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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 

 


ANNOUCEMENTS
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Holy Week
 
 
March 29

TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
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31st - Wednesday
WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
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April 1st - Thursday
Maundy Thursday
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April 2nd - Friday
Good Friday
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April 3rd - Saturday
Holy Saturday
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April 4 - Easter Sunday
Outdoors-in person and live streamed
Baptisms
Details to follow



Saturday - APRIL 17 - 9:00 - 4:00
St. Pauls Faith Community Retreat

In person and on Zoom
Details to Follow

 
A New Book for the Book Study
Beginning April 8 @ 4:00



Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.

Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals.

It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas.

Insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure.


 


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!

LIVESTREAM


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




 

~MARCH~



30th - Tuesday

Tuesday, March 30: R.D. Laing wrote, “True guilt is guilt at the obligation one owes to oneself to be oneself. False guilt is guilt felt at not being what other people feel one ought to be or assume that one is.”
TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
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31st - Wednesday
WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK
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Wednesday, March 31: Real guilt is a process. Or as someone wrote: “King Solomon and King David led very merry lives / with very many concubines and very many wives / until old age came creeping with very many qualms. / Then Solomon wrote the proverbs and David wrote the psalms.” Don’t give up. Guilt, the grace of regret, is often what comes long after the action is long done.

John Donne, Priest and Poet, 1631 

 4:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
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~APRIL~

1st - Thursday
Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, 1872  

4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
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Maundy Thursday
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2nd - Friday
Good Friday
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James Lloyd Beck, Priest, 1876
3rd - Saturday
Mary of Egypt, Hermit and Penitent, c.421
Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253 
 
Holy Saturday
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4th - Sunday

4 Martin Luther King, Jr., Pastor and Martyr, 1968 
 

Easter Sunday
Baptisms

Outdoors in person and live-streamed

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5th - Monday
Harriet Starr Cannon, Monastic, 1896
12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita

6th - Tuesday
 Daniel G. C. Wu, Priest and Missionary among Chinese 
Americans, 1956


7:00 pm - Way of Love Group
 



7th - Wednesday
Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia, Confessor and Ecumenist, 1925 Religious, 1896
 4:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
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8th - Thursday
William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest, 1877  
4:00 - Book Study
HELP THANKS WOW by Anne Lamont

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9th - Friday
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor and Theologian, 1945 
 

10th - Saturday
William Law, Priest, 1761
 10 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Scientist and Military Chaplain, 1955

11th - Sunday
  George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand,
and of Lichfield, 1878

The Second Sunday Of Easter

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12th - Monday
Adoniram Judson, Missionary to Burma, 1850
12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita

 
13th - Tuesday

10:30 - Marfa Ministerial Alliance
14th - Wednesday
Zenaida, Philonella, and Hermione,
Unmercenary Physicians, c. 100, c.117 

 Edward Thomas Demby, 1957,
and Henry Beard Delany, 1928,
 Bishops

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15th - Thursday
Damien, Priest, 1889 and Marianne Cope,
Monastic 1918 of Hawaii 


4:00 - Book Study
HELP THANKS WOW by Anne Lamont

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16th - Friday
Peter Williams Cassey, Priest, 1917
and Annie Besant Cassey, 1875 

Mary (Molly) Brant (Konwatsijayenni), Witness to the Faith 
among the Mohawks, 1796 
 
 
17th - Saturday
Kateri Tekakwitha, Prophetic Witness, 1680
Emily Cooper, Deaconess, 1909

9:00 - 4:00 - St. Paul's Church Retreat
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18th - Sunday

The Third Sunday Of Easter

In person and live-streamed

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19th - Monday
Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Martyr, 1012
12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita

 

20th - Tuesday
 


21st - Wednesday
Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury and Theologian, 1109 

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22nd - Thursday
Hadewijch of Brabant, Poet and Mystic, 13th century 
John Muir, Naturalist and Writer, 1914,
and Hudson Stuck, Priest and Environmentalist, 1920
 
