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
For January 13 @ 7 pm central time Session 2: Mark 2:1-4:41
In advance of the next class, I encourage participants to:
Consider becoming a member of the Bishop's Committee
a delegate to the Diocesan Convention
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
12th - Tuesday
Tuesday, January 12: If we want to know how much good we do, we need to ask ourselves how much good we do for which we do not get paid. Good work and work that is good are two different things.
10:30 - Marfa Ministerial Alliance Aelred of Rievaulx, Abbot and Theologian, 1167 13th - Wednesday
Wednesday, January 13: A Chinese proverb reads: “To talk goodness is not good—only to do it is.” The question becomes, To what degree do we involve ourselves personally in making possible what we say is good?
Thursday, January 14: Goodness is not a single act in a sea of indifference. It is a pattern of actions, a habit of acting that starts in principle and ends in courage.
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
Friday, January 15: To be smart is an accident, to be beautiful is a cultural definition but to be good is a choice.
16th - Saturday
Saturday, January 16: The thing that’s wrong with goodness is that it too often masks as piety but lacks principle.
17th - Sunday
Sunday, January 17: Goodness carries a person through the hard moments of life and
brings us out better on the other side. It is patience when we have reason to be frustrated, generosity when we qualify to be frugal, the public commitment to truth when not a soul in the world would be expecting us to speak out.
Antony of Egypt, Monastic, 356 18th - Monday THE CONFESSION OF SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE
Monday, January 18: Making a moral mistake or becoming socially indifferent is not what makes a person bad. Badness is the point at which we cease to care what effect our own actions will have on others.
Tuesday, January 19: Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is sim- ply helping or hurting.”
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
Wednesday, January 20: “If a friend is in trouble,” Edgar Watson Howe wrote, “don’t annoy them by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” “Just call if you need something,” is no gift at all, in other words. It is a false promise in an empty box.
Thursday, January 21: We live in an era in which we set out to irradiate not one city but two, both Hiroshima and Nagasaki; in which we invented the end of the world and stored it in the corn fields of Kansas; in which we put more money into weapons than into public welfare programs; and technology, rather than ethics, became the norm of the doable. At the time, the bombing brought “victory” and a sense of “invincibility” to the United States. But seventy-five years later, as we look around the state of the country, we might ponder what Mahatma Gandhi said at the time, “The atom bomb brought an empty victory to the Allied Armies.... What has happened to the soul of the destroying nation is yet too early to see.”
4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE22nd - Friday Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr, 304
Friday, January 22: “No one can be good for long,” Bertolt Brecht wrote, “if goodness is not in demand.” What we expect in a society is what we will get. Very few people can live beyond the standards of the society in which they exist. Those who do are saints; those who don’t are normal.c
23rd - Saturday Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, 1893
Saturday, January 23: Lots of things seem to be goodness that are simply political choices. It’s when we do what must be done despite the fact that people either won’t understand or won’t approve that the grain of goodness grows to fullness in us. Don’t be discouraged. It is often a lifetime in coming.
24th - Sunday
Sunday, January 24: Goodness grows in us like flowers grow in any garden: by being planted and watered and nourished.
Florence Li Tim-Oi, Priest, 199225th - Monday THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE
Monday, January 25: Goodness is a process of becoming, not of being. What we do over and over again is what we become in the end. In the meantime, Agnes Repplier comforts us with this: “Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage.”
12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
The Casita 26th - Tuesday Timothy and Titus, Companions of Saint Paul
Tuesday, January 26: Courage can be a hidden virtue. Faith can be per- sonal. Goodness is the kind of character trait, however, that cannot be practiced alone. Goodness requires a public posture.To be good you have to be good to someone else. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
All Day - Forma Conference27th - Wednesday John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407
Wednesday, January 27: We like to believe that there is a supernatural source of all evil. We refuse to admit, Jo- seph Conrad says, that we ourselves are quite capable of doing all the evil there is. Indeed, who of us has not already done it, at least in microcosm? But once we real- ize that, we are suddenly capable of the im- measurable good that comes from humility.
