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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.

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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 - What now?

What now?

Posted by The Rev'd Deborah Meister on with 2 Comments

When I was a small child, we moved around a lot. By the time I was four, I had lived in five homes, four cities, and two countries. And so I have always had a strong sense that the life I live is provisional, makeshift: that it can vanish and be replaced at any time. In the summers, sometimes, we would go to the ocean, and I would build castle after castle, shoring them up against the ravages of the sea. But, every time, the waters rolled in.

Here's the thing: I kept on building them.

This morning is a bit like that. This is my last Daily Cup. This Sunday, I will be moving from the church I have served these last five years, and I'm not entirely sure what will come next. And our nation has awoken to the morning after a bitterly-divisive election, and we are not sure what comes next. (Oh, we know who comes next, just not what.) No matter who won this election, many were going to experience it as a death-knell for the country they love. 

So this morning,  I woke up. I got out of bed. I walked the dog. I made some tea and prayed. It's the grown-up version of what I did after each move, when I was a child: Unpacked the toys. Arranged the stuffed animals. Ate breakfast. 

The most ordinary details of our life stitch this world together: Parents bathing a child. Tending an elderly parent. People feeding one another, washing the laundry. Kathleen Norris calls these things "the quotidian mysteries": the relentless round of daily tasks that somehow, by grace, bind us to one another and open us to God. Take refuge in them. There is a strong power in these simple things: power to carry us through. 

Last night, when the results began to come in, my friends started to text one another, then to call. We needed to hear one another's voice. We were frightened about what this land might become, about what kind of country our children might grow up in. What kinds of language and action they might accept as ordinary, just another part of the world in which we live. We needed to remember that there were others out there: people who have dedicated their lives to the work of making an inclusive world, a world in which doors are open and communities are welcoming and every human being is honored as a living, breathing, image of God. We reached out to one another to remind ourselves that we still have one another. That we are not alone.

If this were an ordinary day, I might end this here. I might remind us that the good things of our ordinary life and the friends of our right hand are what God has given us this day. I might say we should honor them, and I would be right. We should. They are God's gift, just as you are, and if the mystery of Christ means anything, this astonishing claim that God took on human flesh and ate and drank and bathed and walked and laughed and wept, then surely it means that these things of our every day are holy, sanctified by his touch. That when we practice them with an open heart, Christ comes to meet us through the thin veil. That in times of trouble, they carry us, as surely as any chariot of fire.

But I am writing this today not only as a pastor, but also as a human being: as a woman, as a person of Jewish descent, and as a survivor of sexual assault. Over the last year and more, my gender, my tribe, and my past have been assaulted in word and in image, over and over again. I cannot pretend that this is an ordinary day, not even an ordinary day after an election. 

So the other half of what I want to say to you this morning is this: be vigilant. There was always a serpent in that garden.

There's a strange thing about the myth of Adam and Eve: at the end of the story, they are cast out of Eden and an angel with a flaming sword is positioned between them and the Tree of Life. But the serpent is not cast out. The serpent stays.

It is not enough to pray. It is not enough to cling to those we love. If we wish to honor the dignity of every human being, we must also work. We must build nets and strengthen relationships and reach out of our comfort zones and work to build the communities we love. "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it." (Song of Songs, 8:7) Even if the waters seem to wash them away, we can always build again.

And we are not alone in that work. There are so many groups already out there, tattered angels who walk their rounds night and day, patrolling the edges of our world, making sure that no one falls away. They are groups like the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, Episcopal Migration Ministries, the House of Ruth, the Equal Justice Initiative, and others you could name. 

Many months ago, I wrote on this blog: "I guess what I’m saying is this: it’s not up to our leaders to shape this world. It’s up to us. Each of us has a ballot, but each of us also has a life: the days and minutes and hours that God has given us. The ballot is a powerful tool and great gift of freedom, and every one of us should use it to support whomever we think can best lead our nation, our city, or our state. But of the two, the second is more powerful: what you do with your life." (If you missed that post, you can find it here: http://stalbansdc.org/the-daily-cup/vote-your-life/). 

And so, today, I urge you to contact one of these organizations (or one of your own choosing) and make an offering. Send five dollars or ten; send a hundred or a thousand: that gift is your first stake in the ongoing work of making a world that is hospitable to Jesus. It matters that people of good will stand up and pitch in and do this work. And it matters that we keep on keeping on. Because this world is in our hands; we are the workers of God. We are our brother's keeper, and our sister's keeper, and our neighbor's neighbor. We are the people God has redeemed to do the work, and we are the agents of grace and the bearers of mercy.

In the words of St. John of the Cross, "Where there is no love, put love in." That is the whole work of God. There is no other.

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It has been a gift and a responsibility to be in conversation with you these last five years. I want to thank every one of you who has taken time to read my words and those of my colleagues, and particularly to those of you who have written back, responded, argued, or expressed thanks.  My colleagues will continue to offer good news, almost daily, on this site, and I hope you will attend to them. There is a lot of wisdom in their words, and a lot of joy.

If you wish to hear my voice, I will be writing (sporadically) at . The site is under construction, so be patient.

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: change, christianity, daily, election, holy, networks, ordinary, work, put love in, quotidian mysteries

Comments

Susan Logan November 11, 2016 11:51am

Deborah, thank you for these words. We come from different backgrounds and have different ideas from time to time but I love our conversations. You have always been special to the Logan family and we look forward to seeing what God has planned for you. At my house, we call this unknown journey and 'bump in the road.' I hope that during your 'bump in the road' you continue to preach forgiveness, unity and the word of Jesus Christ. I pray that all who are frightened by the outcome of this week's election will find peace and will trust their neighbors to stand by their side. We are in this together and we need to stand together. Peace to you my friend and I cannot wait to see what comes after your 'bump in the road,'

Nick Gaede November 13, 2016 6:56pm

Deborah voice from past. Heard from Jamie you were leaving St. Alban's, their loss. Your piece is "spot on". Interesting that two of the groups you mention are located here in Alabama. Perhaps time for you to return. Let us know how we can stay in touch. We love you

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