Mark your calendars for an online worship service with the 60,000+ members of the Diocese of Virginia, and many friends, families, saints, and seekers. Your St. Alban’s Clergy encourage you to join in this historic worship service led by your bishops on Facebook and YouTube. In unity with the 180+ parishes of the diocese, this service will be held in lieu of our usual Sunday morning YouTube worship offering on September 6th. I hope you will all take advantage of this rare opportunity to be part of something much bigger than ourselves, and certainly much bigger than St. Alban’s!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess. 5:16-18
Compline is a brief, meditative service of nighttime prayers, beloved of Christians around the world. It originated as the bedtime prayers in the monasteries,centuries ago, and appeared for the first time in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The service includes a recitation of a psalm, one reading from the Holy Gospels, canticles, and prayers for God’s protection and guidance. It’s about 15 minutes in duration, so the perfect way to prepare for bed — whatever time that happens to be for you!
You can follow along in The Book of Common Prayer (p. 127), or follow the customized liturgy PDF that will be sent by email each week.
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I hope you will join us!
Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, reminds us that, as Christians, we have an obligation to vote. Bishop Curry goes on to say that we must cast our vote, not on a partisan basis, not based on our biases, but based on our values – the values of human dignity and equality.
Vote the values of the rock on which this country was built. Vote.
With the ever-looming threat of COVID-19 hanging over everything we do, please begin thinking now about how you will vote this year. If you are concerned about being in a crowd, or don’t want to stand in line, I encourage you to vote absentee, either in person or by mail. You no longer need a reason to vote absentee in Virginia. Please note these important dates for absentee voting for the 2020 General Election:
- September 18: First absentee ballot mailout
- September 18: Early voting/absentee in-person voting begins at the Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA
- October 13: Voter Registration Deadline (In Person/By Mail) 5:00 p.m.; online: 11:59 p.m.
- October 23: Deadline to apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by mail, fax and online: 5:00 p.m.
- October 31: Final day to vote absentee early/in-person, 5:00 pm
- November 6: Deadline to return your absentee ballot to the Office of Elections: 12:00 noon. Ballot must be postmarked by November 3
Other times and locations in Fairfax County for in-person absentee voting have yet to be announced.
- Click here to go to the Fairfax County Office of Elections webpage
- Click here to register to vote: (this link will take you to the Virginia Department of Elections web site)
- Click here to check your voter registration status, update your voter record, or apply to vote absentee: (this link will take you to the Virginia Department of Elections web site)
Loving God, we give thanks for the right to vote. Help us to hold this privilege and responsibility with the care and awareness it merits, realizing that our vote matters and that it is an act of faith. Amen.