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
COMING IN JANUARY
Beginning on January 6 @ 7 pm central time
Virtual BIBLE STUDY for Epiphany It is based upon the Gospel of Mark, using the daily reading schedule from the Good Book Club.
You will be asked to complete readings in advance of class to prepare for class discussion (Gospel of Mark and other sources).
Our sessions may be 45-60 minutes or longer, based on the desire of the group.
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!
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
29th - Tuesday
Tuesday, December 29: For a woman to lead, she must first stand up, as Mary did to the Angel, and make her own ideas known.
30th - Wednesday
Wednesday, December 30: One of the greatest women the church has ever had to deal with was Teresa of Avila. She continues to call women to the womanliness of spir-itual adulthood when she says, “Authentic prayer never leads to complacency but needles us.... It leads us to true self-knowledge, to true humility.” And self- knowledge leads us to find the courage to become who we are meant to be.
3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre
31st - Thursday
Thursday, December 31: Growing to fullness of life— within and outside ourselves—is the goal of life. “What you are,” theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar teaches, “is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”
~JANUARY~ 1st - Friday
THE HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
NewYear's Blessing Prayer for Clocks and Calendars
by Fr. Edward Hays Lord, You who live outside of time,
and reside in the imperishable moment,
we ask Your blessing this New Year's Day
upon Your gift to us of time.
Bless our clocks and watches,
You who kindly direct us
to observe the passing of minutes and hours.
May they make us aware of the miracle
of each second of life we experience.
May these ticking servants
help us not to miss that which is important,
while you keep us from machine-like routine.
May we ever be free from being clock watchers
and instead become time lovers.
Bless our calendars,
those ordered lists of days, weeks, months,
of holidays, holidays, fasts and feasts -- all our special days of remembering. May these servants, our calendars, once reserved for the royal few,
for magi and pyramid priests,
now grace our homes and our lives.
May they remind us of birthdays and other gift-days,
as they teach us the secret
that all life
is meant for celebration
Bless Lord, this new year,
each of its 365 (366) days and nights.
Bless us with new moons and full moons.
Bless us with happy seasons of long life.
Grant to us, Lord,
the new year's gift
of a year of love.
AMEN+2nd - Saturday
Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop and Theologian, 389
Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, First Indian Anglican Bishop,
12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
The Casita 12th - Tuesday 10:30 - Marfa Ministerial Alliance Aelred of Rievaulx, Abbot and Theologian, 1167 13th - Wednesday Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, 367 7:00 - Bible Study14th - Thursday Richard Meux Benson, Priest,
and Charles Gore, Bishop, 1915 and 1932
4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE15th - Friday 16th - Saturday 17th - Sunday 10:30 -Second Sunday after Epiphany https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx Live Streamed at 10:30 am
Antony of Egypt, Monastic, 356 18th - Monday THE CONFESSION OF SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE 12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
The Casita 19th - Tuesday Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, and Margery Kempe,
Mystics, 1349, 1396, and c. 1440 Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095 20th - Wednesday Fabian, Bishop and Martyr of Rome, 250 7:00 - Bible Study21st - Thursday Agnes and Cecilia of Rome, Martyrs, 304 and c.230 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE22nd - Friday Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr, 30423rd - Saturday Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, 189324th - Sunday 10:30 -Third Sunday after Epiphany https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx Live Streamed at 10:30 am
Florence Li Tim-Oi, Priest, 199225th - Monday THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE 12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
26th - Tuesday Timothy and Titus, Companions of Saint Paul All Day - Forma Conference27th - Wednesday John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407 All Day - Forma Conference
7:00 - Bible Study28th - Thursday Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar, 1274 All Day - Forma Conference
4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE29th - Friday 30th - Saturday 10:00 - Noon: Episcopal Peace Fellowship's virtual
Annual Member Meeting 31st - Sunday 10:30 - Fourth Sunday after Epiphany https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx Live Streamed at 10:30 am
Prayers of the People - First Sunday after Christmas
Let us pray to God who has given us the revelation of divine grace and truth through the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, responding, Holy God, be born is us today.
+ For hearts and minds open to accepting God’s gift of the Word, allowing the light of Christ to enkindle our hearts with love; We keep in our prayers this church family, that we, like the angels, may announce the good news of God's saving love and be instruments of peace to all who walk the human journey with us....Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today.
+ For faith, that the garments of salvation and righteousness may clothe us, and bring to our outward actions the inner workings of God’s joy in our lives; Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today.
+ For the Church as we move toward the challenges of the future, that we rejoice in the faith of our ancestors and in the ever-present support of our sisters and brothers in this household; Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today..
+ For the leaders of our country and our state, that the light of Christ may illumine their hearts, empowering them to boldly proclaim the truth without fear or deception; For our nation, the God will preserve public peace and guide all leaders to new cooperation in addressing the needs of those who are unemployed, hungry or homeless. Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today.