Brigid (Bride), 523 12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
The Casita 2nd - Tuesday THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE 7:00 PM - WAY OF LOVE GROUP3rd - Wednesday The Dorchester Chaplains:
Lieutenant George Fox, Lieutenant Alexander D. Goode, Lieutenant Clark V. Poling, and Lieutenant John P. Washington, 1943
7:00 - Bible Study If interested, please sign up at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OR Click Here on the 6th4th - Thursday Manche Masemola, Martyr, 1928 Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865 4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE5th - Friday Agatha of Sicily, Martyr, c.251 Roger Williams, 1683, and Anne Hutchinson, 1643,
Prophetic Witnesses 6th - Saturday The Martyrs of Japan, 1597 7th - Sunday 10:30 - The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx Live Streamed at 10:30 am
Cornelius the Centurion8th - Monday
Bakhita (Josephine Margaret Bakhita),
Monastic and Prophetic, Witness, 1947 12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
The Casita Medical Tour9th - Tuesday 10:30 - Marfa Ministerial Alliance Medical Tour10th - Wednesday Medical Tour Scholastica, Monastic, 543
4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen CLICK HERE12th - Friday Charles Freer Andrews, Priest and “Friend of the Poor” in India, 194013th - Saturday Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818 14th - Sunday 10:30 - The Last Sunday after Epiphany https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx Live Streamed at 10:30 am
Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries, 869 and 885 15th - Monday Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, 1730 12:30 - 1:00 - Centering Prayer
Prayers of the People - First Sunday after Epiphany -
Baptism of our Lord
Through Christ we are anointed with the Holy Spirit in baptism. May the same Spirit inspire us as we offer our prayers, responding, “Hear us, God of Glory.”
+ For an overflowing gift of generosity, that we may reflect God’s abundant care for all of creation, lifting others out of systemic poverty, increasing the mission work of our churches, and reaping the joy of a philanthropic life;...By your Holy Baptism, let us pray. Hear us, God of Glory.
+ For the courage to walk through the tranquil and turbulent waters of life, knowing that in our baptism we died with Christ in darkness and joined him in the risen light; ..By your Holy Baptism, let us pray....Hear us, God of Glory.
+ For Donald, our President, Joe, our President-elect and all who exercise authority in the nations of the world, For a new dawning of peace and reconciliation in places of conflict, that the Prince of Peace will fill the hearts of decision-makers with wisdom and self-control, and banish the shadow of enmity. ..By your Holy Baptism, let us pray. Hear us, God of Glory.
+ For the Church, that it may bear witness to Jesus’ forgiveness and love, offering to those outside its walls the light that illumines all darkness and releases humanity from the grip of sin; ..By your Holy Baptism, let us pray. Hear us, God of Glory.
+ That we may know our identity through the voice of God, who claims us as his beloved sons and daughters, and invites us to share in his earthly mission; ..By your Holy Baptism, let us pray. Hear us, God of Glory.
+For an end to the worldwide pandemic, that God will free us from this dangerous virus, strengthen those who labor for our health, and give us grace to strive for the common good.....By your Holy Baptism, let us pray..... Hear us, God of Glory.
For those who have died, remembering especially those who have lost their lives due to the pandemic and those who lost their lives in the Capitol this past week and anyone we wish to name at this time...., that they may receive the fulfillment of that blessed hope bestowed in baptism......By your Holy Baptism, let us pray..... Hear us, God of Glory.
In companionship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all the saints whose constant intercession strengthens our faith, let us continue our prayers.
+ In thanksgiving for those who bring treasures to the poor and needy of the world, offering precious gifts of hope to God’s fragile people... For this church family, that that we who are baptized may open our hearts to God's presence in surprising places.....In thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life, remembering those who have been our mentors and teachers, and through whose companionship we have experienced the riches of divine grace; Let us take time and name who and what we are thankful for.......By your Holy Baptism, let us pray..... Hear us, God of Glory.
+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......By your Holy Baptism, let us pray..... Hear us, God of Glory.
Concluding Collect: Gracious and loving God, you have anointed your people with the waters of Baptism and made us your beloved children. Hear our prayers and fill us with your Spirit that we may share the work of your Son, bringing blessing and light to all in the world, through Jesus Christ our Savior. 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 The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, The Diocese of Afikpo – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), (Enugu Province), The Diocese of North Africa – The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria, The Diocese of the Horn of Africa – The Episcopal / Anglican Province of Alexandria, The Diocese of Agra – The (united) Church of North India, The Diocese of Aguata – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), (Niger Province), The Diocese of Ahoada – The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), (Niger Delta Province), ....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque…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: For all who serve in a hospital...Amy, Sam George, Laurel, Chase, April, Chris, Creede, Bennett,...All my family,...Rudy with ALS....MDS Anderson patients and doctors...Today I Hope: Love wins, Everyone loves each other...To remain sober....the teepees will be warm at Big Bend....For unity...For a safer tomorrow....Things will get better...Ending racism...Today I Thank: Jesus,... Heavenly Father...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...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...Patricia, congestive heart failure....
Those who have died
The Rev. Richard Murphy, Victims of Covid-19, those who dies in the capitol this past week
World News This Week in Prayer
Though I may speak with bravest fire,
And have the gift to all inspire,
And have not love; my words are vain;
as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.
Though I may give all I possess,
And striving so my love profess,
But not be giv’n by love within,
The profit soon turns strangely thin. [i]
Our shining Child,
Out of the Nativity you call to all nations, all peoples.
