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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

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 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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Faith Talk - The Divine Milieu

The Divine Milieu

Posted by The Rev'd Jim Quigley on with 1 Comments

My colleague Jo has a simple phrase taped on the wall above her computer: Trust the Slow Work of God.  The words come from a prayer by the theologian Teilhard de Chardin.  de Chardin (1881-1955) was a paleontologist, geologist and Jesuit priest.  In his lifetime much of de Chardin's writing was censored by the Catholic Church because of his views about original sin, a doctrine he didn't espouse.  As a scientist de Chardin believed in evolution; as a theologian he did too.  

In The Divine Milieu de Chardin writes, "God, in all that is most living and incarnate in him, is not far away from us, altogether apart from the world we see, touch, hear, smell and taste around us.  Rather he awaits us every instant in our action, the work of the moment.  There is a sense in which he is at the tip of my pen, my spade, my brush, my needle - of my heart and of my thought."

de Chardin wrote that under the false expectations people conjure up about what it means to be truly devoted to God, nine out of ten practicing Christians feel that their work (as in their job) is a 'spiritual encumbrance.'  That time spent at the office or studio, in fields and factories, is time taken away from prayer and adoration, as if in order to be devoted to God one must step out of their human dress so as to have faith in themselves as Christians.  

But for de Chardin there was no such thing as a division between the sacred and the profane and that by necessity (most of us need a paycheck), having material cares doesn't impede the possibility that God is at work in all of our work.  There are, of course, those nobler moments in a day, like when we pray or receive the Sacraments, but that there is no reason to fear that the most trivial or the most absorbing of occupations should force us to depart from God. "Try, with God's help, to perceive the connection - even physical and natural - which binds your labour with the building of the Kingdom of heaven; try to realise that heaven itself smiles upon you and, through your works, draws you to itself; then, as you leave the church for the noisy streets, you will remain with only one feeling, that of continuing to immerse yourself with God."

de Chardin espoused what he called The Sanctification of the Human Endeavor.  "Within the Church," he wrote, "we observe all sorts of groups whose members are vowed to the perfect practice of this or that particular virtue: mercy, detachment, the splendour of the liturgy, the missions, contemplation."  But why shouldn't worldly occupations, the bonework of human society (fields of thought, art, industry, commerce and politics), also lead to the sanctification of the world?  "Right from the hands that knead the dough, to those that consecrate it, the great and universal Host should be prepared and handled in a spirit of adoration."

In Children's Chapel yesterday we shared the story of the calling of the disciples in the Gospel lesson for the day:  "Follow me and I will make you fish for people..."  Then I asked the children what they wanted to be when they grew up.  A teacher!  A movie director!  An architect! We thought about those occupations in the light of the story from the Gospel, and how Jesus didn't invite his followers to take on a new occupation but rather told the fishermen to keep fishing but to fish in a new way.  When we asked the children to apply that thinking to what they wanted to be when they grew up and what that might mean, the child who wanted to teach said that she could teach people about God, the budding movie director said that he could make movies about God and the future architect said that she could build churches and synagogues!

In the end of the section on the sanctification of the human endeavor in The Divine Milieu de Chardin writes: "May the time come when men (sic), having been awakened to a sense of the close bond linking all the movements of this world in a single, all-embracing work of the Incarnation, shall be unable to give themselves to any one of their tasks without illuminating it with the clear vision that their work - however elementary it may be - is received and put to good use by a Centre of the universe. And, "When that comes to pass, there will be little to separate life in the cloister from the life of the world.  And only then will the action of the children of heaven (at the same time as the action of the children if the world) have attained the intended plentitude of humanity.   

 

 

 

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

                                                             - Teilhard de Chardin

 

Happy Monday and get back to work!

Jim+

 

Comments

Eileen Davis January 27, 2017 3:50pm

Inspiring and relevant this difficult week, and thank you for the De Chardin poem.

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