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
February 3 GOSPEL OF Mark 9:33-11:33
Prior to this week’s class, participants should prepare by reading the following:
ARTICLES & ESSAYS
In advance of study, we encourage participants to:
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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
2nd - Tuesday
Tuesday, February 2: For- giveness frees me from the burden of anger. What I refuse to forgive contin- ues to harm me. It consumes my heart, poisons my mind, drains my energies and cements my soul.
THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE 7:00 PM - WAY OF LOVE GROUP
3rd - Wednesday
Wednesday, February 3: Forgiveness that does not flow from the awareness that no matter how hurt I have been by someone I am far more than what they have taken away from me, is not forgiveness at all. This kind of cheap forgiveness—forgiveness that is rushed in order to make everyone else feel good—is a sad show that never ends, always returns to haunt us and can only pretend at freedom. It is, therefore, at best, also useless.
The Dorchester Chaplains:
Lieutenant George Fox, Lieutenant Alexander D. Goode, Lieutenant Clark V. Poling, and Lieutenant John P. Washington, 1943
Thursday, February 4: For- giveness occurs when we don’t need to hold a grudge anymore. When we are strong enough to be independent of whatever, whoever it was that so ruth- lessly uncovered the need in us. For- giveness is not the problem; it’s living until it comes that taxes all the strength we have.
Manche Masemola, Martyr, 1928 Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE
5th - Friday
Friday, February 5: The anger, the hurt, the bitterness that we carry from the past does little or noth- ing to harm the one who harmed us. It harms only ourselves. It is acid poured on our own souls, eating away at the peace in us.
Agatha of Sicily, Martyr, c.251 Roger Williams, 1683, and Anne Hutchinson, 1643,
6th - Saturday
Saturday, February 6: For- giveness is the gift that says two things: First, I am just as weak as everyone else in the human race and I know it. And second, my inner life is too rich to be de- stroyed by anything outside of it.
The Martyrs of Japan, 1597
7th - Sunday
Sunday, February 7: For- giveness and reconciliation are not the same thing. One enables us to move beyond the past. The other restores a relationship. The relationship is seldom as important as the restoration of inner peace that comes with recognizing that the past is past.
Monday, February 8: The inability to forgive another almost certainly arises out of an inability to forgive ourselves. When we refuse to give ourselves permission to be any- thing but perfect—as if failure did not bring its own lessons in life—we certainly are not able to forgive any- one else.
Bakhita (Josephine Margaret Bakhita),
Monastic and Prophetic, Witness, 1947 12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
The Casita Medical Tour
9th - Tuesday
Tuesday, February 9: Some people think that forgiveness is incom- plete until things are just as they were before. But the truth is that after great hurt, things are never what they were before: they can only be better or be nothing at all. Both of which are accept- able states of life.
10:30 - Marfa Ministerial Alliance Medical Tour
10th - Wednesday
Wednesday, February 10: Forgiveness is what we need when we think we don’t and what we give when we think we shouldn’t. What we carry in our hearts is what burdens our bodies.
Thursday,February11: We know we have forgiven someone when we can meet them with genuine ac- ceptance in our hearts, wiser and war- ier than ever before, not of them but of our own past expectations of the relationship.
Medical Tour Theodora, Empress, c.867 Frances Jane (Fanny) Van Alstyne Crosby, Hymnwriter, 1915 10:30 - 1:00 - Borderland Deanery Clericus
4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE
12th - Friday
Friday, February 12: “Our greatest glory,” Confucius wrote, “is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” War against the war within the self by making peace with it early. Yes, we have been hurt; no, we will never trust the same situation again. But indeed we will be happy always because we know more about life now than we did before and, when we are committed to going on, what- ever the cost, we are more than capa- ble of dealing with it.
Charles Freer Andrews, Priest and “Friend of the Poor” in India, 1940
13th - Saturday
Saturday, February 13: We say, “Forgive and forget” but I think the saying is upside down. The real truth may well be that until we have for- gotten why we were angry we haven’t really forgiven the wrong. But the only way to do that is to get intensely in- volved in something else.
Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818
14th - Sunday
Sunday, February 14: Fill your heart with beauty and you will find it increasingly difficult to waste your time on any kind of ugliness.
Monday, February 15: If forgiveness has something to do with forgetting, pray that God is an amne- siac. It seems impossible to hope from God what we withhold ourselves.
Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, 1730 12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
16th - Tuesday
Tuesday, February 16: If the message we’ re supposed to be getting is really, “Forgive us...as we forgive,” it’s time to let everything to the mercy of God, to put down unholy righteousness, to purge our- selves of grudges and to move where we’ re welcome, uncaring of where we’ re not.
Thursday, February 18:Hannah Arendt wrote: “Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” Why stay back where it hurts? Why stay stuck in the swamp of bitterness? Let the end to God and go where life has new promise. That’s where God is calling you so why stay where the voice has gone silent?
Martin Luther, Pastor and Church Reformer, 1546 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE
19th - Friday
Friday, February 19: To forgive someone is not to say that what they did to you is all right. It simply says that what they did to you, cannot in the end, destroy you.
Agnes Tsao Kou Ying, Agatha Lin Zhao, and Lucy Yi Zhenmei, Catechists and Martyrs, 1856, 1858, and 1862 All Day - Virtual Clergy Retreat
20th - Saturday
Saturday, February 20:“Without forgiveness,” Robert Assagioli wrote, “life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retalia- tion.” What a waste of time. What a loss of perspective. What a diminishment of vision. What a poor investment of a life.
Frederick Douglass, Social Reformer, 1895
21st - Sunday
Sunday, February 21: It takes no strength at all to require restitution. What takes strength is to be full enough of other things to be able to forego it.
Monday, February 22: “Life is an adventure in forgiveness,” Norman Cousins said. You will, in other words, have lots of opportunity to practice. Don’t wait too long to start or life will have gone by before you ever lived it.
Eric Liddell, Missionary to China, 1945 Margaret of Cortona, Monastic, 1297 12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
23rd - Tuesday
Tuesday, February 23: To withhold forgiveness is the adoration of the past when it is the present that de- mands the best of us.
Polycarp of Smyrna, Bishop and Martyr, 156
24th - Wednesday
Wednesday, February 24: Try to remember this insight: “There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.” You know yours and how it affects you. Have you ever bothered to hear anyone else’s?
Thursday, February 25: It’s one thing to “forgive” for the sake of civility. It is another thing to forgive “from the heart.” Civility urges us to maintain the connections we have for the sake of our own advantage. The heart urges us to go beyond the hurt to the place where freedom lies and learning happens and trust is possible again, even if not here, not this.
John Roberts, Priest, 1949 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom CLICK HERE
26th - Friday
Friday, February 26: Forgive- ness does not ignore responsibility but it does not tolerate vengeance. To jail criminals for life in order to protect the public is one thing; to become killers in order to punish them is vengeance. Where does that fit in a Divine schema that says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” says God?
Saturday, February 27: Beware of premature forgiveness: the kind that absolves another person with- out taking the time, making the effort to examine what the bitterness is saying to your own soul about your own needs and expectations.
George Herbert, Priest and Poet, 1633
28th - Sunday
Sunday, February 28: A preacher stood over the bed of a dying man shouting, “Renounce Satan; renounce Satan and be forgiven!” The dying man opened one eye, looked at the preacher and said, “Sure, easy for you to say, Pastor, but in my situation, I don’t dare alienate anybody.” The old man may have a point: You have to won- der if forgiveness that comes with strings at-tached is really forgiveness at all.
Prayers of the People - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Almighty God, in Jesus you have freed us for love and rebuked everything that might threaten us: Let the teaching of your Good News be spread abroad with such authority, that all creation may be reconciled, as I say: Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart....and you respond to each petition by saying, “for you are gracious and full of compassion.”
+Raise up for your Church prophets like Moses who will speak everything you command, O Holy One, that we may heed your teaching and be an example of goodness for our neighbors.... for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion
+ Open our ears to hear the message of peace that is being proclaimed throughout the world, and inspire us to work for its fruits in our time and place; for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion
+ For all who are prophets, that they may understand the mind and heart of God, and awaken new insights for the renewal and growth of both the Church and society.; for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion.
+ Almighty One, rescue the leaders of our nation and all in authority from the knowledge that puffs up and fill them with your love that builds up, that they may accomplish your works with faithfulness and justice.; For this nation, our President and for the members of Congress and legislatures, that they will hear and understand the needs of the powerless and marginalized, as they develop priorities and solutions..... for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion
+For healing and strength, that God will curb the transmission of the coronavirus, sustain all who care for the sick, and guide those who are working to administer the vaccine.... for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion
+ Give us the courage to face the unclean spirits that dwell within us and the faith to dispel their stronghold, so that others may see God’s power working in our lives and come to believe; for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion.
