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.

See important dates at the end of this column

Choosing What You Did Not Choose

In the Old Testament, both exodus and exile were difficult circumstances that God’s people found themselves in against their will. First, they were slaves in Egypt when the Lord called them to separate themselves from that pagan culture. Later, they were carried away as exiles to Babylon where they had to survive in a pagan land. 

What made Jesus’ incarnation different, and the reason it is a better model for our own vision of cultural engagement, was that unlike exodus or exile Jesus’ incarnation was a choice. Scripture says he chose to empty himself, take on the form of a servant, and dwell among us. He willingly came to our world to be near those who would reject and kill him. As his people, we are not called to be mere exiles that endure our time on earth. Like Jesus, we are called to embrace this world, this generation, and this culture as the object of God’s grace.

You may be thinking, I didn’t choose to live in this time or the brokenness of this culture. You’re right, but as Jacque Philippe reminds us, “True freedom comes when we learn to choose what we did not choose.” Consider Simon of Cyrene, the bystander forced by the Romans to help Jesus carry his cross. Like Simon, we may not have chosen the challenges of our age, but under the heavy beam of our wayward culture we now have a choice. We can merely endure it as exiles, or we can embrace it like Christ as our place to manifest God’s love. 

Shalom, Y'all,



One quick note: Since we have postponed Bill and Gail SMith's celebration...if you have not contributed to the fund and wish to...please do so.

August 11 - 1:30 - 3:00
Ice Cream Social & School Supplies Give Away

August 15 - 10:00
Memorial Service for Lonn Taylor
at the White church ....kitty-corner to St. Paul's


Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 13
August 4,2019

Hosea 11:1-11
Psalm 107:1-9, 43
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21


Colossians 3:1-11 

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro


What Is the Chance Some Chants Are By Chance?

“Abusive language from your mouth”
Is something Paul declared uncouth;
What’s strange is that he doesn’t mean
That time you strike your thumb, and scream
An oath that turns the air all blue
Until the pain might be subdued;
But rather, even way back then,
The “other,” oft beyond their ken,
Would be abused - just like today!
But those renewed by Christ still say
That everyone’s a child of God,
No matter how from you they’re odd,
And even now there’s no excuse
For building cultures of abuse.

Scott Barton


So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.


But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!


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Luke 12:13-21


Rembrandt: Parable of the Rich Fool


The "Gospel" of Prosperity

The gospel of prosperity
Is sold with such sincerity
And has such popularity
Some fail to see disparity
Between the Lord's plain clarity
And self-serving barbarity!
I hope someday posterity
Will love with regularity
And look back with hilarity
At how "they" missed faith's verity.

Scott l. Barton


to hoard the self

It is a most significant fact that man is not sufficient to himself, that life is not meaningful to him unless it is serving an end beyond itself, unless it is of value to someone else. The self may have the highest rate of exchange, yet men do not live by currency alone, but by the good attainable by expending it. To hoard the self is to grow a colossal sense of the futility of living.

-Abraham Joshua Heschel 1907-1972
Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion

Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone's need, but not everyone's greed.

-Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948



1st - 6:30 - Book Study in the Casita
1st - Thursday - Joseph of Arimathaea
2nd - Friday - Samuel Ferguson, Missionary Bishop for West Africa, 1916

4th - Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 13
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - Holy Eucharist

5th - Monday - Albrecht Dürer, 1528, Matthias Grünewald, 1529, and Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1553, Artists
7th - Wednesday - John Mason Neale, Priest, 1866
 Catherine Winkworth, Poet, 1878
8th - Thursday -  Dominic, Priest and Friar, 1221
9th - Friday - Herman of Alaska, Missionary to the Aleut, 1837
10th - Saturday -  Laurence, Deacon, and Martyr at Rome, 258
9th - Friday - Herman of Alaska, Missionary to the Aleut, 1837

11th - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 14
9:00 - Bishop's Committee
10:30 - Holy Eucharist
1:30 - 3:00 - Ice Cream Social and School Supply Give Away
11th - Sunday - Clare, Abbess at Assisi, 1253

12th-13th - RGBM Meeting
Cloudcroft, New Mexico
12th - Monday - Florence Nightingale, Nurse, Social Reformer, 1910
13th - Tuesday -  Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromore, 1667
14th - Wednesday - Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Seminarian and Martyr, 1965

15th - Lonn Taylor Memorial
Church of Christ, Marfa
15th -Thursday -  Laurence, Deacon, and Martyr at Rome, 258
17th - Saturday - Samuel Johnson, 1772, Timothy Cutler, 1765,
and Thomas Bradbury Chandler, 1790, Priests

18th - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 15
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - Holy Eucharist
18th -Suhday - William Porcher DuBose, Priest, 1918 & Artemisia Bowden, 1969

19th - Monday - Men's Hamburger Prayer Lunch
Mando's, Marfa

20th - Tuesday - Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, 1153
23rd - Friday -  Martin de Porres, 1639, Rosa de Lima, 1617,
and Toribio de Mogrovejo, 1606, Witnesses to the Faith in South America

25th - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 16
9:15 - Bible Study
10:30 - Holy Eucharist
25th - Sunday - Louis, King of France, 1270

Here is who we prayed for in church
last Sunday.

