The Book of Psalms is the only book of the Bible to be included in its entirety in the Book of Common Prayer. It is the hymnal of ancient Israel, compiled from many sources from the time of King David until the post-exilic period and used in both public and private worship. It includes songs of praise and thanksgiving, laments and celebrations, reflecting many aspects of religious experience and widely used in Jewish and Christian worship.

Wednesday Evening Schedule In Lent
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
6:00 p.m. Dinner in the Parish Hall
6:30 p.m. Lenten Speakers in the Parish Hall

middletonFebruary 17: The Revd Tracie Middleton is a vocational deacon currently serving at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hurst, in the Diocese of Fort Worth and working for the diocesan staff as Ministry Support and Communications Officer. Tracie encountered the Episcopal Church through St. Mark’s, where she was confirmed in 2001 and later attended the Iona School for Ministry and was ordained deacon in 2009. She has a BA from Austin College and an MA from Lamar, both in literature. The focus of her 2011 Master’s thesis was an in-depth study of Psalm 62, with special attention to features of parallelism in Hebrew poetry and the poetry of surrounding cultures in the ancient near east.

20140902_115708February 24: The Revd Mark Crawford, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana was educated at SMU, Oxford University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS). He earned an M.A. in theology at Oxford and a Doctor of Ministry degree at APTS in 2001. He is also a Board Certified (Hospital) Chaplain. He and his wife, Lis, served as missionaries with the Anglican Diocese of Paraguay for three years before returning to Texas. He has served in the Diocese of Texas since 1983 including the parishes of Ascension, Houston; Grace Church, Georgetown; St. James’ Taylor; Holy Spirit, Waco; Grace, Alvin and Palmer Memorial, Houston. He was a chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston for six years from 2008-2014. He has also been the Episcopal Chaplain at Southwestern, Texas A & M and Rice universities. He recently completed an assignment as Interim Rector at St. Mark’s Church in Beaumont. He currently serves on the Standing Committee and as a Deputy for General Convention for the Diocese of Texas (2009-present).

taubMarch 2: Rabbi Joshua S. Taub began his tenure as the Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Beaumont, Texas, on July 1, 2009, coming from his position as Senior Rabbi of the Temple Emanuel, St. Louis, Missouri. Born in Newark and reared in East Brunswick, New Jersey, Rabbi Taub graduated from Rutgers University in 1980 having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History. In 1984, he received his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his studies focused on philosophy and modern Jewish thought. He was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1985. In 2010 Rabbi Taub received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Following his ordination, Rabbi Taub began his pulpit career serving in Longview, Texas, and Waco, Texas. In 1991 he was invited to join the staff of The Temple in Kansas City, Missouri, as its associate Rabbi and elected senior Rabbi 2000. He served Temple Emanuel in St. Louis from 2003 thru 2009. Rabbi Taub participates in a number of inter-faith activities and programs in the Golden Triangle.

March 9: Br. Michael Gallagher, OSB is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monk at Holy Cross Monastery in Beaumont, Texas. He is also assistant director of Holy Family Retreat Center in Beaumont. He gives retreats, talks and spiritual direction at the Monastery and Retreat Center and in the wider community, as well as workshops on music, prayer, lectio divina and Benedictine life and spirituality. Michael has degrees in music from Penn and law from Villanova. He practiced law in Philadelphia and New York from 1978 to 1988. He entered Mount Saviour Monastery in New York in 1988. In 1998 Michael came to Texas to co-found Holy Cross Monastery.

The Reverend Anthony P. ClarkMarch 16: The Revd Anthony (Tony) P. Clark is the new Rector of St. Mark’s, Beaumont. A native of Florida, Father Clark graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts, History. He received a Masters of Divinity, Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary and is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry in Economic Ethics. He served as Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Apopka, Florida from 1999-2006 and Dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, Florida. From 2006-2015. He is currently Command Chaplain for the Florida Army and Air National Guard, St. Augustine, Florida. In the Diocese of Central Florida he has served as Secretary and President of the Standing Committee, a member of the Commission on Ministry, and as a Deputy to General Convention three times.