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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

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The story of Ruth is well known and loved by all.

An Israelite man, Elimelech and his wife Naomi, had moved to the land of Moab.  They had two sons, both sons married Moabite women, one of whom was Ruth.  Elimelch and the two sons died, leaving only Naomi and the two daughters-in-law.  Naomi decided to go back to Israel, and Ruth decided to go with her. 

Ruth's devotion to her mother-in-law is imortalized in these words,  "Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I wil lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God."

Back in the land of Israel, the poor were allowed to glean the fields.  They could gather anything that the harvesters missed.  Our window shows Ruth gathering barley in a field belonging to Boaz, a wealthy relative of Naomi.

The bibly story is very circumspect, but from it, we are able to read between the lines.  During the harvest festival, Ruth tricked Boaz into having sex with her.  The blankets on which they lay are pictured in our window.  In the end, Boaz gladly and with gratitude married Ruth.

But that is not the end of the story.  The child conceived that harvest night became the grandfather of King David, and David was the forefather of the Virgin Mary.  That makes Ruth a "many great' grandmother of Jesus Himself.

The story of Ruth is a messianic story.  It is one of the stories that connect Christ to the whole of mankind, for Ruth was a gentile.

At one point in His ministry Jesus saw the Samaritans, symbolezed as grain fields ready fo the harvest.  THis window could also be seen as our evangelism window.  ASre there popel in our community ready for hte harvest? Are they ready they ready to be brought inot the Kingdom of God?  May the grain field in thei window inspire the ministry of the the people of St. Alban's Church. 

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

"Ruth Gleaning in the Fields of Boaz"
-1876-
Window Text:  "She shall receive the Crown of Life"
Gifte bytthe Rev. E.P. Wright and his wife
In Memory of their Daughter, Adelaide

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

 

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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.