Good Works

Faith can look like a lot of things.  It can look like prayer, piety, or devotions. Please don’t get me wrong, those things are important; they can help us keep our hearts and minds focused on very central, internal things. But the acts of faith that resonate most with me are the ones that are focused outward. When we step outside of ourselves and do for others.

I kept thinking about this as St. Alban’s Parish hosted a funeral Mass and reception for a man who was not a member of our parish.  So many parishioners gave of their time and their talents to make it run smoothly.  So many helped a family they did not know bury their dead. This was faith in action; this was good works.

When I think about what I most like about this parish, about this faith, it is episodes like this funeral that fill my mind.  It is the countless times and ways the parish throws open its doors to the faithful, the seeker, the doubter, and the stranger. It is our faith made action, our words made flesh.



About stalbansparish

St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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One Response to Good Works

  1. Anton Vanterpool II says:

    Thank you Annemarie, it’s testimonies like this that gives meaning to the phrase “Walk by Faith.”
    It happens even you don’t see it.

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