Come Worship with us!

7:45 AM Holy Eucharist

A said service offering a quiet meditative worship experience.

 

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist

A family friendly service which includes music and singing.

A nursery is available for small children.

 

* All services are from the Book of Common Prayer 1979

  • IMGP0109
  • IMG 0995
  • IMG 1449
  • 2015 Confirmands
  • 2015 Reception

The importance of the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a crucial element of our Christian doctrine.


First, it is necessary to review just why St. Mary is so important.  Mary, united to God through the humanity given to God the Son, is the focal point of the union of God and man.  She represents us all as she allows God the Son to take our nature from her, making Him also the “Son of Man.”  No one in the history of the world was more highly blessed and is more worthy of honor than Blessed Mary.  In accordance with that tradition, there are three windows in our church building which honor St. Mary.


The third Mary window is titled “ A Mother in Israel.”  The title refers to the prophetess Deborah, who encouraged the Israelites to win a  great victory over the Canaanites.  The woman pictured in this window is dressed in blues and reds, which are normally associated with St. Mary.  Her child is dressed in glistening white.  She is seated on a throne in front of draperies, which symbolize the Kingdom of Heaven.  Both the Mother and Child have haloes, which signify their holy status.  This window assuredly is also a Madonna and Child window.


The Christian Church is referred to as the Israel of God.  We view Deborah and her relationship to the Israelites as the fore-shadowing of Mary as our Mother.  This window shows an abundance of lilies and fleur-de-lis, emblems signifying the purity of St. Mary.


---Text excerpted from the writings and sermons of the Rev. Canon M. Fred Himmerich, Ph.D.


“Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus ‘A Mother in Israel’” 
-undated-
Gifted by James Weaver, founder
In Memory of Mrs. Elisabeth Weaver; and her four Children,
James Weaver, Ruth Weaver, Jane Rebecca Weaver, and Stephen Weaver

“Come unto me all ye that travail and are heaven laden, and I will refresh you.”


This invitation beckons us to join Christ in receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  This window is located near the entrance of our building and that is fortunate.  As we enter the building and glance at this window, we are reminded that we are coming to Jesus.  We come not only to Jesus; we are also coming into Him.  In the old Prayer of Consecration we prayed that “He may dwell in us and we in Him.”


Christ’ arms are outstretched.  He gazes down to us.  He beckons to receive us, as a loving parent receives a little child who rushes into his/her loving embrace.


Christ’s garments are white, gold and red.  These colors, along with the halo, express His divinity.  When we are received into the bosom of God himself, our travails and our burdens quickly disappear.  We find our rest in God.


Christ stands in a field of prairie grasses and flowers.  Perhaps that is what was found in the area around Sussex when the window was made.  The green flowers and grasses are also symbolic of the Kingdom of Heaven.


We must also remember that we come to Christ not merely to be forgiven or to have Him share our burdens.  We come into Christ to be refreshed.  This implies strengthening for his service.  If we presume to share God’s love, we must also be prepared to share in His work.


We glance as this window as we enter the church, and we know that we are coming into Jesus in His Sacrament.  W also must glance at the window as we leave the church, for now we are refreshed and able to be better servants. May we who struggle to be His servants in this life , be worthy to be received as His servants in the life to come.


---Text excerpted from the writings and sermons of the Rev. Canon M. Fred Himmerich, Ph.D.


“Portrait of Christ, ‘Come Unto Me”
-1900-
In Memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Young and Daughters,
Mary Ann, Angeline and Martha 

The Bible story of the first temptation of mankind took place in a garden – the Garden of Eden.  The temptation ended in failure.  Mankind sinned and brought upon itself the troubles of humanity, and ultimately, death.


In this window we are once again in a garden – the Garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus has been proclaimed as the Son of God.  He had claimed Himself to be the Son of Man.  As such, He carries within Him, the whole humanity.


Jesus kneels before a rock, a crude altar, a symbol of His life of sacrifice.  His undergarment of white and gold and His halo denote his divinity.  His outer garment is red with green lining; red is the sign of divinity and green is the sign of humanity.  The garment tells us that our humanity is enclosed in Christ’s divinity.  What is at stake in this garden, is not Jesus’ personal fate, but the fate of humanity in Him.


