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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 


December 12th - 

DRG Women Zoom Christmas Party

All women of the diocese are invited to come together on December 12 at 11AM for the ANEW2 Zoom Christmas Party. Email Cindy Davis, Coordinator of Women’s Ministry (cynthiadavisauthor@gmail.com) to be on the list to receive the Zoom link. You can join Zoom via phone, too. 

We’ll be eating together virtually, so start thinking about what wonderful goodies you may want to prepare to tempt the rest of us. You can share your recipe with the group by emailing it to Cindy (cynthiadavisauthor@gmail.com) because we’ll be compiling a hand-out. See you then! 

 


 


December 13th

St. Paul's Quarterly Annual Meeting
Noon - THIS SUNDAY

Let us catch up with one another,
look at the proposed budget for next year,
talk about serving on the Bishop's Committee
and virtually enjoy one another's company.
SAFELY on ZOOM

Click Here
 


I Was a Stranger, and You Welcomed Me

An Advent Prayer Vigil for All Seeking Refuge and Home

Sunday, December 13, 6:00

A prayer vigil offered by Episcopal Migration Ministries

episcopalmigrationministries.org/advent

 

In the Christian liturgical year, Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus, a time of prayerful yearning for Emmanuel, “God with us.” To honor and mark this holy time, EMM offers a prayer vigil, modeled off a ‘Blue Christmas’ prayer service, to invite prayer and reflection on Advent themes in a world being transformed by forced migration.

Download EMM Refugee Prayer Vigil PDF or Word doc.

Episcopal Migration Ministries, in partnership with the EMM Asylum Ministry Network and EMM Immigration Detention Ministry Network, will host a virtual Advent vigil on Sunday, December 13, 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST. The Advent vigil, available via Zoom webinar and Facebook Live, will offer a time of prayer and reflection in a world being transformed by forced migration.

Registration is required and is available here. The vigil will be available on-demand following the event.

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LGBTQ+ Ministry
Diocese of the
Rio Grande
A Service of Evening Prayer
for the LGBTQ+ Community
Our Friends and Allies
Third Sunday of Advent
December 13
6:00 PM
 
   
Link for Zoom
Facebook



December 22 - 7:00 pm - The Longest Night Service
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
​Live Streamed at 7:00 pm

Join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle  - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.
 

5:00 pm - Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
​Live Streamed at 5:00 pm

~Come worship - 
see people virtually you have not seen in a while!~

 

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!

LIVESTREAM


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




~DECEMBER~ 

8th

Tuesday, December 8: When a woman comes to recognize her own spiritual self, she has two choices: she can accept the lie about her spiritual deficiency or she can assert her equality. The question is, What does the God who made her equal want her to do? Rosemary Radford Ruether wrote of it: “The liberating encounter with God/ess is always an encounter with our authentic selves resurrected from underneath the alienated self.”

 

10:30  Marfa Ministerial Alliance

Richard Baxter, Pastor and Writer, 1691


9th

Wednesday, December 9: Men are taught simply to assume their spiritual superiority. They argue that Jesus wa:s male to prove that males are holier, closer to God, God’s agents on earth. Which is probably why Thomas Watson wrote: There are “none so empty of grace as they that think they are full.”

 

3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre

Chapter 4


A Karl Barth, Pastor and Theologian, 1968
Thomas Merton, Contemplative and Writer, 1968


10th
 

Thursday, December 10: The prioritizing of human beings is the bane of the human race. It is the foundation of racism, sexism, nationalism, clericalism, and slavery. Why? How can this go on in the face of the findings of science, education, and the nature of creation everywhere in all aspects of life? Flannery O’Connor puts it very directly. She says, “All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us—and the change is painful.”

7:00 PM - Migrant Cycle of Prayer
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11th
Friday, December 11: What is it that keeps such inequality and poor theology in place? We do. Ourselves. We drank the Kool-Aid and are afraid to refuse it now—for fear that weak and frightened men, compliant and weak women—won’t like us.
 
The Rev. Frederick B. "Ted" Howden Jr.
Priest + Soldier + Martyr
+ died December 11, 1942 +


The Cathedral of St. John will again be hosting a Diocesan Service honoring our Local Saint and Martyr, Chaplain Ted Howden this December 11th at 8 pm.
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Click here for more information about this Saint
from our Diocese

12th

Saturday, December 12: The problem is that, all the while, the next generation is waiting.... “There is no other teacher but your own soul,” Swami Vivekananda says. Which means that such invisibility will end when we refuse to believe in it.

