In the two weeks leading up to the presidential inauguration, the Washington National Cathedral will offer brief online prayers for our nation, together with our interfaith and ecumenical colleagues, each day at 5:00 p.m. The Cathedral staff invite you to spend five minutes in prayers for safety, solace and national unity.
Today is January the 6th, 2021. It is the Feast of the Epiphany. And on this particular day at this particular moment, even as our nation’s capital is being endangered and assaulted, we pray that the Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that God, in his Way of Love, might prevail in all of our hearts.
Lord God Almighty, who has made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer
According to legend, the tradition of displaying a crèche (a depiction of the Nativity scene) at Christmas was begun, or at least popularized, by St. Francis of Assisi in 13th Century Italy. While visiting the village of Grecio at Christmas, St. Francis wanted to recreate the sense of awe and wonder he felt when he visited the site of Jesus’ birth in the Holy Land, and so St. Francis created a “living Nativity” in a cave outside the town. The practice became popular throughout Italy and quickly spread. To this day Nativity scenes are a visible reminder of the humble birth of our Savior.
Since we can’t be together this year, no holiday open houses or Christmas parties, we invited parishioners to send in photos of their home nativity scenes to share with everyone.
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Our Christmas Eve service will be pre-recorded and available for viewing beginning at 5:00 pm on December 24th. Click here to go to our video worship service page. Once there, look for the video labeled December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve and click on it.
On Sunday, December 27th, St. Alban’s will not have a pre-recorded service, but instead we encourage you to join with the thousands of Episcopalians in the Diocese of Virginia for a Service of Lessons and Carols. The service is available on YouTube or Facebook starting at 8:00 am on December 27th. A downloadable service bulletin is available here.
If you would like to watch the Christmas Eve service with family and friends who can’t be with you in person, there are several programs that allow you to sync up a YouTube video and watch it together.
This article, https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/watch-youtube-together/, suggests several programs you can use to synchronize your viewing with others, and provides some troubleshooting hints to help you get going.
We do not endorse, recommend or in any way provide support for these apps.
The Family Emergency Assistance ministry is in need of 3 money captains. ACCAs Family Emergency Assistance provides emergency financial aid to area individuals and families to help with medical expenses, rent, utilities, and other needs.
ACCA volunteers have worked hard and long through pandemic in support of our neighbors in dire straits financially and otherwise due to the pandemic.
Please email Marie Markey if you would like to volunteer with our Family Emergency Assistance ministry.
Because 2020 has had enough bad news, here’s something good: CHRISTMAS WRAPPING IS BACK!
We’re a little late, but the good news is that there’s still plenty of time to have the elves relieve you of this chore. Of course, things have to be different this year, but this is actually a good thing. In order to maintain distancing, wrapping will be conducted in the nave BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The good news? We won’t be limited to just Sundays. Here’s how it will work:
- Call Kate Wettstein (703) 304-2622 to set up an appointment to drop off your items at the church
- Kate will arrange with a masked elf to receive your unwrapped presents in the nave
- You may consider dropping off a donation to youth mission trips fund at the same time!
- The elf will wrap your presents, beautifully as always
- And, get this, your presents will be delivered to your home!
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support future youth mission trips – thank you!
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Hypothermia Week will be different this year. Instead of hosting the shelter overflow in our Parish Hall, we will be taking meals to them at the Lincolnia Senior Center. We will deliver the food, but are not required to serve or clean up.
We will need meals for 50 people for seven nights and 50 bag lunches for each of the seven days. They have no access to a kitchen, so they request that meals be as simple to serve and eat as possible. I’m thinking of things like stew or chili with some bread and a piece of fruit, or a casserole with salad on the side. I’m sure any simple, hearty meal you wish to provide will be much appreciated.
Plan to deliver the meals to the Lincolnia Senior Center at about 6 p.m. I will have more details later. If you and your family or a group of friends would like to prepare and deliver a meal or put together 50 bag lunches you may sign up using this link: If you have any questions email me (Delores Baisden) or call me at 703-533-9532.
Thank you for your generosity!
Saturday, November 21, 9:00-11:00am.
St. Alban’s parking lot
St. Alban’s is responding to the aftermath of two destructive hurricanes in Honduras. One way you can participate is our Stuff the Trunk collection.
Drop off your donations to Fr. Paul and Deacon Theresa in the St. Alban’s parking lot between 9:00 and 11:00 am.
Immediate needs include:
- NSAID pain relievers: (Ibuprofen/Motrin/Advil; Acetaminophen/Tylenol) – for Children and for Adults
- Cold/Allergy Medicines: (Benadryl, Sudafed, Tylenol Cold/Cough, Dayquil)
- First Aid Kits
- Bandages, Bandaids, gauze
- Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, etc.)
- Thermometers, nebulizers, humidifiers
- Infant formula (Similac, Nido, etc.)
- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, small shampoos/soaps
Please wear a mask and maintain physical distance for the collection.
You can learn more about St. Alban’s coordinated hurricane relief response to Honduras on our website.
Together in Spirit. Onward in Action.
The 2020 Samaritan Ministry Gala
Celebrate St. Alban’s partnership with Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm during a free, online gala event. Gather virtually with supporters and partners across the area as St. Alban’s receives the Outstanding Partner Award.
Emcee for the evening will be Washington Post columnist Colby King, who is a personal supporter of SMGW himself. There will be a Silent Auction featuring an array of special baskets, assembled by SMGW Partner Churches.