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.


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1. No church bells ring between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil in observance of the Passion of Christ. Legend says the church bells grow wings and fly to Rome to be blessed by the pope, returning on Easter with chocolate and presents for the children. In one town, chefs make a giant omelet with 4,500 eggs to feed 1,000 people in the main square.

2. Christians celebrate Easter with carnivals, street theater, songs, dances, and give gifts of colorful lanterns, chocolates and flowers.

3. Residents in this nation bake eggs right into a traditional Easter bread. In one city, the archbishop ignites a cartful of fireworks with a dove-shaped rocket at the cathedral, as an expression of the desire for peace. The next day, competitors roll huge wheels of cheese around the perimeter of another village.

4. This country observes Easter with a rodeo, Easter bonnet parade, and the Easter Bilby or bandicoot, an endangered species with big, soft ears like rabbits and long noses like mice.

5. On Easter in this nation, people bring baskets with colored eggs, sausages and bread to church to be blessed. The next day, boys try to get girls (and each other) wet any way they can. Supposedly, girls who get drenched will wed within the year. That tradition stems from the baptism of a prince on Easter Monday, A.D. 966.

6. Performers in this nation dance and sing through the streets of the capital, wearing extravagant costumes, headdresses and masks.

7. In this nation, on Good Friday, people plant parsley to commemorate Jesus' liberation of those in hell. According to ancient Roman tradition, parsley goes seven times to hell and back before germinating. Led by a man with a whip called the "Whiffler" on Easter, men dressed in hats, red and white striped skirts, with bells around their ankles, wave ribbons as they dance the Nutter's Dance, traditionally meant to fend off evil spirits.

8. People in this country and several others traditionally serve hot cross buns and other breads marked with an X to symbolize the cross on Good Friday.

9. Sixty-seven percent of the citizens of this country serve ham for Easter dinner in celebration of the end of Lent. Children are invited to the president's house for an egg roll on the lawn. The first Easter Sunrise Service, marking the risen Christ's appearance to Mary at dawn, was held in this country in 1773.

10. Native artists hand-carve soapstone Easter eggs to present as gifts in banana fiber boxes.

11. On Easter Monday, boys try to sprinkle perfume or water on girls they like, hoping for a kiss.

12. During Holy Week, people hang straw dolls or effigies of Judas (the disciple who betrayed Christ) in the streets and beat them up.

13. Here, people process through the streets with statues that depict the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Young men vie for the honor of portraying Christ as they are tied to a cross on the route of the procession.

14. On this island nation on Good Friday, the locals fly homemade kites, a tradition that began when a local teacher illustrated Christ's ascension to heaven using a kite shaped like a cross.

15. After a 56-day fast from meat and all animal products, Christians in this nation dress in white to celebrate mass; sing hymns, accompanied by drums; and feast with non-Christians on roast chicken, goat and rice. Churches are decorated in handmade fabric with butterfly, flower and banana tree prints.

16. Here the oldest woman in the family rubs children's cheeks with the first red egg she has colored, a sign that she hopes they will be healthy and strong.

17. Easter eggs in this country are all colored red, representing the blood of Christ.

18. In this country, thousands of multicolored eggs are hung from trees at Easter.

19. People burn bonfires on Easter Sunday in this nation, to scare off witches, who supposedly fly around on brooms between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

20. At dawn on Easter, children dressed as angels process through town to mark the resurrection of Christ.

21. During Holy Week, people hang elaborate palm decorations in their homes.

22. The Easter meal in this country features a lamb-shaped butter sculpture symbolizing Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.



1. France

2. India

3. Italy  

4. Australia

5. Poland

6. Nigeria

7. United Kingdom

8. Armenia 

9. USA

10. Kenya

11. Hungary

12. Brazil

13. Indonesia

14. Bermuda

15. Ethiopia

16. Bulgaria

17. Syria

18. Germany

19. Finland

20. The Philippines

21. Mexico

22. Russia

The Big Questions

1. What traditions around Passion Week and Easter are important to you? Which do you consider sacred, and why?

2. Name two civil uprisings that happened on Easter outside the United States.

3. What does the phrase "That person is a C and E Christian" mean? What do you think of the term?

4. In your opinion, which Christian holy day has most significance, and why?


Good Friday



Other (specify)

5. True or false: All churches celebrate Easter on the same day around the world.

6. How is the date for Easter determined?

7. Where does the word "Easter" first appear in the Bible?

8. What is the word used in most non-English-speaking nations for the holy day of Easter, and why is that word significant?

9. Who brought the tradition of the Easter Bunny to the United States, and when?

10. Which holiday symbol has more connection with the history behind the Christian faith, the Easter bunny, or the Easter egg?

