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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

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

Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus

We are told in the Gospels that the eternal Son of God united Himself to human life, human history, and to each and every human being. He did this by entering into the womb of Mary and taking from her, all necessary qualities of human nature. The second element of the Trinity was not united to a human person but to human nature.  Since Christ, He who was born from her, who died on the cross, and who rose from death was very God.  Mary is known as the "Mother of God."

This first of the three Mary windows is on the south side of the sanctuary, near the Priest's chair.  It is a typical Madonna and Child. Mary is dressed in blue and red. The blue color normally represents humanity and red normally represents divinity. Her humanity, like ours, was united to God. The Christ child is clothed in glistening white.

At the top of the window is the Holy Spirit shown as a dove. It is the Holy Spirit that caused the Son to be conceived in Mary.  The Holy Spirit also causes the Son to dwell in us.  The Holy Spirit comes upon the bread and wine and is what makes them become the Body and Blood of Christ.  It is appropriate that this window is placed near the altar.

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


- 1892 -
Gifted by William Weaver, Sr.
In Memory of Mary, Wife of William Weaver   
Born August 17, 1806.    Died April 30, 1891.

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.