Any changes, please let us know.

Litanist: Gracious God, Teach us to pray, as Jesus taught his disciples to pray. We pray for the world, divided by race, language, religion, class, gender, and sexuality, saying, Congregation: Our Father in heaven

L: Make your church alive, O God, together with your risen Christ. (Pasue 10 seconds) We pray for your church. For the people bearing Christ's name, saying:
C: Hallowed be your name

L: When your kingdom comes, righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Bring peace to our warring world and justice to the downtrodden….(Pause 10 seconds)…We pray for those who are deprived of justice, peace, freedom and hope, saying:
C: Your kingdom come

L: When your kingdom comes, all the rulers of the earth shall praise you. Give wisdom to those who govern and mercy to those who administer law…. (Pause 10 seconds)… We pray for people who exercise power, for governments, business, unions and the media, saying: C: Your will be done on earth as in heaven

L: When your kingdom comes, the hungry will be filled with good things. Teach us to share he world’s resources, so all may enjoy their daily bread….Let us take time and say what we are thankful for either silently or out loud…(Pause 15 seconds)…. We pray for those who lack food, shelter, clothing, medical care and love, saying:
C: Give us today our daily bread

L: When your kingdom comes, the proud will be brought low and the lowly lifted high. Bring hope to those who daily face indignity and despair both in our country and outside our borders…(Pause 10 seconds)…We pray for all who turn away from their neighbor in need, saying: C: Forgive us our sin

L: When your kingdom comes, steadfast love and faithfulness will meet. Increase our love for you that we may be your faithful witnesses…(Pause 10 seconds)…We pray for those who hurt or abuse us, who treat us with little respect, saying:
C: We forgive those who sin against us

L: When your kingdom comes, the lame will walk and the prisoner will be set free. Release from fear and pain those who suffer in body, mind and spirit. Let us take time and remember people and places where our prayers are needed…(Pause 15 seconds)…We pray for those enduring sickness, facing death, mourning the loss of a loved one, coping with unemployment, filled with despair and contemplating suicide, saying:
C: Save us from the time of trial

L: When your kingdom comes, there will be rejoicing and gladness in place of weeping. Comfort those who know the grief of loss or loneliness…(Pause 10 seconds)…We pray for those who live with the threat of death from war and terrorism, or who live in fear of violence in their own homes, saying: C: Deliver us from evil          

L: When your kingdom comes, the dead are raised from death to life. Let us take time a name those who have gone before us either silently or out loud…(Pause 15 seconds)…In life, keep us from all harm and at the last day, raise us up with all your saints and open to us the door of heaven. We pray all this for our hope and trust is in you, for you alone can save us, saying:
C: The kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. 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 remember to pray for the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. In our Diocesan cycle of prayer, we pray for  the Church of the Good Shepherd, Silver City. 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-elect 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 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 telling the truth in the most helpful way, for people living in far after a series of earthquakes and aftershocks in California,  for people struggling to move forward after natural disasters…..

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…Taday I Pray: safe travels…Peace…Wisdom, Patience & love…grace…. Today I Hope: More kindness…for the joy of friendship…Today I Thank: Birthdays…Warren…freedom & family & faith& health..Adventure…For the people of St. Paul’s…

St. Paul’s Prayer List

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 Jeanie Olivas, Vijaya, Frank, Larry, Jack Risen, Kathryn Anschutz, 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 Jenny, Megan and Elizabeth, for David who has MSA, Frank, Pat Sims (Stroke), Fr. Tom Gray (heart surgery)…Rudy and recovery from knee replacement surgery…Bill Smith who is in the hospital…..

Those who have died
Dale Sherman, Lonn Taylor

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.

Blessed to be a Blessing, sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of the Diocese, are one-day summer seminars exploring how our faith fore-mothers inspire and empower us to live and share our faith. On July 27 we’ll be at St. Paul’s/Peace, Las Vegas. There will be a third ‘day’ at St. John’s, Alamogordo on August 10. Each day is from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. If you live within a 2-hour radius of the event, you are esp. invited to attend. If you live further, pick your favorite location and make it a girls’ weekend by inviting a friend to come and explore a new area and new church. Register online at or contact Cindy Davis ( Cost is $20 to cover lunch and supplies.

My Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

A Message from Bishop Hunn
July 27, 2019
The Rev. Kristina Maulden

The Reverend Kristina Maulden 
elected next Dean 
of the Cathedral of St. John

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has named The Rev. Kristina Maulden as its 27th Dean.  She was nominated by the Right Rev. Michael Burkel Hunn, Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, and elected by the Chapter on July 11. She will assume duties at the Cathedral on September 1.
The Rev. Kristina Maulden currently serves as the Interim Rector at Trinity Episcopal in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In her 12 years at Trinity Episcopal, she has collaborated on innovative worship and formation programs that bring new families to Trinity on a regular basis. She is a proficient teacher, team builder, innovator and dynamic preacher. 
In remarking on the call of the Rev. Mauldin, Bishop Hunn said: "We are blessed in Kristina Maulden to have a Dean with deep experience in leading a congregation very similar to our cathedral- one with a Royal School's Church Music program.  She has experience in growing stewardship there and has led a process of dramatic growth in attendance of young families.  Her wisdom, pastoral care, preaching and liturgical leadership will be a blessing to our Diocese for years to come.  I am eager to welcome her, her husband and sons to the Diocese of the Rio Grande."
Rev. Maulden wrote in her first communique to the congregation: "I hope to share with the great people of St. John's a vision of who and what the Cathedral can be for people looking to find the love of God inside and outside its walls. I have joy in my heart at the thought of making my home with the St. John's Cathedral family."
On behalf of Vestry, Senior Warden Charlie Hawkins said, "The election of Reverend Maulden to be our next Dean is a milestone in the 137-year history of St. John's Cathedral. We eagerly anticipate joining in ministry with Kristina as a welcoming community in the heart of downtown Albuquerque."
Dean-Elect Maulden was ordained in 1995, and has served parishes in Florida and Indiana. She also has served as parish youth director and chaplain at an Episcopal school. She received her Master of Divinity degree at Trinity Episcopal School. Prior to her call as a priest, the Rev. Maulden received an undergraduate degree in microbiology and did graduate work at the University of Texas, Austin in biochemistry. She and her husband, Anthony, are the parents of two teen-age sons.

August 23-25, 2019
The Serenity Retreat this year starts on Friday August 23rd ... where we will have dinner together and an open speaker meeting led by Rev. Dr. Ted Wiard focusing on Steps 1, 2, and 3. We are inviting any in the area who can't stay for the whole weekend to join us at 5pm on that Friday for dinner at a cost of $20,  and then the meeting (no charge to anyone who want to come just for the meeting.)
We will be joined by Rev. Dr. Ted Wiard of Golden Willow Retreat and Counseling. 
Ted Wiard, LPCC, CGC is an author, Founder & Executive Director of Golden Willow Retreat. Ted Wiard along with his wife, Marcella, created Golden Willow from a combined vision of compassion and healing towards all life. Ted is a licensed clinical therapist, certified grief counselor, an ordained minister, a New Mexico certified schoolteacher and a certified tennis professional. Ted's passion for working with grief, in its many forms, arose from his own personal losses in which he realized there were very few places that offered support and healing from grief.  While working at Betty Ford Center, Ted counseled individuals and families with clinical and spiritual support through the recovery process, realizing that many individuals rarely touch the underlying conditions that led them to their dysfunctional behaviors. He has written numerous articles on the subject of emotional healing, grief, loss, trauma and the connection verses disconnection of spirituality in grief, loss, life transitions as well as addiction and relapse prevention.  His book, "Witnessing Ted, The Journey to Potential Though Grief & Loss", is a sensitive guide on the six aspects of grief and the journey to a wiser more authentic life.  He is sought out for speaking engagements nationally to offer his inspirational and dynamic message of hope and healing.  
Find out more about Ted's programs at:    and

Anyone in any 12 step program is welcome to join.  We've even had a few who tried out the concept of the 12-Steps at one of our retreats for the first time!

Registration Fees - Includes room, meals, and a "one time day fee for commuters."
(We have a way to receive Credit Card Payments this year.)
Single-Resident from Friday night to Sunday morning $197
Couple- Resident from Friday night to Sunday morning $298
Commuter/Meals Only $100
Friday Night Dinner and Open Speaker Meeting $20
As with all our retreats, Friday night is open to all who would like to join for dinner and the speaker ... or just come for the speaker with no fee!)
5:00-6:00         Registration/Check In
6:00-7:00         Dinner  & Introductions
7:00-8:30         Open Speaker Meeting
Sunday, we always have a 12-Step Eucharist at 10:00 a.m.
Find us at our webpage for links to registration information:
Find us on Facebook (a private group):  Rio Grande-Episcopal Recovery Ministry
Email us with questions at

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.


Thank you to our Bishop's Committee for a willingness to wrestle with issues in a way which is civil, loving and visionary.


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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