There is a thorn bush in the foreground.  It will be used for His crown, for He claimed to be the King in the Kingdom of God.  The sunless sky is filled with menacing clouds of blue, purple and gray.  The final battle for the salvation of humanity is in progress in this person.  The battle is also described in the Book of Revelation, which says “There was war in heaven.”  (Revelations 12).  In our window the war is beginning to reach its most critical moments.  Christ is faced with the temptation to relinquish it all.  He prays, “May this cup be taken from me.”  The mention of the cup in the Garden reminds us of the Eucharistic cup.  Christ’s sufferings were intertwined with humankind’s sufferings.  When we receive the cup we are drawn into the eternal work of the Son of God and the Son of Man.


The ultimate battle is won and Satan is overcome, when Jesus prays, “Not as I will, but as you will.”  We now see the outcome of this war in Gethsemane was the victory of Easter Day.  The failure and curse of Eden was reversed by the victory of Gethsemane.


Christ’s sacrifice culminated in victory and eternal life in God – as will ours.


---Text excerpted from the writings and sermons of The Rev. Canon M. Fred Himmerich, Ph.D.


“Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane”
-1900-
Window Text:  “Not my Will, but Thine be Done”

Gifted by the Family of Mr. Richard Fear
In Memory of Richard Fear
July 18, 1897 

The story of the birth and boyhood of Samuel, as it is told in the First Book of Samuel, is a beautiful story indeed.  Elkanah and his wife Hannah had no children.  One year as Elkanah and Hannah went up to the Temple to offer their yearly sacrifice, Hannah prayed for a son.  She said that if the Lord would bless her with a son, she would allow him to serve in the temple all the days of his life.  Hannah did have a son and she kept her vow.  She brought the young boy to the temple and he remained there as the aged priest Eli’s servant. 


One night Samuel heard the voice of the Lord.  After running to Eli several times, he spoke the words inscribed on our window.  “Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth.” 


Samuel is shown in his nightgown.  He kneels on a beautiful red cushion with tassels.  His bed is in the background.  The tile floor and the sumptuous curtains are the adornment of the temple of God.


We too, in St. Alban’s Church, are in God’s temple – or at least a symbol of God’s temple.  We too, pray in expectation.  We too, hear the Word of God though Scripture, hymns, sermons, prayers, or sacraments. 


In comparison, the scene in the window next to this one also takes place in a temple.  In this window Samuel kneels in supplication.  In the other window, Jesus is seated in the teacher’s chair.  In this window Samuel strives to hear the Word of God.  In the other, the Word of God Himself speaks. 


Let us pray to be like Samuel, with open hears and open minds.  May we be willing to hear the Word of God as it comes to us from Jesus, the Word and Son of God.


--- Text excerpted from the writings and sermons of The Rev. Canon M. Fred Himmerich, Ph.D.

 
“Infant Samuel Praying in the Temple
-1876-
Window Text:  “Speak Lord, they Servant Heareth”

Gifted by Thomas and Betty Weaver
In Memory of the Children of Thomas and Betty Weaver,
Julia Ann and Richard Henry

This window shows Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, seated at the feet of Jesus.  She listens to His teaching – just as we sit and listen in this church building.  In the story as told by Luke, Jesus visited the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus.  As Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, Martha was left to do all the work.  Martha complained about this, and Jesus told her the Mary had chosen the better part. 


Throughout the centuries, Martha has been the symbol of those who take care of the necessary physical and earthly matters.  Mary is the symbol of those who are interested in spiritual matters.  Of course, both are important and necessary, but ultimately it is the spiritual matters that were more important.


No persons in the Bible were closer to Jesus than Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  Jesus came to their home on another occasion to raise Lazarus from the dead.  At another visit we are told that Mary opened a flask of costly ointment and anointed Jesus’ feet and dried them with her hair.


This window also shows that Jesus and Mary are seated in front of an altar.  On the altar are the flasks of expensive ointment and perfume.  Jesus said that Mary was preparing Him for His burial and sacrifice.  Mary also brought that very ointment to the tomb on the morning of Jesus’ resurrection.  In our window, the altar is the symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice.


A rich curtain hangs behind the altar.  The floor is richly tiled.  These are the symbols of the Kingdom of God.  It is Jesus’ sacrifice –His death and resurrection- which brings us all into that Kingdom. 