11. How might tadpoles and larvae hidden in cocoons be metaphors to help us understand the meaning of the resurrection?

12. What lie does the gospel of Matthew say the chief priests and elders instructed the tomb guards to tell if anyone asked them about whether Jesus rose from the dead? What may have motivated the guards to follow those instructions? What did they have to gain or lose if they did as they were told? If they failed to obey?

13. True or false: The angels had to roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb in order for Jesus to get out of the grave.

14. Can you be a Christian without believing in the Resurrection? Why or why not?

15. Would Christianity make sense if Christ had not risen from the dead? Explain.

16. Comment on this from writer James Martin, "The Resurrection changes everything: It's a reminder not just that Jesus rose from the dead but that love is stronger than hatred, that hope is stronger than despair, and that life is stronger than death. More simply, it reminds us that nothing is impossible with God." Would you be more or less likely to believe that love is stronger than hatred, that hope is stronger than despair, and that life is stronger than death, if Jesus had not risen from the dead?

17. To approximately how many people did the resurrected Jesus appear?

18. To whom did Jesus appear first, and why?

19. What scripture passages about the Resurrection bring you greatest hope and joy?

21. What Easter hymn or worship song is your favorite, and why?



2. Ireland in 1916 and Canada in 1918.

3. A "C and E Christian" refers to a person who only attends Christian worship services on Christmas and Easter.

5. False. In 2019, Easter falls on April 21 in the Gregorian Calendar and on April 28 in the Julian Calendar, while Passover is observed on April 20. Eastern Orthodox and Western Church traditional dates for Holy Week and Easter rarely match up most years.

6. The date is based on the lunar calendar and coincides with the Jewish festival of Passover, a "moveable feast" which is determined by the position of the moon.

7. The word "Easter" never appears in the Bible. It may be a variant of the name of a Pagan fertility goddess, Eostre, who symbolized rebirth. "Eostre" stems from the Proto-Germanic word for "dawn," which connects for Christians to the idea that Christ's resurrection conquered darkness.

8. Pesach (the Hebrew word for Passover), Pasch (Greek), Pascha (Latin), Pascua (Spanish), Paques (French), from the Passover festival observed in early-mid spring to commemorate the deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. The Christian observance of the Lord's Supper (the Eucharist, communion, or Lord's table) originated with Jesus' sharing the Passover Seder meal with his disciples the night he was betrayed. Jesus connected the Exodus story with his own mission to save his people from the slavery of sin and its consequences.

9. German settlers brought the tradition of the Osterhase, a rabbit who brings gifts to children at Easter time, to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Children would leave carrots out for the Osterhase, the way children often leave cookies and milk out for Santa at Christmas.

10. The egg, which is a symbol of new life. It may have been included on the Passover Seder plate at the Last Supper, just as it still is found on the table as part of the Passover meal celebrated today.

12. "... some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, telling them, 'You must say, "His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep." If this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.' So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story is still told among the Jews to this day." (Matthew 28:11-15.)

13. False. Does it even make sense that the Christ who broke the bonds of death would require help to push a stone away from the entrance of the tomb? Besides, Jesus was not hindered by locked doors when he appeared to his disciples (John 20:19 and 26).

15. Consider this from author and editor Mary Fairchild: "If the resurrection of Jesus Christ did not happen, then the ?apostles were all fakes and everyone throughout history who has ever testified of Christ's power is a liar. If the Resurrection did not happen, then Jesus Christ has no dominion over life and death, and we remain lost in our sin, destined to die. Our faith is useless."

    Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19: " … if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ -- whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied."

17. Over 500 (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

18. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (Matthew 28:1-10).

Shalom, my friends,

Otto Dix (German, 1891–1969), The Resurrection, 1949. Oil on canvas, 213 x 163.5 cm.
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Second Sunday of Easter
April 28, 2019

Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31

THE GOSPEL - John 20:19-31

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

They knew Jesus’ words,

 “Peace be with you.”


 was absent from 

 rejoicing, and was indignant.

He was


In need of mercy.

O Lord, 

who love us

 in our struggles,

breathe your life into our flawed selves.

