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 


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Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!


I am writing to announce that on Sunday, September 13, at 10:30 a.m. we re-gather for worship in the church sanctuary! We have reviewed the current data on the number of COVID cases in our specific region and have prepared a very safe plan for re-gathering that we feel confident will address the concerns and requirements communicated by the Diocese and public health officials. As long as the number of COVID-19 cases in our region remains at a low level, we will proceed with caution in holding one service at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.


As some of our congregation re-gathers, we will still offer our services online. Those who worship from home will have the same service as those who worship in-person. You will access this online service the same way you have been on our Facebook page. As has been the case since the closing of the building, we will continue to bring communion to you if you wish to receive it. It will be up to you and your comfort level whether you and members of your family choose to attend in person or online.


To ensure everyone's health and safety, we will practice the following guidelines as we take our first steps to re-gather:


Prior to your arriving, members of our congregation will follow a cleaning protocol both before and after the church service. Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before the start of the service. When you arrive, come through the sanctuary entrance. To ensure safe physical distancing, ushers will seat you. Members of the same household will be asked to remain together.


We require that everyone wear a mask the entire time you are in the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. A number of hand sanitizing stations will be available for you at the entrance. For now, we will only gather in the sanctuary. There will be no gathering in the hall for a coffee hour.

As the weather permits and cools off, we will have the 10:30 service outdoors.


Even though the service may be a bit different, God's Word will still be proclaimed and we will still offer our prayers and praises to God! We will celebrate the Eucharist. At the time of receiving, the celebrant and Eucharistic minister will come to you with gloved hands. There will be individual cups for the wine. To avoid the spread of the virus, there will be no congregational singing. You  are certainly invited to hum, follow along in the hymnals and enjoy the voice of our organist. We will also avoid handshaking, hugs, etc. We ask you to be creative when passing the peace without touching. And, rather than passing offering plates, there will be collection plates at the back of the church only. If you wish to have a BCP, please bring your own. We will supply a printed bulletin for each time we gather. If you wish, you can pull the bulletin up digitally on your own device as you have been doing on these past Sundays of live-stream worship. 


When worship is over, we will ask that you remain in your seats until directed by an usher to leave and to exit the building. Of course, you may linger outside for as long as you would like!


Prior to September 13th, the Bishop's committee will do an in-person worship "test run." We followed all of the guidelines listed above. We're also thankful that those for whom it is best to stay home can still be together in worship online.


Given the uncertainty of the times in which we live, we will continue planning one step at a time, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We will keep you informed about what we are doing, why we are doing it, and how you can be involved.


The Bishop's Committee and I are so very grateful for you! Because of your faithfulness, our church has remained alive and active, even though our building has been closed. Please continue to join us in prayer, trusting that God is already at work and is able to accomplish far beyond all we can ask or imagine!





“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


If you wish to chat or need pastoral care or wish to have communion brought to your door,  or need someone to run errands for you,
The Rev. Mike Wallens

(214) 862-7292


St.Paul's Episcopal Church, Marfa 
          Live Stream Services

Please join us for Sunday morning Worship Services via Live Stream at 10:30 at the following link:
You do not need to have a Facebook account to view...

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.
Once this temporary safety measure to help combat the spread of Covid-19 is over, our normal services will resume.



Wednesday, September 9: We do not exist to be independent. We exist to hold in trust for others what they need and what we should be giving away.

9th Constance, Thecla, Ruth, Frances, Charles Parsons, and Louis 
Schuyler, Martyrs, 1878

Thursday, September 10: Hospitality is not only or largely about things. It is about becoming a heart where others—whoever they are—can come in.

10th Alexander Crummell, Priest, 1898


10th at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

Friday, September 11: Any good counselor would agree with Vanna Bonta who wrote: “There is no hospitality like understanding.” Then we are really in a position to give the help a person’s seeking.

Saturday, September 12: Understanding and support are not synonyms. Support says “anything you say I will agree with.” Understanding says, “I hear what is troubling you and I want to do what I can to help you through it.” The truth is that I may not be able to agree with you, but I can sit with you while you figure out what you really need to do to change things.


12th John Henry Hobart, Bishop, 1830

Sunday, September 13: Hospitality is a condition of the heart, the kinder it is the more effective it is.

13th - 15th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls and

​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

13th - Bishops Committee Meeting - NOON

Monday, September 14: Many people have generous pockets but closed minds. As Robert Green Ingersoll says, “Receive new thoughts with hospitality.” Imagine what this country would look like now if we could only open our minds to one another—not to argue, not to defend, not to attack, simply to learn, to understand, to fix.


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


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.


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


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.”


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


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

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

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

11 Philip, Deacon and Evangelist

11th - 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship at St. Pauls AND
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


Prayers of the People -The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 18

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. Unite the human family in bonds of love.....God of freedom, 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....God of peace, Hear our prayers for this community.

