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.

What is Intercession and Intercessory Prayer?

“These are holy lips.                                                                                           He's given us holy lips.                                                                                     God speaks through these lips, And so these lips are holy.”

The primary principle of intercession is simply to tell God what He tells us to tell Him as the means of releasing His power. He tells us what to pray in His Word. We can pray the Bible. It is profoundly simple. Intercession is God’s brilliant strategy for including the saints in ruling with Him in power. Its mystery is in its weakness, simplicity, humility, and accessibility to all.

God has chosen intercession as the primary means in which He releases His power now and forever. Jesus operated in the principle of intercession when He created the earth by speaking the Word to the Father (Genesis 1). He releases His power now and will rule the nations forever in partnership with His people through intercession.

  • Intercession causes us to internalize God’s Word and changes us.
  • Intercession unites our heart to people and places we pray for.
  • Intercession renews our hope and faith.
  • Intercession imparts life (John 6:63).
  • Intercession makes a long-term impact beyond this age (Rev. 5:8, 8:1-6).
  • Intercession humbles us.
  • Intercession changes the spiritual atmosphere of cities and nations.
  • Intercession causes multiple blessings to return to the intercessor (Luke 6:38). 

It is important to have a clear understanding of intercessory prayer. Intercession comes from two Latin words, inter, which means "between" and cedere, which means "to go" To intercede is to go between two people in the hope of reconciling differences or to plead with someone on behalf of the other. In the context of prayer it means we make sure we bring others into our times of conversation with God.

Intercession is, by definition, the act of coming between. In the Christian sense it means coming between God and our relatives, friends and others who have asked us to pray for them and/or situations. An Intercessor acts as a "conduit" for the Holy Spirit to "connect" God's people with God. In our intercessions we are not trying to change God’s mind nor are we presuming to say what should be done for our people. God knows about those for whom we pray and their needs, but we desire to express our love and interest.

Intercession is a relationship in which we share our concerns with each other and with God, as a Christian community. It is natural that we should hold before God those people and situations in need. The intercessory prayers need to focus on God’s reconciling, transforming, and healing love.

The worshipping community’s prayers are an expression of our belief that people, and the circumstances in the world that affect the human family, can be touched and changed through Jesus Christ and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. The prayers are given shape both by our awareness of human need and the Gospel vision of God’s Kingdom.

This being said…..I found these two lists……

The Prayers of the People Are:

1. An expression of what we are concerned about, what we are excited about, of our joy and of thanksgiving.

2. About the world in which we live and concerns for the whole human family.

3. Concerns both of the local and wider church beyond the parish.

4. Representative but brief.

5. Intended to challenge people to continue to pray about these issues.

6. A response to the church season and theme for the day.

The Prayers of the People Are Not:

1. A sermon.

2. The announcements

3. The occasion for promoting your personal point of view or issues.

4. Long (they should not take over the liturgy) - use an economy of words.

5. A monologue in which the people have no part.

A number of you will feel affirmed by number 4 on both lists. How full do we want the prayers? What does brief look like with the prayers? What gets cut and what is put in?

Let me know and we can see what we come up with. Starting in June we will have different forms for Prayers of the People each month for a while.

Come and join in the conversation. Your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions are most welcome.

Shalom, my friends,


P.S. Mark your calendars...A continuation of our Book study focusing on The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault. It will be held on Thursday nights beginning on June 13 and ending on July 18th. It will be held in the Casita in Alpine at 6:30 in the evening. Our own David Mainz will be the facilitator. We have extra copies of the book at the church.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 26,2019

Acts 16: 9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
John 14:23-29

THE GOSPEL - John 14:23-29

As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.


let us live out

your “one thing necessary”:

the treasure of gaining and giving your love. 

Not fair-weather love, not hearts-and-flowers,

 but your own radical 

no-limits kind.

Make us yours,


all we have:

all our wealth,

our body and blood,

our heart and soul,

hands and feet,

our precious


Show us that

the one thing necessary

is to accept and to give your love.


Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23

The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it.



 you are the temple.

 Abba’s glory lights your altar.

Make us burning candles, please.

Help us glow in this world,

right here, right now,

in the dimness

of our 


Anne Osdieck         



(John 14: 23-29)

First you make a small opening just above your heart

and then, with great delicacy, withdraw a small part


and hold it to the light for inspection. Are you dismayed

to observe its frailty, its flaws? Just now it made


a sound like the indrawn breath of a child right before

it cries, in that moment it discovers that the more


of the world you come to know, the more frightening

it becomes. And not just fear, but guilt, harsh as lightning,


worry, grief, regret – all add their aching; you want

to hold your heart tighter in its trouble, but can’t


with tighter grip calm down the trembling. Yet just when

you might despair, you recall Christ’s promise once again


that God’s Spirit is with you here, and that Christ’s peace

is yours to claim. It is there like two more hands, each


more gentle than your own, holding your heart with you;

comfort and strength unfold their flower, courage too,


and you feel your anxiety unravel at last.

In the warm embrace of Christ’s love, letting the past


be past, mindful of the present moment alone,

you rest your peace-filled heart in a safe place. You’re home.

Copyright ©2016 by Andrew King




it almost didn't happen: 

   every door was slammed 

                in our faces, 

   every road became more 

                 and more 


   the shadows chased us down 

                 each alley 

         until we hit the wall, 


             you put on your hardhat, 

             unfolded the blueprints, 

             rolled up your sleeves, 

         and built that city 

         which is open to everyone; 


it almost didn't happen: 

   your bed was unslept in, 

            empty hangers in 

                  the closet, 

      your laptop and cell phone 

            left on the desk, 

   and the house echoed with 

                the emptiness 

                of our hearts, 


            the doorbell rang, 

         and when we opened the door, 

            the Babysitter stood there, 

       a big smile on her face, 

       suitcases full of peace 

                at her side, 

         and gathering up our 


            she took them out to 

                     the curb 

          for the trash pickup 

          scheduled next morning. 


(c) 2013 Thom M. Shuman

23rd - Thursday - Nicolaus Copernicus, 1543, and Johannes Kepler, 1543, Astronomers
24th - Friday - Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop in the United States, 1870

25th - Order of St. Luke
9:00 - Big Bend Regional Medical Center

26th - Sixth Sunday of Easter
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - The Holy Eucharist -  Nancy Antrim Preaching
5:30 - Taize Worship
St. James, Alpine
26th - Sunday - Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
27th - Monday - Bertha and Ethelbert, Queen and King of Kent, 616
28th - Tuesday - John Calvin, Theologian, 1564

30th - Ascension Day
30th - Thursday - Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc), Mystic and Soldier, 1431



1st - 6 PM - Wedding of Philippe Corbe & Javier Cespedes
1st - Saturday - Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167

2nd - Seventh Sunday of Easter
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - The Holy Eucharist
2nd - Sunday - Blandina and Her Companions, the Martyrs of Lyons,
3rd - Monday - The Martyrs of Uganda, 1886
4th - Tuesday - John XXIII (Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli), Bishop of Rome, 1963

5th - Noon - Alpine Ministerial Alliance
5th - Wednesday - Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary to Germany, and Martyr, 754
6th - Thursday - Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945
7th - Friday - The Pioneers of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, 1890
8th - Tuesday - Roland Allen, Mission Strategist, 1947

9th - Pentecost Sunday - WEAR RED
9:00 - Bishop's Committee
10:30 - The Holy Eucharist
9th - Sunday - Columba, Abbot of Iona, 597
10th - Monday - Ephrem of Edessa, Syria, Deacon, 373
12th - Wednesday - Enmegahbowh, Priest and Missionary, 1902

13th - 6:30 - Book Study in the Casita
The Wisdom Jesus
Cynthia Bourgeault

13th - Thursday - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Apologist and Writer, 1936
14th - Friday - Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 379
15th - Saturday - Evelyn Underhill, 1941

16th - Trinity Sunday 
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - The Holy Eucharist
16th - Sunday - George Berkeley, 1753, and Joseph Butler, 1752,                                                                 Bishops and Theologians

June 17th - July 3rd
Susan and Fr. Mike's Anniversary Tour

20th - 6:30 - Book Study in the Casita
The Wisdom Jesus
Cynthia Bourgeault


Here is who we prayed for in church
last Sunday.