Francis de Sales, Bishop, and Jane de Chantal, Monastic, Workers of Charity, 1622 and 1641
 

 
DRG Women Zoom Christmas Party

All women of the diocese are invited to come together on December 12 at 11AM for the ANEW2 Zoom Christmas Party. Email Cindy Davis, Coordinator of Women’s Ministry (cynthiadavisauthor@gmail.com) to be on the list to receive the Zoom link. You can join Zoom via phone, too. 

We’ll be eating together virtually, so start thinking about what wonderful goodies you may want to prepare to tempt the rest of us. You can share your recipe with the group by emailing it to Cindy (cynthiadavisauthor@gmail.com) because we’ll be compiling a hand-out. See you then! 


13th

Sunday, December 13: Twenty-five years ago Black men united in their pain—and power. That’s what the Million Man March meant—and started. When will we have, in respect of the Madonna of the Light, a “Million Women of the Church March” that begins to tell the rest of the holy and very spiritual story of the creation of women?

 


10:30pm - Third Sunday of Advent
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am



NOON - TODAY

St. Paul's Quarterly Annual Meeting
Let us catch up with one another,
look at the proposed budget for next year,
talk about serving on the Bishop's Committee
and virtually enjoy one another's company.
SAFELY on ZOOM
Click Here


6:00pm - Prayer Vigil for Refugees
Sponsored by Episcopal Migration Ministry

In the Christian liturgical year, Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus, a time of prayerful yearning for Emmanuel, “God with us.” To honor and mark this holy time, EMM offers a prayer vigil, modeled off a ‘Blue Christmas’ prayer service, to invite prayer and reflection on Advent themes in a world being transformed by forced migration.

Download EMM Refugee Prayer Vigil PDF or Word doc.

Episcopal Migration Ministries, in partnership with the EMM Asylum Ministry Network and EMM Immigration Detention Ministry Network, will host a virtual Advent vigil on Sunday, December 13, 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST. The Advent vigil, available via Zoom webinar and Facebook Live, will offer a time of prayer and reflection in a world being transformed by forced migration.

Registration is required and is available here. The vigil will be available on-demand following the event.


Lucy of Syracuse, Martyr, 304
Ella Baker, Social Reformer, 1986
Samuel Johnson, Priest, 1772

 


14th

Monday, December 14: Women are the foundation of the world. We build our greatest institutions on their backs— the family, education, nursing, cooking, child care, agriculture—and hardly notice their quiet presence. But, oh, if they ever stop...then what?

 

12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita


Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, Educator, 1906
Juan de la Cruz (John of the Cross), Mystic, 1591


15th
 

Tuesday, December 15: Before women can believe that they are valued in this world, gender-based violence which affects women’s ability to thrive and succeed must be seen as criminal behavior—even in marriage. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.

Nino of Georgia, Missionary, c.332


16th
 

Wednesday, December 16: Before women can believe that they are really valued in this world, women must be given basic human rights to determine their life choices. The important thing is for the rest of us to note these things—like the childhood marriage of little girls in Afghanistan—and educate our own circles about it. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.

3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre

Chapter 5


17th
 

Thursday, December 17: Before women can believe that they are really valued as full human beings in this world, they must have the right to secure private property rights and land tenure. Otherwise, they are denied the right to life and the right and means to support themselves in case of tragedy. In Kenya, Uganda, and other countries in Africa, women do most of the farming but are denied the right to own the land. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.

c

Dorothy Sayers, Apologist and Spiritual Writer, 1957

11:00 - Southwest Deanery Clericus

4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen

CLICK HERE


7:00 PM - Migrant Cycle of Prayer
Click Here


18th

Friday, December 18: Before women can believe that they are really being treated as full human beings they must have full access to education and especially higher- educational opportunities. In many societies, girls stop going to school at the time of puberty because there are no private toilet facilities provided for their new needs. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.


3:00 Rio Grand Borderland Ministries Meeting


19th

Saturday, December 19: Before women can believe that they are actually adult human beings they must have the opportunity to assume leadership roles. The United States has fewer women in government positions than any other developed country, including Russia. Until we insist that women be part of our own decision-making process, we will continue to cater to the needs of men and women will remain second-class citizens here.


