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


Nancy Antrim's Ordination to the Deaconate
Saturday, October 17
2:00 Central Time
Live on Diocese of Rio Grande Facebook Page

Click Here




TWO WAYS to Come to Church***


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.


***With the ever changing status of COVID-19 cases in the Trinity-county area, the Bishop's Committee will decide every Friday whether we will have in-person worship.


  • Ask yourself whether you currently have any of the following symptoms. If your answer is “yes,” please stay home and watch the service at
    • Fever (99°F or higher)
    • Chills
    • Muscle aches
    • Cough (new)
    • Shortness of breath (new)
    • Unexpected fatigue
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Headache
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Nausea
    • Other cold symptoms
  • Have a mask ready.
  • Everyone must wear a mask in order to enter the building.
  • If you arrive at church without a mask, one will be provided. 
  • Seating in the sanctuary will be limited.
  • Overflow seating will be offered in our hall.


  • Be mindful of physical distancing.
  • Follow posted instructions regarding traffic flow.
  • Enter through the main sanctuary entrance on Highland Avenue.
  • Ushers provide you with a mask if necessary.
  • Ushers will seat you.
  • In order to maintain physical distancing,
  • congregants will be seated six feet apart as the pews are marked, from the front of the sanctuary to the back, and will be dismissed from the back of the sanctuary to the front.
  • Members of the same household will be seated together.
  • Expect changes to the service. 
    • Hymns will be sung by our organist only (Beth has a beautiful voice); there will be no congregational singing although quiet humming would be acceptable.
    • Communion will be brought to you.
    • Instead of the chalice we will have individual communion cups
  • There will be no coffee hour.

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 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

See in purple in the calendar below--not red or blue!

All prayers are taken from The Book of Common Prayer, pages 258, 823, 827, 824, 832, 231, 822, and 261.



Tuesday, October 13: Music carries everything important about our lives: our memories of home, our early love life, our sorrows, our religion. If you know which one of those you haven’t thought of for years, you will know what your heart needs to revisit, what your life is missing.

Wednesday, October 14: When life is sparse and unsteady, music pulls us away from the uncertainty of it and reminds us of its beauty. It is exactly what saves us from depression and hopelessness.

14th Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky and Channing Moore 
Williams, Bishops and Missionaries, 1906 and 1910


Thursday, October 15: Teachers who stop schoolchildren from singing because they have yet to master the octave, doom those children to a life of silence dying to be set free. Shame on those teachers who teach perfection ratherthan effort. “Those who sing,” Miguel de Cervantes wrote, “fright away their ills.”

15th Teresa of Avila, Mystic and Monastic Reformer, 1582

15th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy


Friday, October 16: It’s music that gives us the strength to stand up to bullies and speak out to the world in our name. Thank God for all those who sing in our place. As Bruce Springsteen says of it, “The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.”

16th Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Bishops and Martyrs, 1555

Saturday, October 17: It’s what we sing about that will lead us through the paths of life’s darkest days. “Life,” George Eliot writes, “seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.”

17 Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr, c.115

17 - Nancy Antrim's Ordination to the Deaconate
Saturday, October 17
2:00 Central Time
Live on Diocese of Rio Grande Facebook Page

Click Here

Sunday, October 18: Music lifts the soul. Best of all, music gives life the heart it takes to begin again after sorrow, after failure, after loss. “Music,” says Edward Bulwer-Lytton, “becomes a sort of spirit and never dies.”


18th - 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

Deacon Nancy Antrim will be preaching

Monday, October 19: All the homilies in the world cannot substitute for one good hymn, sung long, sung hard, sung holy. “Music,” Victor Hugo writes, “expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” And that is what we call faith.

19th Henry Martyn, Priest and Missionary, 1812

Tuesday, October 20: Music is one of the mysteries of life. What exactly is it about music that knows all the secrets of our heart and can immerse us in them? It is one of the great liberating mysteries of life. As Jane Swan said, “How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” But imagine what life would be like if it did not?

Wednesday, October 21: Music leads us back to the center of our souls, to the depth of our hearts, to the silent sounds of God within us. Hildegard of Bingen wrote of it, “There is the music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.”