4:00 - Book Study
HELP THANKS WOW by Anne Lamont

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23rd - Friday
Toyohiko Kagawa, Prophetic Witness, 1960\
George, Soldier and Martyr, c. 304
 


24th - Saturday

Genocide Remembrance


25th - Sunday

The Fourth Sunday Of Easter

In person and live-streamed

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SAINT MARK THE EVANGELIST 


26th - Monday
Robert Hunt, Priest and First Chaplain at Jamestown, 1607
12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita


 


27th - Tuesday
Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894 
 


28th - Wednesday

 4:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
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29th - Thursday
Catherine of Siena, 1380

4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
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30th - Friday
Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, Prophetic Witness, 1879
Marie of the Incarnation, Monastic and Educator, 167

~MAY~
 
1st - Saturday
SAINT PHILIP AND SAINT JAMES, APOSTLES
2:00 PM Canvas of Hope
A Community Art Auction
benefiting Rio Grande Borderland Ministries

2nd - Sunday

The Fifth Sunday Of Easter

In person and live-streamed

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Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, 373


3rd - Monday
12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita

4th - Tuesday
Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
7:00 pm - Way of Love Group



CREATION JUSTICE
LENT 2021

In Lent, we reflect on Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. We slow down, and examine our internal spiritual lives as well as the way we live out our Christian faith in the world. Our faith teaches us that humans were put on this earth with the responsibility to be stewards. We also know our individual as well as collective U.S. lifestyles have led to serious harm to God’s good creation. This Lenten reflection and action guide will help individuals take time to learn, reflect, repent, ask God for forgiveness, and take concrete steps to change course. 

March 30 

Burial rituals can help, rather than harm, God’s creation. Learn about how to leave a sustainable legacy at www.GreenBurialCouncil.org. Schedule a time to talk with a loved one regarding your feelings about this subject. 

March 31 

Choose one of the practices from this Lent that may be meaningful to you to adopt for the year ahead. Write down your choice and share your commitment with a family member or friend. 

April 1 - Holy Thursday 

Read John 13:1-17, 31b-35. How does creation participate alongside humanity as Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper? How can we love God’s creations as Christ has loved us? Write down your commitment to show love to God’s creation today. 

April 2 - Good Friday 

Read Hebrews 4:14-16. In confidence of God’s presence and attention, may we confess all that we have done and failed to do, willing to be made new in Christ for a reconciled and reconciling world. 

April 3 

Support Creation Justice Ministries (CJM), the eco-ministry arm of the National Council of Churches, dedicated to combining the truth of Christ with ecological justice. Visit www.creationjustice.org/donate

Matthew 28:1-10 

Do not be afraid! Go out into God’s good world, holding onto God’s steadfast love and joyfully answering the call to be Christ’s disciple. 
 

Creator of the universe,you made the world in beauty,and restore all things in gloryt hrough the victory of Jesus Christ.We pray that, wherever your image is still disfiguredby poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace,to the glory of your name. Amen. 

(from the Revised Common Lectionary Prayers) 


Easter Sunday - April 4 

The calendar was adapted for ecumenical use by Creation Justice Ministries from the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s Environmental Ministries and Enough for Everyone offices, drawing heavily on the 2018 version. 

A note from the Creation Justice Ministries Team: 

We hope you found great use in this years Lent resource and wish our Creation Justice Ministries community a wonderful Easter celebration. As we look ahead to our busiest month of the year, we hope you'll take a moment to ensure that you're following us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @CreationJustice. 

April has a special place in our community as the month we celebrate the Earth and all of God's beautiful creation. April 22nd is Earth Day, and if you have not yet we encourage you to check our our annual Earth Day resource at www.earthdaysunday.org. 

Would you like to see more resources like this? We can do that with your help! To all that are able, we are grateful for any gifts at www.creationjustice.org/donate.


 



Prayers of the People--Palm/Passion Sunday 

Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Crowds cheered when you came to Jerusalem; you came to bring peace, but the civil authorities did not welcome you.

