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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.

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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Your Money or Your Life?

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04.11.21

Your Money or Your Life?

Your Money or Your Life?

Series: Easter

Speaker: The Rev'd Emily Griffin

It’s one week after Easter, and they’re still inside with the doors locked – the disciples, that is. At least Thomas has an excuse. He wasn’t there on Easter night when Jesus showed up, showed them his hands and side, repeated his message of peace. He wasn’t there when Jesus gave them their marching orders: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” “Send” sounds like an action verb to me. In John’s Gospel, there’s no 50-day waiting period between the resurrection and the receiving of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost as there is in Luke. The disciples receive the comfort and the power of Holy Spirit right then and there on Easter night. And yet, one week later, they’re still in the same spot. 

They might not be afraid of the authorities anymore, but beyond that – we have no indication that their behavior has changed. They may have been sent, but they didn’t go anywhere. No wonder Thomas doesn’t buy their story. He says it’s because he needs to see for himself, and I’m sure that’s true. But there could be another reason. If the disciples had truly seen the risen Christ, had seen proof that love is stronger than death, shouldn’t it make a difference – not just in their beliefs, but in their lives? 

Say what you will about the believers as Luke describes them in today’s reading from Acts; you can’t accuse them of all talk and no action. We’re told that they sold their land, even their houses, and brought the proceeds to the apostles – “and it was distributed to each as any had need.” I know it’s a cliché - but talk about putting your money where your mouth is. Perhaps this was why the apostles could testify to the resurrection with such power – because it made a difference not just in how people thought or felt, but in what they did for those in need.

Of course, not everyone was equally on board with this notion of rejecting private ownership. Imagine that. Just a few verses later, we read about a couple who sell some property, secretly pocket a portion for themselves, and then bring the rest back to the church as if it were the whole amount. This experiment of common ownership didn’t last long, but I’m curious as to why it ever emerged in the first place. What relationship is there between resurrection and how we spend our money? 

Well, according to the Jesus we read about in Luke, wealth is not an automatic sign of divine approval. For all that money makes possible in terms of meeting the needs of others (and yes, it is extremely useful for that purpose), it is also a spiritual danger. Wealth can blind us to those who need us the most – or at least, distort our view of them. We begin to see fellow children of God solely in terms of their weaknesses and deprivations and, in the process, lose sight of their strengths. When we don’t live in the same neighborhoods, go to the same doctors or frequent the same stores, when we rely on television to tell us what we need to know about poverty, authentic interaction is harder to come by. And even when we do interact, wealth can skew things. It can introduce fear and shame into places where they don’t always need to be and objectify everyone involved – rich and poor alike - so that no one feels truly heard or seen. 

Wealth can also give us a false sense of security and warp our sense of self-worth. We begin to believe that we are what we achieve, that life somehow owes us protection from vulnerability. You’d think that the pandemic would have cured us of these illusions, but I’m not so sure. We don’t want to be the fools in Luke’s parable – you know, the ones who spend all their energy storing up things in barns when their lives are demanded of them that very night. When our time is limited (and let’s face it – it’s limited for all of us), we want to remember what lasts and what doesn’t, what we can take with us and what we can’t. We want to remember what Jesus taught us - that “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions,” but wealth can make it too easy to forget. And so, we end up settling for a version of life that’s not worthy of the name – a “life” that exaggerates fears of scarcity and, if we’re not careful, can make us frantic, stingy, petty and small. Wealth enables survival, sure - but abundant life, life that banks on the power of love over death and acts accordingly – that can’t be bought.  

Now back to our Gospel reading for today. We’re told what John sees as the purpose of his book – i.e. “that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” The point isn’t believing for the sake of belief; as Geoffrey often says, the point is life. When we trust in Jesus, the One God raised from death to new life, when we trust him with our lives and futures, our death grip on wealth loosens a bit and we’re freer to find better uses for our time – because we’re no longer forcing money to serve a purpose it was never designed for. We’re freer to widen our circle of those whose needs matter to us, of those we’re willing to sacrifice for. We’re freer to belong to and draw from a community that is so much bigger than us – and let it influence not just how we think, but how we act, how we save, how we invest, how we give and yes, how we spend. We’re freer to go wherever the risen Christ may send us and to claim the Holy Spirit’s comfort and power right here and now. In the Name of the One who came so that we might have life and have it abundantly, Amen.