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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.

Please fill out this welcome form to connect with us.

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

 

Service Times

Beginning on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021, worship will be open to anyone without pre-registration or distancing requirements. We will continue requiring that worshippers be masked for now. 

Our schedule of services will remain the same throughout the summer:

 - 9:00 a.m. (English) in the church

 - 10:30 a.m. (English) in the church

 - Noon (Spanish) in Nourse Hall

Communion in one kind (i.e. wafers) will be offered at the main altar, although we will happily bring communion to those for whom steps are challenging. 

Masked hymn singing both indoors and outdoors will be permitted, and music will be supported by a soloist and organ. 

On-line worship services in English and Spanish are available on Sundays beginning at 8:00 a.m. on our YouTube channel.

 

 

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, we believe that a child’s spiritual growth is just as important as their physical and intellectual growth. Our goal is to help children name and value the presence and love of God in their lives. We do this through a variety of means – by providing stable and consistent adult mentors, encouraging strong peer relationships, and supporting parents in their families’ faith lives at home.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service. Starting in September 2021, Children’s Chapel with Communion will be held outdoors on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

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

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.

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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Faith Talk - A Long View

A Long View

Posted by The Rev'd Emily Griffin on with 1 Comments

“It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.” So begins one of my favorite prayers, commonly attributed to the late Archbishop Oscar Romero. The psalm appointed for Morning Prayer today tries to do just that.

Psalm 102 starts the way many psalms do, with a plea and a complaint. It would be tempting to deem it whiny and move on, if only it weren’t so beautiful. The psalmist starts by looking at how his own days are spent. (I’m guessing it’s a he. It fits for “she” as well.) He says that his days “drift away like smoke.” They “pass away like a shadow.” He feels “like a vulture in the wilderness,” “an owl among the ruins,” “a sparrow lonely on a house-top.”

In less poetic terms, he’s not sleeping. He’s losing weight. He forgets to eat. He knows his days are numbered - yet despite their apparent misery he only wants more of them. He prays, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days.”

It’s strange what brings us comfort in these moments. For the psalmist, it begins with hope for his people. He can’t fully separate his own pain from that of his community. The psalm appears to be written shortly after the Babylonian exile, when the people have finally returned home to Jerusalem – only to find it in ruins just as their conquerors had left it. Going home, it must have felt as if time had stopped – that progress was an illusion and they were right back where they started.

The psalmist can’t quite find hope for himself yet, but he can find it for his people. He’s remarkably bold in telling God how it’s going to be: “You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to have mercy upon her…for your servants love her very rubble, and are moved to pity even for her dust.”

He reminds himself of what God is like: “He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; he will not despise their plea.” If that’s true for other people, he thinks, maybe it’s true for me too. My feelings are not the only measure of this situation.

He also takes some comfort in the generations to come, saying that “the children of your servants shall continue, and their offspring shall stand fast in your sight.”

But his greatest cause for hope isn’t in the promise of God’s compassion or that of future generations; it’s in God’s eternity. “I wither like the grass. But you, O LORD, endure forever…In the beginning, O LORD, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they (meaning the heavens) shall perish, but you will endure; they shall all wear out like a garment; as clothing you will change them, and they shall be changed.”

If the heavens change, then we can expect to be changed as well. The moment, no matter how painful, is not all there is. We can’t see the frame in which we exist. This kind of comfort is more than “this too shall pass.”  It is trust that whatever is beyond our vision is worth waiting for – because God is already there too.

Or as the prayer that has helped to sustain me for the last 20 years puts it:

“The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us…We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing this. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.”

Peace,

Emily+

Comments

Diana G. August 12, 2016 12:55pm

You've captured many of my thoughts from this morning -- you must have been there in spirit -- thanks for articulating them.

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