Jesus we pray for your world:

For those suffering from the Coronavirus both physically and emotionally...and those affected by the response to this pandemic...the first responders, doctors, nurses, those who have lost their jobs, those who are working to provide for others, those people who are working towards finding a cure and  and in giving thanks for the vaccines....for peace that brings an end to violence, oppression and war;for peace that enables all people to live with dignity and justice; for world leaders and for all who commit their lives to the work of peace; for those we wish to name at this time either silently or aloud….

                                            Jesus, Son of David, let us follow in your way;

People:        let us walk with you to Jerusalem.

Leader:        Crowds cheered when you came to Jerusalem; you came to bring the freedom of the Spirit, but the religious plotted your death.

Jesus, we pray for your church:    

    for a church freed from false dogma and legalism, 

discord and division;

    for a pilgrim church, ready to travel where you lead;

    for all leaders of your church and for those who 

minister in your name….

    especially…Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury;

                        Michael, our Presiding Bishop…

                        Michael, Our Bishop…

                                for those we wish to remember at this time….

Jesus, Son of David, let us follow in your way;

People:        let us walk with you to Jerusalem.


Leader:        Crowds cheered when you came to Jerusalem; you came to bring love, but you were deserted and betrayed by your friends.

                    Jesus, we pray for this community:

                        for our families, our friends, for those with whom we work and learn;

                        for the hungry, the homeless, those facing employment issues, and those without hope for the future;

for all who live in fear or despair and all who know the 

pain of betrayal; for those we wish to name at this time either silently or aloud….   

Jesus, Son of David, let us follow in your way;

People:        let us walk with you to Jerusalem.

Leader:    Crowds cheered when you came to Jerusalem; you came to bring healing to the sick and release to the captive, but you were beaten, imprisoned and killed. 

Jesus we pray for all in need:

    for prisoners of conscience and those held without trial;

    for all whose beliefs led them to frightening and lonely places;

    for the friendless, the unwanted and all from whom we turn away;

    for the sick and all who mourn.

    for those we wish to name at this time either silently or aloud….

Jesus, Son of David, let us follow in your way;

People:        let us walk with you to Jerusalem.

Leader:    Crowds cheered when you came to Jerusalem; you traveled towards the Cross, but Jerusalem was also the place of the empty tomb.

We give you thanks for faithful people throughout the 

ages who have followed you on this journey.

                        for those who have gone before us and we wish to 

name at this time either silently or aloud…

Jesus, let us suffer and die with you, that we may rise to 

fullness of life with you.

Jesus, Son of David, let us follow in your way;

People:        let us walk with you to Jerusalem.

Presider:    Let us pray.

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

 

 

A Prayer for Our Nation by Judy Chicago

And then all that has divided us will merge

And then compassion will be wedded to power

And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind

And then both men and women will be gentle

And then both women and men will be strong

And then no person will be subject to another's will

And then all will be rich and free and varied

And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many

And then all will share equally in the Earth's abundance

And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old

And then all will nourish the young

And then all will cherish life's creatures

And then all will live in harmony with each other and the Earth

And then everywhere will be called Eden once again.

 

Prayer for St. Paul's 

(adapted from a prayer written by Richard Rohr)

O Great Love,

thank you for living and loving in us and through us.
May all that we do

flow from our deep connection with you and all beings.

Help our faith community become a community
that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory.
Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world.
Guide us in living out our mission to to be a
welcoming, prayerful, caring community

actively sharing the love of God . . .

Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking,

we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God,
Amen+

 

A PRAYER TO MARK ONE YEAR OF THE PANDEMIC

Good shepherd, thank you for walking with us through this valley of the shadow of death: through the suffering, the anxiety, the loneliness, the boredom, the longing for closeness and the longing for personal space, the confusion and fear, the impatience and hope, the good days and the bad.

Forgive us for our suspicions of each other, the ways this ordeal has made us more divided, as a country and a world. Help us bridge our differences and come together — even as we are physically distant.

Thank you for all the ways, large and small, that this ordeal has strengthened us as a community: the acts of kindness, the new ways of doing things, the support we’ve offered and received.