In one of the versions of this story, Mary is called a sinful woman.  As such, she represents us all.  We all come to Jesus with our burdens.  We all listen to be healed and forgiven.  We, too, bring our token offerings, which for us are the bread and wind.  Christ receives them, hallows them, and unites them to His own glorious sacrifice.  And so we, as well as Mary, can sit in eternity at Jesus’ feet before the altar in the Kingdom of Heaven.


---Text excerpted from the writings and sermons of The Rev. Canon M. Fred Himmerich, Ph.D.


“Mary Sitting at the Feet of Jesus”
-1876-
Window Text:  “In Heaven She Will Find Her Reward”

Gifted by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weaver
In Memory of their daughter, Rhoda M. Weaver.  

There are very few love stories in the Bible, yet the Old Testament story of Rebekah and Isaac is not only beautiful, it ties us into the history of Israel, reminding us that we are the new Israel.

This window commemorates Rebekah, known as the great matriach.  She is the wife of Isaac, the daughter-in-law of Abraham, and the mother of Jacob and Esau.  This makes her the grandmother of the twelve sons of Jacob, leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel.  Rebekah was a progenetrix of King David, and thus also a foremother of Jesus. 

This window shows Rebekah drawing water for a servant of Abraham, who had come to find a wife for Abraham's son, Isaac (Genesis 24).  We are told that Rebecah was very beautiful.  She ws also gracious and strong, drawing water not only for the servant, but also for his men and camels.  She eventualy returned with the servant and became Isaac's wife. 

Symbolically, the giving of water has deeper significance.  It reminds us of what Jesus said about the last Judgement: "I was thirsty and you gave me drink...as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." 

The Samaritan woman at the well and the meaning of the water as explained by Jesus is one of the main events in the Gospel of John.


The gift of water is the basic element necessary for life, and we find many references to it in Scripture.  The Holy Spirit moved upon the waters at the beginning of our universe.  Noah and his family were saved from the floodwaters.  The Children of Israel were led out of bondage in Egypt through the waters of the Red Sea.  They also were led through the waters of the Jordan River into the Promised Land.  As we were enveloped by water in our Mother’s womb, water flows over us at our baptism.


In our window, we see Rebekah and the servant standing on green grass, a symbol of the Kingdom of God.  The reference to water’s significance is once again reflected by the use of water lilies in the border of the window.


As a humorous aside, looking carefully at Rebekah’s feet, it appears she has two left feet.  It is most certain this is not part of the window’s message.


---Text excerpted from the writings and sermons of The Rev. Canon M. Fred Himmerich, Ph.D.

 

“Rebekah at the Well”
-1876-
Gifted by the Family of Hannah Brown Fear
In Memory of Hannah Brown Fear
Died September 3rd 1876, Aged 30 years


Christmas Schedule

Come Celebrate Christmas!

 

Sunday, December 24 9:00am

Normal Sunday Service

 

Sunday, December 24 4:00 pm

Family Christmas Worship with Christmas Movie

 

Sunday, December 24, 11:00 pm

Traditional Christmas Service

 

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8bLoI01PCrs/V_mOkExfCtE/AAAAAAAAA5I/zH6dsHheOsYp-viqumIiuznvARqvmqjPACHMYCg/s160-c/6339254700908415697
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kGPGy_dguOk/T24-4RddgvE/AAAAAAAAALo/C5VY4GKBAD4H0elr1jypC3T-MPGSL0j8QCHMYCg/s160-c/CommunityBanquet
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ll9DPYpvzk0/VmTlB-k9OXE/AAAAAAAAAsw/qiZrR8CGFvYRXQ_mgrhNbcDAoPPT3_HvwCHMYCg/s160-c/2015LessonsAndCarols

At St. Alban’s we strive to grow in our relationship with God, both as individuals and as church. A key part of that growth is Christian formation/education. Christian formation is a lifelong process of learning, developing and growing, which includes education for both children and adults. But true Christian Formation is actually more than merely a process of learning and acquiring knowledge or information. It involves forming us as disciples of Jesus Christ and equipping us to “do the work (he has) given us to do; to love and serve (God) as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.” BCP pg. 366.  

Our Christian formation/education hour is held September –May and begins at 9:00 AM, between the two services.

St. Alban's is an Episcopal Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We are a lively, enthusiastic congregation joyfully living our Mission From God through community, outreach, formation, and worship.  Together we are proud to honor where we come from, together we are living as God's beloved day by day, and together we are growing into the future God dreams for us.