The Collaborative Banner Unveiled

Needing a Hand
There is work to be done in the Kingdom,
This is easier said than done,
But just like stained glass windows,
Many pieces must point to the sun.
With the eyes of our hearts enlightened
We gather to strengthen our souls.
We search for our own special mission
Moving forward with each of our roles.
As hands are painted with colors
And pressed on the Letter from Paul,
We each contribute to greatness.
God needs us, one and all.

A poem written by Lee Harrison, Trinity, Port Aransas – in response to the Collaborative Art Banner

Daily Devotions and the Bishop’s Youth Commission

Led by Meredith Rogers, the Youth Minister of St. Mark’s, San Antonio, as well as Mackenzie Alter from St. John’s, McAllen and Maddie Boutte from St. Helena’s, Boerne – both serving as youth members of their churches’ lay delegations to Council 2020.

Meredith continues to report on the newly reconvened Bishop’s Youth Commission and West Texas delegation to the Episcopal Youth Event in Summer 2020. Use the audio player below to listen to Daily Devotions as well as information on the Bishop’s Youth Mission.

Council 2020 – Day Three

Welcome to Council 2020 – Day Three. Take a peek at what’s coming up today!

Saturday | February 22, 2020

8:00 a.m.Friends of Bill Meeting
(C101)
8:00 a.m.Childcare opens
(Watergarden B)
9:00 a.m.Council reconvenes
(Ex. Hall B)
Daily Devotion
Announcements
Bishop’s Youth Commission Introduction
Invitation to Council 2021
IONA Initiative Report
Exec. Board Budget Priorities Ad-Hoc Committee
Exec. Board Apportionment Ad-Hoc Committee
World Mission Department Report
The Rt. Rev. David Bailey, Bishop of Navajoland
College for Congregational Development Presentation
Bishop’s Golf Classic & Valley Golf Classic Results
Announcement of Election Completion,
pending fulfillment of all offices to be elected.
Committee on the Bishop’s Address Report
Upcoming Diocesan Events & Retreats
Announcements & Thank Yous
12:10 p.m.Council dismissed,
pending completion of Council Business.
1:00 p.m.Childcare closes
(Watergarden B)

Resolution 2020-1

Creation of the Office of Assistant Bishop and Authority to Appoint an Assistant Bishop

Resolution 2020-1 was presented by the Diocesan Chancellor and the Committee on Constitutions and Canons. The Rt. Rev. David Reed called for a vote, and Resolution 2020-1 (printed below) passed unanimously.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

1. The Office of Assistant Bishop is hereby authorized for the Diocese of West Texas in accordance with the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese and The Episcopal Church; and

2. The Right Reverend David Reed, Bishop of the Diocese of West Texas, may appoint an Assistant Bishop for the Diocese for a period not to exceed three (3) years.

“The Ethics of Disagreeing: A Way of Being with One Another When We Disagree”

Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, Academic Dean andProfessor of Ethics and Moral Theology at Seminary of the Southwest, spoke at the Bishop’s Luncheon on Friday. He shared, “There are certainly things [we argue about], whether they are on the broad political spectrum or just things in your own parish that may not be at the level of socialism and capitalism, or same-sex marriage, or any number of things that sit at this level. It might be the new carpeting sometimes that becomes ‘the thing’ that you’re arguing over. The things that we disagree about happen at a lot of levels, but the way we go about being together and carrying out those kinds of conversations is significant if we’re going to in some way bear witness to the God we worship. Doesn’t mean we don’t disagree, but it means we disagree differently, and there are certain ways that mark our disagreements such that they look more Christ-like than they might otherwise.”

Use the Audio Player below to hear Dr. Scott Bader-Saye’s complete presentation.

Noonday Prayers & Necrology

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.

“We Will Remain United Through Christ”

Visiting Bishops from the Anglican Diocese of Southeastern Mexico

The Rt. Rev. Benito Juarez-Martinez, Bishop of Southeastern Mexico, brought greetings to the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on behalf of his churches, clergy, and parishioners. He shared how he had been blessed personally by the years of partnership and fellowship between the two dioceses, ending by saying, “I don’t say goodbye, but see you later. Wherever we are, you and I, our God will always gather us around his table in the Eucharistic service, and we will remain united through him.”

Bishop Benito Juarez-Martinez then introduced his successor, the Rt. Rev. Julio Martín, who greeted the diocese, shared stories from his personal journey to faith, and reflected on how we are all called to “ferociously live out our lives for Christ,” inspired by the 2020 theme verse from Ephesians.

The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas gives thanks for years of partnership with Bishop Martinez and look forward to continuing friendship with Bishop Martín.

Church Planting

The Rev. Beth Wyndham thanked the Bishop Reed and the diocese for their prayers, support, and partnership over the last twelve months. She shared, “We look forward to the years to come where we continue to grow partnerships so that we can all continue to build the kingdom of God together. There is much to tell and share about our Church Plant, and we’ve had a really full and busy year.” Watch Rev. Wyndham’s full presentation below.

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