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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



 



WHY SHOULD I CARE:

Census data informs federal government decision-making like state congressional representation, access to healthcare in localities, business/entrepreneurial investment, infrastructure, and many other federal assistance programs like head start, SNAP, Pell Grants and school lunch programs.

 
I DON’T TRUST THE GOVERNMENT:

It is against federal laws and regulations for census information to be shared.  Your responses are confidential and can only be used lawfully for statistical purposes.  Census workers take an oath to protect responses.  Violations are penalized, and a coalition of national organizations are committed to fight any breaches of these oaths and/or laws.

 
COMPLETING CENSUS IS REQUIRED:

2020 is the first time the survey is on-line.  It is in the Constitution that every person living in the US as of April 1, 2020 be counted.  Citizenship is not a question. Include all people living in your household, even babies.

 
 
By Phone 844-330-2020 (English)
By Phone 844-468-2020 (Spanish)
On Line  
my2020census.gov

 
 


 

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 22: It’s what we learn from the stranger on the doorstep of our lives that enables us to become the fullness of ourselves. It prods us out of the ghetto of our hearts into the world God made in multiple colors, a panoply of languages, entirely other ways of talking to God, and that teaches us more about God than any catechism can guarantee.
 

Wednesday, September 23: As the days go by there is one truth that becomes more and more alive in us: In our aloneness we are not alone as long as just one person is there to ask us what we need and to sit with us as the need slips away. As Anton Chekhov writes, “People who lead a lonely existence always have something on their minds that they are eager to talk about.” Real hospitality of the heart makes that kind of bonding possible.
 

23rd Thecla of Iconium, Proto-Martyr among Women, c.70
 

Thursday, September 24: Learning to wait with a heart open to whatever, to whomever is coming next is of the essence of hospitality. When we defend ourselves from the unknown, we risk depriving ourselves of the real juice of life.

24 Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, Deaconess and Teacher, 1947


24th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

 

Friday, September 25: A Danish proverb reads, “If there is room in the heart, there is room in the house.” Who is there in life that you seem to be able to bear in unlimited quantities? Who is there that you have little room for at all? Try to remember that coldness of heart is always a call to personal growth.


25th  Euphrosyne/Smaragdus of Alexandria, Monastic, 5th century 
 

Saturday, September 26: Hospitality is not about being nice to strangers. It’s about seeing that they are strangers no longer. As Francis Bacon says, “If a person be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that they are a citizen of the world.”
 

26th Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop, 1626

26th - Order of St. Luke - 9:30

26th - MARFA PRAYER MARCH
Noon - 1:00
Meet at the South side of
the Presidio County Courthouse

We will be going around the courthouse to different stations


Sunday, September 27: We are born to absorb the best of the past so that the future—new and gleaming, yet nevertheless committed to what went before it—can go on teaching us. From the tension between past and future, we learn not to glorify either. Then we can see what we must do better in order to be a better citizen of the world.

 

27th - 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls and

​Live Streamed at 10:30 am
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx

Monday, September 28: When we begin to notice that we have started to function outside the community of nations, it is time to question whether such a show of national muscle will make us more citizen or warrior.

28th Paula and Eustochium of Rome, Monastics and Scholars, 404 and c.419
 

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


4th Alpine Ministerial Alliance - NOON


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





 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Prayers of the People - the People -The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 20

9/20/20


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 us 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 South Sudan, Kiteto (Tanzania), Kitgum (Uganda), Kitui (Kenya), Panama (Central America), Central Pennsylvania (The Episcopal Church), Kivu (Rwanda), Pankshin (Nigeria), Central Philippines (Philippines), Panyana (South Sudan) Central Solomons (Melanesia), Central Tanganyika (Tanzania), Central Zambia (Central Africa), Paraguay (South America), Central Zimbabwe (Central Africa), Kobe (Japan) ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Diocesan Center Staff: the Rev. Canon Lee Curtis (CATO),, the Ven. Patricia Soukup, Mary Jewell, Lisa Katz-Ricker, Toye Robertson, Annette Chavez y Delacruz, Church Administrators and Lay Assistants,…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.

