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Vision Statement for St. Paul’s, Marfa, Texas
St. Paul’s is an open, loving community
growing in the experience and understanding of the love of God,
acting to share the visible presence and compassion of Christ.

 
Mission Statement for St. Paul’s, Marfa, Texas:
Our mission is to be a welcoming, prayerful, caring community
actively sharing the love of God.


Values Statement for St. Paul's Marfa, Texas
To accomplish our mission, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church bases its decisions and actions on the following core values:
  • Love of God and neighbor by honoring the worth and dignity of every human being including ourselves.
  • Daily relationship with God all through our lives through prayer and service.
  • The importance of giving and receiving forgiveness through the generosity of the Holy Spirit.
  • We value continual learning.
  • We value the Episcopal tradition of communal worship.
  • Practicing hospitality by welcoming all and serving and sharing with our communities.
  • The stewardship of God’s creation and all its inhabitants.

 

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful,
for beauty is God's handwriting." -Ralph Waldo Emerson 


 



THURSDAY at 4:00!
Book Study Group on Zoom

Contact Fr. Mike or Tricia Seifert for information
Click here to attend



 



WHY SHOULD I CARE:

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

 
I DON’T TRUST THE GOVERNMENT:

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

 
COMPLETING CENSUS IS REQUIRED:

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

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

 
 


 

TWO WAYS to Come to Church

LIVESTREAM

https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx/

Just go to the VIDEO tab and at 10:30 a live stream will begin, you just need to push the play button on the live video to join us.

OR

IN PERSON
 

BEFORE YOU COME TO CHURCH

  • Ask yourself whether you currently have any of the following symptoms. If your answer is “yes,” please stay home and watch the service at https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx/
    • Fever (99°F or higher)
    • Chills
    • Muscle aches
    • Cough (new)
    • Shortness of breath (new)
    • Unexpected fatigue
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Headache
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Nausea
    • Other cold symptoms
  • Have a mask ready. Everyone must wear a mask in order to enter the building. If you arrive at church without a mask, one will be provided. 
  • Seating in the sanctuary will be limited. Overflow seating will be offered in our hall.

AT CHURCH

  • Be mindful of physical distancing. Follow posted instructions regarding traffic flow.
  • Enter through the main sanctuary entrance on Highland Avenue.
  • Ushers provide you with a mask if necessary.
  • Ushers will seat you.
  • In order to maintain physical distancing,
  • congregants will be seated six feet apart as the pews are marked, from the front of the sanctuary to the back, and will be dismissed from the back of the sanctuary to the front.
  • Members of the same household will be seated together.
  • Expect changes to the service. 
    • Hymns will be sung by our organist only (Beth has a beautiful voice); there will be no congregational singing although quiet humming would be acceptable.
    • Communion will be brought to you.
    • Instead of the chalice we will have individual communion cups
  • There will be no coffee hour.

As we have done since our pandemic responses have been in place, please let me know if you wish to receive communion at home or wish for a pastoral visit in person or by Zoom. We will look forward to seeing you, one way or another, on Sunday.

“Love one another.
Pray for one another.
Stay calm.
Wear a mask And wash your hands.


A Prayer for Quiet Confidence
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning
and rest we shall be saved, 

in quietness and confidence shall be our strength: 
By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, 
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, p. 832

 

~SEPTEMBER~

 

Tuesday, September 15: The stranger, to the contemplative, is the angel of Tobias, the visitor to the tent of Abraham and Sarah, the sound of “Hail, Mary” in the garden calling us to a life we do not know and cannot predict.

 

15th Catherine of Genoa, Mystic and Nurse, 1510
 

Wednesday, September 16: To receive the stranger with respect and dignity is the truest hospitality of them all. In the Rule of Benedict, the traveler does not eat in the kitchen. They eat in the dining room at the Prioress’s or Abbot’s table. Think about that one.

Thursday, September 17: It is at the dinner table that real camaraderie, real bonding, real meeting happens. Not at the buffet line. Not on the city bench. It’s when we take people in and treat them as people that hospitality changes the world. As Madeleine L’Engle wrote, “There is nothing that makes me happier than sitting around the dinner table and talking until the candles are burned down.”
 

17th Hildegard of Bingen, Mystic and Scholar, 1179

 

17th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

 

Friday, September 18: The guest gives as much as she gets. Khalil Gibran wrote, “If it were not for guests all houses would be graves.” The ideas, the questions, the laughter, the newness that the guest brings leaves a lasting gift of freshness to the house.

