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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 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”
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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 

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.