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Welcome

Welcome to St. Alban’s Church! Every Sunday, and most days in between, people gather in this place to worship, to learn, to grow, to share the joys and struggles of our lives, and to seek God’s grace in the midst of our lives. We do not come because we have it all figured out, but because we are seeking light on the way. We come as we are and welcome one another.

On this website, you can find information about our worship, our classes for people of all ages, membership at St. Alban's, and about how we seek to make a difference in this world. We warmly encourage you to join us for a Sunday service or for some of the many other events that happen here. You belong at St. Alban’s.

Contact us with any questions. Call (202) 363-8286 or email the church office.

Service Times

SUNDAY SERVICES (after Labor Day through May)
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:00  a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:15 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Rite I during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter)

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II

Directions

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is located next to the Washington National Cathedral at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest section of the District of Columbia.

From either direction on the north loop of the Capital Beltway/I-495 follow signs for Route 355/Wisconsin Ave south toward DC. St. Alban’s is located on the left just before the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a left onto Lych Gate Rd before you reach Massachusetts Ave. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

From any Virginia main in-bound thoroughfare (George Washington Memorial Parkway, I-395, Route 50, I-66), follow signs to Rosslyn and take the Key Bridge from Rosslyn north across the Potomac River into Georgetown. Go right on M St, left on Wisconsin Ave. St. Alban’s is located on the right just after the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a right onto Lych Gate Rd after passing Massachusetts. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

Parking is available on Pilgrim Road Monday-Friday after 3:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also available in the Cathedral’s underground garage for a fee Monday- Saturday and for free on Sunday.  You may also park on neighborhood streets according to DC parking signs.

What to Expect

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For Your Kids

Children’s Ministry

At St. Alban’s Parish the formation of our children is a high priority.  While we know that a significant amount of a child’s faith comes from the home, we aim to provide excellent children’s formation throughout the year to complement the formation that is ongoing in a child’s life.  Our goal is to help children easily point to the love of God in their lives.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service in Nourse Hall. Children join the congregation in "big church" at the Peace, in time for Eucharist.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday. 

Nursery care: Child care is available from 10:15 to 11:05 a.m. for children under 3 who aren't quite ready for our 2s and 3s class.

Learn more about Children's Ministries


Youth Ministry

Four teen groups participate in formation classes at St. Alban’s on Sunday mornings.  We use the nationally recognized Episcopal curriculum “Journey to Adulthood," or J2A.  J2A has two guiding principles: 1) Manhood and womanhood are gifts of God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned. This is a strong program with over 50 youth participating, many of whom engage in a wide variety of ministries at St. Alban’s. Two or three adults mentor each of the groups for two years, sharing their own faith journeys and forming strong bonds of fellowship with the participants. 

Worship:  St. Alban’s Teen Service Fellowship starts at 9:00 a.m. and is a separate service just for our teens held in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School. This interactive service offers teens time to talk about life, the Gospel, and to celebrate Eucharist together.  The teens return to "big church," before heading to their classes at the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. worship service.  Friends are always welcome.

Learn more about Youth Ministries

The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God is active in our everyday lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and with each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love. The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all of its members.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the revealed Word of God. In worship we unite ourselves with one another to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer and praise, and to celebrate the Sacraments. The Celebration of Holy Eucharist is the central act of worship in accordance with Jesus' command to His disciples. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 165 countries.  The word "Episcopal" refers to government by bishops. The historic episcopate continues the work of the first apostles in the Church, guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We welcome all to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

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The Daily Cup - Suffering

Suffering

Posted by Jo Turner on with 2 Comments

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope …   Romans 5: 1-4

The Holy Bible is our extraordinary gift from believers who have gone before us. Sometimes it is also troubling.

If its messages were always easy, if we didn’t have to work at it, there would be no need for faith. We all probably have Scripture references with which we wrestle. The passage that begins Romans 5, our Epistle lesson this last Sunday, is one of those tough ones for me. It’s that part about suffering producing endurance and character.

In the larger context of what most of this world faces, I can’t say I win any prize for suffering. But I’ve dealt with abuse and betrayal, I’ve lost loved ones to terrible diseases, and awful things have happened to family members. You have your own list, I’m sure. I honestly don’t want more character. Well-meaning souls will invariably tell us, just when we feel we are about to go under for the last time, that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” #@*%! (I think this is the first time that has appeared in a Daily Cup.) Bad theology, bad advice.

So what is Paul telling us about boasting in our suffering? He presented himself as a true apostle of Christ as he traveled and preached. He considered his own suffering to be a sign of his worthiness and authority, attesting to the presence of the resurrected Christ within him.

I am not an apostle. I have tried, however, to understand suffering within the framework of my faith. One insight came through Austrian physician Viktor Frankl, author Man’s Search for Meaning and a Holocaust survivor. Frankl took a hard look at how one can survive in the presence of unspeakable anguish. “In some ways,” he wrote, “suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning ...” 

Frankl found his meaning in helping others survive trauma. You and I find meaning through a Savior. While suffering still exists, we can know there is nothing we experience that Jesus has not felt. All that pain and suffering wound up on a cross and was redeemed Easter morning. We carry that liberation within us; we are human as was Jesus, suffer as did Jesus, and through him we can discover meaning for our lives. 

We are Easter people, and nothing can separate us from the love of God. We know how our story ends. 

During Lent, as we reflect and prepare once again for the celebration of our deliverance, what suffering in your life needs to be redeemed? What meaning—a realization that is life-giving—can you find? Where does living into that blessed meaning take you?

Maybe endurance, character and hope are ours after all.

Comments

Bob Sellery March 22, 2017 7:16am

Outstand, Jo. One of your best. We are studying Romans at our church here in Florida. Most difficult Bible readings I have ever experienced.

james reed March 23, 2017 9:24am

Today's text from Romans brought to mind an address prior to my USMC boot camp: before we get though with you, you're going to wish you were dead. But it's for a greater purpose. It will set you apart among men. The same thing applies among atheletes. Or the tempering of steel: taking it to higher and higher temperatures in heat treatment to make it super strong.

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