Forgive us for the inequities this pandemic has exposed. Kindle in our hearts a new commitment to justice as we build and rebuild our community together. Keep us ever mindful of those most in need.

We pray especially for those of us who have lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost hope.

Let us be good company, even from afar; good neighbors; and good friends.

We pray especially for those on the front lines of the pandemic, for all who are in harm’s way. 

Gentle God, we ask that you continue to keep watch with those who work, or watch, or weep this day. Walk with those whose bodies are holding memories of sickness, of trauma, of pain, of confusion, of chaos, of isolation.

Give your angels charge over those who still cannot sleep because of anxiety or grief.

Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; all for your love's sake.

God of life and hope, lift our spirits as we dare to look ahead, dare to hope and dream about the new world to come. Strengthen our efforts, deepen our wisdom, so we might hasten that day.

And until that day, keep our eyes and hearts open to the signs of hope and life all around us. 

For new ways to connect with each other, we give you thanks and praise!

For teachers and nurses and doctors and agricultural workers and grocery clerks and small business owners and frontline workers of all kinds, we give you thanks and praise!

For the beautiful hope of being together again in person one day, lifting our voices in song, passing the peace, sharing cups of coffee, being able to hug one another again — for that day that is surely coming, we give you thanks and praise!

For the ways in which our eyes have been opened by this ordeal, for the ways in which our hearts have been broken and put back together differently, softer and more attuned to the needs of the most vulnerable, we give you thanks and praise!

For all of these things and more, gentle God, we give you thanks and praise in the name of Jesus, our crucified and risen Jesus, 

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 church in Hong Kong, The Diocese of Bari – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Diocese of Baringo – The Anglican Church of Kenya, The Diocese of Barrackpore – The (united) Church of North India, The Diocese of Bath & Wells – The Church of England, The Diocese of Bathurst – The Anglican Church of Australia, The Diocese of Bauchi – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Paul’s, Marfa, The Big Bend Episcopal Mission...St. James', Alpine...Santa Inez, Terlingua...Chapel of Saints Mary & Joseph, Lajitas,…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 wallTo day I Pray: Our fragile earth, Our island home...Peace of mind & sleep...Marfa & Utility workers...Peace...our President...Healing...for my business...Rudy with ALS....Today I Hope: Peace and understanding...For the Immigrants in our country...For my child to be healthy and kind....Happy...Joyous...Free...health and healing for all...Today I Thank: sunshine and kindness....my beautiful wife...For everything....Mike and Susan Wallens....Heat/Shelter/Food...my family...thankful for my daughter...sobriety...chosen family...opportunities/expanded community...my family +community...family & health...For a safe trip...For a home, work....St. Paul's....Prayer Box: For our family as we embrace recovery(The Cella Family)....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...

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….Canon Carole McGowan...for the media that  they present with truth, compassion and un-bias... 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 other,...Ellen Boyd...For the Kinney-Morrow family...for Katie who is dying.....Aurie....Mary Steele who is battling stage 3 breast Cancer...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...Layne who is struggling....Marina Z with Covid-19....Yvonne who is in hospice care...Roger Cribdin, Cancer medical trial...Markus who had a heart attack and is in ICU....Seria Acosta...Rose who has Covid and Pneumonia....For Bob Johns who had a stroke and his wife Krysta....Mary Dodson & Zack Dodson who have Covid-19....

Those who have died

The shooting victims in Bolder Colorado and Virginia Beach, Victims of Covid-19,...

 

World News This Week in Prayer

Dear God,

You know that we sometimes long to hide.  We long to hide from the things which make our world and communities profoundly suffer.  We long to hide from the people who hurt us and those we care about.  We wish we could hide from the mounting demands from our jobs, school, and the internal work we all must do.  We long to hide from you sometimes God – out of shame, out of our business, out of being consumed with ourselves and maybe out of no real reason at all.  We long to ignore the things happening in our cities, provinces, nations and world, things which are so difficult and complex.