Any changes, please let us know.

For The Church

.…We pray especially for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Michael, our Bishop, and Michael our Vicar….

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Anglican Church of Melanesia…

In our Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. Andrew's, Las Cruces, St. James' Mesilla Park… 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 Those In Authority

….For Donald, our president, Greg our Governor and Ann Marie, our Mayor, Manny our mayor-elect and the mayors 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 People and Places in the World

for peace, that the Spirit will inspire human hearts to turn from violence, and work together to defeat the common enemies of disease, ignorance and poverty….For refugees and displaced persons, that God will guide to safety all who have fled violence and persecution, and help them find welcome in new communities, for all who live and work in places of war and violence, For women and men and children who have been victims of sexual assault and sexual exploitation… for those whose lives have been turned upside down by various disasters: that God will help them rebuild their lives, give them strength to face their challenges and touch the hearts of many to assist them…,for all those in the military, especially those who come home broken in body, mind, and spirit …may the hearts of those reporting the news be drawn to what is true and right telling the truth in the most helpful way,…

For St. Paul's

Bless and direct the people of this congregation. Make us confident that you love us and know each of us by name. Move us past our fears and preoccupations into eager discipleship and loving service. Let all be done your glory, and for the good of those in our family, community, workplace and world.…guide us to live out our mission to be a welcoming, prayerful, caring community actively sharing the love of God…


For Those Who Have Asked For Prayers From Our Community

….Betty, Bill & Gail, Patty, Holly,  D'Ette, Merit and the Fowlkes family, James, Shere, Kevin and Jay, Lesly, Lila, Linda King, Melodie, Mimi, Pat & Mary, the Vana Family… FOR Jeanie Olivas, Vijaya, Frank, Larry, Jack Risen, Kathryn Anschutuz, Sue Ellen Kelly, Brian Hutchins who have cancer… FOR David and  Catherine in the midst of chemotherapy, …for Michael Simpson, Dale and Lee Ann, FOR Helen Bates, Gene, and Rucker who are in Hospice care….. for James and Brian Neal, Jacob, Linda & David, for Jenny, Megan and Elizabeth, for David who has MSA, for the Sidney Taylor-Cryer Detention Center Retreat next weekend….

Prayers of Thanksgiving

….first responders throughout the world,…For Marfa’s first responders and those in our surrounding communities… for the Border Patrol who live in our communities…the United Nations and its agencies, peace-keeping forces, and relief and aid organizations,  for all who plant seeds of peace through prayer and action both near and far,  for those heroes both known and unknown who show compassion and courage for people in the face of trouble,  for people simply being good neighbors, for teachers, educators and administrators in our schools….for Ann Marie and the gift of her leadership during her time as our Mayor.…
Jan Peterson, Anita Figge,

You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end, O God: Accept our prayers on behalf of the whole creation and strengthen it in your love, that we may honor your Spirit which fills the whole earth, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


Climate Change

O God, Creator of all thats is -
of seas and clouds, rains and rivers,
grass and trees, insects and fish,
humans, animals, birds and reptiles,
of all life connected, sharing this one earth -
we are aware that our way of living
is profoundly affecting the earth's climate,
that many people are in danger of flood and drought,
that some are greatly impoverished,
and the whole fabric of life is in danger.

to those who make international policies,
give wisdom and courage;
to those who direct industry and commerce,
give a concern for the common good;
to those who struggle for justice,
give strength and hope;
and to us all
give the grace and strength to change our ways
for the good of all that lives
and for your glory.


Thank you to Bob Crockett who is continuously on the watch for how to keep our building and grounds safe and in good shape.




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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