20th
 

Sunday, December 20: Before women can believe thatthey are important people they must have a place in decision-making in society, in their local communities, in their homes. Marriage is meant to be a partnership not a property exchange. Until the world clamors for change the oppression of women will simply be taken for granted.

10:30 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am


Katharina von Bora, Church Reformer, 1552

 

21st
 

Monday, December 21: Knowing that there is no ceiling above your head to keep you down is what enables aperson to grow, to flourish, to become more than they knew they were. That is the light of the soul that Mary, Madonna of Light shines into our souls and shows us what we should be doing in life.



SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE

12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita


22nd

Tuesday, December 22: When we are fully grown of soul—both women and men—we are mature enough to care for others as well as ourselves. Anything other than that is spiritual immaturity. As Henry Nouwen reminds us, “The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.”


Ruth Elaine Younger, Monastic, 1986 
Henry Budd, Priest, 1875
Charlotte Diggs (Lottie) Moon, Missionary in China, 1912



7:00 pm - The Longest Night Service
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
​Live Streamed at 7:00 pm

Join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle  - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.
 


23RD

Wednesday, December 23: The courage to accept the self, to be what we are rather than waste our lives wishing we were someone, something else, is the beginning of the flowering of our souls. Brené Brown puts it this way,“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.’’

     3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre

Chapter 6


24th

Thursday, December 24: Becoming ourselves rather than a carbon copy of some cover-girl woman, is a woman’shighest call to selfhood and society’s definition of that for her is a woman’s greatest barrier to adulthood.


5:00 pm - Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
​Live Streamed at 5:00 pm


24th - 7:00 PM - Migrant Cycle of Prayer
Click Here


25th
 

Friday, December 25: On Christmas, on the feast day of the birth of Jesus, we are called to commit ourselves to the birth of our own best self. May Sarton writes, “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”


THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST


26TH

Saturday, December 26: Born to be another Christ means that we will grow into the heart of Jesus for which our own world is now waiting in this time. It is to that light that the Madonna is leading us.

SAINT STEPHEN, DEACON AND MARTYR


27th

Sunday, December 27: For women to grow beyond society’s expectations of women Barbara De Angelis warns us, “It takes a lot of courage to be the same person on the outside that you are on the inside.”

 

10:30 - First Sunday after Christmas
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
Live Streamed at 10:30 am


SAINT JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST


28th

Monday, December 28: In the darkness of life remember that it is the Madonna of Light that will lead you beyond your fear. Then, you will be ready to lead others, too.

12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita


HOLY INNOCENTS
 


29th

Tuesday, December 29: For a woman to lead, she must first stand up, as Mary did to the Angel, and make her own ideas known.



30th

Wednesday, December 30: One of the greatest women the church has ever had to deal with was Teresa of Avila. She continues to call women to the womanliness of spir-itual adulthood when she says, “Authentic prayer never leads to complacency but needles us.... It leads us to true self-knowledge, to true humility.” And self- knowledge leads us to find the courage to become who we are meant to be.

3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre

Chapter 7



31st

Thursday, December 31: Growing to fullness of life— within and outside ourselves—is the goal of life. “What you are,” theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar teaches, “is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

 


~JANUARY~
1st

THE HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

 
2nd

Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop and Theologian, 389

Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, First Indian Anglican Bishop,

Dornakal, 1945

 
3rd
10:30 -Second Sunday after Christmas
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

William Passavant, Prophetic Witness, 1894

 
4th

Elizabeth Ann Seton, Monastic and Educator, 1821


12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita

5th

Sarah, Theodora, and Syncletica of Egypt, Desert Mothers, 4th-5th century


7:00 PM - WAY OF LOVE GROUP
6th

THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST


3:30 - Sin Fronteras Book Study
The U.S. Immigration Crisis by Miguel De La Torre

Conclusion

7th
4:00 - Book Study Group on Zoom
Return of the Prodigal Son by Henry Nouwen

CLICK HERE

8th

Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary, 1969

 
9th

Julia Chester Emery, Lay Leader and Missionary, 1922

 
10th
10:30 -First Sunday after Episphany
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
https://facebook.com/stpaulsmarfatx
​Live Streamed at 10:30 am

 

William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

 
11th

12:30 - 1:00 -  Centering Prayer
The Casita


 

 



 

Prayers of the People  - Second Sunday of Advent - December 6, 2020

The voice of God cries out in the wilderness, calling us to a transformed way
of living. Let us respond to this invitation through the offering of our prayers...
I will say for this we pray and the response is Come, Lord Jesus.

