Posts from August 2013

Posts from August 2013

A letter from Bishop Rayford High following the opinion from the Texas Supreme Court

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, On August 30, 2013 the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion that sent our case back to the lower court for reconsideration. While it is a disappointment not to have a definitive decision, as followers of Jesus Christ, we live in hope. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joins me in acknowledging our disappointment and urging all of us to be gentle with one another during this trying time, with the important goal of continuing…

Episcopalians react to Texas Supreme Court opinion

The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., bishop of Fort Worth; the Standing Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth are disappointed by the August 30, 2013 opinion of the Texas Supreme Court that failed to uphold the summary judgment of the 141st District Court, Tarrant County, Texas. That judgment granted the Local Episcopal Parties’ and The Episcopal Church’s Motions for Summary Judgments.

Prayer for those who Work

O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen   — from an Order for Compline, The Book of Common Prayer, p. 132  

Prayer for the Start of School

Dear God, bless the start of school. Bless all those of any age who walk into a classroom. Bless those who teach. Bless those who learn. Bless our intellect and our freedom. Help us remember that you did not make us to never question, but so fashioned us that we cannot stop asking, cannot stop learning. School us not to follow blindly, but to think the what and why, to search each sacred mystery, to discover what we cannot deny. –The Rt. Rev.…

Bishop High and Pat celebrate 49th wedding anniversary

The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr. and his wife Pat celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary on August 29. They were married August 29, 1964. Congratulations! O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send therefore your blessing upon your servants Pat and Rayford, that they may so love, honor, and cherish each other in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their…

Get the latest information from the Diocese of Fort Worth

A reminder as we release information for diocesan convention and await the opinion from the Texas Supreme Court — if you want to keep up with the news and updates in an easy and timely manner, please subscribe to news from the diocesan website. To do so, go to, enter your information, and check Every Single News Item. Daily updates will be delivered directly to your email inbox. We also recommend that you connect to our social channels: Like…
photo of worship at Common Grace Chapel in Stephenville

Worship has begun for Common Grace Lutheran at St. Luke’s, Stephenville

A congregation of thirty-four people participated in the second worship service of Common Grace Lutheran Chapel, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Stephenville. The Rev. Kevin S. Kanouse, bishop of the Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Mission Area of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), preached. The Rev. Janet Waggoner, canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, celebrated. The Rev. Curt Norman is rector of St. Luke’s. View worship photos taken by Margaret Norman. Listen to Bishop Kanouse’s sermon.  

Trip planned to see “The Promise” on October 4, 2013

A group from St. Luke in the Meadow Episcopal Church, 4301 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, 76103, is planning a trip to see “The Promise” in Glen Rose on Friday, October 4, 2013. Final reservations have to be made 30 days in advance, so the deadline is September 4. This is the 25th anniversary of the production. The group will get a special discount and organizers hope to have enough people to rent a bus to transport people back and forth.…
photo of tornado damage in Johnson County Texas

Diocese continues tornado relief help in Johnson, Hood Counties

Bishop Rayford High drove to Cleburne recently for one specific purpose – to hand over $6,000 to the Cleburne Area Relief Fund to assist in the ongoing rebuilding efforts in that community. It is part of the diocese’s commitment to help both Cleburne and Granbury recover from the May 15 tornadoes that ripped through Hood, Johnson, and Ellis Counties, leaving wide swaths of destruction in their wake. Most of the funds donated for tornado relief are going to Westlake Village…

Integrity to have fifth annual Dinner with the Bishop

Integrity Fort Worth is hosting its 5th annual Dinner with the Bishop on Friday, September 13, 2013, at St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church, 4301 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, TX, 76103. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a service led by Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr., and music led by the folk choir of Trinity Episcopal Church. The service will be followed by a catered BBQ meal in the parish hall. This is a free event but…

Diocesan stewardship team forming

With the goal of supporting congregations’ growth in stewardship, Bishop High has named a five-person stewardship team – Bob Bess (St. Martin-in-the-Fields Keller), Mary Lilly (St. Luke Stephenville), Mark Neyland (Trinity Fort Worth), Oswell Person (St. Christopher Fort Worth), and Whit Smith (All Saints Fort Worth). The team will work in partnership with the bishop and with diocesan stewardship officer Demi Prentiss, linking congregations with people and resources.

Apply now for mission funding

This year’s diocesan budget includes $11,233 for outreach programs within the diocese and $6,479 for programs beyond its geographical boundaries. Mark Daly, chair of the diocese’s Mission and Outreach Committee (a subcommittee of the diocesan Finance Committee) recently wrote to congregations across the diocese, requesting that congregations and ministries submit applications for the budgeted funds by Sept. 1.

An invitation to “do church differently”

Dear Friends in Christ – Our wonderful Lutheran neighbors are warmly inviting all of us – lay folks and clergy – to participate in their upcoming “Table Talk” conversation. Briarwood Retreat Center is just a hop, skip and jump north of Fort Worth (670 Copper Canyon Road, Argyle 76226). This is a double-mint good opportunity to learn from Jim Johnson, a pastor who is “doing church differently” – and successfully! It is also an opportunity to connect with some brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we have much in common and with whom we might embark on some creative ministry endeavors – as St. Luke’s in Stephenville is already doing!
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