Posts by EDFW Staff Writer

Posts by EDFW Staff Writer

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Rick Grimes retires after 24 years as All Saints’ organist and choirmaster

Rick Grimes, organist and choirmaster at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, concluded his 24-year tenure on Rally Day at All Saints’ this past Sunday, September 9. The vestry honored him at his retirement with a proclamation, which was printed in the service leaflet. View Grimes’ biography on this site. Grimes’ career as an organist started at the age of twelve, when he began playing at the Presbyterian church in Hillsboro, and he plans to return there in his…

Scot McComas elected to Province VII office

The Rev. Scot McComas has been elected as a member-at-large to serve Province VII. McComas said that he was prompted to let his name stand for election at the provincial level in large part because of his experience serving as a deputy to the General Convention this summer in Austin. This past summer I attended The General Convention of the Episcopal Church as a first-time deputy and was surprised at how much I loved being a part of the legislative…

Vendors, exhibitors invited for the 2018 Diocesan Convention

Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth 2018 Diocesan Convention On November 9-10, 2018, more than 200 delegates, spouses, and guests will gather at the Decatur Conference Center in Decatur, Texas, for the Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Exhibits have played an integral part of past conventions of the diocese, and you are invited to present your organization and its products and/or programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet you face-to-face in the conference center. Reservations for…
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Nominations open for 2018 Diocesan Convention

Nominations are now open for eight positions that will be filled at the 2018 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in Decatur, Texas, on November 9 and 10. The Nominations Committee earnestly seeks participation from parishioners across the spectrum of our diocese. The committee invites you to read, pray, and discern if you know someone to nominate for any of the elected positions described below. Please verify with the person you want to nominate whether they are willing…
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Meet up with Episcopalians at Saturday march and rally

On June 30, people across the country are rallying to demand an end to family separation. In Fort Worth the “Families Belong Together and Free” March and Rally” is at 10 am Saturday, June 30, at the Tarrant County Courthouse. It is organized by Indivisible Fort Worth, United Fort Worth, RAICES, Faith in Texas, and Mavericks United. To meet with other Episcopalians at this event, gather on the east lawn of the courthouse, and wear a red “Love God, Love Your…
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Donate toward gift for Carlye Hughes, bishop-elect of Newark

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we prepare to bid a very fond farewell to Bishop-elect Carlye Hughes, we congratulate her on her election and wish her many blessings and god-speed in her new position in the Diocese of Newark. The Standing Committee invites all who are interested to help provide Carlye with her Pectoral Cross. This important piece of episcopal regalia is a symbol of the office of bishop and is an outward and visible sign of the…

Prayer Formats: the Collect

The prayer format perhaps most characteristic of the Book of Common Prayer is the collect. A collect is a brief prayer that brings together several ideas succinctly. Though not a common word now, it’s just the noun version of the verb “to collect.” A collect often follows a format something like this: Address – the prayer begins with a name for God and often a description of God’s character or actions. Petition & Purpose – this section asks for something and…

A Prayer for Fridays

Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us your servants so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Apply for mission and outreach grants

Do you have an idea for making a positive impact in your community with the church’s help? Is there a project your church would like to develop that could use a little extra funding? Apply now for mission and outreach grants. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, will be awarding grants to programs that assist those who are underserved in our communities, strongly involve personal participation by our congregations, and that will be strengthened…
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Register for EfM mentor training in September

2018 EFM mentor training St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville, TX is hosting a mentor training September 14-16, 2018 for prospective and continuing mentors in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program, as well as others interested in the program. Training options There will be two training events offered: Basic/In Service – Foundations of Seminar Life Vocation Formation Training – Ministry in Daily Life Please be reminded that Sewanee training requirements for experienced mentors may necessitate your taking basic training. All new mentors…

Carlye Hughes elected bishop of the Diocese of Newark

The Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church Fort Worth was elected as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark at their convention on Saturday, May 18, 2018. Election on first Ballot The first ballot of the election convention returned a clear result, showing Hughes to have been elected as the next bishop. As the Diocese of Newark’s website explains:   In order to be elected, a candidate needed to receive a simple majority of votes…

Prayers at the blessing of a marriage

When two people desire to form a lasting, lifelong partnership with each other in God’s love, they make their vows before God and the gathered community of family, friends and the Church. They in turn receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill those vows. These are some of the prayers that The Episcopal Church uses in the blessing of a marriage: O God, you have so consecrated the covenant of marriage that in it is represented…

Prayers for the Royal Wedding

A prayer from the Church of England  God of love, send your blessing upon Harry and Meghan, and all who are joined in marriage, that, rejoicing in your will and continuing under your protection, they may both live and grow in your love all their days, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Marriage prayers in The Episcopal Church When two people desire to form a lasting, lifelong partnership with each other in God’s love, they make their vows before God and…

What liturgy will be used at the Royal Wedding?

It is a delight that the sacraments of the Church, such as baptism, marriage, and burial, are the same for everyone, princes and paupers alike. The liturgy, or pattern of the service, in the Church of England and in the Episcopal Church, and in churches throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion is consistent with what has been used for centuries. So if you’re curious about the marriage ceremony, or inspired by the beauty and meaning of the prayers and promises in…

St. Stephen’s begins transgender support group

In March St. Stephen’s in Hurst held the first meeting of a new transgender support group. The need for the group was discerned following the church’s community-wide event “Try Being Me: I’m your LGBTQ neighbor.” Barbara Cutter, St. Stephen’s member, noted that comments from attendees at that event included “I need a friend who will listen to my spiritual questions,” “I need resources to help with my transition,” and “I don’t understand what my teen is telling me.” St. Stephen’s…