News (Page 4)

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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…

Leadership Training Day 2020 resources

Nearly 80 lay and ordained leaders participated in the 2020 Leadership Training Day on Saturday, February 12, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. Here are some of the presentations: Bishop Scott Mayer’s opening address Opening session Anglican Identity and the incarnation Bishop Mayer’s Workshop on Why Workshop session on Why Crisis Communications – Katie Sherrod Crisis Communication Leadership Training Leadership in Times of Anxiety – Linda Taylor Leadership in Times of Anxiety 2020

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…

All Invited to Solemn Evensong at All Saints’, Fort Worth

All are invited to the beautiful Anglican tradition of Solemn Evensong at 6 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020. “Solemn” simply means that incense will be part of the service. The All Saints’ Choir sings the Canticles and Anthem, accompanied by Organist / Choirmaster Clive Driskill-Smith. The service lasts approximately 30 minutes, and light refreshments are served afterward in the Parlor. In addition, mark your calendars now for Solemn Evensong at 6:00pm on April 26, May 17, and June 14,…

Ashes to Go and traditional services for Ash Wednesday 2020

Ash Wednesday is February 26. It is the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent, a time of reflection and prayer lasting 40 days. It culminates in Holy Week and Easter, which this year is April 12. Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, Lutheran, Methodists, Presbyterians and some Baptists observe Ash Wednesday. Clergy make the sign of the cross in ashes on people’s foreheads as a visible symbol of human mortality. Watch a short video of how the ashes are made by burning…