Diocese offering online worship services

Diocese offering online worship services

This page contains information about online worship services, the link for downloading worship leaflets, and links to sermons preached at the diocesan online services as well as several other sermons offered by clergy in other online services.

Updated June 5, with information about Trinity Sunday.

The Church is not closed. Some of our buildings are closed to the public, and in-person worship has been suspended in our congregations as we work to care for one another, especially the most vulerable among us.

But God is with us. Ministry continues.

For as long as necessary, the diocese will be offering an online worship service each Sunday at 10 am at the Diocesan YouTube Channel and at Facebook.com/DioFW

Clergy from several congregations will be taking part in the worship from week to week. You do not need a Facebook account to participate in the worship service. Worship leaflets for each service will be available to download as soon as they are prepared.

Download online worship leaflets here.

Please also check with your own congregations about what online offerings they will be making during this time of crisis.

Trinity Sunday

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is offering a worship service for Trinity Sunday at 10 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020, on the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel. The worship leaflet for this service, which will be an Ante-Communion service, can be downloaded here. The text of the sermon can be downloaded on Sunday morning.

The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles, St. Stephen’s, Hurst, is preaching. The Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, is the officient. Tony Kroll is the organist and Robin Glaze is the singer. Readers are Stephen Baker of St. Alban’s, and William Ledbetter of St. Luke’s in the Meadow.

The Day of Pentecost

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is offering a worship service for the Day of Pentecost at 10 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Read more here.

Bishop Scott Mayer is preaching. The Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, is the officient. The Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, is the gospeller. Readers are Eleanor Forfang Brockman of St. Luke’s, and Dave Burrows of St. Alban’s. The organist is Tony Kroll of St Luke’s and the singer is Stan Paschal of St. Stephen’s, Hurst. Readers for the reading from Acts are Dave Burrows (English), Martin Durbac, St. Alban’s (French), Eleanor Forfang Brockman of St. Luke’s (Norwegian), and Sherri Glaser of St. Luke’s (German).

The text of the bishop’s sermon can be downloaded here Sunday morning.

Download a worship leaflet

Sunday after Ascension

The online worship service for the Sunday after Ascension will go live at 10 am Sunday, May 10, 2020, on the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel. The worship leaflet for this service, which will be a Liturgy of the Word, can be downloaded here. The text of the sermon can be downloaded here on Sunday morning.

The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles of St. Stephen’s, Hurst, is the officient and the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, is the preacher. William Ledbetter of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, and Cheryl Romilly-Smith of St. Alban’s are readers. Organist is Tony Kroll of St. Luke’s. Pianist is John Dosher of St. Alban’s,Theatre Arlington. Singers are Patty Callahan, Robin Glaze, and Marsha McClean of St. Luke’s, and John Dosher, A. J. Moreno, Roy Reynolds, and Cheryl Smith of St. Alban’s.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

The online worship service for the Sixth Sunday of Easter will go live at 10 am Sunday, May 10, 2020, on the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel. The worship leaflet for this service, which will be a Liturgy of the Word, can be downloaded here. The text of the sermon can be downloaded here on Sunday morning.

The Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, is the officient and the Rev. Karen Calafat of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, is the preacher.  Readers are Eleanor Forfang-Brockman of St. Luke’s and Gloria Bender of St. Alban’s. Organist is Tony Kroll of St. Luke’s. Pianist is John Dosher of St. Alban’s,Theatre Arlington. Singers are Patty Callahan, Robin Glaze, and Marsha McClean of St. Luke’s, and John Dosher, A. J. Moreno, Roy Reynolds, and Cheryl Smith of St. Alban’s.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

The online worship service for the Fifth Sunday of Easter will go live at 10 am Sunday, May 10, 2020, on the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel. The worship leaflet for this service, which will be a Liturgy of the Word, can be downloaded here. The text of the sermon can be downloaded here on Sunday morning.

The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, canon to the Ordinary, is the officient and the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles of St. Stephen’s, Hurst, is the preacher. Readers are Steve Dequeant of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington; and William Ledbetter of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. Organist is Tony Kroll of St. Luke’s. Singers are Patty Callahan, Robin Glaze, and Marsha McClean of St. Luke’s, and John Dosher, A. J. Moreno, Roy Reynolds, and Cheryl Smith of St. Alban’s.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

The online worship service for the Fourth Sunday of Easter will go online at 10 am Sunday, May 3, 2020, on the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel. The worship leaflet for this service, which will be a Liturgy of the Word, can be downloaded here. The text of the sermon will be posted as soon as it is available.

The celebrant is the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles, St. Stephen’s, Hurst. The preacher is the Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington. The organist is Tony Kroll of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. Singers are Patty Callahan, Robin Glaze, and Marsha McClean of St. Luke’s, and John Dosher, A. J. Moreno, Roy Reynolds, and Cheryl Smith of St. Alban’s.

