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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

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 Thursday @ 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



 

~APRIL~


6th - Tuesday

Tuesday, April 6: We do not pray prayers to coax God to save us from our- selves. The fights we start we are more than capable of ending. The weapons we make we ourselves can destroy. The jobs we get or lose we can learn from. No, we do not pray to change God. We pray so that God can change us. Those who pray prepare for the in-breaking of God in their lives.

 Daniel G. C. Wu, Priest and Missionary among Chinese 
Americans, 1956


7:00 pm - Way of Love Group
 



7th - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 7: For prayer to bring strength when we need it, we must pray regularly, even when we think we don’t need it at all. Prayer is a habit of life that leads us to reflection, to consciousness of God, to the hope that is the lighthouse of the soul guiding us always through all the dark places of life.c

Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia, Confessor and Ecumenist, 1925 Religious, 1896
 4:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
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8th - Thursday

Thursday, April 8: Prayer is not a magic act; it is a relationship that calls the spiritual dimension in us to life, that attunes us to the universe, that hears the sound of the great
“I Am” everywhere.

William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest, 1877  
4:00 - Book Study
HELP THANKS WOW by Anne Lamont

CLICK HERE


9th - Friday

Friday, April 9: Supplication re- veals the heart, admits our dependence, confesses our helplessness and gives us the opportunity to accept life as it is rather than insist that life be lived on our terms only. When we lack something and turn to God for it, we may not find what we think we lack but we will definitely find what we need.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor and Theologian, 1945 

10th - Saturday

Saturday, April 10: Contrition drains the soul of the dregs of life. It throws itself on the mercy of a God who, having flung us and this world into existence, loves us no matter what, understands that growth so often comes only through error and, see- ing the direction of our hearts, thinks nothing of our mistakes. Contrition is the prayer that says, “I love you; forgive me.” And those who love us always do..

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

11th - Sunday
Sunday, April 11: Thanksgiving is the dimension of prayer that allows gratitude to break through fear, confusion, uncertainty and despair with trust. Thanks- giving says, in the face of either great gifts or great challenges, that with God’s help we can survive both
  George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop of New Zealand,
and of Lichfield, 1878

The Second Sunday Of Easter

In person and live-streamed

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

 


6:00 -  Evening Prayer for the LGBTQ+ Community, friends and allies
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Via Zoom

https://zoom.us/j/705889430?pwd=d0JKR3JMM1Z3NzI4Rjh1bW1FUFVTQT09

To call in:

Meeting ID: 705 889 430. -  Password: 251202

Via Facebook Live

https://www.facebook.com/Holy-Cross-Episcopal-Church-113328088701976

For more information contact Rev’d Chuck Jones at lgbtqdrg@gmail.com


 

12th - Monday

Monday, April 12: Adoration, one of the purposes of prayer, comes at that mo- ment in time when we recognize the beauty of life, the graces of our own life—what- ever its difficulties—the awesomeness of the universe and the certainty that under- neath it all lies a mystery beyond us. True, everything in this world is not right. Some people live in relentless poverty, embarrass- ing tragedy, inhuman injustice. But in the center of us, we know it was not meant to be that way. And for that we can, whatever the present situation, sing alleluia.

 

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

 
13th - Tuesday

Tuesday, April 13: Everyone needs a favorite prayer, the kind that rises to our lips when there are no other words in life that express our vacant, empty need and the best hopes of our heart. I have two: “The Memorare” and “The Prayer of St. Francis.” What’s yours?

 

10:30 - Marfa Ministerial Alliance
14th - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 14: Some- times the best prayer comes out of reading rather than praying. Good reading touches all the questions of our life, stretches us beyond ourselves to find answers and brings us face-to-face with the Mystery that is God. Benedictines call that lectio. Thoughtful reading. Prayerful reading. Reading designed to bring us into contact with the essentials of life. Reading that stirs the best in us. Prayer gives us the insights we need into the nature and purpose of life.

Zenaida, Philonella, and Hermione,
Unmercenary Physicians, c. 100, c.117 

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

 4:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
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15th - Thursday

Thursday, April 15: All real prayer is, at its deepest point, silent. It is what goes on inside of us because of what we have come to understand through hu- man experience about the human relation- ship with God.