We long to hide and yet we know we can’t.  We know very well or maybe we know deep in our hearts that we simply cannot hide, because there are people acutely hurting, there are relationships to be nurtured, things which you are calling us to do–that we are meant to do.  We know this Lord and sometimes we are helpless because we too are hurting.

We ask you Lord for strength as we long to hide.  We ask that you give us the courage to make a difference and to care for ourselves and one another.  We ask for your healing, Lord.  We ask for your rectifying work in the USA where people are choosing to hurt and kill Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  We ask for your presence among the Uyghur Muslims in China who are experiencing serious human rights abuses because of who they are and what they believe.

Help us not to stand by silently taking no action Lord as we see your people being hurt physically and emotionally all around the world because of who they are.  We pray that this hate be stopped – that healing happens and that only love might blanket your dear children who are being mercilessly hurt because of the racism so entrenched in our world.

We lift in prayer the families of the shooting victims in Georgia, USA and Colorado, USA who were so violently murdered.  We ask for your love to cover them as they grieve these losses which never should have happened.  Lord, we pray for the protection and comfort of all your children around the world who are experiencing violence of many kinds and in need of your presence.  We pray for those in Myanmar, where hundreds of Burmese citizens, including police officers, government officials and civilians, are fleeing as violence over last month’s military coup worsens. We pray that you may go with your people. We ask for your love to cover all the places in your world where it seems that protection is so far away.

We pray for our siblings in Brazil where hospitals are near collapse and there are reports of spiking Covid-19 case numbers. We ask for your presence in India where they also are seeing a significant increase in infections as they mark the biggest case rise since November.  We pray for the peoples of Somalia as Covid-19 surge and deaths are reported

We pray for our siblings in Australia as the Australian government has declared a natural disaster as heavy rains batter the state and force thousands to evacuate.  We pray that the rain may cease and your children might be protected from the elements.

Lord, as we lift in prayer our siblings around the world, we ask that you be with all communities.

As many celebrate Holy Week journeying through these final earthly days in the life of Christ, before he would die and rise again.

As we long to be physically together again.

As we struggle with violence in our world.

As we struggle with devastating racism and bigotry quite literally killing our siblings.

As we each make a difference in our communities and world.

As we do these things, Lord we ask that you walk with us and that we will never hide from you.

Guide us Lord. Give us courage to do your will today and always.

Amen.

A Lenten Devotional 2021

Meditations and invitations by Father Justin Gibson Illustrations by Sondra Jones

Using this Devotional

This devotional is meant to be a companion for the Lenten journey. Each of the scripture readings are pulled from the daily office and feast day readings. The reflections and words of encouragement are my own. I hope you find this a thought provoking, contemplative, challenging and friendly correspondence. I am a pilgrim along the way with you, even if we are still at a distance.

Attached to the end of the daily devotional are some resources and liturgies for Stations of the Cross and Holy Week. These are intended for use at home to add another layer to your celebrations and devotions. Many thanks to Sondra Jones for drawing the plates for the stations.

Blessings on your journey.
May God be revealed on your travels.

Fr. Justin+ Lent 2021

 

March 30 Tuesday in Holy Week

"Sir, we wish to see Jesus." -John 12

We pull at Jesus' coat, we knock on the door, but soon he will be gone. It is a worthwhile daydream to think about what it would have meant to know Jesus. What would it have been like to see him, to walk with him? What was once present is not absent. Seek and you shall find; listen and you shall hear. Where do you see Jesus around you? Do you feel Jesus calling from within? Adjust your eyes today. See something you have never noticed. See Jesus in a new way.

Free your eyes.+

March 31 Wednesday in Holy Week

At supper with his friends, Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, "Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me." -John 13

In all the moments of Jesus’ life, we find ourselves most often at the table with him. We will be there tomorrow as he washes our feet. We are there weekly to commune with him. It is a moment of real vitality and presence for us to be at the table. But it was also a troubling moment for Jesus.

He sat with a friend who was going to sell him out and betray him. Jesus was troubled. Jesus was a real person with real feelings. It hurt him that a friend would treat him in such a way. What strengthens your faith knowing Jesus lived a life in the skin of humanity? The same body of emotions and strength that you have.