+ For all who live in Bethlehem, and the hill country of Judah, and for Christians, Jews and Muslims everywhere, that God’s spirit will open new pathways of peace and hope to all who live in danger and fear. Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today
+ For the victims of war, political upheaval, and economic uncertainty, that we may not forget their needs but continually seek ways to offer the assistance that Christ would have us bring; Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today.
+ For those who are limited by illness, living with the uncertainty of debilitating diseases or the darkness of mental despair, that they may continue to call upon the hope of God; Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today.
For all those who are caring for others this Christmas season, that God will strengthen and protect healthcare workers, public safety and utility workers, and those who care for the poor and vulnerable. Holy God, be born in us today.
For an end to the Covid virus, that God will guide scientists, and the medical profession, in helping the human family to develop immunity, and guide all those who are distributing and administering the vaccine. Holy God, be born in us today.
+ For all who have died and for all who are lonely or grieving.... For Nina Ayoub, victims of Covid-19 and all those we name at this time....that they may remain close to the heart of the Risen One, whose presence knows no end; Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today.
+ For each of us, that as we enjoy the material blessings of this season, the light and love of Jesus may continually transform us into a spiritual people through whom the Word of God is revealed; Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today.
Standing in the midst of the true light that shines upon the face of the universe, let us continue our prayers.
+For a greater sense of gratitude, that we may recognize all the ways that God has shown love for us, and be filled with awe and thankfulness for God's gifts. Let us take time and name what we are thankful for....Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today..
+God of mercy, we pray for all in any kind of need or trouble: For the many who are suffering economically, that God will watch over those who have lost employment, struggle to pay their bills or have enough to eat.....For all whose lives have been touched by storms, fires, and the pandemic, ALS and other diseases that they may find help, hope, and compassionate care from those around them....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...Awaken in us compassion and humility of spirit, as we seek and serve Christ in all persons....Let us pray... Holy God, be born is us today.
Concluding Collect: Source of light and gladness, accept the prayers we offer on this joyful feast. May the Rising Sun of Christ spread across the world and brighten all humanity. Glory to God in the Highest and peace among those whom God favors. Amen.
For Our Country
Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our
heritage: We humbly ask you that we may always prove
ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and
pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend
our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
brought here out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue
with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust
the authority of government, that there may be justice and
peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we
may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail;
all which we ask 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 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,
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…..
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 for Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement, His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, His All Holiness Archbishop Bartholomew of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Bishop Ivan M Abrahams, General Secretary World Methodist Council, The Reverend Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Fond du Lac (The Episcopal Church), Fort Worth (The Episcopal Church), Fredericton (Canada) Freetown (Sierra Leone) (West Africa), Gahini (Rwanda), Gambia (West Africa) , Gasabo (Rwanda), Gboko (Nigeria) , George (Southern Africa),Georgia (The Episcopal Church), tthe Diocese of Aba – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), The Diocese of Aba Ngwa North – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Hospital, Military & Prison Chaplains, Campus Ministry Urban Native American Fellowship…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…. 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 wall…To day I Pray: Rudy....MDS Anderson patients and doctors...For Your children to know tyheir worth....Everyone is safe....This trip will be the best one....For families who have lost battles with COVID-19...Rudy with ALS....Friends, Families and peace...4 health and peace....Families who are suffering...for peaceToday I Hope: To remain sober....the teepees will be warm at Big Bend....For unity...For a safer tomorrow....Things will get better...Love, peace in the land...Ending racism...Peace in our world...Today I Thank: St. Paul's....Merry Christmas....God for Camillia m y friend....His grace, patience, guidance...God for His grace...Universe for its enduring embrace...my family...For our Democracy...Live to see another day...God for Gace...Finding a home here...Marfa for being accepting of all...His grace, patience and guidance...For this life I've been given...God 4 my life...God, that I live to see another day...This new beginning-11/7/20......Mom...family & love...Bill W & Dr. Bob...Prayer Box: 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...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, 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....for Katie who is dying.....Aurie....Mary Steele who is battling stage 3 breast Cancer...Kellie and Rick on their journey together....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...
Those who have died
Nina Ayoub, victims of Covid-19
World News This Week in Prayer Christmas 2020
This does not feel like Christmas. Sorry, God, but we have to say it bluntly.
It doesn’t feel like Christmas. Most of our treasured Christmas traditions – off limits due to the pandemic. Worship services severely curtailed, or moved to online only. Businesses closed or in danger of closing permanently. Too many ill, or dead, or living in fear of the virus. Carol singing – no, it’s not safe to sing in public. Family visits – relegated to Zoom or Facetime or phone, or (against the advice of health officials) still held in person, trying to convince yourself that you and yours will not be infected. And if we do meet others on the street, we can’t even see our smiles through the masks.
