St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church

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PRAYER

As a new year starts, a lot of us think about including prayer as one of those resolutions we always make. The Episcopal Church says that to pray is to “dwell intentionally with God” and encourages a daily practice of making time and space to speak with God, to listen to God, or to simply be with God. In so doing, we will allow God to enter our lives.

To help you start a daily practice of prayer, the Church suggests repeating a familiar prayer every day for two weeks, and then to go deeper, and set aside a time each day to pray for others and include 3 minutes of silence where you ask God to speak to you.

Many people start with the Lord’s Prayer, but here are some favorites of St. Nicholas’ staff and vestry.

At the start of the day....

Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily.
To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully.
To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely.
To meet others, peacefully, joyously.
To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.
Amen
(Darryl Knapp, Music Director)

Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May Your healing hand rest upon me, may Your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom. Amen.
(Pete Pardee, Junior Warden)

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
(Deacon Tom Burns and Megan Buck, Vicki Kerr and Kati Lewis, Vestry)

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
(Mary Williams, Vestry)

At the end of the day...
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen
(Jane Wolf, Vestry)

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
(Matt Maguire, Vestry)

Almighty and most merciful father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our
own hearts,
we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to
have done,
and we have done those things which we ought not to
have done.
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
spare thou those who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
(Zachary Bartkus, Parish Administrator)

A special prayer for couples...
Gracious God, we come together as two people who have joined their lives, asking that you bless and keep us ever in your tender care. Strengthen our bonds, we pray, that together we may be a sign of Christ’s love for the whole world.
Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.
And two shall become one.
Lord, knit our wills together in yours, our spirits to your spirit.
Help us to live in love and peace.
Give us the grace to seek forgiveness when we hurt one another.
Help us to be strong for one another and to counsel each other with love.
Give us strength to comfort one another in sorrow and to rejoice together in joy.
Give us the wisdom and devotion to stand together in our common life.
May our love increase as our years increase.
Amen. (John Todd, vestry)

And our wonderful birthday prayer...

Watch over they child, O Lord, as their days increase.
Bless and guide them wherever they may be.
Strengthen them when they stand,
Comfort them when sorrowful,
Raise them up if they fall.
And may thy peace, which passeth all understanding,
abide with them all the days of their lives.
Amen.
(Joan Whitt, Senior Warden)

Here is a link to some resources on prayer provided by the Episcopal Church: https://episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love/practice/pray

-Nancy Hart
Art from one of our parish children!
Find the service at
Https//www.bcponline.org/HE/he2.html
To find the Prayer Book on line, you can go to https://bcponline.org/.

The link to our Communion service today is https://www.bcponline.org/HE/he2.html .

This link follows the pages in the Prayer Book, and I will be using these page numbers.

This link is also in the gray button right below this post.👇👇👇
To follow along the Sunday Communion, you can go to https://bcponline.org/. The link to the service is https://www.bcponline.org/HE/he2.html . This link follows the pages in the Prayer Book, and I will be using these page numbers. This link is also in the gray button right below this post.👇👇👇
Good evening!



We have just EIGHT days left in the Transforming Eucharist crowdfunding campaign. Together we’ve raised over $700, but we have a long way to go! Have you pre-ordered your copy of the book or invested in the project yet?!

This evening, we want to introduce you to Mercy Community Church in Atlanta, our Transforming Eucharist charity partner. With the enthusiastic blessing of our team of contributing authors, all of the proceeds from online sales of the book will be donated to Mercy.

Mercy identifies as “a grassroots community of action and worship,” and that’s exactly who they’ve been through the COVID-19 pandemic. They say “all are welcome” and they really mean it—

the rainbow tapestry of folks with and without housing who call Mercy “home” says it all. They feed their community each and every day, taking to the streets of Atlanta with 5-gallon water coolers full of soup for anyone and everyone.

Unlike many other churches, over these last months, Mercy has never stopped feeding or worshiping together in person. Wearing masks, from a safe distance, and outside (yes, rain or shine!), they have fed their neighbors each day, shared the Eucharist, and lifted their praises to God. They have also offered essential health services to their neighbors on the streets, such as free walk-up COVID-19 testing, handwashing stations, and masks. We believe this is what it looks like to say "YES!" to Christ’s command, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

Will you join us in supporting Mercy’s embodied Eucharistic ministry? Pre-order your copy of Transforming Eucharist today...we can’t wait to give back to Mercy, and we need your support to make it happen!

With just eight days left, this is going to take ALL of us. Please share our project-- and the good news of Mercy's work-- with all of your friends.



Katie Kuntz-Wineland and Mindy Johnson-Hicks

Transforming Eucharist Project Engineers

https://igg.me/at/transformingeucharist
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3

O Gracious God, today we pray for the President and the First Lady, as well as members of their staff. We ask that You will enable them to endure this illness and to fully recover from its effects. Be with them as they enter quarantine; surround them with those who can help to heal them. Bless them with complete recovery and a return to strength.