Incarnate.

April 1 MaundyThursday Foot-Washing and Agape Meal

At the Foot-Washing - ​These are the words of invitation for the foot washing. Set out a bowl of warm water with towels and invite each other to participate.
Fellow servants of our Lord Jesus Christ: On the night before his death, Jesus set an example for his disciples by washing their feet, an act of humble service. He taught that strength and growth in the life of the Kingdom of God come not by power, authority, or even miracle, but by such lowly service.

Therefore, I invite you who share in the royal priesthood of Christ, to come forward, that we may recall whose servant we are by following the example of our Master. Come remembering his admonition that what will be done for us is also to be done by us to others, for “a servant is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

OverWine-P​rayer for the wine.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You create the fruit of the vine; and on this night you have refreshed us with the cup of salvation in the Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen.

OverBread-P​rayer for the bread.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You bring forth bread from the earth; and on this night you have given us the bread of life in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ. As grain scattered upon the earth is gathered into one loaf, so gather your Church in every place into the kingdom of your Son. To you be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Over the Other Foods - ​Prayer over the other foods.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You have blessed the earth to bring forth food to satisfy our hunger. Let this food strengthen us in the fast that is before us, that following our
Savior in the way of the cross, we may come to the joy of his resurrection. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.

During the meal or toward its close, a person appointed reads the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel according to John. The agapé concludes with a psalm, such as Psalm 69:1-23, or with a song, or with a prayer, or with a blessing or dismissal.

Maundy Thursday Bread Recipe Recipe for 8 loaves-single batch


      

7/8 cup of warm (not hot) water 1pkg of yeast (rapid rise is fine) 3 TBLS honey
1 1/2 TBLS canola oil

1/2 teaspoon salt
2 2/3 cup whole wheat flour Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. Mix warm water, honey, and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes to allow yeast to act.
2. Mix in oil and salt.
3. Add flour and mix until ingredients are well moistened. Knead mixture until a dough ball forms. ( I use the mixer with the dough hook until well mixed without kneading dough)

4. Cover with cloth and let rise until doubled in size (approximately 1-1 1/2 hours)
5. Roll out half of the dough to approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness.
6. Cut circles (at least four inches in diameter) out and place on non-stick cookie sheet, or use parchment paper on regular cookie sheet. You may also use a cooking stone. You can use a small coffee can to cut out the circles, or find a cookie cutter of the right size. It doesn’t need to be exact, but try not to make the diameter less than 4 inches. Repeat step 5 with remaining dough. 7. Using a knife, score a cross (“X”) on the loaf.

8.Let the loaves rise for 10 minutes. 9.Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
10.Let loaves cool completely on wire rack

April 2 Good Friday

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. -Isaiah 52

This is the darkest day of the year. Good Friday is a profoundly difficult day, but it still calls to us every year. It pulls at us and begs us to be present. The ground beneath us sighs heavily as we carry our pilgrims’ cross. Find a time and a space to walk the Way of the Cross. There is a liturgy at the end of the devotional for you to use. If you can go no further than your home, then let your home be the place of pilgrimage.

Blessings for the journey.+

 

April 3 Holy Saturday Easter Vigil

They took the body of Jesus
and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths. -John 19

He has been raised; he is not here. -Mark 16

The day begins in silence. Jesus has been taken from the cross and laid in the tomb. Jesus is dead. The disciples have scattered. All is quiet. In the darkness of limbo, a candle begins to flicker. The gate that led to death is pulled back. An empty tomb is revealed. The linen cloths lie folded in place.

Saturday in Holy week is a thin place. It is the twilight moment when the fabric of the universe is torn and sewn together again. What has connected with you on this journey? Take a moment to catalogue the journey you have been on. Was it the silence that inspired you? Or maybe walking, or writing a poem/prayer? Where were the places that brought heaven ever closer? Take those thin places with you. They are fertile ground that you can till over again.

