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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



 


 


 

TWO WAYS to Come to Church

LIVESTREAM

https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx/

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.

OR

IN PERSON
 

BEFORE YOU COME TO CHURCH

  • Ask yourself whether you currently have any of the following symptoms. If your answer is “yes,” please stay home and watch the service at https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx/
    • 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.

AT CHURCH

  • 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

 

~SEPTEMBER~

 

Tuesday, September 29: When the refugees came by the hundreds to the border, we gave them cells instead of help of any kind. But we lost more than they did. We lost the best of ourselves. As Tristan Sherwin says, “When we image borders, we fail at imaging God.”
 

29th SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS


Wednesday, September 30: The great white light, the United States of America, is the Promised Land for today’s refugees—just as Canaan was for the Israelites and Egypt was for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their flight from Herod. But, when immigrants get here all they find is a door marked “Closed.” And, I’m sure, strains of music in the background reminding them of what our ancestors heard: “Give me your tired, your poor.....” Can’t you hear Jesus saying to us just as he said to the Pharisees, “Oh, you brood of vipers, you hypocrites?” Tell me again about hospitality....

30th Jerome, Priest and Scholar, 420



~OCTOBER~

1st at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy



1st Therese of Lisieux, Monastic, 1898

3rd John Raleigh Mott, Ecumenist and Missionary, 1955

4th Francis of Assisi, Friar and Deacon, 1226



4th - 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx


4th Drive-by BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS 4 - 5



7th Birgitta of Sweden, Mystic and Prophetic Witness, 1373


8th  at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy



9th Vida Dutton Scudder, Educator, 1954

11th Philip, Deacon and Evangelist



11th - 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx


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

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



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



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

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

18th SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST 



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



19th Henry Martyn, Priest and Missionary, 1812


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



23rd SAINT JAMES OF JERUSALEM, BROTHER OF OUR LORD JESUS

25th Tabitha (Dorcas) of Joppa


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



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

28th SAINT SIMON AND SAINT JUDE, Apostles

29th Mary of Qidun, Monastic, 4th century



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



31st Order of St. Luke - NOON





 

The Prayers of the People -The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost -
Proper 21 - 
9/27/20

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

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, 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: 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 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,
Amen+

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 Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, Patna (North India), Chandigarh (North India), Pelotas (Brazil), Chelmsford (England), Pennsylvania (The Episcopal Church), Chester (England), Perth (Australia), Chhattisgarh (North India), Chicago (The Episcopal Church), Peru (South America), Chichester (England), Peshawar (Pakistan), Chotanagpur (North India), Koforidua (West Africa)....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Diocesan Convention at the end of October,…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: 3rd step prayer & surrender for my children...for peace...safe 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...For a home, Christy Medina--healing...Healing the world of greed and hate and COVID-19....Today I Hope: For change...serenity...serenity and health...Prosperity and Inspiration...Happiness...for my family and marriage...Gregory will be safe...Understanding of truth...An end to racial injustice...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...God, for a break...5 great days at Davis Mountain State Park...Charity...Prayer Box: 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

Magoo, Rev'd Dr. Ads Lovekin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tammy Seifert.....

 

World News This Week in Prayer

God of Our Ancestors,

Since before we were born, you have knit your people into a great reimagining of purpose and life. You call us by your mercy and claim us with your truth. Even in these days of protest and pandemic, show us what it means that you are the Creator, Christ, and Comforter. Show us how to believe that you have made each of us in your image. Show us what it means that even now, your kingdom is breaking into the world. Even in these days, show us how to sing and praise and pray to you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

God of Our Present, In Christ, we recognize our reality as people called to join you in the journey. Teach us how to follow you. Make yourself known to us. Make yourself known to those fighting and fleeing wildfires on the West Coast of the United States, as well as those who are living with the aftermath of devastating flames and red skies of smoke. Make yourself known to those grappling with COVID-19, whether they are at home or in hospital beds, prison cells or nursing homes, science labs or health institutes or non-profit organizations. We give you thanks for those within the African Union, New Zealand, and other regions where communities are collectively, compassionately working so well to contain and curtain the virus in their midst. We pray for guidance for those in the United States, India, Brazil, and Mexico, as they all grapple with severely high mortality rates. This week our heart breaks as the United States pass 200,000 dead. This week also we lift up the family and colleagues of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, after her death in Washington, DC, last week. Shower mercy upon all those who grieve. Be with us in our present moments. Reveal yourself in ways that we might taste and touch and see and hear and know, deep within our flesh and bones.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

God of Descendants, Your story does not begin and end with us. You who loved our ancestors are also preparing the way for our children. Nurture the lives of all young people around the world who are living with the uncertainty of economic prospects, the stress of climate change, the unanswered questions around truths of human dignity. Bring forth in them a new energy for purpose-seeking, meaning-making, and community action, as they lead us forward into the future.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

God of Our Every Ending and Beginning, We pray these things because you have come among us, as human, as Word Made Flesh, as God with us. In Christ, we have been shown the kindness of your touch, the fierceness of your grace, the perseverance of your covenant, the power of your peace. How glorious it is to rise in your grace, to pray in your name, to rest in your Spirit. Thanks be to you, Triune God.

AMEN+


 

SEE YOU SUNDAY!
 



The Rev. Michael Wallens
Vicar - Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 175, Marfa, Texas 79843

stpaulsmarfatx@gmail.com
Office - 915.239.7409  |  Cell - 214-862-7292

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