Use the audio player below to listen to Noonday Prayers and the Necrology Reading at Council 2020.
The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that he has given us. (Romans 5:5)
Psalm 46 (vv. 1-4, 9-11)
God is our refuge and strength,*
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,*
and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea;
Though its waters rage and foam,*
and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.
The Lord of hosts is with us;*
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Come now and look upon the works of the Lord,*
what awesome things he has done on earth.
It is he who makes war to cease in all the world:*
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,
and burns the shields with fire.
Be still then, and know that I am God;*
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth.
A Reading from Revelation (21:2-5)
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with his people. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away. And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
The Lord’s Prayer
Collect for Noonday: Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.
The Necrology Report
Read by the Rev. William Campbell (Curate at Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi), the Rev. Reagan Gonzalez (Rector at Grace, Cuero), and the Rev. Jim Friedel (Rector at St. Peter’s, Rockport)
Brothers and sisters: Each year during Council, we pause to remember in prayer those who have died in the preceding year, going before us into the fullness of eternal life, and joining the company of the saints in light. Those we recall by name have served their churches and the Diocese as Vestry and Bishop’s Committee members; as delegates and alternates to Council; as elected leaders of the Diocese; as clergy and members of clergy families. They have been our mentors, companions and friends. Through them and their labors, the precious gift of faith has been planted in our hearts and lives, and the churches here assembled are their best memorials.
We give thanks to God for the life they lived among us, and even more, for the life they live with him now, by the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ.
Let us rise and, in silence, remember with thanksgiving the cloud of witnesses from the Diocese of West Texas.
Silence, and then the names of the departed are read.
Concluding Collect: Almighty God, by your Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: We give you thanks and praise for those we remember today from the diocesan family. Grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may always be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves to be surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.