+ For this faith community, that we who gather to hear the Lord’s teaching may fully respond to all that God asks of us and strive to live out our mission to be a welcoming, prayerful, caring community actively sharing the love of God...for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion.
+ Raise the dead to your heavenly kingdom, O Christ, where with you and all the saints they may have life eternal; for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion
Love is the source of all that is good and hopeful, and in God’s charity we continue our prayers.
+ In thanksgiving for those who bring treasures to the poor and needy of the world, offering precious gifts of hope to God’s fragile people....In thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life, remembering those who have been our mentors and teachers, and through whose companionship we have experienced the riches of divine grace; Let us take time and name who and what we are thankful for....... for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion.
+God of mercy, we pray for all in any kind of need or trouble: For the many who are suffering economically, that God will watch over those who have lost employment, struggle to pay their bills or have enough to eat.....For all whose lives have been touched by storms, fires, and the pandemic, ALS, Cancer and other diseases that they may find help, hope, and compassionate care from those around them....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...... for this we pray.....Let us give thanks to God with our whole heart...for you are gracious and full of compassion
Concluding Collect: Holy One of God, you come to teach us with authority and to set our spirits free. Hear our prayers and give us strength and courage as we proclaim your truth by word and deed. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen
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…..
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 Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, The Diocese of All Saints Cathedral – The Anglican Church of Kenya, The Diocese of Aluakluak – The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, The Diocese of Amazônia – Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, The Diocese of Amichi – The Church of Nigeria, The Diocese of Amritsar – The (united) Church of North India, The Diocese of Andaman & Car Nicobar Islands – The (united) Church of North India,, ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Mark’s, Albuquerque, St. Mary's, Albuquerque,…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 Joseph, 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 wall…To day I Pray: For truth and light...my sisters....my mama, for my Pa, Papa...For my children...For Betsy...For all who serve in a hospital...Rudy with ALS....Today I Hope: For the future...safety of Jorhey...for a peaceful existence...Love wins, Everyone loves each other...To remain sober....the teepees will be warm at Big Bend....For unity...Today I Thank: For a safe trip...For a home, work...my sister...The Earth...Jesus,... Heavenly Father...St. Paul's....Merry Christmas....God for Camillia m y friend....His grace, patience, guidance...God for His grace...Universe for its enduring embrace...my family...For our Democracy...Live to see another day...God for Gace...Finding a home here....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...Mike O'Connor who has pancreatic cancer....Layne who is struggling....Marina Z with Covid-19....Yvonne who is in hospice care...Roger Cribdin, Cancer medical trial...Patricia, congestive heart failure....Ernie Maddon in Hospice Care......
Those who have died
John D Cowsar, Father Randy Lutz, Victims of Covid-19,..
World News This Week in Prayer
God of all times and places,
as we look out into your world
we see so many different things:
The list goes on,
As I gaze out my window today,
I am reminded that what I see
what I experience,
what I hear,
what I feel,
are all dependent on where I am, and who I am.
And, in so many ways
what I see outside my window
depends on whose I am as well.
As your children we strive to experience the world through your eyes and ears,
loving our neighbors
living in harmony with the earth
hearing your voice of justice and hope.
This week we have
remembered the Holocaust
continued to struggle through a global pandemic
watched as Ghana remembers the life of their longest-serving leader, Jerry John Rawlings
witnessed protests by farmers in India
felt the anxiety of rising fire danger in Australia
sensed the growing strain as COVID cases continue to rise in the United Kingdom, Peru, and many other countries
we have been dismayed that over 20,000 people have been forced to flee from their camps in Syria due to flooding
and we have been astounded by feats of athleticism and grace.
And that is just a part of the news which has buffeted us, Holy One.
We have friends and family who are suffering physically, mentally, and emotionally.
We have new opportunities in life, new jobs, new relationships, homes.
We celebrate with new families and grieve with parents.
We enjoy fellowship and meals.
We ache because there is no one with whom to share our time.
Both near and far our lives are filled with sorrow and hope, joy and pain, grief and celebration.
But most of all, Abundant God, we long to be surrounded and uplifted by your presence in all things.
For a moment we pause, we breathe, we wait, we rest in you.
Then, we return to the work of co-creating a world
where you are what we see, what we hear, and what we feel.
Because, O God, you love us, and you call us your own.
Continue to guide, teach, and transform us, we pray.
"SEE" YOU SUNDAY!
The Rev. Michael Wallens
Vicar - Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 175, Marfa, Texas 79843