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Diocese to offer online worship each Sunday

This page contains information about online worship services, contains 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. Upated March 31 with links to sermons at the online worship services. Updated  March 30 with information about Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter The Church is not closed. Some of our buildings are closed to the public, and in-person worship has…

Light shining in the darkness

In Episcopal churches a light still shines in the darkness, even though the congregation cannot worship there for the time being. These are the sanctuary lamps. Following ancient custom, the Book of Common Prayer provides that the consecrated bread and wine may be reserved for the communion of the sick or others who  could not be present at the celebration (pp. 408-409). It is customary to keep the consecrated elements in a tabernacle or an aumbry or covered with a…

Join a Palm Sunday Procession in your car

UPDATE: The Car Palm Procession has been postponed to 1 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2020, because of rain. Thanks for your help with this. We need your help. The diocese is offering online worship services for the duration of the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus Covid 19. The suspension of in-person worship services will include Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Online worship services for each of this are being planned, but it will involve taping some things…

The Rev. Dr. Robert Pace to lead online worship, preach Sunday

UPDATED March 31, 2020: Read the sermon Pace preached on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020. The Rev. Dr. Robert Pace, 53, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, and the first person in Tarrant County to test positive for the coronavirus Covid 19, has recovered enough that he will lead online Morning Prayer and preach from Trinity this Sunday, March 29, 2020, the Fifth Sunday of Lent. It will be the first time he’s led worship at…

Diocese and Trinity Church respond to positive case of COVID 19 (coronavirus)

UPDATED  March 26, 2020: The Rev. Dr. Robert Pace will lead online worship, preach on Sunday The Rev. Dr. Robert Pace, 53, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, and the first person in Tarrant County to test positive for the coronavirus Covid 19, has recovered enough that he will lead online Morning Prayer and preach from Trinity this Sunday, March 29, 2020, the Fifth Sunday of Lent. It will the first time he’s led worship at Trinity since Ash…

Episcopalians worship together in cyberspace on Lent 4

On the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Episcopalians across the diocese worshiped together, but maintained safe physical distancing. Worship was done online, with Good Shepherd, Granbury, offering Drive-in Worship; St. Christoper, Fort Worth, offering Drive-In Communion; All Saints’, Fort Worth, offering Drive-Thru Communion; St. Luke’s, Stephenville, offering Morning Prayer; and the diocese offering Morning Prayer at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, offered a pre-recorded worship service with sermon. Read the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached…

Join The Episcopal Church’s virtual choir for Easter

Join your voice or instrument for the Episcopal Church’s Easter Virtual Choir! The Episcopal Church is creating a mass virtual choir video to be released on Easter Sunday. If you’re a choir member without a choir, a musician without an orchestra, or just someone who loves to sing and be part of the group, you’re who we need! We’re looking for submissions from across the Church (and even beyond!) for this project. …We look forward to showing off the whole…

Grace and creativity in worship during Covid 19 crisis

The leadership and clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth are responding in grace-filled and creative ways to physical distancing and suspension of in-person worship services in response to the coronavirus Covid 19 crisis.  These include Drive-in Worship, Holy Communion Drive-Thru, live streamed Eucharists, and live streamed Morning Prayer services, as well as non-worship offerings such as the daily reading of children’s stories by the Rev. Bradley Dyche, rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville. “The church buildings…

The Rev. Dr. Robert Pace released from quarantine

Please rejoice with us. The Rev. Dr. Robert Pace, 53, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, has had two negative tests for the coronavirus Covid19. The Tarrant Public Health Department has signed an order releasing him from isolation and quarantine on March 19, 2020. His wife, the Rev. Dr. Jill Walters, will restart a two-week quarantine, but they will not have to remain separated from one another. He is still recovering from pneumonia, and it will take some time…

Drive-in Worship at Good Shepherd, Granbury

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Granbury, is planning a drive-in worship service on at 9:30 am Sunday, March 22. Bishop Scott Mayer has called the diocese into a Lenten Fast from in-person worship for the time being in response to the coronavirus Covid 19 crisis. Good Shepherd’s innovation is one example of the creative ways Episcopal clergy and congregation leaders are keeping in touch with their congregations. They will continue the Drive-In Worship as long as needed. Bishop…

The third Sunday in Lent, doing church differently

On the Third Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Dr. Robert Pace, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, the first person in Tarrant County to test positive to the Covid-19 coronavirus and who, as a result, has been in isolation since March 10, joined hundreds of other Episcopalians across the diocese in online worship. On Saturday, Bishop Scott Mayer called the people of the diocese into a Lenten Fast from public worship, suspending in-person worship for at least the next two weeks.…

Bishop calls diocese into Lenten fast from public worship

Bishop Scott Mayer has sent a letter to the diocese suspending in-person worship for at least the next two weeks, calling us into a Lenten Fast from public worship. He wrote, “It is important for the Church to model responsibility during this very serious moment.  It is going to take all of us to slow the spread of this virus – which will save lives. . . “The love of neighbor needs to be our guide in this moment.  In…

Guidelines to promote a faith-based response to COVID-19

GUIDELINES TO PROMOTE A FAITH-BASED RESPONSE TO COVID-19 IN THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH FROM THE RIGHT REV. J. SCOTT MAYER IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CLERGY OF OUR DIOCESE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 At this time and in all times, relationship with our loving, liberating, life-giving God is the foundation of our life and work. Prayer is the language of our relationship with God. Therefore, in the words of my sister bishop The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook of…

A message from Bishop Scott Mayer on the Coronavirus

Here is the message Bishop Scott Mayer issued March 6, 2020, on the Coronavirus. ———– If an angel appeared to us today, I suspect the message might be, “Stay calm and wash your hands.” Good information is a powerful way to combat fear.  With the coronavirus and widespread news of a possible pandemic, good information is vital. The diocesan communication staff has been regularly updating information on the diocesan webpage about good precautions to take, resources to use, and ways…

Resources for sensible precautions regarding Coronavirus

This page contains updates about developments related to the coronavirus, how the diocesan leadership is responding, and resources for taking precautions to protect our people, congregations and the wider community. UPDATED March 15, 2020 Doing church differently UPDATED March 14, 2020 Bishop Scott Mayer calls the diocese into a Lenten Fast from public worship This story was UPDATED Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Read a message from Bishop Scott Mayer Read a message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Read the news…

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for prayer for the nation

From the Episcopal News Service: As the season of Lent approaches, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation: “In times of great national concern and urgency, people of faith have returned to ancient practices of repentance, prayer and fasting as ways of interceding with God on behalf of their nation and the world. This is such a moment for us in the United States. “On Ash Wednesday I…