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.


This week we get to the center of the Gospel. Over the course of Holy Week, we enter into the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this action, God has acted to redeem the cosmos and to offer salvation to all people.

Once again, many of us find ourselves exiled from our familiar liturgies and habits in Holy Week. We are unable to gather as we are accustomed. I for one grieve the fact that we cannot celebrate the glorious liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Eve from our prayer book with a church full of people.

And, yet, we know that Christ’s self-offering on the cross and his resurrection are still true, whether or not we are able to mark those events in our churches in the usual manner.

I hope everyone can find some peace, mercy, and hope in the coming days through our observance of the Three Holy Days and the Easter season. 
If nothing else, perhaps this year affords us the opportunity to read the accounts of the passion and resurrection of Jesus in the Gospels with special fervor. Read one or more of Matthew 26-28, Mark 14-16, Luke 22-24, or John 18-20. 
This week, whether through liturgies with our community on line or in person on Easter Sunday, through our own prayer, or in the pages of scripture, may we all join with Mary Magdalene and say, “I have seen the Lord.”
Blessings to you all in the coming days.

Stay safe and well.....Shalom,


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Easter Message
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Hymn of the Month by Beth Kerzee

#178 Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord



Alleluia, alleluia!

Give thanks to the Risen Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Give praise to His name.


  1. Jesus is Lord of all the earth.

He is the King of creation.

  1. Spread the good news o’er all the earth;

Jesus has died and has risen.

  1. We have been crucified with Christ.

Now we shall live forever.

  1. Come, let us praise the living God,

Joyfully sing to our Savior.


Scripture references: Vs.3 = Rom. 6:6, Gal. 2:20

Surrounded by “alleluias,” the text presents the good news of Easter: Christ is risen! In this hymn we sing Pauline phrases that proclaim the new life we have in the risen Christ. 

Donald E. Fishel (b. Hart, MI 1950) composed both text and tune “rather spontaneously” during the summer of 1971 in a house on Church Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The hymn was first sung in services of the Word of God Community in Ann Arbor, a charismatic Roman Catholic congregation that Fishel had then recently joined; he later served that community as publications editor of Servant Music (1973-1981).  Fishel received a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education from the University of Michigan in 1972 and a degree in computer science from Eastern Michigan University in 1983.  Since then, he has worked in the computer industry.

From ---Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Holy Week Schedule

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April 4 - Easter Sunday
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Baptisms & Holy Eucharist





In order to spread awareness and build our network of supporters, Rio Grande Borderland Ministries is hosting an online community art fundraiser titled Canvas of Hope. The event will feature artists passionate about migration, including musical performances, poetry readings, artists talks, and more. 

Please join us for Canvas of Hope on Saturday, May 1, from 1:00 PM MDT to 2:30 PM MDT. Registration required. Questions? Reach out to Nellie Fagan, RGBM Project Coordinator, at

The needs of paying the the church bills, funding our ministries, and proclaiming the Good News continues during this Pandemic. Please consider making a monthly gift.


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!---to all of you who have contributed and continue to contribute to our virtual collection plate. Some of you have made it a monthly donation through our "Donate Button. Either way you have done is greatly appreciated. 

For those of you who have not checked out how easy it is to donate on line....
Go to our website- Go to the bottom and find the "Donate" --click on it and fill in the blanks.... OR go to and continue to support our mission and ministry. 

ALSO---Thank you, thank you, thank you for all who have mailed in pledges and donations

Things to do to benefit the church and the community during the Coronavirus Restrictions

1. THE MARFA FOOD PANTRY IS EMPTY! -  Keep bringing food donations...our doors are open 24 hours and you will find a basket at the back of the church.

2. Pray for Rudy and Allison.

3. Pray for our country.

4. Unaccompanied Children at our borders.



Easter Sunday
April 4, 2021

Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118:1-2,14-24
Acts 10:34-43
Mark 16:1-8

Holy Week Reflections At Home


The three holy days at the center of the Christian faith are commemorated with a series of worship services known as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Together they are called the Triduum, and each day tells a part of the story that leads to Easter Morning; each offers us an intimate and significant encounter with Jesus. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the night of The Last Supper, the meal Jesus shared with his friends before he died. For Christians, it is one of the most sacred nights of the year. Maundy is from the Latin word for "command," referring to Jesus' commandment to "Love one another." Jesus demonstrated what it means to love and serve one another by the humble act of washing his disciples' feet. This is also the night Jesus shared bread and wine with his friends, asking them to "Do this in remembrance of me" after his death. Shortly thereafter, Jesus was betrayed and arrested.


Accounts of The Last Supper are found in all four Gospels (Matthew: 26:17–30, Mark 14:12–26, Luke 22:7–39, John: 13:1–17:26). The story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet and the new commandment to "love one another" appears only in the Gospel of John.

John 13: 12-17: After he had washed their feet and had returned to the table, Jesus said to them,"Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord-- and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."



The foot washing and the command to “love one another” both call us into spaces of supreme discomfort. We have many excuses not to participate in the foot washing: it’s embarrassing, it’s too intimate, your socks have holes, you don’t like the person doing it, your toes are weird, you don’t want someone touching you, you don’t have time, that's just for super religious people. The reasons it is so hard to love one another without condition are much the same: it’s embarrassing, it’s too intimate, you’re imperfect, you don’t even like one another, someone is weird or disagrees with you, you don’t have time. Living into this commandment is a lifelong challenge and practice. Practice at home by washing a loved one’s feet and allowing them to wash your feet. Or soak your own feet in a basin of warm water. Imagine what it would feel like to have Jesus wash your feet. Imagine what it would be like to truly love one another, as if love were an action, not a feeling.

