fill us with a joy that will lift us up. Help us, Lord, to spread this unbelievable joy to every single person we meet – so that we may not hold this for ourselves, but so that this world might have a glimmer of your infinite and amazing joy.




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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