 

18th Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, 1882
 

Saturday, September 19: It is possible to host anyone. But only the truly hospitable take the person into the center of the heart and the mind. Robin Hobb says of it: “There is little in life so reassuring as a genuine welcome.”

Sunday, September 20: Hospitality is the gift that is circular like no other. It is what we get in a place that we give back on the spot and forever in memory. As Mother Teresa reminds us so starkly, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

 

20th - 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls and
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx

 

Monday, September 21: Genuine hospitality—the taking in of the stranger at the door, at the office, on the street corner, in the neighborhood, at the bus stop—is the only real proof we have that world peace is possible.
 

21st SAINT MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST
 

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

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

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

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

24 Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, Deaconess and Teacher, 1947


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

 

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


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

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

26th Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop, 1626

26th - Order of St. Luke - 9:30

 

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


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

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

 

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

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

Tuesday, September 29: When the refugees came by the hundreds to the border, we gave them cells instead of help of any kind. But we lost more than they did. We lost the best of ourselves. As Tristan Sherwin says, “When we image borders, we fail at imaging God.”
 

29th SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS


Wednesday, September 30: The great white light, the United States of America, is the Promised Land for today’s refugees—just as Canaan was for the Israelites and Egypt was for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their flight from Herod. But, when immigrants get here all they find is a door marked “Closed.” And, I’m sure, strains of music in the background reminding them of what our ancestors heard: “Give me your tired, your poor.....” Can’t you hear Jesus saying to us just as he said to the Pharisees, “Oh, you brood of vipers, you hypocrites?” Tell me again about hospitality....

30th Jerome, Priest and Scholar, 420



~OCTOBER~

1st at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy



1st Therese of Lisieux, Monastic, 1898

3rd John Raleigh Mott, Ecumenist and Missionary, 1955

4th Francis of Assisi, Friar and Deacon, 1226



4th - 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx


4th Drive-by BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS 4 - 5

4th Alpine Ministerial Alliance - NOON


7th Birgitta of Sweden, Mystic and Prophetic Witness, 1373


8th  at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy



9th Vida Dutton Scudder, Educator, 1954

11th Philip, Deacon and Evangelist



11th - 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx


14th Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky and Channing Moore 
Williams, Bishops and Missionaries, 1906 and 1910

15th Teresa of Avila, Mystic and Monastic Reformer, 1582



15th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy



16th Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Bishops and Martyrs, 1555

17 Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr, c.115

18th SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST 



18th - 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx



19th Henry Martyn, Priest and Missionary, 1812


22nd at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy



23rd SAINT JAMES OF JERUSALEM, BROTHER OF OUR LORD JESUS

25th Tabitha (Dorcas) of Joppa


25th - 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx



26th Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Scholar and Social Reformer, 1902

28th SAINT SIMON AND SAINT JUDE, Apostles

29th Mary of Qidun, Monastic, 4th century



29th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy



31st Order of St. Luke - NOON





 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Prayers of the People -The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 19
September 13th 2020


Mercifully receive our prayers, O God, that we may know your ways and follow where you lead Let us pray for the Church and for the world.

God of love, we pray for your church: For Michael., our Presiding Bishop; Michael, our bishop; for all lay and ordained ministers; and for all who seek you in the community of the faithful. Equip us with compassion and love, to carry out your work of reconciliation in the world.....God of love, Hear our prayers for the church.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of freedom, we pray for our nation, and all the nations of the world: For peace and unity across barriers of language, color, and creed; for elected and appointed leaders, that they would serve the common good. Inspire all people with courage to speak out against hatred, to actively resist evil. For all who have experienced terrorism, violence, or war, that God will help them break the cycle of violence and help them choose paths of justice and peace. Unite the human family in bonds of love...God of freedom,....Hear our prayers for the world. Hear our prayers for the world.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of justice, we pray for the earth, your creation entrusted to our care: For the animals and birds, the mountains and oceans, and all parts of your creation that have no voice of their own. Stir up in us a thirst for justice that protects the earth and all its resources, that we may leave to our children’s children the legacy of beauty and abundance that you have given us.  God of justice, Hear our prayers for the earth.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of peace, we pray for our communities:

For all teachers, students, and parents, as they struggle to achieve a balance between the need to teach and learn and concern for health and safety in this time of pandemic. For our local leaders; for our schools and markets; for our neighborhoods and workplaces. Kindle in every heart a desire for equality, respect, and opportunity for all. Give us courage to strive for justice and peace among all people, beginning here at home... For any community in strife, that God's Spirit will open opportunities for dialogue in places of violence, bring an end to injustice, and help all to respect the dignity and value of every person....God of peace....Hear our prayers for our communities.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of light, we pray that Christ will reveal the path to those for whom the shadows are long, the poor and desperate, the lonely and unemployed, the hungry and fearful, the refugee and homeless, the prisoner and those who live as if in prison, that we may not forget them...God of empathy.....Hear our prayers for those on the margins.....