Be known to us Lord.+

April 4 Easter

“I have seen the Lord” -John 20

The sun is rising, lean in. Today is a radiant day of gladness. Sing out loud, dance in the garden, break your fast and make a feast! Be the smile that lights up the world. Be the voice of encouragement to those around. Be the love that is Easter.

Shine!+


 

The Way of the Cross

Opening Devotions
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen. +
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Presider and People
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil.

V. We will glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ:
R. In whom is our salvation, our life and resurrection.
Let us pray. (Silence)
Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The procession goes to the First Station.

 

First Station
Jesus is condemned to death

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they bound
Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And they all condemned him and said, “He deserves to die.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.

V. God did not spare his own Son: R. But delivered him up for us all.

Let us pray. (Silence)
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find
it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Second Station Jesus takes up his Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.

V. The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all: R. For the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Let us pray. (Silence)
Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Third Station Jesus falls the first time

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped; but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker, for he is the Lord our God.

V. Surely he has borne our griefs: R. And carried our sorrows.

Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Fourth Station
Jesus meets his afflicted mother

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. To what can I liken you, to what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What likeness can I use to comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For vast as the sea is your ruin. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. The Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.

V. A sword will pierce your own soul also: R. And fill your heart with bitter pain.

Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, who willed that in the passion of your Son a sword of grief should pierce the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary his mother: Mercifully grant that your Church, having shared with her in his
passion, may be made worthy to share in the joys of his resurrection; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Fifth Station
The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

V. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me: R. Cannot be my disciple.

Let us pray. (Silence)
Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may
minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Sixth Station
A woman wipes the face of Jesus

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. We have seen him without beauty or majesty, with no looks to attract our eyes. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not. His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of men. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.

V. Restore us, O Lord God of hosts:
R. Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Seventh Station Jesus falls a second time

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Surely, he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. For the transgression of my people was he stricken.

V.Butasforme,Iamawormandnoman: R. Scorned by all and despised by the people.

Let us pray. (Silence)
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Eighth Station
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. There followed after Jesus a great multitude of the people, and among them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”

V. Those who sowed with tears: R. Will reap with songs of joy.

Let us pray. (Silence)
Teach your Church, O Lord, to mourn the sins of which it is guilty, and to repent and forsake them; that, by your pardoning grace, the results of our iniquities may not be visited upon our children and our children’s children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Ninth Station Jesus falls a third time

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light. He has besieged me and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago. Though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes. “Remember, O Lord, my affliction and bitterness, the wormwood and the gall!”

V. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter:
R. And like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth.

Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Tenth Station
Jesus is stripped of his garments

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And they divided his garments among them by casting lots. This was to fulfill the scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.”

V. They gave me gall to eat:
R. And when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.

Let us pray. (Silence)
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be
revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Eleventh Station Jesus is nailed to the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. When they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was numbered with the Transgressors.”

V. They pierce my hands and my feet: R. They stare and gloat over me.

Let us pray. (Silence)
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Twelfth Station Jesus dies on the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!” And then, crying with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” And he bowed his head, and handed over his Spirit.

V. Christ for us became obedient unto death: R. Even death on a cross.

Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Thirteenth Station
The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. All you who pass by, behold and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow. My eyes are spent with weeping; my soul is in tumult; my heart is poured out in grief because of the downfall of my people. “Do not call me Naomi (which means Pleasant), call me Mara (which means Bitter); for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”

V. Her tears run down her cheeks: R. And she has none to comfort her.

Let us pray. (Silence)
Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and
wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Fourteenth Station Jesus is laid in the tomb

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb.

V. You will not abandon me to the grave: R. Nor let your holy One see corruption.

Let us pray. (Silence)
O God, your blessed Son was laid in a tomb in a garden, and rested on the Sabbath day: Grant that we who have been buried with him in the waters of baptism may find our perfect rest in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.


  

Concluding Prayers before the Altar

Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us:
Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech you, O Lord.

Let us pray. (Silence)
We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

To Christ our Lord who loves us, and washed us in his own blood, and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


 



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