+ Come with your promise to bring a new heaven and a new earth to your people, who are waiting, that God will give us patience, help us to accompany one another through difficult times, and open in our hearts a place to recognize God's presence and invitations to serve.........for this we pray....Come, Lord Jesus.

+ Come into the hearts of your people, that we may turn from our selfish

consumption of fossil fuels, our waste of food and clothing, our recklessness with money, and our carelessness with the gifts of creation;....for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

+ Come into the body of the Church and make us a baptizing community, that

multitudes may hear your message of repentance and hope, and receive your free gift of eternal love;....for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

+ Come with your Holy Spirit, into the hearts of those who are unemployed, abused, poorly educated, and who are persecuted for their faith, and awaken hope;....for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

+ Come to young people everywhere, that they may have a desire to study your commandments and to exercise ministry in the world outside the Church;for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

+ Come to Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Michael, our Bishop,  to Donald., President of the United States, Joe, president-elect and to all who exercise offices of authority; may wisdom be their guide, and the true love of their people direct their decisions; For the healing of divisions, that God will lead us to honest dialogue, greater respect for one another, and a deeper commitment to the truth....for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

+Prepare the hearts of first responders and military personnel for the coming of the King of Peace. Raise up every righteous deed. Level mountains of suspicion and misunderstanding. Lead those we pray for along level pathways to safety and loved ones...We especially remember in our prayers all who are fighting the Coronavirus, that God will strengthen those who are sick and their caregivers, inspire researchers, and guide those who will be distributing the vaccine.....for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

+ Come to those whom we love but see no more and name at this time.....+ Come to those whom we love but see no more and name at this time.....gather them into your heavenly rest;.heavenly rest;....for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

+Come, Lord Jesus, and help us to be a people who honor your commandments and who live by your law of love, as we continue our prayers and petitions.

+For a greater sense of gratitude, that we may recognize all the ways that God has shown love for us, and be filled with awe and thankfulness for God's gifts. Let us take time and name what we are thankful for....for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

+Prepare the hearts of those who suffer for the coming of Christ, the Great Physician. We lift before you the needs of: For those whose lives are closely linked with ours, and those connected to us as part of the human family. 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....Raise them up from sickness and sorrow; lay low the mountains of pain; and by your Son’s gentle hand, lead them and their loved ones along level pathways into health and hope....Awaken in us compassion and humility of spirit, as we seek and serve Christ in all persons....for this we pray.....Come, Lord Jesus.

       

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,
Amen+

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 The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury), Shyira (Rwanda), Edmonton (Canada), Shyogwe (Rwanda), Egba (Nigeria), Lafia (Nigeria), Sialkot (Pakistan), Egba West (Nigeria), Singapore (South East Asia), Egbu (Nigeria), Egypt (Jerusalem & Middle East), Sittwe (Myanmar), Eha - Amufu (Nigeria), Ekiti Kwara (Nigeria), Ekiti Oke (Nigeria), Ekiti West (Nigeria)....In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Missionaries, Congregational Life and Development, Lay Liturgical Ministers…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 wallTo day I Pray: Everyone is safe....This trip will be the best one....For families who have lost battles with COVID-19...Rudy with ALS....Friends, Families and peace...4 health and peace....Families who are suffering...Roberto and Julia...Ofelia Gonzalez...Patsy and Yung Family...Four our country...3rd step prayer & surrender for my children...for peace...safe travel....Today I Hope: To remain sober....the teepees will be warm at Big Bend....For unity...For a safer tomorrow....Things will get better...Love, peace in the land...Ending racism...Peace in our world...Today I Thank: God for Camillia m y friend....His grace, patience, guidance...God for His grace...Universe for its enduring embrace...my family...For our Democracy...Live to see another day...God for Gace...Finding a home here...Marfa for being accepting of all...His grace, patience and guidance...For this life I've been given...God 4 my life...God, that I live to see another day...This new beginning-11/7/20......Mom...family & love...Bill W & Dr. Bob...Prayer Box: For our long trip and our families far away...Becca's recovery from a broken ankle...For our family friend "R" who is facing serious surgery on October 1...Mariano Faiardo reecovery from cancer (my father)...Victor Amram, grandfather of 92 that is struggling for strength...Zanfini...

