|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 9, 2021 at 11:55 AM|
Happy Summer to all of our St. Alban’s Family! I don’t know how it got here so fast, but the heat, humidity and season are here to stay for a while! Summer means no school, pool, beach, trips, fun, laughing and hopefully some relaxing. For our children at St. Alban’s, it almost always means Vacation Bible School or VBS and this year we are having two, both virtual and in person. This last year has certainly thrown enough at us and if there was ever a year to have two, itR...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on June 2, 2021 at 5:10 PM|
In my role as Episcopal Campus Minister at the college I have frequent conversations with students about vocational discernment. This should come as no surprise to anyone. The general, if unfair expectation for many is that the college years are primarily about deciding what one will do with the rest of one’s life. This can engender a high level of angst for the students, especially as they near the end of the college careers.
Next academic year, I am hoping to crea...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 26, 2021 at 9:55 AM|
Let there be singing! Hallelujah!, said the music director. What a joy it is that we can now enjoy some congregational singing again in the service. In our staff meeting on May 12th Mother Carmen announced that beginning on Pentecost Sunday the diocese will permit congregational singing with masks on and with people socially distanced. Although I am out of town and missed hearing our first congregational singing in over a year, my heart feels such joy that we can once again include this most ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 19, 2021 at 3:35 PM|
With the news of CDC guidelines and state restrictions being lifted comes both enthusiasm and reluctance. I know this because I’ve heard from many of you directly! We rejoice for what these new guidelines mean for us all—that vaccines work and the end of this pandemic is in sight. I thank God for the intellectual gifts given to scientists to get us to this point.
Here at St. Alban’s, some protocols are changing while others will remain in place for a bit ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 12, 2021 at 3:25 PM|
Famous last words are usually uttered on one’s deathbed. But not for Jesus. His famous last words happen weeks after his death and resurrection.
Today is the Feast of the Ascension. Luke is the Gospel writer who gave us the tradition that Jesus ascended to heaven following his time on earth. According to Luke’s Gospel and its sequel, The Acts of the Apostles, forty days after Easter, Jesus says his final farewell to his disciples and heads home to his Father. Bu...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 5, 2021 at 1:55 PM|
“Faith and Hope are the sails and Love is the rudder, it is like God’s GPS”, was spoken by Bishop Curry as he read these words on Audible this morning from his book Love is the Way. What a wonderful way to think about it I thought, as we are guided through our lives by God’s GPS for us. We are all in our own boats being moved by faith and hope, then love keeps us in the direction to go. This year has certainly rocked our boats in many ways, but we must re...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on April 29, 2021 at 12:00 AM|
So many passages of scripture speak of making music and singing as a sign of joy and offering praise to our God: Psalms encouraging us to “Sing to the Lord”; “Sing a New Song”; “David played upon his harp”. In the New Testament as well Christians are encouraged to “Sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs”. So, with the precautions that had to be taken during this last 14 months or so to protect us all, doing without congregational singing has fel...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2021 at 4:30 PM|
Relief. Grief. Hope. Exhaustion. Yearning. Numbness.
Sometimes, every word feels inadequate. Our days lately are full of sometimes contradictory sentiments, and it can be hard to know how to begin to pray. When I struggle to formulate my own sentences or even fragments, I usually find myself thumbing through The Book of Common Prayer. More often than not, I land on something within those pages that gets to the heart of the matter. This week, I found what I was seeking on pa...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on April 14, 2021 at 7:15 PM|
What a joy it was to gather with some of you in the nave for worship this past Sunday morning! It certainly was not a return to normal, but it still felt great. It was also, however, a reminder that we are still in the middle of a liminal and transitional moment in our lives and in the life of the Church. We are still in a place where there remains a significant amount of uncertainty about the future. How long will we have to continue operating under current limitations? When will we be ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on April 7, 2021 at 9:05 AM|
Hallelujah! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Eastertide is here and we rejoice for the season! What a wonderful, renewed feeling that always comes across my mind during this time of year. From the flowers blooming to the vibrant colors of the grass and trees, we begin to see things all around us that are flourishing. If you have ever looked through polarized sunglass lenses, everything just seems brighter and more inviting. That is the way our world seems to look now as we look at the beg...Read Full Post »