Let us find your grace and mercy 

when we touch the wounds

in all your children



THE FIRST READING - Acts 5:12-16

They carried their sick out into the street

so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow

might fall on one or another of them.


through us  

you try everything  

to heal people  


bring them 



 use our hands, our feet, our words, breath, 

our shadows—as you used Peter’s 

––anything you can find in us,

 to help fill the world 

with your 


Anne Osdieck  

2nd Sunday in Easter - John 20:19-31

I sit in darkness
late at night
the kids are asleep
quiet now
--after a day of fun
oblivious to the adult world
--as we have made it
of war and hate
and children very much like themselves
loved very much like themselves
without enough
--of their share
--to survive
I want to venture out
To help in this world
--of too much
----and not enough
but I often find myself
here in the darkness
of my own walls
--into this sanctuary
--of my 
------awareness fear
comes a voice
of disturbing comfort
that seeks to destroy
------------my little kingdom
-------of what
-----------------------anyway walls
I am heralded again
from that voice of life
----(be with you)
I long to
--but wish not
in the midst of your world
and because of it
as the words still ring
------in my mind
I remember the one who came
To make all things new
And I long
--for that contact
that would take me by the hand
and lead me
--down the path of what will be
lead me
----(as the Father sent me)
somehow to show
--that Christ lives
show it to others
------and myself
Help me Lord to do thy will
----(I send you)

Daniel Bollerud

25th - Thursday - St. Mark the Evangelist

26th - 27th - Leadership Big Bend
Down South

26th - Friday - Robert Hunt, Priest and First Chaplain at Jamestown, 1607
27th - Saturday - Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894

28th - First Sunday after Easter
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - The Holy Eucharist
5:30 - Taize Worship
Community Taize Service Focuses on 
Living and Dying into Eternity

St. James, Alpine

29th - Monday -Catherine of Siena, 1380
30th - Tuesday - Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, Editor and Prophetic Witness, 1879

2nd - Thursday - Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, 373
4th - Saturday - Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387

5th - Second Sunday of Easter
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - The Holy Eucharist

7th - Tuesday - Harriet Starr Cannon, Religious, 1896
8th - Wednesday - Dame Julian of Norwich, c. 1417
9th - Thursday - Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, 389
10th - Friday - Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, Prophetic Witness, 1760

11th - Voices From Both Sides
In the Rio Grande at Lajitas

12th - Third Sunday of Easter
9:00 - Bishop's Committee
10:30 - The Holy Eucharist

13th - Monday - Frances Perkins, Public Servant and Prophetic Witness, 1965

14th - Marfa Ministerial Alliance
New Beginnings Church

16th - Leadership Big Bend
16th - Thursday - The Martyrs of the Sudan
17th - Friday - William Hobart Hare, Bishop of Niobrara, and of South Dakota, 1909
Thurgood Marshall, Lawyer and Jurist, 1993

18th - Diocesan Mission Conference
Bosque Center, Albuquerque

19th - Fourth Sunday of Easter
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - The Holy Eucharist
19th - Sunday - Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988

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 Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Michael, our Bishop, and Michael our Vicar.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of the Land of the Holy One…

In our Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for St. John's, Farmington, Church of the Holy Spirit, Gallup… 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….Let us take time and remember any person of faith no matter where they are on their spiritual journey

For Those In Authority

For Donald, our president, Greg our Governor and Ann Marie, our Mayor 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

For St. Paul's

Fill our faith community with joy and fellowship, as we 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 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 Auden and Lucia Tercero and their young daughter Delaysa,  for Jenny, Megan and Elizabeth, for David who has MSA, for Dara and and Liam who are seeking custody of Torin, ….for Ralph and Theresa recovering from surgery…for Ross Brackett, for Jerry Miles, for a joyous reunion with Hannah, 

Prayers of Thanksgiving

for the ministry of Dedie, Kathie, Shere and Joni whose ministry of preparation has made this St. Paul’s shine with your grace… first responders throughout the world,…For Marfa’s first responders and those in our surrounding 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 love and hope and peaceful moments in the day, for friends who care, lessons to learn, time to grow and share…


You have raised Jesus of Nazareth from death on the cross into resurrection life, O Eternal One: Feed us with his life as we eat and drink with him in this Easter Eucharist, that we may be his witnesses, sharing in the Spirit’s work of reconciliation and peace, through the Risen One, 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.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s statement on the violence in Sri Lanka

[April 22, 2019] The following is Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s statement on the violence in Sri Lanka:
The joy of Easter was mixed with grief following the dreadful attacks that morning on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, bombings that left hundreds dead and wounded. Our hearts ache for the all those who mourn this week, and as Episcopalians join with countless persons of good will I’m praying for the power of love to overcome the forces of hatred and violence. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercies of God, Rest In Peace.


Thank you to the whole community forgetting together and preparing the church for Holy Week, Easter and the Easter egg Hunt.

Thank you to Chuck for his continued leadership as he migrates to Minnesota for a while.

Congratulations to Collette and the Marfa Martians on their experiment being selected to be conducted on the International Space Station.

Congratulations to Scott and Kaki having Convience West named as one of Texas Monthly's top 25 new barbeque restaurants in Texas.



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