Be also with our Vice President and guide him in all of the leadership responsibilities that now lie on his shoulders. Protect him and his staff from this illness and enable him to do his duty for our beloved nation.

Bless our people, Lord, and help us to overcome this coronavirus. Encourage us to keep one another safe and to treat each other lovingly, as well as respectfully. No matter what our differences are, what we believe, or how we feel, may this be a time when out of many we become one.

In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

-Would that we had prayed more for our vestry and rector as well.
We are one week into the Transforming Eucharist Indiegogo campaign and have raised over $500 so far! Thank you to all of our generous backers!

We still have a long way to go to meet our $3,200 goal—have you pre-ordered your copy of the book yet? Shared with your network via e-mail or social media? Invested in this collaborative project and claimed your spot in the Foreword of the book?

You don’t want to miss this cutting-edge book featuring the following authors, representing diverse Christian traditions and perspectives:

Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Boysel
Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D.
Rev. Dr. Mindy Johnson-Hicks
Katie Kuntz-Wineland, M.Div.
Rev. Steve North
Rev. Wil Ranney
John Rempel, Ph.D.
Kurt Struckmeyer
Professor Deanna Thompson, Ph.D.

Preorder at https://igg.me/at/transformingeucharist and join the Transforming Eucharist project today…and don’t forget to invite your friends to pre-order by forwarding this e-mail or sharing on social media!

To spiritual nourishment for all—

Katie Kuntz-Wineland and Mindy Johnson-Hicks
Transforming Eucharist Project Engineers
Big News! The essay I wrote for the Bishop is now in an anthology with Diana Butler Bass, Wil Ranney, and others! It can be pre-ordered on Indiegogo!

Lovely! Thank you!
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Last night’s service was lovely.

St. Nicholas’ Episcopal Church, in Midland,TX, where ALL are welcome. REALLY!

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos 07/16/2021

Looks interesting

Ever wonder what the Bible says about hell? What could be more fun this summer than taking a one-night class to learn about it?

Nothing. The answer is nothing could be more fun.

Highway to Hell will be on Aug 4 at 8:30PM ET - more info coming soon! Head to peteenns.com/course/hell if you'd like to sign up to be notified when more info/sign-ups are available!

07/14/2021

Doubts and questions are welcome! We wonder too. . . .

Doubts and questions are welcome! We wonder too. . . .

07/11/2021

Holy Eucharist for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our service with us today is Father David Perdue. Also joining him is his wife Donna. Thank you Father David and Donna!

07/11/2021

Love this from Mother Teresa!

07/11/2021
Not Dead Yet 07/08/2021

Not Dead Yet

Very interesting

Not Dead Yet White mainline Protestants now outnumber white evangelicals, and conventional wisdom goes out the window.

07/04/2021

Church Service

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our service with us today is Deacon Tom. Thank you Deacon Tom!

The following is the link to the bulletin for the service:
https://files.constantcontact.com/e955e9b9001/e8d63f80-b4cc-4fc8-9b0e-f0c21b2b281f.pdf

[06/27/21]   Due to the flash flood warning and continuing rain, Father David and the Vestry have canceled our church service for today.

06/22/2021
06/20/2021

Holy Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our service with us today is Father David Perdue. Also joining him is his wife Donna. It is so wonderful that they can join us today! Thank you Father David and Donna.

The St. Nicholas' WEEKLY Newsletter, June 17, 2021 06/17/2021

The St. Nicholas' WEEKLY Newsletter, June 17, 2021

https://conta.cc/3iOeXFr

The St. Nicholas' WEEKLY Newsletter, June 17, 2021 Sunday, 10:30 AM Kolache and Donuts in Parish Hall; Find Out How We Are Building a Better St. Nick's All are Welcome, Really! Our mission is to reflect the love of Christ and to respect th

What Does the Bible Say About Women in Ministry? 06/15/2021

What Does the Bible Say About Women in Ministry?

Work diligently to understand that, when we read the Bible (or anything else, for that matter) we often read it through a lens of our personal cognitive biases. We often need other perspectives in order to sort out what those biases are and work to reduce those biases, seeing the text in new ways.

What Does the Bible Say About Women in Ministry? These 10 Bible passages teach a Christian perspective on women preaching and being pastors.

[06/13/21]   Good morning. Due to illness, we do not have a Live-Streaming person this morning. Our apologies.

06/11/2021
Christians in Politics: It's about Holding Powers to a Higher Standard 06/11/2021

Christians in Politics: It's about Holding Powers to a Higher Standard

Good perspective IMO

Christians in Politics: It's about Holding Powers to a Higher Standard Christians in politics have the obligation to be sure that justice, peace, and righteousness remain the higher standard by which the state...

06/06/2021

How wonderful to have Donna and Fr. David Perdue with us!

How wonderful to have Donna and Fr. David Perdue with us!

