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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s word to the Church: “Who shall we be?”

[January 8, 2021] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued the following Word to the Church. Watch the video of the Presiding Bishop’s message here (https://episcopalchurch.org/) or below. A transcript of the statement is below the video: And now in the name of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. In another time of national crisis, another time of danger for our nation, in 1865 on March the fourth, Abraham Lincoln concluded his second inaugural address…

The Rev. Vernon Gotcher, Ph.D, died December 6, 2020

The Rev. Vernon Alfred Gotcher, Ph.D, died December 6, 2020. He was born July 21, 1932. He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Alfred Gotcher, his mother Irma Gotcher, and his son, Stephen Gotcher. UPDATE I/14/2021 Deanna Gotcher died January 14, 2021. Information about a memorial service will be announced at a later date. He also is survived by his children John Gotcher, Nancy Gotcher, Mary Gotcher (life partner Faye Hudson), and Stephanie Matthews as well as grandchildren Laura…

A CALL TO PRAYER FOR OUR NATION FROM PRESIDING BISHOP CURRY

[January 6, 2021] On this day of the Feast of the Epiphany, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation. Watch the video of the Presiding Bishop’s statement here (https://episcopalchurch.org/). Read Bishop Mayer’s statement calling the diocese to prayer. A transcript of the statement follows: Today is January the 6th, 2021. It is the Feast of the Epiphany. And on this particular day at this particular moment, even as our…

Bishop Mayer calls the diocese to prayer

Bishop Scott Mayer calls the diocese into prayer in the wake of events in Washington, DC.  Read Presiding Bishop Curry’s call to prayer. ******* Today, on the Feast of the Epiphany, we are reminded that God is with us. It is a timely reminder in the midst of the disturbing news reports from Washington. As the legally mandated processes for a peaceful transfer of power were playing out, they were abruptly interrupted as the U. S. Capitol was put on…

Diocesan worship services 2021

This page contains information about online worship services, the link for downloading worship leaflets, and links to sermons preached at the diocesan online services for 2021. As we continue to worship online, it is vital to remember that 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 vulnerable among us. But God is with us.…

Blue Christmas service December 17

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is offering a Blue Christmas worship service at 7 pm, December 17, 2020, on the  Diocese of Fort Worth YouTube Channel and at https://www.facebook.com/DioFW . In normal times, Christmas can be a hard season for people who have experienced loss or whose lives don’t match the cultural images of the season. This year the coronavirus pandemic has caused losses not only through the death of loved ones, but also with the loss of jobs, the loss…

Ted Clarkson to be ordained transitional deacon December 18

By the grace of God and with the consent of the people, on behalf of the Rt. Rev.J. Scott Mayer, the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander will ordain Ted Hamby Clarkson, Jr., to the Sacred Order of Deacons at 3 pm Friday, December 18, 2020, in All Saints’ Chapel, the University of the South, Sewanee, TN.  Clarkson’s father, the Rev. Ted Clarkson, will be the preacher. The ordination will be live streamed via Vimeo. Following the live stream, the ordination…

Paula Jefferson to be ordained priest December 15, 2020

By the grace of God and with the consent of the people, The Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, will ordain Paula Kaye Jefferson to the sacred order of priests In Christ’s one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 5 o’clock in the evening. The service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, will be streamed live and will continue to be available on The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth’s YouTube and Facebook pages. People also…

Tis the season . . .for scams. Be alert!

This is the season for scams. Please be vigilant for scammers who pretend to be the bishop, a member of his staff, or another clergy person in order to trick you into buying gift cards/money orders, or sending money in the belief that  you are helping someone. It works like this: You open your email and there’s a note from the bishop addressing you by name, and then saying: Hi, how are you doing? I need a favor from you,…

Reverse Advent Calendar

Pope Francis said, “First you pray for the hungry, then you go out and feed them.  That is how prayer works.” This week begins the Reverse Advent Calendar In-gathering for 4Saints Food Pantry.  If you are not familiar with a Reverse Advent Calendar, read on. It’s easy and a great way to observe Advent while helping other. Who: Anyone can participate. These items will be donated to the 4 Saints Food Pantry. What: This is the opposite of the usual…

Register for Diocesan Convention

If you have not already registered for Diocesan Convention, which will be November 14, you must do so before Sunday, November 1. There is no registration charge this year. Read more details about Convention and download your packet. Register for Convention    

Invitation to racial justice and reparations work

At the 2019 Diocesan Convention, Bishop Eugene Sutton of Maryland spoke powerfully about racial justice and reparations. The convention responded with a resolution that called for the establishment of a Commission on Racial Justice and Reparations. The pandemic intervened, but the work did not stop. This summer, a group of clergy meeting via ZOOM to read and study about anti-racism work decided to form a Work Group to continue the work of racial justice and reparation in meaningful ways. This…

David Madison named to national post

The Rev. David Madison of our diocese has been named executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES). The announcement was made October 28, 2020, by Edward Kim, president of the governing board of NAES. Madison said, “It is with a humble heart that I gratefully accept the call. . .As a former Episcopal school student, teacher, chaplain, and administrator, I have experienced first hand the transformational work taking place on our campuses to serve young people and…

Litany for Social Justice

The Litany for Social Justice will prayed as part of the opening worship service for the 2020 Diocesan Convention. This is part of the work for racial justice and reparations that we pledged to undertake via a resolution passed at the 2019 Diocesan Convention in the wake of a powerful address by Bishop Eugene Sutton of Maryland. Please read it, pray it, so when we all join together in the live streamed worship at 10 am Saturday, November 14, our…