 

For St. Paul’s 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:  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.  Healing the world of Covid.  Food, health, financial security 4 all.  Restoration for Paul and Miranda.  More rain.  Blessings on Marfa.  For the world so we can overcome bad times.  Peace.  Steven and Violet.  Today I Hope: An end to racial injustice.  For the collective consciousness to awaken.  God bless me indeed. For eternally remaining open, for a world that values all our children.  You listen to your favorite song today, the future of Rick and Kellie.  Peace.  People's health and success...Today I Thank: Health, everyone for some kindness.  God that Meek likes lifegate.  For my son.  Smiley Face.  Rudy's healing and being back home.  For my eyes so that I may see Him in everything and every person.  Day, Tiff, and Jay for adventure (Li).  Being employed and loved, Kitty 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 Famil.  FOR Jeanie Olivas, Vijaya, Frank, Larry, Jack Risen, Kathryn Anschutz, Sue Ellen, Kelly, Brian Hutchins who have cancer, for Michael Simpson, for James, Brian Neal & Jacob, Linda, for Jenny, Megan and Elizabeth, for David who has MSA, Frank, for Ralph.  Kathleen.  Bishop Jerry and Jane Lam. 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

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tammy Seifert.....

 

WORLD NEWS IN PRAYER

“No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body.”
~ Teresa of Ávila

Dear God,

We are living in a world that is in deep need of your healing power.  As we strive to be your hands and feet in a world which is staggering from hurt, pain, loss of life, loss of home, tiredness, and weakness, we need you, God, to hold us up when we have such little strength.  You know more than anyone what our bodies look like right at this moment.  You know the pain we are going through personally, the pain we feel for our neighbors around the world, the pain we feel for our family and friends who we cannot help.  You know, God, what we are going through, and so we ask that as we do your work to show compassion, to reveal love, to help our neighbors, that you will also help us as we need to be filled with your peace just as we reveal your peace to others.

God, as we learn to be your body in the world, we ask for your presence in a world which is being ravaged by natural disasters.  We pray for our friends, our family members, and our neighbors in California, Oregon, and Washington, U.S., where fires are devastating the homes, businesses, and lives of all these people.  We pray that you might send a healing balm to quench this burning earth.

As a particularly harsh hurricane season continues, we pray for all of our people around the world who are in the path of so many hurricanes that are about to hit as well as those that are yet to come.  We pray, God, that as we find ways to assist our neighbors that are in their paths, may they prove to hurt fewer of your beloved people, and may you be a shield of protection to them.

We pray for all of our friends and communities in Israel where so many feel unheard, and where injustices continue to hurt so many.  We pray that peace may abound someday and all will be treated with dignity and love regardless of who they are.  As violence continues in so many parts of the world, we pray that there are fewer casualties.  May we find our own peaceful ways of fighting for justice for the poor and those without privilege.

As Covid-19 continues to ravage our world, with 29 million people around the world having been diagnosed and the global death toll being about 925,000, we see a world which is continually breaking.  As we recognize that the numbers are likely much higher than this, we also recognize that so many other pieces of our lives have been devastated by this virus.  As poverty increases and illness of all kinds continue to become worse due to loss of jobs and lack of healthcare, we also recognize the aid that is not going to countries that desperately need it.  We pray for our neighbors in Yemen where aid cuts have devastated our neighbors there.  As malnutrition doubles there, may you be with your beloved people who are in great need of food and supplies.

God, help us to be the hands and feet.  Although it may seem that there is little we can do to make a difference, help us to start now..  Teach us to find ways to nurture and help those who need your healing.  Grant us the wisdom to find a way to be your body in a broken and hurting world.  While we may feel we can never do enough, help us to do what we can with what little time we have on this earth.  Although we recognize we will never be perfect, teach us that by even doing the smallest of acts, we are spreading your love to your dearest children who need it most.

In your name we pray,
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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