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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 - The Color of Lent

The Color of Lent

Posted by Jo Turner on with 1 Comments

“A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing ...
… Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle... ” 

Last Sunday, our final hymn was A Mighty Fortress is Our God, and I enthusiastically sang it as loud as I could. Objectively, this hymn’s militaristic references bother me, and I would not describe God as Martin Luther did. But I was raised in the Lutheran church, and the hymn is happily embedded in my childhood memories and my faith story. Also—there is no ambiguity in its words; God is in charge and always wins, evil has no chance. Perhaps there is a longing for that kind of certainty.

This does not feel like the world we live in, though. Rev’d. Geoffrey spoke to us Sunday about moral injury, citing David Wood’s outstanding forum presentation on his book, What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars. I need to chew on that some more. This injury, this damage occurs when we violate our deeply embedded ethical and moral values. In the context of war, it may be that one who was raised not to kill must destroy a life to save others. Similarly, my ICU-nurse daughter studies and writes about “moral distress”; critical care clinicians who vow to do no harm and value relieving distress above all else may have to inflict seemingly unbearable interventions on patients whose families request to “do everything”—even knowing the outcome will not be good.

Without minimizing those examples, the truth is that most of us live in that gray tension between what God wants for us and what seems necessary to survive, to serve others, or at least get through the day. We know that war is not what God plans for us, it is a sin, and yet sometimes it’s necessary. We know we must tell the truth, but sometimes the truth causes brutal pain and the pain is a necessary cost. We are taught that dissolving a blessed marriage covenant is a sin, but sometimes divorce is necessary. You can make your own list, but in greater or lesser degrees, being imperfect humans in an imperfect world places us in a muddy moral quagmire, bearing little resemblance to the black-and-white clarity of A Mighty Fortress.

What do we do, and where does this tension take us? To Lent. 

Our altar cloths may be purple, but this season is for you and me living in the gray zone. We’re hopefully praying more, studying more, and being more disciplined in our individual faith practices. For me, living in grayness takes me again and again to the altar for Eucharist, where I can give it over to the God who seems to love me nonetheless. Before Holy Communion, we say the Lord’s Prayer together, and I pray for forgiveness “for our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” I have a ways to go in the forgiveness department, but I keep working on it. God welcomes me to the Table anyway, and the grayness is a little paler each week. Ultimately, in spite of my sins and through the passion of Jesus that we celebrate at that altar, I must trust that Martin Luther will prove to be right: “God’s truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever.”

This Lent, how are you dealing with living in the gray zone? Where do you find resolution and hope?

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Eileen Davis March 8, 2017 10:20am

"Longing for certainty.....that evil has no chance" was a lot for the hymn to promise but I too appreciated the lyrics maybe for the first time, last Sunday. You're right, it's quite a beautiful hymn aside from the martial tone. Our Lenten readings are leading us into that discussion, aren't they. What is worth fighting for, and how do we engage in combat?

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