St. Paul’s Prayer List

Gail, Patty, Holly,  D'Ette, Merit and the Fowlkes family, James, Shere, Kevin and Jay, Lesly, Lila, Melodie, Mimi, Pat & Mary, the Vana Family… FOR Jeanie Olivas, Vijaya, Frank, Larry, Jack Risen, Kathryn Anschutz, Sue Ellen, Kelly, Brian Hutchins who have cancer… for Michael Simpson, Lee Ann,. for James, Brian Neal & Jacob, Linda, for Jenny, Megan and Elizabeth, for David who has MSA, Frank, for Ralph...Kathleen….Bishop Jerry and Jane Lamb…Jessie Ann….Francisco Javier Del  Hierro Vega, Juan Paul Del Hierro Vega, Arlyn Del Hierro…..Canon Carole McGowan... Help us remember that whereas some sections of the media are skewed and biased or even untruthful, Your essence is truth and light...for the media that  they present with truth, compassion and unbias... Douglas...for those with the coronavirus, those living in isolation because of the virus, caretakers and researchers to find a cure and a vaccine...MEMBERS OF THE TIPTON FAMILY...Amanda, a nurse on the frontlines in New York City....Debbie Hamilton who is a paramedic on the front lines in San Antonio....Dawn who has cancer..Airman First Class Sidney Davis who is overseas.....Andrea, a nurse recovered from COVID-19 and back at treating others, Safe travels, Protection from COVID-19,...Ellen Boyd. After 15 years of being cancer free, her cancer has returned.... Itze who is in hospice...For the Kinney-Morrow family...Father Phil West recovering from a stroke...Gary Stonum who has Covid-19....for Katie who is dying.....Aurie....Mary Steele who is battling stage 3 breast Cancer...Kellie and Rick on their journey together....Pearl....Paul Woods, Cancer....Dorothy Swanson who fell and now has the Coronavirus....Lee Ann....Kaley Bowerman & Judah...Kristy Kimmell...Burt and Doris Ann Brownfield.......Corina & Carlos and their daughters, Iris and Lily....Rudy and Allison....Roberto who has cancer and Julia his wife....Luane Porter...Carol Janocek who has cancer...Layne who is struggling....Marina Z with Covid-19....Yvonne who is in hospice care...Roger Cribdin, Cancer medical trial, Zann who is in the hospital for tests...

 

Those who have died

Candace Covington, victims of Covid-19

 

World News This Week in Prayer

In this second week of Advent, we light the candle of peace. What does it mean for us to seek God’s peace? Is peace a lack of conflict, or is it more? The word so often used for peace in the Bible can also be translated as wholeness. May we seek God’s wholeness this week.

Let us pray:

Holy God,

We pray for the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where month-long fighting has led to death, displacement, and lack of supplies for basic needs. We are heartened by little signs of hope, like the UN aid deal, where the UN will have “unimpeded, sustained, and secure” access to deliver food and medicines to that region.

God of peace,
Make us whole.

We pray for workers’ rights, fair pay, health benefits, and economic justice for the many who experience scarcity as a part of everyday life. We pray for Pakistan, where “invisible” working women, such as home workers and croppers, won more workers’ rights, including new social security benefits.

God of peace,

Make us whole.

We remember this week World AIDS Day on December 1 and pray for the 38 million people living with HIV/AIDS across the globe. We are grateful that each year, organizations and individuals around the globe bring attention to HIV. We ask for continued strength as they endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward ending this decades long pandemic.

God of peace,

Make us whole.

We pray for the Earth, where climate change affects us all. We celebrate attention to this crisis and positive steps toward restoration. We pray for New Zealand, where a climate change emergency has been declared, and a carbon-neutral government by 2025 has been pledged.

God of peace,
Make us whole.

We pray for your people around the globe who are still so impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited by new technologies that have helped many, and lift India in prayer, where robots now navigate hospitals with chest-mounted tablets, allowing patients and their loved ones to see each other. These robots have also been adapted to assist by taking vital readings and help in consultations.

God of peace,
Make us whole.

Fill us with your Spirit as we seek your peace for all people, and all of creation. May we continue the collective work of reconciliation, that we may truly bring about your wholeness in this broken world.

Amen.

 

"SEE" YOU SUNDAY!



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

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