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of mercy, we pray for all in any kind of need or trouble: For all whose lives have been touched by storms, fires, and the pandemic, that they may find help, hope, and compassionate care from those around them. For firefighters, and relief workers, that God will keep them from harm, give them strength, and speed the assistance that they need. For those whose lives are closely linked with ours, and those connected to us as part of the human family. For refugees and prisoners; for the sick and suffering, the lonely and despairing; for those facing violence; for all held down by prejudice or injustice. Let us remember by name those we know and can name in the silence of our hearts; for those we don’t know but know about, and for those worldwide who suffer....(PAUSE 15 seconds)....Awaken in us compassion and humility of spirit, as we seek and serve Christ in all persons....(PAUSE 10 seconds)....God of mercy, Hear our prayers for all who are in need.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of grace, we pray for those who have died: For the faithful in every generation who have worked for justice; for prophets who called us to racial reconciliation; for martyrs who died because of hatred; and for all the communion of saints. Make us faithful to your call to proclaim your Good News, by word and example, and bring us at last into the glorious company of the saints in light....God of grace, Hear our prayers for those who have died.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

Celebrant: Hear our prayers, Holy God. Breathe your Spirit over us and all the earth, that barriers would crumble and divisions cease. Make us more fully your co-healers of the broken world. Unite us with all people in bonds of love, that the whole earth and all its peoples may be at peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Prayer for St. Paul's 

(adapted from a prayer written by Richard Rohr)

O Great Love,
thank you for living and loving in us and through us.
May all that we do
flow from our deep connection with you and all beings.
Help us become a community
that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory.
Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world.
Guide us in living out our mission to to be a
welcoming, prayerful, caring community
actively sharing the love of God . . .
Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking,
we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God,
Amen+

 

Prayer for the Pandemic

Loving God, hasten the day when the virus will have run its course; quicken scientists to develop medications and vaccines; call out the best instincts of your people- love, neighborliness, compassion, and a sense of caring for every member of your beloved community on Earth. We pray out of the depths to you, O God of hope. Amen.


Prayers are asked for…..

The Church

Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Michael, our Bishop and Michael, our Vicar….In the Anglican cycle of prayer we pray for Anglican Church of South America, Otukpo (Nigeria), Central Busoga (Uganda), Kisangani (Congo), Owerri (Nigeria), Central Ecuador (The Episcopal Church), Kita Kanto (Japan), Owo (Nigeria), Central Florida (The Episcopal Church), Oxford (England), Central Gulf Coast (The Episcopal Church), Central Melanesia (Melanesia), Oyo (Nigeria), Central New York (The Episcopal Church), Pacong (South Sudan), Central Newfoundland (Canada), Kitale (Kenya)   ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Southwest Deanery,…We also pray for St. James, Alpine, St. Stephens, Ft. Stockton, Santa Inez, Terlingua, Chapel of St. Mary & St. Joseph, Lajitas, and the Marfa and Alpine Ministerial Alliances…. For Connor Travis and the ministry of Young Life


For Our Leaders

For Donald, our president, Greg our Governor, Manny our mayor and the mayors and city managers of our surrounding communities…. our elected officials in Washington and all who exercise authority at any level of government. For all who struggle to make a more just society.