God, it doesn’t feel like Christmas to those whose lives have been upended by storms of the century, or blistering wildfires, or rising sea levels, or needed rains or freezing temperatures that never come or barely stay. It doesn’t feel like Christmas to the ones trying to survive under regimes that foment xenophobia or racism; where the poor are blamed for their own poverty; where ethnic groups that have lived there for generations are disenfranchised, ostracized or pushed out.
It doesn’t feel like Christmas, despite the hope raised by the new anti-Covid-19 vaccines. Despite the stunning conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which won’t be this close again for 800 years. Despite the moments of unexpected kindness, the beauty of a new snow fall, the soaring joy of hearing a migrating flock of geese overhead, the tender memories stirred up by a favorite ornament. Despite all our efforts to connect with our friends and family somehow and make it a Christmas to celebrate anyway, or the unexpected (and maybe slightly-guilty) comfort of spending the holidays alone. For many of us, it doesn’t feel like Christmas, even when we hear again the ancient stories, the words that underlie our faith.
Except that…maybe it’s in the depths of our uneasiness that You, God, are inviting us to say yes to the angels who promise that Christ will be born again, a tiny spark, in each of our hearts.
Maybe you are inviting us to join with Mary, and with Miriam (Moses’ sister) before, to shout out, to live out, the ancient promises that the hungry will be filled with good things, and the rich sent away empty. Perhaps you are inviting us to see you as filled with unending mercy.
Maybe you are inviting us to understand how it could be that God gave up all that power and majesty to be born as a human child. To be with and among us then, 2000 years ago, and to be with us, in the pandemic, here today.
It doesn’t feel like Christmas this year.
But maybe, in the deepest silences of our hearts, maybe if we listen closely…
…Maybe it does.
As is our custom on Christmas, we invite you to join in blessing every person, every creature, every place in every nation on earth:
A – C
Afghanistan … Albania … Algeria … Andorra … Angola … Antigua and Barbuda … Argentina … Armenia … Australia … Austria … Azerbaijan … The Bahamas … Bahrain … Bangladesh … Barbados … Belarus … Belgium … Belize … Benin … Bhutan … Bolivia … Bosnia and Herzegovina … Botswana … Brazil … Brunei … Bulgaria … Burkina Faso … Burundi … Cabo Verde … Cambodia … Cameroon … Canada … Central African Republic … Chad … Chile … China … Colombia … Comoros … Congo, Democratic Republic of the … Congo, Republic of the … Costa Rica … Côte d’Ivoire … Croatia … Cuba … Cyprus … Czech Republic
D – J
Denmark … Djibouti … Dominica … Dominican Republic … East Timor (Timor-Leste) … Ecuador … Egypt … El Salvador … Equatorial Guinea … Eritrea … Estonia … Eswatini … Ethiopia … Fiji … Finland … France … Gabon … The Gambia … Georgia … Germany … Ghana … Greece … Grenada … Guatemala … Guinea … Guinea-Bissau … Guyana … Haiti … Honduras … Hungary … Iceland … India … Indonesia … Iran … Iraq … Ireland … Israel … Italy … Jamaica … Japan … Jordan
K – M
Kazakhstan … Kenya … Kiribati … Korea, North … Korea, South … Kosovo … Kuwait … Kyrgyzstan … Laos … Latvia … Lebanon … Lesotho … Liberia … Libya … Liechtenstein … Lithuania … Luxembourg … Madagascar … Malawi … Malaysia … Maldives … Mali … Malta … Marshall Islands … Mauritania … Mauritius … Mexico … Micronesia, Federated States of … Moldova … Monaco … Mongolia … Montenegro … Morocco … Mozambique … Myanmar (Burma)
N – S
Namibia … Nauru … Nepal … Netherlands … New Zealand … Nicaragua … Niger … Nigeria … North Macedonia … Norway … Oman … Pakistan … Palau … Panama … Papua New Guinea … Paraguay … Peru … Philippines … Poland … Portugal … Qatar … Romania … Russia … Rwanda … Saint Kitts and Nevis … Saint Lucia … Saint Vincent and the Grenadines … Samoa … San Marino … Sao Tome and Principe … Saudi Arabia … Senegal … Serbia … Seychelles … Sierra Leone … Singapore … Slovakia … Slovenia … Solomon Islands … Somalia … South Africa … Spain … Sri Lanka … Sudan … Sudan, South … Suriname … Sweden … Switzerland … Syria
Taiwan … Tajikistan … Tanzania … Thailand … Togo … Tonga … Trinidad and Tobago … Tunisia … Turkey … Turkmenistan … Tuvalu … Uganda … Ukraine … United Arab Emirates … United Kingdom … United States … Uruguay … Uzbekistan … Vanuatu … Vatican City … Venezuela … Vietnam … Yemen … Zambia … Zimbabwe
"SEE" YOU SUNDAY!
The Rev. Michael Wallens
Vicar - Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 175, Marfa, Texas 79843