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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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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

 

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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.