“Engaging All Ages,” Planning for Rites & Rituals: Year A, Church Publishing 2019, p. 150, adapted. PRAY

Eternal God, by your Word and Spirit, you have given us a new commandment: to love and serve one another in Jesus’ name. Let the good news of your liberating love be sealed in our hearts and shown in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Worship, Westminster John Knox Press, 2018, p. 278.

Created by The Rev. Jennifer McNally, priest at Saint Anne's Episcopal Church and convener of dinner church Table 229, St. Paul, Minnesota, and The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore, Associate for Family Ministry at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, and author of the picture books "Today Is a Baptism Day" and "We Gather at This Table." 



On Good Friday we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. The calendar date of Good Friday varies from year to year, along with Lent and Easter, but it is always the Friday before Easter. It is a somber day of silence and prayer and is the only day of the church year we do not celebrate the Eucharist. The origin of the name "Good" Friday is unknown. Some believe it comes from an older name, "God's Friday." Good Friday was called "Long Friday" by the Anglo-Saxons, and is called "Holy Friday" in some places. The portion of the Gospel of John known as The Passion (John 18-19) is often read on Good Friday. As we read, it is critical to understand that these texts were written in a particular context, to acknowledge that they have been wrongly used to perpetrate anti-semitism and violence against Jewish people, and to remember it was the Roman Empire who killed Jesus. Crucifixion was a common form of public execution at the time. It is believed Jesus' crucifixion took place just outside Jerusalem, in Calvary, also called Golgotha.


John 19:17-31: So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it." This was to fulfill what the scripture says, "They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots." And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Here is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), "I am thirsty." A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.


At the end of the Maundy Thursday liturgy, the altar is stripped of linens and the sanctuary is darkened. We remember how barren and lonely the world would feel without Jesus’ life and love. On Good Friday, we immerse ourselves in the heartbreaking story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Consider what objects and artwork in your home remind you of Jesus’ life. Cover or put those items away until Easter. Put a cross in a space where you can sit and pray. If you don’t have a cross, create one out whatever you have at home. For a time, darken your home. Put away distractions. Silence noisy devices. Sit with the cross and meditate or pray. What do you notice? How do you feel? What lamentations, sorrows, and prayers are you bringing to the cross? What do you hear when you listen to the silence?


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgement and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, Church Publishing, 1979, p. 282, adapted. FOR MORE ON GOOD FRIDAY:

Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus by John Dominic Crossan, Harper One, 1996.
Entering the Passion: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine, Abingdon Press, 2018.

Created by The Rev. Jennifer McNally, priest at Saint Anne's Episcopal Church and convener of dinner church Table 229, St. Paul, Minnesota, and The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore, Associate for Family Ministry at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, and author of the picture books "Today Is a Baptism Day" and "We Gather at This Table." Please share freely!



Accounts of the first Easter are found in all four Gospels (Matthew 28:1–10, Mark 16:1–8, Luke 24:1–49, John 20:1–23). Each account differs, sometimes slightly and sometimes significantly. Regardless of the differences in detail, the hope of Jesus' resurrection after his crucifixion is at the heart of Christian belief and Easter Sunday is the principal celebration of the resurrection. The hope and promise of new life is welcomed with bells, flowers, and joyful shouts of “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” to which one responds, "The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!" Easter Sunday begins the joyful season of Easter, which includes Easter Sunday and the “Great 50 Days” that follow. The Easter story reminds us over and over again that our God makes all things new. Over and over again, we are invited to be surprised by Love.


Mathew 28:1-10: After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”


On Easter Sunday, we are invited to experience joy where there had only been grief; new life where we had thought there was only emptiness. We declare death does not have the last word, and that despite everything, love is alive. Celebrate with abandon this morning! Get dressed up in your finest. Make a joyful noise. Ring bells. Sing an Alleluia or shout Christ is Risen! Share the gift of love by writing a note or calling someone you have not talked to in a little while. Share where life has surprised you with joy. Share the gift of new life by making an Easter-inspired donation to an organization that is meaningful to you. Take a walk or look out your window for signs that Love is alive!


O God of New Life, on this day when the veil of darkness is transformed to the brightest light and the end becomes the beginning, may the depths of all despair rise to meet hope everlasting. On this day when love overcame, emerging from a cold tomb with all the warmth, majesty, and creativity of a living God, may we too come to know a gravestone rolled away; may our own hearts rise and emerge in transformation. May we be a living example of the power of redemption and love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Julie Palmer (adapted).

Created by The Rev. Jennifer McNally, priest at Saint Anne's Episcopal Church and convener of dinner church Table 229, St. Paul, Minnesota, and The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore, Associate for Family Ministry at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, and author of the picture books "Today Is a Baptism Day" and "We Gather at This Table." Please share freely!


Thankfulness and Celebration and News  

Thank you to John Bane who keeps making sure our technology needs are met.

Thank you to everyone who continues to bring food supplies and masks to the church. It is greatly appreciated by the Marfa Food Pantry.

Thank you to all who have gone on line to our virtual collection plate and to those who have kept up your pledges and donations through snail mail.




The Rev. Michael Wallens
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