06/06/2021

Holy Eucharist

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our service with us today is Father David Perdue. Also joining him is his wife Donna. Father David has agreed to be our Interim Priest-In-Charge beginning this week. It is so wonderful they can join us and help us today! Thank you Father David and Donna!

Divine child abuse, or human God abuse? 05/31/2021

Divine child abuse, or human God abuse?

Indeed

Divine child abuse, or human God abuse? You don’t have to be paying excessive attention to theological questions to know that some theologians have denounced certain ways of understanding the atonement (for example) as tantamount to port…

05/30/2021

Church Service

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our service with us today is Father David Perdue. Also joining him is his wife Donna. Father David has agreed to be our Interim Priest-In-Charge beginning June 1. It is wonderful and so nice that they can join us and help us today! And that he has agreed to be our Interim-Priest-In-Charge. Thank you Father David and Donna!

The following is the link to the bulletin for the service:
https://files.constantcontact.com/e955e9b9001/b54f840f-c8b6-468d-973c-c75166add3de.pdf

[05/27/21]   Alex Padilla, Cindy Preas' son in law, is in serious condition suffering from covid. He has a blood clot in his lung. Please remember him and his family in your prayers. thanks

[05/26/21]   Free COVID-19 vaccinations at 410 Calhoun street today until 4 PM!

05/24/2021

Celebrating Pentecost at St. Nick’s!

Celebrating Pentecost at St. Nick’s!

05/23/2021

Day of Pentecost Service and Holy Eucharist

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our Service with us today is Father Bill Wright and his wife Pat. It is so wonderful that they can join us and help us today! Thank you Father Wright and Pat!

Whitewashing Christian History in The Reason for God 05/21/2021

Whitewashing Christian History in The Reason for God

Need to raise money for a church building project? Sell a few slaves. Is slavery illegal in your state? Legalize it so you can raise money for your project.

Whitewashing Christian History in The Reason for God Keller's people were on the wrong theological side of every social step forward. Allow me to illustrate what I mean.

The St. Nicholas' Weekly ENewsletter for May 20, 2021 05/20/2021

The St. Nicholas' Weekly ENewsletter for May 20, 2021

The St. Nicholas' Weekly ENewsletter for May 20, 2021

The St. Nicholas' Weekly ENewsletter for May 20, 2021 Updated Parish COVID 19 Guidelines; Sunday school Picnic, Sunday, March 23 All are Welcome, Really! Our mission is to reflect the love of Christ and to respect the dignity of all people. S

05/16/2021

Church Service

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our service with us today is Father James Liggett. It is wonderful and so nice that he can join us and help us today! Thank you Father Jim!

The following is the link to the bulletin for the service:
https://files.constantcontact.com/e955e9b9001/82461daa-2d52-4544-b80c-73bfa1eaa8b1.pdf

A female pastor’s open letter to Al Mohler: 'I’m sorry your God is so small' 05/14/2021

A female pastor’s open letter to Al Mohler: 'I’m sorry your God is so small'

A female pastor’s open letter to Al Mohler: 'I’m sorry your God is so small' My hope is that people who read your statement against women pastors might not feel as shut out as I did growing up in the Southern Baptist Church.

05/14/2021

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The St. Nicholas' Weekly ENewsletter for May 13, 2021 05/13/2021

The St. Nicholas' Weekly ENewsletter for May 13, 2021

The St. Nicholas' Weekly ENewsletter for May 13, 2021

The St. Nicholas' Weekly ENewsletter for May 13, 2021 COVID statement from Bishop Mayer; Upcoming: Monday, May 17th, 4:30-6:30 Congregating in the Courtyard All are Welcome, Really! Our mission is to reflect the love of Christ and to respect

05/09/2021

St. Nicholas Weekly Worship for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our Service with us today is Father Edson Way. It is wonderful and so nice that they can join us and help us today! Thank you Father Edson!

[05/07/21]   Pray blessings on our sisters and brothers in the Episcopal Church in North Texas, whose courageous story inspires us all.

The St. Nicholas' May Monthly Newsletter 05/06/2021

The St. Nicholas' May Monthly Newsletter

The St. Nicholas' May Monthly Newsletter

The St. Nicholas' May Monthly Newsletter Weekly Bulletin and Announcements All are Welcome, Really! Our mission is to reflect the love of Christ and to respect the dignity of all people. St. Nicholas' Monthly Newsletter May 6, 20

05/04/2021
05/02/2021

Church Service

Good Morning Everyone and Welcome to St Nicks! Celebrating our service with us today is Father David Perdue. Also joining him is his wife Donna. It is wonderful and so nice that they can join us and help us today! Thank you Father David and Donna!

The following is the link to the bulletin for the service:
https://files.constantcontact.com/e955e9b9001/2dbaaa86-b4e5-4d36-beee-f1f203d191f9.pdf

03/11/2021

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4000 W Loop 250 N
Midland, TX
79707-3419

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
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