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Burial rites in Episcopal church offer comfort, joy, and hope

On page 506 of The Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church is An Order for Burial. It lays out in clear language the order of the service, which remains essentially the same, no matter who is being buried. Everything is grounded in the hope of the Resurrection. The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized…

Litany in the wake of a mass shooting

Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 80 bishops, including Bishop Scott Mayer, released a Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting today, following yet another in an almost daily occurrence in the United States this year. “We mourn the murder of 12 precious children of God today in Thousand Oaks, California, and we weep for those who have lost people who were dear to them. We offer our prayers for solace, for healing and for…
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Clive Driskill-Smith starting as new organist at All Saints’, For Worth

For more than two decades, worship at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas has been enhanced by the extraordinary artistry of Organist and Choirmaster Rick Grimes. After 64 years as an organist and 24 years at All Saints’, Grimes retired from All Saints’ on September 9. The church’s beautiful music in the Anglican musical tradition will continue with Grimes’ successor, British organist and recording artist Clive Driskill-Smith. Driskill-Smith played his first Sunday services at All Saints’ on Sunday,…
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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…
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Independence Day – Collects for ALL in our nation

Every year, Byron Rushing, vice-president of The Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, shares this about the prayers our Church and people pray on Independence Day. We offer it as a wider perspective on history and as an encouragement to think more critically about the long, hard road to freedom that many in our country have faced. Rushing writes: “July 4 lands on a Wednesday this year; I write this for those who will be commemorating Independence Day then or on Sunday, July 1. “Let me take this…

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.

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…

Prayer Cycle – 2018

The churches and people of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth pray continuously for each other, for our brothers and sisters throughout the Anglican Communion, and for those who have separated from us. Download Prayer Cycles The diocesan prayer cycle offers two PDF documents for the entire calendar year. One is for Sundays and one for weekdays (Monday-Saturday). EDFW Prayer Cycle – 2018 – Sundays (PDF) EDFW Prayer Cycle – 2018 – Weekdays (PDF) Throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion, daily prayer for provinces, dioceses,…
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Join Bishop Mayer for the MLK Day of Service

Join Bishop Mayer and other members of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth for the annual  MLK Day of Service organized by Tarrant Churches Together on Monday, January 15. Indicate your interest here: The day begins at 9:00 am with an ecumenical worship service at Baker Chapel AME Church, located at 1050 E. Humbolt Street.  The Rev. Carlye Hughes, rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, will be the preacher at the service this year. Following the service, groups will disperse to…

Join us for Christmas!

We invite you to join the Episcopalians of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth as we celebrate the arrival of the Christ Child, and worship at an Episcopal Church near you. God loves us so completely that God became like us. God deeply loves us all, no exceptions.  May you experience God’s abiding love for you this Christmas. Arlington St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Holding services at Theatre Arlington 305 W. Main, Arlington (map) Christmas Eve: 5 pm Carols, followed by Eucharist at 6 pm Decatur The Episcopal…

Convention sermon: “Drink living water . . .”

The Very Rev. Doug Travis preached at the opening worship service of the 2015 Diocesan Convention on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Cleburne Conference Center. An excerpt: “Living water, living water, living water. I realized in contemplating these verses that if I do not experience the well of living water flowing up in my own soul it’s because I’ve refused to share, even if only in my own heart, Jesus’ living water with some other soul I think doesn’t…

Refresh your spirit Saturday at St. Luke’s in the Meadow

All are invited to take part in a Quiet Day hosted at St. Luke’s in the Meadow this coming Saturday, July 29 from 9-12. The time will consist of: Lectio Divina (which, in short, is a holy reading/ holy pondering of scripture.) Time to walk an indoor labyrinth. Labyrinths are a means of moving meditation. Some people find them a helpful tool for meditation or prayer. Space for personal prayer, journaling or practicing other spiritual expressions. Group sharing and discussion…

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to visit diocese April 6-8, 2017

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, will visit the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth Thursday, April 6, through Saturday, April 8. Bishop Curry calls himself the chief evangelist of The Episcopal Church, and he will bring that emphasis with him. “I Love to Tell the Story” is the theme of the visit. It is taken from the hymn written as a poem by an English Anglican evangelist, Arabella Katherine Hankey, in 1866 and set to music by…

Join diocesan choir for presiding bishop’s visit

Can you carry a tune without a bucket? Join a diocesan choir now forming to participate in the Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Saturday, April 8, at 11 am at University Christian Church. David Lindsey, music director at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, is coordinating the choir. Anthems will be selected from 8 Anthems for About 12 Singers: Easy-to-Prepare Gospel Songs and Spirituals for SAB Choirs. Lindsey is ordering copies; however, if you already own a copy of this collection and…