Tag Archives: Pastor Frank Dietz

St. Peter’s Church Says Hello to Easter & Goodbye to Pastor Dietz

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

Palm Sunday: 13 April – in addition to lifting palms the congregation will observe the Rite of Confirmation with five lively young people. All are welcome.

Good Friday is at 7 p.m. for a service marking both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with a Table (Communion) and Tenebrae (increased shadows) service concluding in a reflective darkness and meditation.

Easter Sunday: 20 April – Early sunrise at 7:30 and 8 a.m. breakfast for any and all.

Festival Service with Communion at 10:15.


(It is a “farewel time” for sojourning interim pastor & teacher Frank Dietz and Karen as they return their focus and lives to New Braunfels)


This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – New Generations

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

At St. Peter’s on the hill it will be a busy, interesting, and challenging day!

In worship, five confirmands will present some of their faith convictions and discoveries as part of the homily preceding Communion. The Rite of Confirmation will be observed next Sunday, 13th as part of Palm Sunday worship.

In the afternoon, United Church of Christ congregations of the Brazos Association (bringing people from as far east as Washington County, as far south as I-10, and from Colorado County and west of Austin) will meet for worship, fellowship and discernment. A major item of business is the Ecclesiastical Council for ordination candidate Martin Garrison. For 2 years Martin worked with older youth at St. Peter’s, providing some special local interest. A splendid meal follows as part of the hospitality and welcome being planned. Pianist Nina McIntire who has just come from Germany will share her giftedness as well.

Come one and all!


This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – Building Bridges

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

This Sunday on the hill in Coupland at St. Peter’s UCC…..we’ll take a visual, scriptural and contemporary look at Jesus’ visit with the Samaritan woman at the well and his offering of “living water” for her life and our lives. In the 4th Gospel, this is a profound shaping of the way Jesus and his followers shouild be experienced. Indeed, he is barrier breaking and bridge building, so apt for our own troubled and troublesome times…..from local to global and back again!

All are invited to come join the song, prayer, discernment and welcome! 10:15 a.m……. No matter who you are or where you’ve been on your life journey, you are welcome at St. Peter’s! Remember, God is still speaking, . . . !!!

samaritan woman

This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – “Teach Me, O Lord!”

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

This is the Sunday of closure for Epiphany just prior to Transfiguration Sunday (2 Mar) and the launch of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The service proposes in the language of the 1 Corintians lesson (1Cor.3:10=11,16-23) and Jesus’s pointedness (Matt.5:38-48–concluding Matt’s “Sermon on the Mt”). Since the season of Epiphany is about a summons to be light in a dark, shadowy and troubling world, this Sunday “reboots” life directions richly in the Spirit’s gifts.

With an emphasis on Seminary/Church Vocations and an assurance to pursuing the questions we ask with integrity, we await word from our “still speaking, . . .” God. The Psalm, 119’s vv.33-40, lays a groundwork for the entire time of praise, prayer and discovery. All are always welcome.


This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

Sunday on the hill at St. Peter’s we’ll be deep into matters of the heart. Guided by both the Deuteronomy lesson and a continuation in Matthew’s fifth chapter, we’ll see Jesus after Joshua pointing toward critical choices to express and uplift life “in the neighborhood” very local and very global.

We hope those joining will “take time to be holy” and find the way of the heart, challenging as that may be. Indeed, “Choose life!”

Some of the beautiful stained glass artwork in the sanctuary.

Some of the beautiful stained glass artwork in the sanctuary.

This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – Your Part of the Deal

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

We will take an excursion into the most basic of Hebrew Scripture texts: Micah 6……and may see how Jesus launched his insights in part from the vv.6-8. That takes us to Matthew 5 and the Beatitudes….. An Abrahamic people (“Go be blessing….”) become those who “do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with our God,” and live true happiness in expressing the stewardship of life beatitudinally.


I know, it’s a mouthful but it is the heart of what our Christian calling is about!

I hope to introduce the children to a wonderful new book offered by Archbishop Desmund TuTu…..one who soulfully embraces the theme of the day.