Posts from December 2018

Posts from December 2018

Lay leader Norm Snyder died December 19, 2018

Long time lay leader Norman David Snyder (Norm), died December 19, 2018 doing what he loved best — helping other people, particularly children. The memorial service will be at 2 pm Sunday, December 23, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2016 Acton Hwy, Granbury, Texas (meeting at the Seventh Day Adventist Church). Bishop Scott Mayer and the Rev. Dr. Suzi Robertson will be presiding. Snyder, his wife Barbara, and several other members of the Episcopal Church of the…

Gingerbread housing development at St. Christopher

The St. Mary Chapter of the  Junior Daughters of the King (JDOK) sponsored a gingerbread house making event on Sunday, December 9, immediately after St. Christopher’s 10:30 am service. Members of St. Elizabeth Chapter of DOK and other members of the parish provided candy, cereals, and other decorations for these buildings.   There were 12 houses with seven children and five adults doing the design work. A pizza lunch was provided so no one would have to work hungry. Everyone had fun — and despite…

Join us for Christmas worship

The twelve days of the Christmas Season begin with Christmas. Christmas Eve is observed with a celebratory worship service. This nearly always includes traditional Christmas carols, and often a pageant, usually put on by the children reenacting the Nativity of Jesus. The principal worship service in an Episcopal church goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (a word which literally means “thanksgiving” – you can hear it pronounced here), the Lord’s Supper, the Mass. It is the family meal…

Christmas Concert December 16 at All Saints’, Fort Worth

All are invited to a Concert of Christmas Music at 5 pm Sunday, December 16, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Road in Fort Worth. The program will feature the All Saints’ Choir, a chamber orchestra and Clive Driskill-Smith, the British organist and recording artist who is the new organist and choirmaster at All Saints’. Admission is free with no tickets or reservations required, and a reception for everyone will follow the concert. For more information, call 817-732-1424 or…

Deacon Cindy Ruiz assigned to Good Shepherd, Granbury

The Rev. Cindy Ruiz, deacon, has been assigned to the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Granbury, by Bishop Scott Mayer. The Rev. Dr. Suzi Robertson is the priest in charge. Good Shepherd worships at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Ruiz was ordained as a deacon October 23, 2012, at St Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church in Fort Worth (River Oaks), by Bishop Sam Hulsey and Bishop Wallis Ohl. She was installed as deacon at Good Shepherd on December 2. Ruiz and her…

Christopher Rodgers ordained a priest

Bishop Scott Mayers ordained Christopher Rodgers  a priest on behalf of George Sumner, bishop of Dallas, on Thursday, December 6, at the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls, meeting in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Presenters were the Rev. J.D. Godwin, Mr. Christopher W. Holley, the Rev. Michael W. Merriman, the Rev. Courtland M. Moore, the Very Rev. John Payne. Mrs. Jennifer L. Rodgers, the Rev. R. Casey Shobe, Mr. Mat Thekkil, Mr. Brent Walker, and Dr. Anne-Marie Williamson. Merriman, retired priest…

President George H. W. Bush funerals to be in Washington and Texas

Former President George H.W. Bush, 94, died Friday, November 30, 2018. His state funeral will be Wednesday, December 5, at the Episcopal Washington National Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, followed by a more private funeral at 10 am Central Time Thursday, December 6, at his home church of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, where he and Barbara Bush worshiped for more than 50 years. Both funerals will be televised by all major networks. The state funeral service will…

Burial rites in Episcopal church offer comfort, joy, and hope

On page 506 of The Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church is An Order for Burial. It lays out in clear language the order of the service, which remains essentially the same, no matter who is being buried. Everything is grounded in the hope of the Resurrection. The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized…

Topher Rodgers to be ordained priest

The Rev. Christopher Rodgers will be ordained a priest at 7 pm on Thursday, December 6, at the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church by Bishop Scott Mayer on behalf of Bishop George R. Sumner, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. A reception will follow. Rodgers was ordained a deacon by Bishop Sumner on June 2, 2018, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Dallas. His sending parish is the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, Texas. He became clergy in charge in Wichita…