Damien, Priest, 1889 and Marianne Cope,
Monastic 1918 of Hawaii 


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

CLICK HERE
16th - Friday
Friday, April 16: God is not a vending machine. The purpose of prayer is not to secure a shaky future with a God who exists to tantalize a world with presents. The purpose of prayer is to create the kind of relationship with God that makes life bigger than it can ever be without the God who created us.
Peter Williams Cassey, Priest, 1917
and Annie Besant Cassey, 1875 

Mary (Molly) Brant (Konwatsijayenni), Witness to the Faith 
among the Mohawks, 1796 
 
 
17th - Saturday

Saturday, April 17: Jesus goes out to pray because he needed, as we do, to recognize the face of God in unlikely places. It is not that humanity is far from God. It is that God is hidden under human guises that take our entire lives to recognize. And then, only if we make a habit of considering all of them in prayer.


Kateri Tekakwitha, Prophetic Witness, 1680
Emily Cooper, Deaconess, 1909

9:00 - 4:00 - St. Paul's Church Retreat
In person and on Zoom

 
18th - Sunday

Sunday, April 18: There comes a time in life when only wordlessness is an adequate language for prayer. Some- times it comes in the middle of pregnancy. Sometimes it comes at the nursery window. Sometimes it shows itself in the middle of a raging storm. Sometimes it lurks within us, certain but unidentified. Then we melt into a consciousness of God.c

The Third Sunday Of Easter

In person and live-streamed

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

19th - Monday

Monday, April 19: “Pray to God, but continue to row to the shore,” the Rus- sian proverb teaches. Dependence on God is not a substitute for doing God’s will to the utmost ourselves. We can pray for peace, for instance, but unless we ourselves do something to bring it, it is any empty prayer, a kind of spiritual blasphemy.c

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

 

20th - Tuesday

Tuesday, April 20: Prayer turns a hunger for the goodness that is God into words.


21st - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 21: When we have prayed prayers long enough, all the words drop away and we begin to live in the presence of God. Then prayer is finally real.

Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury and Theologian, 1109 

 4:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
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22nd - Thursday

Thursday, April 22: Reminder in a church bulletin: “Let us remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.” It’s hard to know who to pray for in a situation like that. It must be tough for God, too.


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

CLICK HERE


23rd - Friday
 

Friday, April 23: “I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered,” Jean Ingelow wrote. I am completely convinced having lived through it so often in my own life that when what we want most we do not get, we have not been deprived; we have been saved so that we could create the life we are really meant to have.

Toyohiko Kagawa, Prophetic Witness, 1960\
George, Soldier and Martyr, c. 304


24th - Saturday

Saturday, April 24: The Book of Common Prayer reads, “With the help of my God, I shall leap over the wall.” The important thing to remember is that it is we who are supposed to do the leaping. God stands by.

Genocide Remembrance


25th - Sunday
 

Sunday, April 25: The Talmud reads, “Never pray in a room without win- dows.” Never pray without the world in mind, in other words. The purpose of the spiritual life is not to save us from reality. It is to enable us to go on co-creating it.

The Fourth Sunday Of Easter

In person and live-streamed

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

SAINT MARK THE EVANGELIST 


26th - Monday
 

Monday, April 26: Every time we pray we come one step closer, not to chang- ing God, but to converting ourselves.

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

 


27th - Tuesday
 

Tuesday, April 27: “The higher goal of spiritual living,” Rabbi Abraham Heschel taught, “is not to amass a wealth of information, but to face sacred moments.” Prayer gives us the insights we need into the nature and purpose of life. . . .

Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1894 


28th - Wednesday

Wednesday, April 28: Unless we reflect always on the meaning of every mo- ment in life, until we search long enough to find its place in the order of our private little universe, we will never find ourselves.

 4:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
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29th - Thursday

Thursday, April 29: When we find ourselves simply sinking into the world around us with a sense of purpose, an inner light and deep and total trust that whatever happens is right for us, then we have become prayer.

Catherine of Siena, 1380

4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
HELP THANKS WOW by Anne Lamont
CLICK HERE

30th - Friday
Friday, April 30: When we kneel down, we admit the magnitude of God in the universe and our own smallness in the face of it. When we stand with hands raised, we recognize the presence of God in life and our own inner glory because of it.
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

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


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
 
5th - Wednesday
 4:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
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6th - Thursday
4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
HELP THANKS WOW by Anne Lamont
CLICK HERE

7th - Friday
Harriet Starr Cannon, Religious, 1896
8th - Saturday
Julian of Norwich, Mystic and Theologian, c.1417 
9th - Sunday
Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, 389

The Sixth Sunday Of Easter

In person and live-streamed

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


10th - Monday
Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, Prophetic Witness, 1760
12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita

11th - Tuesday
 Johann Arndt and Jacob Boehme, Mystics, 1621 and 1624
10:30 - Marfa Ministerial Alliance

 

 



Prayers of the People - Easter Sunday - Baptisms

Let us now pray for ­­these persons who are to receive the Sacrament of new birth and for those who are renewing their commitment to Christ.

