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




Out of concern for our neighbors and ourselves, 
we will not have church gatherings for the rest of the month.

We will have our Sunday worship (10:30 am) live streamed 
on our Facebook page here


“Love one another.
Pray for one another.
Stay calm.
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.


Tuesday, August 25: Inclusion requires that I come to know who you are, what you’re thinking, and what I can learn from you. Then, there is reason for us to go on together. Then we are ready to learn from one another all the time. 

Wednesday, August 26: To have no interest in anyone else, no desire to learn something from them, is to have only ourselves to draw on—and that is a very small diamond indeed. “Listening,” J. Isham writes, “is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.”

26th Thomas Gallaudet and Henry Winter Syle, Priests, 1902 and 1890

Thursday, August 27: To talk to a stranger is akin to panning for gold. It can take a long time and a lot of listening but it pays off in the gold dust that collects in us. As G.K. Chesterton writes, “There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”

27th Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387

27th - 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy


Friday, August 28: To talk with people who agree with you brings peace. To talk with people who don’t and learn why brings wisdom. It can make us more open to another point of view or more closed, but most of all it will leave us broader souls and better thinkers than when we began. 

28th Augustine of Hippo, Bishop and Theologian, 430

Saturday, August 29: Times change when ideas change. Then ideas cannot be squelched or held back or ignored. Better to get there by listening to the depth of them as early as possible so we can learn the problems before we try to suppress the answers.


29th - Order of St. Luke 9:30am

Sunday, August 30: There is so much we can learn from one another. What takes us so long? If we ever do. As the Sufi poet Hafiz writes, “Everyone is God speaking. Why not be polite and listen?”

30th Margaret Ward, Margaret Clitherow, and Anne Line, Martyrs, 1588, 1586, and 1601

30th - 13th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


Monday, August 31: When will peace and justice finally come? When we listen to one another across political ravines, across racial rivers, across sexist boundaries, across our fears. As Arundhati Roy says, “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”

31st David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon, 1931


1st - Alpine Ministerial Alliance- NOON

2nd The Martyrs of New Guinea, 1942

3rd Phoebe, Deacon

3rd at 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
The Book of Joy

4th  Paul Jones, Bishop, 1941

5th Katharina Zell, Church Reformer and Writer, 1562

6th Hannah More, Religious Writer and Philanthropist, 1833

6th - 14th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

7th Kassiani, Poet and Hymnographer, 865

8th The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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

10th Alexander Crummell, Priest, 1898

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

12th John Henry Hobart, Bishop, 1830

13th - 15th Sunday after Pentecost
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

13th - Bishops Committee Meeting - NOON


15th Catherine of Genoa, Mystic and Nurse, 1510

17th Hildegard of Bingen, Mystic and Scholar, 1179

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

18th Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, 1882

20th - 16th Sunday after 
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


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

24 Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, Deaconess and Teacher, 1947

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

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

26th Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop, 1626

26th - Order 
of St. Luke - 9:30

27th - 17th Sunday after 
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

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


30th Jerome, Priest and Scholar, 420



The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 16

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 this community: 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 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 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,


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 Pray for the Church of the Province of South East Asia, Kibondo (Tanzania), Kigali (Rwanda), Kigeme (Rwanda), Olo (South Sudan), Busan (Korea), Kigezi (Uganda), Olympia (The Episcopal Church),Busoga (Uganda), Omu-Aran (Nigeria), Butare (Rwanda), Butere (Kenya) On the Lake (Nigeria), Buye (Burundi), On the Niger (Nigeria), Byumba (Rwanda), Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh (Ireland) ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Northeast 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…Today I Pray: 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,... Healing....For the loss of my husband. He was amazing. We were amazing together. His name is Chuck...Healing for Elizabeth's father...Today I Hope: 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: 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...For all my blessings...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 Hierror, 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.  Britt Webb recovering from surgery, Safe travels, Protection from COVID-19.  Ellen Boyd. After 15 years of being cancer free, her cancer has returned. Penney Hardaway, recovering from open heart surgery.  JOANNA who is in hospice care and her three girls who watch and wait with her. For the Kinney-Morrow family.  Father Phil West recovering from a stroke.v 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 the Coronavirus....

Those who have died

Mimi, The Rev'd Skip Bambrook, Judge Kerith Sproul, David and his family and friends who care for him.....



“Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8

Dearest creator of us all,

It is to you that we lift our souls and our very beings.  As we draw near to you in this very moment, we ask that you guide us, that you cover us, that you hold us in the palm of your hand and cover us with your ever present love.  It is this that we need as we long for hope.  Hope for a world to be more loving to one another, hope that your pure love might cover us both in our celebrations as well as in our mourning.

Let me hear of your steadfast love.

God, we pray for healing of brokenness as we grieve the loss of life, of businesses, of your natural world.  We lift up the people in Iowa, USA where tornadoes have changed lives forever and have demolished the livelihood of so many. We ask for your presence to be off the coast of the Republic of Mauritius where an oil spill has damaged your beautiful creation. We pray for courage and resiliency for those facing wildfires in California, USA, especially for those in danger’s path and those who are suffering renewed trauma because of losses suffered in previous years.  We ask for your healing and love in a world which is falling apart.

Let me hear of your steadfast love.

We celebrate with those of us who are celebrating the Islamic New Year.  As this new year begins, we ask for hope and love to spread across all of our hearts.  We are in deep need of moments to celebrate your love and your peace in this world.  Help us to seek out new ways to find pieces of hope in even the smallest parts of our world.

Let me hear of your steadfast love.

God, as you continue to cover with love those who suffer from Covid-19, we now pray for those who have seemingly recovered from the virus, but may indeed experience life-long effects.  As we imagine new ways of life, we pray for continual healing for our loved ones and neighbors who are suffering from these effects already.  We pray for those in SpainItaly, and Iran where there have been significantly more cases in the past days.  We pray for your healing to spread out across to all of our neighbors around the world.  As we grieve these effects, we also grieve the losses of jobs and pray for those in dire need of income.  We pray for those in the United Kingdom where the economy is especially not well, as well as for those in so many other parts of the world where many do not know if their jobs will be their tomorrow or if they will be able to have a good meal tomorrow.  We pray that nourishment of all kinds might be had.

Let me hear of your steadfast love.

God we are so grateful for our neighbors around the world to whom we can offer our love and from whom we also receive so much love.  Although we may not be able to send our specific love and prayers to each one of them, we ask for you to send them love on our behalf.  We are so grateful that no matter where we go or what we do, we can walk knowing that we have your love on our backs and hope in our pockets.  Be with our neighbors, Lord, and rekindle in us the need to come closer together even as we safely stay apart.

Let me hear of your steadfast love.






The Rev. Michael Wallens
Vicar - Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 175, Marfa, Texas 79843
Office - 915.239.7409  |  Cell - 214-862-7292

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