Yet nations build walls, lay mines and militarize their borders. Watchtowers are built and billions in electronic surveillance deployed. O little town of Bethlehem, a beloved carol, is today a town suffering, partitioned. Help us to reconcile these injustices as land is taken, houses destroyed and people’s movement severely restricted. Walls comprise a growing Border Industrial Complex in 2021. We pray for the peoples in Israel where six walls exist; in Morocco, Iran and India each having three walls; South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Lithuania each with two walls, and all countries who violate human rights in this new and growing apartheid.[ii] We pray mightily for the peoples of Syria nearly surrounded as five nations have put up walls for a people utterly displaced and ravaged.
Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.
We pray for those who seek asylum and are “neither here, nor there.” We pray for those who have traveled unbelievable distances and through unimaginable harms to be turned away, silenced, detained and imprisoned. Be with us in this complex suffering. It feels so upside down. We pray for those from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador the so called Northern Triangle where so many have fled due to record levels of violence, torture and death. Our spirits long as we hear how severe the terror must be for parents to send their children alone to flee.[iii] They cross into Mexico and the US. We pray for the Rohingya in Myanmar escaping genocide and now displaced in Bangladesh. Guard them. Sustain them. We pray for the leaders in all of these countries.
We pray for those who grow, harvest and transport food that we may take for granted in these times where shelves are stocked and gas seems plenty, … and in these same times where COVID and famine and war keep house together in Yemen[iv] and now South Sudan, Burkina Faso and northeastern Nigeria, and where 16 other countries are entering famine where children are the first to silently suffer and die. Though I may give all I possess.
We pray where reports of war, political instability, civil war, humanitarian strife and years of occupation are endured. We call out in prayer for peace in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Somalia, Venezuela, Mali, Lebanon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Republic of Congo, the US and Iran relations, the India and Pakistan conflict, North Korea, between Israel and Palestine, the terrorizing by the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the criminal violence in Mexico, the enmity of Turkey and Kurdish troops, Egypt, and Ukraine. Lord have mercy.
The news of the world is on our radios, TV, laptops, phones, newspapers and word of mouth. We hear of protests in streets. We hear of the breaking of curfews and mass gatherings as during a rave in France. We hear of rage and violence in the US, including the shocking invasion of the US Capitol by reactionary factions, who have been goaded on for months by the words of elected officials. Help us to remember and live out the truth that, in the words of U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, “…words matter, and the power of life and death is in the tongue.” The news tolls of the police shooting of Andre Hill in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Casey Goodson, Jr. was being laid to rest after a sheriff’s deputy shot and killed him at the doorstep of his Columbus home earlier this month. We grieve and are angered, we march, we lay flowers and light candles. Help us to discern right action lest – My words are vain; as sounding brass.
The news tolls the deaths from COVID19, the overflow in hospitals, surge upon surge. We pray for the teams that know no border at the bedside, vaccine clinic, lab or as first responders. We are hopeful for the multitude of COVID vaccines coming to communities. We call for equity in vaccine distribution as developing nations manifest such a great need. May the wealthy countries dig deeper to stave off further crisis. Unify us in this time of horrendous loss of life and the devastation that has reached in some way into each of our homes and neighborhoods and circles the globe. Protect those in severe economic insecurity from further debt and eviction. Help us to universalize health care access. We pray in gratitude as increased access to women’s health care in Argentina is manifested. Comfort the grieving in every nation, in every town and village. Our spirits long.
We pray for the journalist teams that film, write and publish with risk of death as they give voice and document the injustices around the world. Help us to listen as they lift these tentative voices to the world’s stage. Help each of us to find our voice, and remind those of us with public platforms of our deep responsibility to speak the truth in love. Magnify the Good News. May it stream through all of these spaces – guide every deed.
Help us to honor the multitude of indigenous peoples[v] who keep the land and guard it’s teachings. We pray that the pressures of extraction that degrade rivers, displace tribes and communities, and cultivate institutional racism can be acknowledged for what they are – social and environmental and climate injustices – as they have been through the ages. The marginalized are among us and in the news daily. These transgressions trample our relationship to you, your kin-dom, and all of creation. Help us to hear and heed their warnings. Repair these wrongs. Reconcile us to right action. Come spirit.
Bring us to a new accounting and clarity in these opening days of 2021. Forgive us for the deeds done that cannot be undone, the sins and trespasses and willfulness that did not serve. Open our hearts to inward love, to one and other, nation-to-nation in a new way – in the Good News you gave to the world–of Christ’s birth, his baptism, journey to the cross and resurrection. Help us to forgive one another as we are sheltered and made whole by this great love. Help us to repair, restore and amend what is ours to do. Lord in your great compassion hear us.
Come, spirit, come, our hearts control,
Our spirits long to be made whole,
Let inward love guide every deed;
By this we worship and are freed.[vi]
[i] Words: Hal Hopson, based on 1 Corinthians 13. Music based on an English Folk Tune Copyright 1972 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Il. 60188. All Rights Reserved.