Leader   Deliver Josie Rose, Gavin, John, Sheila, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.

People   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader   Open their hearts to your grace and truth.

People   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader   Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.

People   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader   Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.

People   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader   Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.

People    Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader   Send them into the world in witness to your love.

People   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader   Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.

People   Lord, hear our prayer.

Concluding Collect: Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death
of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and for 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

Jesus is risen, alleluia! Worship and praise him, alleluia!
Now our redeemer bursts from the grave; 
lost to the tomb, Christ rises to save.
Come, let us worship him, endlessly sing;
Christ is alive and death loses its sting.
Sins are forgiven, alleluia
Jesus is risen, alleluia!

This is beyond belief! People don’t rise from the dead, especially after so much suffering and torture. Despite hearing Jesus himself tell them he would die and rise from the dead three days later, the disciples, both men and women, still could not believe it was possible.

Holy One, enable us to navigate this unchartered path of faith. I believe: help my unbelief.

Buried for three days, destined for death,
now he returns to breathe with our breath.
Blest are the ears alert to his voice,
blest are the hearts which for him rejoice.

This year, so many of us have had to bury loved ones, often from a distance and often unable to be with them as they died. The pandemic continues to decimate families and communities across the globe: in Brazil where over 3,000 deaths each day from Covid-19 continue to mount; in India where vaccines produced for overseas are being retained for use at home; in the U.S. where infection rates are soaring; in Europe where rates are spiking again leading to lockdowns; in Tanzania where the pandemic-denying the regime of former president John Magufuli, who died last week, has been replaced by a new government under Samia Suluhu Hassan (the first female president), and where hospitals are overrun with Covid-19 patients. This pattern repeats across the globe, despite the progress of vaccination programs in some, mostly western countries.

Holy One, be close and comfort those who ache with grief and loss, and enable them to accept the hope of knowing that through the resurrection of Jesus, new life beyond our limited physical life is open to us all.

Lord, hear us, and answer our prayers.

 

’Don’t be afraid!’ the angel had said,
‘Why seek the living here with the dead?
Look, where he lay, his body is gone,
risen and vibrant, warm with the sun.’

When we lose someone we love, wherever we are, whoever we are, of whatever culture or ethnicity, with faith or faithless – we want to do everything we can to do everything decently and lovingly to lay them to rest. Yet when those closest to Jesus found his body had disappeared, the beings of light where Jesus’s body had laid asked them, “Why seek the living among the dead?”

In so many tragedies  – war, natural disaster, air crashes, or disappearance whether through political turbulence or unexplained circumstances – the not-knowing is like a continually draining wound. Regardless of how deep our faith is, in our humanity we often need “someone with skin on” to comfort us or be a listening ear. Enable us to be these, your hands and ears for your beloved people.

Holy One, in our emptiness, fill us with your love and spirit to meet the needs of those we meet, both near and far.

 

Go and tell others, Christ is alive.’
Love is eternal, faith and hope thrive.
What God intended, Jesus fulfilled;
what God conceives can never be killed.

The passion-filled life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the whole Holy Week and forthcoming Eastertide, is about re-discovering that Love is the greatest energy in our lives, world and creation. So many of us in this last year have rediscovered this in a new way for ourselves. Not touching, meeting, seeing, just sharing and caring face-to-face has taken a terrible toll on us all one way or another. But we give thanks for the love, faith and compassion of so many who have gone out of their way to do acts of kindness for others – often unknown to them.

As Woody, an 8-year-old autistic English boy said, “I don’t want life to go back to normal. I want it to go back to better.” His sayings are now being made into screen prints by his father to raise funds for an autistic children’s charity.

Holy One, enable us to dare to trust and live in tune with you, as Jesus showed us. It’s all about Love, and You ARE Love.

 

Let heaven echo, let the earth sing:
Jesus is saviour of everything.
All those who trust him, Christ will receive;
therefore rejoice, obey and believe!

 

 



"SEE" YOU SUNDAY!


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

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church · P.O. Box 175 · 101 E. Washington street · Marfa, TX 79843 · USA

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