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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 central icon or window in our church portrays Christ as the Good Shepherd.  As is true with so many icons, there are multiple levels in which the true meaning of Christ can be revealed to us.

We first see Christ pictured as a shepherd with his crook.  He carries a lamb on his shoulders, the safest way to carry an animal that might easily kick himself out of a shepherd's arms.  The simple message is that Christ is our shepherd.  He leads us.  He takes care of us.  He keeps us out of harm's way, and he brings us at last, home to heaven.

Secondly, we see that Christ is not only a shepherd.  In this window, we see that CHrist is not standing in a pasture, but on a marble floor.  A rich drapery hangs behind Him.  In other words, He is standing in a palace - a king's palace.  Christ is also our King.  Jesus is called the Son of David, and David was first a shepherd, and then a king.  Jesus is the Shepherd-King.  As such, he is the very image of God the Father; the fullness of deity rests within him.  The central image in many ancient churches portrayed Christ as Pantocrator (Ruler of all things).  The Good SHepherd window tells us that Christ is God, the King, the Judge, and the Ruler of all things.

Thirdly, the Gospel tells us that the Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep.  And so Christ, in this window, must also be seen as the world's great sacrifice.  His entire life was one of sacrifice.  His death on the cross was the culmination and consecration of his whole life.  The final element in His sacrificial life was His resurrestion and ascension and union with God the Father.

The lamb on Christ's shoulders also is a symbol of sacrifice.  And we are that lamb.  Our lives in and with Christ are meant to be lives of sacrifice.  We are sent to devote our energies to the service of God and men in every possible way.  Our deaths are the final consecration and acceptance of our lives of service and dedication to God; with death comes our union with God in Christ. 

Lastly, we note that this window is located behind the altar, which is the focus of our sacrificial worship in the Eucharist.  Through Eucharist our lives of sacrifice are united with Christ's sacrifice.  Our lives of service and sacrifice are inter-twined with Christ's one and eternal sacrifice.  We live with Him, we die with Him. And we are raised with Him.  The bread and wine are symbols of our work, play and worship.  We present these symbols to God the Father, and the Holy Spirit adds to them the reality of Christ's Body and Blood.  Our lives can become living sacrifices with ourselves in Christ and Christ in us. 

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

"Our Lord as the Good Shepherd"
Window Text:  "I am the Good Shepherd"
Window created by Richard Carse (Chicago)
Gifted by their Grandchildren
In Memory of William and Mary Hardiman Weaver,
and Rebecca, their only daughter

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.