 

For St. Paul’s and Prayer Wall

Living out our mission to be a welcoming, prayerful, caring community actively sharing the love of God….On our wall…To day I Pray: Mali, Ian & Brai to finish college...For protection...For grace and discernment...For a home, Christy Medina--healing...Healing the world of greed and hate....Healing the world of Covid...Food, health, financial security 4 all...Restoration for Paul and Miranda...More rain...Blessings on Marfa...For the world so we can overcome bad times...Peace...Steven and Violet...Today I Hope: For the collective consciousness to awaken...God bless me indeed....For eternally remaining open...for a world that values all our children...You listen to your favorite song today...the future of Rick and Kellie...Peace...People's health and success...for a home...Today I Thank: Health...everyone for some kindness...God that Meek likes lifegate...For my son....Smiley Face.....Rudy's healing and being back home....For my eyes so that I Amy see Him in everything and every person....Day, Tiff, and Jay for adventure (Li)...Being employed and loved...Kitty Kai...God for having free and blessings...God....J.S. Bach...God, for a break...5 great days at Davis Mountain State Park...Charity...Prayer Box: Mariano Faiardo reecovery from cancer (my father)...Victor Amram, grandfather of 92 that is struggling for strength...Zanfini...


St. Paul’s Prayer List

Gail, Patty, Holly,  D'Ette, Merit and the Fowlkes family, James, Shere, Kevin and Jay, Lesly, Lila, Melodie, Mimi, Pat & Mary, the Vana 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 & David, for Jenny, Megan and Elizabeth, for David who has MSA, Frank, for Ralph...Kathleen.  Bishop Jerry and Jane Lamb.  Jessie Ann.  Francisco Javier Del  Hierro Vega, Juan Paul Del Hierro Vega, Arlyn Del Hierro.  Canon Carole McGowan... Help us remember that whereas some sections of the media are skewed and biased or even untruthful, Your essence is truth and light...for the media that  they present with truth, compassion and unbias. Douglas, for those with the coronavirus, those living in isolation because of the virus, caretakers and researchers to find a cure and a vaccine. MEMBERS OF THE TIPTON FAMILY.  Amanda, a nurse on the frontlines in New York City....Debbie Hamilton who is a paramedic on the front lines in San Antonio.. Dawn who has cancer..Airman First Class Sidney Davis who is overseas.. Andrea, a nurse recovered from COVID-19 and back at treating others, Safe travels, Protection from COVID-19, Ellen Boyd. After 15 years of being cancer free, her cancer has returned. Itze who is in hospice. For the Kinney-Morrow family. Father Phil West recovering from a stroke. Gary Stonum who has Covid-19.  Kaki and her family who morn the loss of Ellery, for Katie who is dying. Hadley who is in Cooks Children's Hospital.  Aurie. Mary Steele who is battling stage 3 breast Cancer. Kellie and Rick on their journey together. Pearl who is on a ventilator.  Paul Woods, Cancer. Dorothy Swanson who fell and now has the Coronavirus.  Lee Ann....

Those who have died

Tammy Seifert.....


 

WORLD NEWS IN PRAYER

May you be well,
And all whom you love,
And those you work with,
And all who eat of the crops you handle.

That has been my prayer/mantra at least one afternoon a week for the past month, as I joined with other volunteers to prepare 100,000 Covid-19 prevention kits to be given to agricultural workers in this part of California (U.S.). One washable cloth mask, one small bottle of hand sanitizer, several small multi-lingual instruction cards in each zip lock bag. One bag, one prayer. Fifty completed bags in each box; another prayer. Looking at the stacks and stacks of boxes ready to be delivered to the agencies who will pass the kits out; another prayer.

For all who face the risk of Covid-19, or extreme heat, or smoke, or drought, or flooding in order to feed themselves and others; for all who work in the fields, and harvest the seas, and nurture the livestock; for all who gather and transport and package and prepare the food we eat; for all who have barely enough food to survive, and those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and those for whom mealtime is a feast of abundance:

May you be well,
And all whom you love,
And those you work with,
And all who share in the fruits of the planet.

It is so, so hard to pray for those who want to hurt us or endanger the lives of those we love.  The Russian and Chinese (and probably other) agencies using social media to foment unrest and influence elections in other countries. Whoever started QAnon, and all the social media and dark web sites that are allowing its conspiracy theories to spread. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government, who have threatened to override elements of the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the European Union – even though that would violate international law. The Niger army that, instead of protecting civilians, has now been accused by Niger’s human rights commission of executing dozens of civilians during counterinsurgency operations.

Countries treating dissent as treachery: China, arresting people in Inner Mongolia who protest against the edict that Chinese language textbooks must replace Mongolian language ones; opposition leaders in Belarus who have been terrorized, detained, and threatened with deportation.