Third Sunday of Easter

The online worship service for the Third Sunday of Easter will go online at 10 am Sunday, April 26, 2020, on the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel. The worship leaflet for this service, which will be a Liturgy of the Word, can be downloaded here.

The celebrant is the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, the preacher is the Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth; and the musician is John Dosher of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington. Singers are Patty Callahan, Robin Glaze, and Marsha McClean of St. Luke’s, and John Dosher, A. J. Moreno, Roy Reynolds, and Cheryl Smith of St. Alban’s.

Second Sunday of Easter

The online worship service of the Second Sunday of Easter will go online at 10 am Sunday, April 19, 2020, on the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel. The worship leaflet for this service, which will be a Liturgy of the Word, can be downloaded here.

The celebrant is the Rev. Tony Hiatt of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Decatur. The Rev. Dr. Jill Walters, Chaplain at All Saints’ School, is the preacher. Tony Kroll, organist at St. Luke’s in the  Meadow, Fort Worth, is the musician. Singers are Patty Callahan and Robin Glaze of St. Luke’s and John Dosher, Pam Hardaway, Cheryl Smith, and Roy Reynolds of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington.

Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter

Here is the schedule of online services for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter, and Easter Sunday. Bishop Mayer will be preaching at all of these services with the exception of the Vigil. These are the times the services will be available on Facebook. They will remain available for several days for those for whom these times are not convenient.

  • Palm Sunday: April 5, 10 am
  • Maundy Thursday: April 9, 7 pm
  • Good Friday: April 10, noon
  • The Great Vigil of Easter: April 11, 8 pm
  • Sunday of the Resurrection: April 12, 10 a.m.

Easter Sunday

Alleluia. Christ is Risen.

The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

Our online celebration of the Resurrection will go live at 10 am on Sunday, April 12, 2020, on the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel.

Download the worship leaflet

Read the text of Bishop Mayer’s sermon

The Great Vigil

The Great Vigil takes us through the great stories of our faith. Gather together in the darkness around a great fire and listen.

Watch it on the Diocesan Facebook Page at 8 PM. It will also be on the
Diocesan YouTube Channel at 8 pm.

From the worship leaflet:

“For three days we have watched and waited. Tonight we gather in the darkness of the grave seeking the light of the Paschal Mystery. Out of the darkness – fire – a burning bush in the desert, calls us to stop, to remember that we are on Holy Ground. Then we remember. It comes back to us piece by piece – the story of God’s unfailing salvation for the whole world until the last piece falls into place and suddenly Jesus meets us: ‘Greetings!’ “The light has shined in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” This is Good News, indeed!”

Download the worship leaflet

Good Friday

This is the traditional Good Friday service out of the Book of Common Prayer. The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles of St. Stephen’s, Hurst,  is the celebrant. Stan Paschal of St. Stephen’s is the musician and a reader, as is Daun Harner-Weeks.

Maundy Thursday, the Mass on the World

This service is adapted from Georgetown University’s symposium: “Teilhard de Chardin: His Importance in the 21st Century” in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the death of Teilhard de Chardin (April 9th, 2015).

From the worship leaflet: “This Maundy Thursday, the day on which we traditionally recognize the work of Jesus the Christ to make his Real Presence known through bread and wine, we find ourselves physically separated from each other without Eucharistic bread or wine.  Therefore, we cannot think of a more appropriate way to mark this Maundy Thursday than by celebrating with Telhard in his Mass on the World.

“So join with us wherever you are in God’s grand Creation and re-discover that in the resurrection of Christ all the universe is indeed sacred.”

Participants in the Maundy Thursday, Mass on the World are:

  • Narrator: The Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington
  • Reader 1: The Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth
  • Reader 2. Ms. Wynne Waggoner, member, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth
  • Reader 3: The Rev. Maurine (Mo) Lewis, retired
  • Reader 4: The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

The homilist is the Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.

Musicians are John Dosher, piano, and A. J. Moreno, vocalist.

Palm Sunday

The celebrant for Palm Sunday was the Rev. Karen Calafat of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth; assisted by the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington. Organist was Tony Kroll. Readers of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew are:

  • Narrator: Dave Burrows
  • Jesus: Karen Calafat
  • Pilate: Barry Brannen
  • Pilate’s Wife: Carolyn Brannen
  • Centurion: Sandy Johnson
  • Soldiers: Keven Johnson, Sandy Johnson
  • High Priest: Ed Waggoner

An online version of the Women of the Passion, A Journey to the Cross by Katie Sherrod will be posted as well. This is the Stations of the Cross as told by the women who witnessed Christ’s Passion. Readers are lay women from congregations across the diocese. This will also feature original music by singer songwriter Ana Hernandez.

Sermons