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 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....Awaken in us compassion and humility of spirit, as we seek and serve Christ in all persons....God of mercy, Hear our prayers for all who are in need.

Silence — Add your prayers, silently or in your hearts

God of those who work to protect our lives and property, and those who labor to bring food to our tables, and provide other necessities of life, we pray that God will strengthen them, protect them from harm, and give them pride in what they do....God of the worker.....Hear our prayers for those who labor.

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,


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 the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, Oru (Nigeria), Canberra & Goulburn (Australia), Osaka (Japan), Canterbury (England), Osun (Nigeria), Cape Coast (West Africa), Osun North (Nigeria), Cape Town (Southern Africa), Carlisle (England), Osun North East (Nigeria), Cashel & Ossory (Ireland), Ottawa (Canada), Central Buganda (Uganda) ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Northwest 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: 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, My kitty, Toodles, to come home.  Peace of Mind.  Peace in the family and the whole world.  Today I Hope: 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, the pandemic situation ends.  Today I Thank: 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.  Marfa, my new home. Those who wear masks.  For the abundance in love.  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, who has Cancer....Dorothy Swanson who fell and now has the Coronavirus.

Those who have died

Fr. Thomas W. Gray, David and his family and friends who care for him.....



We pray Lord,

We pray some of us on our knees, some hands folded, palms to heart, forehead to ground, some raising a sign in protest, some gritting their teeth and eyes tight shut and others lighting a candle.  We pray for your mercy in these tumultuous times, in these times where every shooting raises a collective groan, “not again,” “this will not stop, when?”  families torn from loved ones – gone with the discharge of a weapon. Gone, over and over and still we see the news sorrowing through death, fire, loss, loss, loss….

Lord have mercy. Bring your compassion and comfort. Oh, we grieve.


For some there is deep sadness. For others anger. For some hatred. Perhaps indifference; resignation; skepticism and denial.


We grieve for the family and community in south L.A. USA where Dijon Kizzee lived and died on its streets. The county was set to vote on funds for a contract to purchase body cams for its police officers. They are currently not required to wear them.

Sustain us as we gather, sitting at tables and voting, as we march, raise our arms with homemade signs and set candles on a bare sidewalk. Lord have mercy.


Ninety percent of low- and medium-income countries and even developed countries are having to set aside primary health care services as they address COVID-19. The WHO in its report this week calls attention to the inevitable gap that must be minimized. Lifesaving vaccinations, women’s health care, family welfare home visits, and midwifery services for pregnant women and infants hang in the balance.

Dear Lord we ask that you help us to reconcile the supply chains for essential medicines and health products. Sustain these programs and shepherd funds equitably and swiftly to those most in need. We fear for epidemics and outbreaks – all these words that have become so common in our language.

Lord hear our voices. Amplify our gifts.


We are grateful for health care workers, strong of will and heart, giving of their years of training. Guide them as they deliver care around the world. In the photo we see Dr. Samreen Khalil, a Polio Eradication Officer with WHO as she collects a sample from Muhammad Shabir at his residence (Pakistan) in order to test for COVID-19.

Encourage, protect and bless them in their often dangerous work.


Help us to witness the compassion and patience around us. Help us to seek clarity of mind and to let impulses pass, replacing them with wisdom and improved judgement. So much happens in the literal “blink of an eye.” We are continually caught off guard as so much is happening seemingly everywhere in the news. We pray for the people of Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA and now south Los Angeles, California. For those in literal storms and winds way. Help us to not turn off our sense of caring in the face of all of these deep troubles, restore our value that unity and faith are the tinder for our goodness and creative selves. Help us to focus on the simple acts of the heart. Words matter. What we read, write and say, print and broadcast matters. Help us to understand how easily our words can be like stones, our very speech setting forth destruction and killing.

Open our eyes, soften our touch and lessen our anger.


We give thanks for so many projects throughout the world where people from different countries and skill sets are coming together to provide solutions which help and save lives. We celebrate physicists such as Prof. Jim Black and Roger Rassool’s team making oxygen available in hospitals and clinics throughout the world where electricity supplies are irregular. In Mbarara Hospital, Uganda, child mortality fell by 60% using the FREO2 system. When we do this for the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters, we share your love and compassion.


Dear Lord, you call us forth when it seems as though there is nothing, nothing we can do in our corner of the world, our little spot, our shelter from the storm. Help us to don our gloves, mask, gown and face shield of tolerance, moderation, restraint, self-control and mercy. We have so many tools and fruits of the spirit. Grow in us a remarkable love that opens, perhaps speaks loudly, listens and even coos. You teach in so many ways as we walk thorough these horrors and calamities, natural and human made.

Help us to discern and forgive, honor and respect, and trust in your Holy Spirit at work among us.


Image taken from:
Copyright WHO/Blink Media – Saiyna Bashir.



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