Thursday, October 22: Why all the sing-a-longs at the end of every last party, every bus ride, every long, hot day, every great win and every painful loss? Simple: it’s the only way to get it out of our system. As Debasish Mridha says, “Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch.”

22nd at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy


Friday, October 23: Clearly, music is a very spiritual thing. What we cannot be moved by verbally, music stirs into the middle of our souls. “Music,” Berthold Auerbach says, “washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”


Saturday, October 24: Nothing matches deep spiritual passion like an organ with all the stops out and all the pipes sweet and all the foot pedals pounding—and all the congregation singing their way into heaven.

Sunday, October 25: “Music,” Bruce R. McConkie writes, “is given of God to further God’s purposes.” Remember always, that every note is a prayer, every tone is a plea to God to make us whole.

25th Tabitha (Dorcas) of Joppa


25th - 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


Monday, October 26: Every war begins and ends with a great thumping parade. War separates people, yes, but music is about the only thing that can really bring them back together again when it’s over. “Music,” John Denver says, “allows us to experience the same matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics, or the expression of our love and our faith.”

26th Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Scholar and Social Reformer, 1902

Tuesday, October 27: When we sing with people, we put down our roots together. We find a harmony there we have never experienced before. We find a common cause, called harmony. Rabindranath Tagore says of it, “Music fills the infinite between two souls that has been muffled by the mist of our daily habits.”

OCT 27 Pray for the nation

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, October 28: Music carries us from one segment of our lives to another: from the church we were formed in, to the first birthday parties, to our graduations from school, to our great weddings, to the baptism of our children, to the funerals of our parents. With music we can bear anything together. “Without music,” Pat Conroy wrote, “life is a journey through a desert.”

OCT 28 Pray for every human heart

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Thursday, October 29: If you want to corral an unruly crowd, start a song. “Music,” Yehudi Menuhin writes, “creates order out of chaos.”

OCT 29 Pray for those who influence public opinion

Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

29th Mary of Qidun, Monastic, 4th century


29th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

29th - 31st - Diocesan Convention
Our delegates are Joni Marginot,
Allison Scott, Dedie Taylor.
Martha Stafford is our alternate.

Friday, October 30: Music allows us the good cry we never had when we lost something we couldn’t live without. Anais Nin recalls, “In music I feel most deeply the passing of things.”

OCT 30 Pray for these times of conflict

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, October 31: Only music has the power to change life, to change the situation, to change me. “Music,” William Congreve wrote years ago, “has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” And therefore, I must give my soul and my heart to it so that we may all become the best song our lives are meant to sing.

OCT 31 Pray for guidance

O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


31st Order of St. Luke - NOON


NOV 1 Pray for direction from God

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1st - All Saints Day
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


NOV 2 Pray for discernment

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


NOV 3 Pray for the election

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

3rd Richard Hooker, Priest and Theologian, 1600

NOV 4 Pray for our own work for the common good

Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

5th ​at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

6th William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1944

8th Ammonius, Hermit, 4th century

8th - 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

11th Martin of Tours, Bishop, 397

12th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy


The Prayers of the People 

The Prayers of the People -The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 23 - 

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. For all who have experienced terrorism, violence, or war, that God will help them break the cycle of violence and help them choose paths of justice and peace. 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 our communities:
For all teachers, students, and parents, as they struggle to achieve a balance between the need to teach and learn and concern for health and safety in this time of pandemic. 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... For any community in strife, that God's Spirit will open opportunities for dialogue in places of violence, bring an end to injustice, and help all to respect the dignity and value of every person....God of peace....Hear our prayers for our communities.

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

In gratefulness, we give thanks for the life and example of St. Francis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that inspired by her witness, we may always do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Let us take time and name what we are thankful for....God of abundance.....Hear our prayers for all we are thankful for....