United States President Donald Trump, who has made more than 20,000 lies or misleading comments during the past 15 months – including, it has now been proven this week, lying repeatedly about the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, and repeatedly denigrating those who serve in the U.S. armed forces. And U.S. legislators who have failed to extend financial relief to the millions who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 and are now facing eviction and homelessness. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro giving in to international pressure to protect the rainforest against fires by imposing a 120-day ban on fires and deploying the army to badly-hit areas – while simultaneously declaring the fires a lie.

It is so, so hard to pray for them. And yet, it is like watching a teenager engaging in a risky activity despite everything you can do to dissuade them: you hope, and hope, and hope they will come to their senses before anyone gets hurt. Despite being terrified and furious, despite the desire to lock them in their room without privileges until they turn 30 (at least), still you pray for them to escape the worst consequences of their rash actions.

And so we pray for all governments and corporations and individuals who are endangering lives, and for those whose lives are endangered:

May you be well,
And all whom you govern,
And those who rule over you,
And all who must choose ways to live together in mutual benefit.

In California, Oregon and Washington (U.S.), the skies are orange, the sun invisible, and smoke and ash from the 56 major wildfires currently burning over 3.7 million acres is making the air unhealthy to breath; thousands have been evacuated. Greece is struggling to find shelter for the 13,000 migrants who had been living in the overcrowded Moria camp on the Island of Lesbos, until it was destroyed by fire earlier this week. Sudan is trying to protect its 2,300-year-old pyramids in Meroe from unprecedented flooding by the River Nile, which has also made thousands homeless. Yet, experts have known for at least 20 years how to manage forests and grasslands to prevent massive wildfires. We know how to treat migrants with dignity and safety. We have learned how to restore wetlands and floodplains to mitigate flooding. We are learning how to plant and farm in order restore depleted groundwater and break the cycle of desertification.

For those who are fighting natural disasters; for those waiting to hear if their homes have survived, for those living in fear, and those wondering how they will once again find the strength to start over; for those whose warnings and advice have been ignored, and those who know what to do but not how to rally massive support and resources:

May you be well,
And all whom you want to protect,
And the earth that we cherish.

Several well-known figures died this week. Chadwick Boseman, the U.S. movie actor who starred as Black American icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown, and inspired audiences worldwide as the regal Black Panther, died at age 43. Through him, many Black children for the first time were able to see themselves as strong, beautiful, worthy, and able to change the world. English actress Dame Diana Rigg, who starred in Game of Thrones and as Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, wife of James Bond, died at age 82. But it was her role as Emma Peel in the original Avengers that led a whole generation of young women to imagine themselves as bright, inventive, funny, and powerful against evil.  Top South African human rights lawyer George Bizos died at age 92. He represented some of the country’s best-known political activists during the apartheid years, including defending Nelson Mandela, and became one of the architects of South Africa’s new constitution.

And then there are the living heroes whom virtually no one has heard of. In Nigeria, math teacher Basirat Olamide Ajayi came up with a way to help 12th graders prepare for crucial final exams despite the Covid-19 school closures, by offering free, 5-minute video classes online via Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram. She now has more than 1,800 students – and not only from Nigeria. Also in Nigeria, Anthony Mmesoma Madu, an 11-year-old male ballet dance student in a country where ballet is almost unknown, won the hearts of the world after a video of him dancing in the rain went viral. This week, he was awarded several scholarships to continue his studies in the United States, and his teacher, self-trained Daniel Ayala, also received a scholarship for a two-week intensive U.S. training program for ballet teachers. In Sweden, a secret group of artists is sneaking stunning miniature installations for mice into public spaces in the dead of night. The clandestine collective ― called Anonymouse ―  has installed 25 pieces*, mostly in cellar windows, across Sweden, in France and on the Isle of Man. In Jerusalem, Israel, hospitals are enlisting those who recovered from Covid-19 and are antibody positive, to visit hospitalized patients who would otherwise be in isolation. In Singapore, two mothers who lost sons to suicide have started the PleaseStay movement, urging a national strategy to address youth mental health and suicide, to break the taboo against talking about these topics, and – most poignantly – to urge troubled teens and youngsters, to “please stay.”

For all heroes, alive and dead, great and small; for the hope they give us; for those whom they inspire:

May you be well,
And all whom you help,
And all whom you inspire,
And all who gladly enliven the world.

For all of who you read, and share, and pray these prayers:

May you be well,
And all whom you love,
And the great, wonderful, terrifying and awesome world you surround with your prayers.

Amen.
 

 

SEE YOU SUNDAY!
 



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

stpaulsmarfatx@gmail.com
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