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A Message from our Rector


Beloved in Christ,

The prophet Elijah ascended in a whirlwind and a chariot of fire. Fall is rather like that, around here. We pass Labor Day and are swept up in a tempest of schedules, meetings, activities, athletics, church functions, family events — until we become blurred figures moving at high velocity, unable to stop for a moment because we are so tired that we fear rest. In such conditions, it is hard to breathe, to reflect, to think about why we are doing all the things that are consuming us.

Last night, I was given that pause for reflection when I attended two quite different events. The first was an Evensong led by the Bishop and the boys of the Bishop Walker School, which is a tuition-free Episcopal school for boys from low-income families. That school is a recent arrival, a work of love made possible by the hands and generosity and dedication of many in this Diocese and in this parish.

At the start of the service, as the boys filed in between the rows of expectant adults, they turned and saw the huge altar and rood screen of the Cathedral, and their eyes became wide and their faces lit up with astonished awe and joy. They were about to be part of something amazing — and they knew it. As the evening went on, these tiny children read aloud or sang together, speaking words about the potential that lives in them and in every single human being as a child of God, and their words and faces renewed the adults around them.

I needed that renewal, because the next thing I went to was a Church-Wide Meeting held by the Task Force to Re-Imagine the Episcopal Church. For two and a half hours, a team of passionately engaged Episcopalians (clergy and lay) led a face-to-face and online discussion of the future structures of our denomination. They are still working — there are no final recommendations yet — and the meeting lived in the tension between a deep desire to become a more just, effective, and creative church, and a love for what we already have and are afraid to lose.

I found myself wishing that the participants in the meeting had been able to attend the Evensong. When things change, the first thing we experience is the loss, and even minor losses can feel huge. It takes years before we see the beauty of what has come to be: years before the checks we write become little boys who know that they are deeply loved, before the power we surrender becomes a new set of joyful disciples living courageous lives, before we see and know that what had seemed like death was merely the threshold of resurrection.

Hold on to that, my friends. We are the creatures of a God who greatly loves us, and who will not let us go. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “Plans for welfare, not for anguish, to give you a future with hope.” (Jer 29:11)

Blessings and grace,

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One in eight District households is struggling against hunger. We invite you to prayerfully consider whether you can help one of St. Alban’s three feeding ministries. You can find more information on our Ministries page.

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Upcoming Events

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