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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.

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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 9:00 to 11:05 a.m. during the program year (September to May) for infants and children under 3 who aren’t quite ready for our 2s & 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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Eutheos, Aphiemi & Akolutheo

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01.21.18

Eutheos, Aphiemi & Akolutheo

Eutheos, Aphiemi & Akolutheo

Series: Epiphany

Speaker: The Rev'd Jim Quigley

There’s as sense of urgency to the season after The Epiphany.  As our Collect for the Day commends, “Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our savior Jesus Christ…”

Unlike other seasons of the church year, seasons like Advent and Lent, perhaps, the season after the Epiphany doesn’t call for contemplation or reflection but rather for action.  In what remains of this season the gospel we are invited to pay attention to is Mark’s.   The pairing couldn’t be more perfect.  Any preacher, indeed anyone whose been attending the Episcopal Church long enough to hear a handful of sermons on his gospel knows that eutheos – immediately as the NRSV translates it – is one of Marks favorite words.  Eutheos appears twice in today’s reading, eight times in the first chapter and 42 times in the gospel as a whole. 

The King James translation of the bible catches the spirit of Mark’s tone better than does the NRSV:  “And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men.  And straightaway they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James son of Zebedee, and John his brother… and straightaway he called them: and they left their father and went after him… And they went into Capernaum; and straightaway on the Sabbath he entered into the Synagogue and taught.”  After astounding people with his teaching, straightaway JESUS fame started to spread. 

The words in Mark’s call narrative are sparse but compelling.  Eutheos means straightaway. Aphiemi means to leave, or to forsake, and also to forgive.  Akolutheo means to “go after.” Jesus calls and straightaway they forsook their nets and “went after him.”  Mark is already dropping hints as to what fame would eventually bring to JESUS; many will go after him, but only to get him, to hang him.  But staying within our context for this season after The Epiphany, we might wonder what was so compelling about JESUS that commanded such an immediate response from those fishermen.  Why did they respond straightaway?  Context is everything. First century Galilee, the setting for the first half of Mark’s gospel, provides a really good clue.  

In year 14 of the Common Era Caesar Augustus died.  Herod Antipas was a Tetrarch in Galilee and Tiberius became the ruler of Rome.  To earn the emperor’s favor Herod was at work building a new capital city he called Tiberius on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, a city whose primary purpose was to regulate the fishing industry and put it fully under the control of Roman interests.  At the beginning of today’s gospel story we learn that John had just been arrested.  Antipas also built his palace in Galilee, that palace being the location where John the Baptist would soon be beheaded.  

Seven miles wide and 13 miles long, the Sea of Galilee is a large freshwater lake.  Also called the Sea of Genesseret, Lake Kinneret or Lake Tiberius, it’s the lowest freshwater lake on earth.  Low lying and located in a rift valley the Sea of Galilee is prone to storms.  As serene as this scene in Mark’s Gospel might seem on the surface Mark is not Garrison Keillor telling a story about Lake Wobegon. 

During Herod’s rule the local fishing industry in Galilee was being restructured to benefit the urban elite throughout the Roman Empire.  The fish were salted or made into sauce and exported to Greeks and Romans settling in Palestine.  The once local fishing industry had become state-regulated.  Fishing leases were controlled and fish products were taxed.  Leases, taxes and tolls were exorbitant and the roads, harbors and processing factories marginalized and impoverished formerly self-sufficient fishing families such as the Zebedees in today’s gospel. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  “Immediately he called them and immediately they followed…” The ready response of Jesus’ first disciples was very likely an act of desperation as much as a leap of faith and the words “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” are more probably more prophetic than pastoral.   While “fishing for people” is a phrase associated with the soul-saving work of evangelism, its biblical roots in the Hebrew Scriptures are far more edgier.  In Jeremiah YHWH sends for “many fishermen” to catch those have polluted the land with idols (Jer 16.16-18).  The prophet Amos warns those who oppress the poor and the needy that the days are surely coming when “they shall take you away with hooks, even the last of you with fishhooks (Amos 4.11).  So Mark’s story of the calling of JESUS’ disciples to become fishers of people isn’t an altar call; it’s more like Martin Luther King Jr. joining with sanitation workers in Memphis or Caesar Chavez uniting migrant workers in California. “Si se Puede!” 

When Simon and James and their brothers Andrew and John forsook their nets and followed Jesus they left what little economic security they had and the social fabric of family ties that had previously sustained them.   I think here of Enrique’s Journey, of migrants jumping on trains.  When push comes to shove you do what you have to do.  I’ll admit that I don’t quite know, in hearing Mark’s story this way, what kind of action God might require from people like us in this season of action, in a time that we pray that we can “answer readily” the call of our savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of God’s Salvation.  

But we all know… we are living in desperate times.  Our political system is broken.  Demonization, polarization and castigation are words that aptly describe current public discourse.  700,00 DACA recipients live in fear of deportation.  We live in the age of climate change and #ME Too.  Where shall we begin and where will it end?  Seems like it might be easier to stick with the familiar, the status quo… to just stay in the boat… and hope for the best.  But surely God wants more from us than that. 

For all people, desperate times lead to desperate measures.  For people of faith, desperate times call for deeper, more profound and more prophetic acts of faith and witness to the Gospel.  In our customary time of silence in response to Mark’s good news perhaps we might meditate on those things that are immediately within our power to change.   We might ask ourselves what needs forsaking, what do we need to let go of?  What needs forgiving?  What in our lives demands our immediate attention?  Surely what we are called to do is not a matter of taking sides or trying to convince those who disagree with us that we are right and they are wrong.  Surely the change we seek is not in the life of another, or in this or that system, but only within our hearts.  In this season of action, help us to respond, straightaway Lord, to your call for our witness to your goodness and love.

Amen