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of mercy, we pray for all in any kind of need or trouble: For all whose lives have been touched by storms, fires, and the pandemic including that they may find help, hope, and compassionate care from those around them. For firefighters, and relief workers, that God will keep them from harm, give them strength, and speed the assistance that they need. 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....(PAUSE 15 seconds)....Awaken in us compassion and humility of spirit, as we seek and serve Christ in all persons....(PAUSE 10 seconds).... 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: remembering especially those we wish to name at this time.....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....(PAUSE 10 seconds)....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 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 Church of the Province of Uganda, Port Sudan (Sudan), Kondoa (Tanzania), Portsmouth (England) Colorado (The Episcopal Church), Kongor (South Sudan), Pretoria (Southern Africa), Concepcion (Chile), Puerto Rico (The Episcopal Church), Connecticut (The Episcopal Church), Connor (Ireland), Pune (North India),Cork, Cloyne & Ross (Ireland), Qu'Appelle (Canada),Costa Rica (Central America), Kontagora (Nigeria)....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Diocesan Council...For Congregations searching for a new rector or vicar…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

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: Ofelia Gonzalez...Patsy and Yung Family...Four our country...3rd step prayer & surrender for my children...for travel...Sebastians MCAT score...Healing and peace of mind...For all who I love...the poor...Unity of God's children...Mali, Ian & Brai to finish college...For protection...For grace and discernment...Today I Hope: Peace in our world...For change...serenity...serenity and health...Prosperity and Inspiration...Happiness...for my family and marriage...Gregory will be safe...Understanding of truth...Today I Thank: Bill W & Dr. Bob...for grace and second chances...for my family, health and my jobs...for our love and health...Forgiveness & Grace...God for His love...God's love...Health...everyone for some kindness...God that Meek likes lifegate...For my son....Smiley Face....For my eyes so that I Amy see Him in everything and every person....Day, Tiff, and Jay for adventure (Li)...Being employed and loved...Kitt Kai...God for having free and blessings...God....J.S. Bach...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....Kaki and her family who morn the loss of Ellery......for Katie who is dying.....Hadley who is in Cooks Children's Hospital....Aurie....Mary Steele who is battling stage 3 breast Cancer...Kellie and Rick on their journey together....Pearl who is on a ventilator....Paul Woods, Cancer....Dorothy Swanson who fell and now has the Coronavirus....Lee Ann....Kaley Bowerman & Judah...Kristy Kimmell...Burt and Doris Ann Brownfield...Jane Lamb who is in the hospital....Corina & Carlos and their daughters, Iris and Lily....Rudy and Allison....

Those who have died

Whitey Ford

World News This Week in Prayer

A reading from the Psalms, chapter 86, verse 11:  “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.”


And a reading from the Letter to the Colossians, chapter 3 verses 16 to 17:  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”


Wise Teacher, you call us to learn to live in right relationship with one another.  Political tensions deepen in places like Kyrgyzstan, where the contested and potentially corrupted results of a recent election have led to violence and unrest, and the United States, where similar violence and unrest have followed in the wake of disordered and inconsistent pandemic responses and racial inequalities.


Teach us to guard our hearts, to use our political and social power on behalf of the powerless and vulnerable, and to treat each other as the beloved children of God that they are.


Just Teacher, you call us to learn to live in right relationship with your creation.  Storm Alex has proven deadly in the face of heavy rains and flash floods in south-eastern France and north-western Italy, yet so many of us refuse to acknowledge the ways our behavior affects the climate of this world we call home.  The Pacific waters along the shore of Kamchatka, Russia, are so polluted that the water is discolored and dead sea life washes onto shore every day, but so many of us fail to connect our well-being and our very survival with good stewardship of the environment.


Teach us to tend your garden in the way you intend for us, with 
selflessness, love, and deep gratitude.


Loving Teacher, you call us to learn to live in right relationship with you.  Open our eyes to see you in the faces of those who suffer, including mentally-ill children in Nigeria who are being discovered after years of abuse and neglect by their parents, the hundreds of Myanmar children who have been driven into illegal work in the seafood industry after the closure of migrant learning centers in the southern province of Ranong, and the impoverished millions who face starvation as the human-made famine in Yemen enters its fifth year.


Teach us to number our days, to understand who we are to whom we belong, so that we might apply our hearts, hands, and voices with wisdom.

Patient Teacher, you call us to learn, to teach, and to grow in our faith in you and in our love for others.  Teach us respect and honor you, fill our hearts with the word of Christ, form us so that whatever we do, in word or deed, we might do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen+



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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