Worship

Worship

Pentecost 2020

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

A Pentecost invitation

We need your help! The Day of Pentecost is May 31. Pentecost is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church (BCP, p. 15). The liturgical color for the feast is red. It marks the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), shortly after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension, so Pentecost is a day to celebrate the gift of the Spirit. Some understand Pentecost to be the origin and sending…

Music from the heart for the soul

Through the hard work of Episcopal communicators, muscians, and audio and video geniuses, Episcopalians from across the church came together to perform for Easter. As we move into the 50 days of Eastertide, take time to watch and listen. It will be good for your soul. Credits: Arrangement by Erik Meyer, audio engineering and post-production by Kory Caudill and Sean Truskowski, video editing by Tom Verga. Special thanks to The Episcopal Church Office of Communication/Multimedia Services unit and Natalee Hill,…

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. 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…

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday online worship

Please join in our online worship service. See it below or on YouTube. Download worship leaflet. Read Bishop Mayer’s sermon.   The celebrant is the Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, assisted by the Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington. The organist is Tony Kroll of St. Luke’s.

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…

Organ Recital with Joshua Stafford Friday, Feb. 21

A recital featuring Joshua Stafford, First Prize winner at the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, will be at 7:30 pm Friday, February 21, 2020, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. All 5,000 pipes will resound with thrilling and beautiful music by Dvorak, Mozart, Karg-Elert, Stravinsky, and Pierre Cochereau. Admission is free, the concert will last one hour, and a reception for everyone will follow. All Saints’ Episcopal Church is located at 5001 Crestline Road, Fort Worth. Watch a video…

Church musicians, clergy, and laity invited to conference on best practices

“Best Practices for Faithful 21st Century Worship and Music Leaders” will be October 10-11, 2019, at St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. This conference brings clergy, musicians, and laity to engage in a thoughtful discussion of the most important task of the church, the worship of God. It is sponsored by the Church Music Institute (CMI) of Dallas with the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc. Keynote speaker is Rev. Peter W. Marty, editor of The…

Bishop Mayer statement in wake of Odessa mass shooting

Bishop Scott Mayer has issued this statement in the wake of the mass shooting in Odessa. ——————- And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34). The first words of Odessa Medical Center Hospital CEO Russell Tippin at the news briefing in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Odessa that left five dead and 21 wounded were about love. He asked everyone in the sound…

Prayer Cycle – 2020

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 – 2020 – Sundays (PDF) EDFW Prayer Cycle – 2020 – Weekdays (PDF) Throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion, daily prayer for provinces,…

All Saints’ Organ Gala to honor music ministry of Frederick Grimes

Three outstanding organists will be the focus of an Organ Gala at All Saints’, Fort Worth, at 7:30 pm Friday, January 25, 2019. Two of these artists will perform — All Saints’ Organist and Choirmaster Clive Driskill-Smith and concert organist Robert McCormick, organist and choirmaster at Saint Mark’s Church in Philadelphia. The third artist is honoree Frederick (Rick) Grimes, who retired in September 2018 as organist and choirmaster at All Saints’. This Organ Gala will honor the beautiful music that…

Solemn Evensong at All Saints’, Fort Worth

All are invited to Solemn Evensong at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, at 6 pm Sunday, January 20, 2019. The All Saints’ Choir, under Organist and Choirmaster Clive Driskill-Smith, will sing the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B minor by T. Tertius Noble, and Thou Wilt Keep Him by Samuel S. Wesley.

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…