"Whenever we want to ask some favor of a powerful person, we do it humbly and respectfully, for fear of presumption. How much more important, then, to lay our petitions before the Lord God of all things with the utmost humility and sincere devotion." 

-Benedict of Nursia, Rule of Benedict 20.1-2

 

At Anglican Church of the Epiphany we believe that one of the most meaningful things we can do as Christians is keep doing the liturgy to the best of our ability. 

 
 

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Our church has two aspects… On the one hand we claim to be a church possessing Catholic tradition and continuity from the ancient Church, and our Catholic tradition and continuity includes the belief in the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament; the order of episcopacy and priesthood, including the power of priestly absolution. We possess various institutions belonging to Catholic Christendom like monastic orders for men and women… Our Anglican tradition has another aspect as well. We are a church which has been through the Reformation, and values many experiences derived from the Reformation, for instance the open Bible: great importance is attached to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and to personal conviction and conversion through the work of the Holy Spirit.
— Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey

Anglican Church of the Epiphany, as a member parish of the Diocese of Western Anglicans in the Anglican Church in North America, affirms the following:

The Nicean, Apostle’s and Athanasian Creeds.

We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:

  1. We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.

  2. We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.

  3. We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.

  4. We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian.

  5. Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.

  6. We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.

  7. We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing the fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.

In all these things, the Anglican Church in North America is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain as the Anglican Way has received them the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ. (We don’t need to make justification claims on behalf of the ACNA).

“The Anglican Communion,” Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher wrote, “has no peculiar thought, practice, creed or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic constitution of Christ's Church from the beginning.” It may licitly teach as necessary for salvation nothing but what is read in the Holy Scriptures as God's Word written or may be proved thereby. It therefore embraces and affirms such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the Scriptures, and thus to be counted apostolic. The Church has no authority to innovate: it is obliged continually, and particularly in times of renewal or reformation, to return to “the faith once delivered to the saints.”

To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a “Mere Christian,” at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.


Anglicanism Quick Facts

  • Employs an episcopal structure of church government comprised of bishops, priests, and deacons.
  • Utilize the Book of Common Prayer, which transforms passages of Scripture to prayer.
  • Welcomes all who are baptized with water in the name of the Trinity to commune. 
  • Subscribes to the Nicean and the Athanasian creeds.
  • Subscribes to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
  • Celebrates weekly Eucharist.
  • Estimated 80 million Anglicans belonging to parishes and provinces all over the world. 

Vision, Mission and Goals

 
 

Vision Statement

Anglican Church of the Epiphany, as part of the Diocese of Western Anglicans in the Anglican Church in North America, is an evangelistic community that is rooted in the faith as handed down to us by the saints and expressed in the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds. We believe God grows his kingdom by calling people to reconcile themselves to him through the gospel of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are a community whose vision is to expand the kingdom of God by accomplishing the following:

  1. Be Anglican in our community, abide in Christ together and mutually support and nurture one another in fellowship and prayer;
  2. Stand with our diocese to restore Anglican orthodoxy on the West Coast of the United States, especially among our fellow Christian brothers and sisters;
  3. Be faithful to the Diocese of Western Anglicans and its vision, goals and objectives;
  4. Worship in a manner that is doctrinally accurate and aesthetically beautiful, not glorifying ourselves as individuals but giving God all glory due to him.

Goals and Objectives

As a parish we are committed to servant hood and ministries dedicated to the following goals:

  • Enhance and strengthen personal and congregational spiritual growth;
  • Teach and advocate spiritual formation and evangelism;
  • Plant new churches;
  • Plan, support and engage in local and overseas missions.

Enhance and Strengthen Personal and Congregational Spiritual Growth

  • Personally, we will endeavor to enhance and strengthen the spiritual growth of individual parishioners through godly fellowship, sensitive pastoral care, vibrant worship, administration of the Sacraments and faithful teaching of the word of God.
  • Corporately, we will be active in the life of the diocese, attending the yearly diocesan conference; announcing, supporting and encouraging attendance at all diocesan-sponsored or diocesan-backed events; and requiring that all clergy be active in the diocesan clericus.
  • Personally, members will be encouraged to be confirmed at episcopal visitations and seek to cultivate an ethos where future deacons and priests are called to ordination. We will support the diocese with our financial, physical and spiritual resources.
  • Corporately and personally, we will follow a comprehensive plan of Christian formation that draws its inspiration from and complements the church’s liturgical life and will develop a parish-level assessment of individual spiritual growth and formation.

Teach and Advocate Formation and Evangelism

  • All members will endeavor to grow in their understanding of abiding in Christ. We will model devotion to Jesus Christ, commit to living as Jesus lived, love as Jesus loved and lead as Jesus led.
  • All members will endeavor to become effective ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, devoting themselves to sharing Christ with others.

Plant New Churches

  • We will be involved in planting or helping to plant at least one new church within the next three to five years.
  • We will value continuing church planting efforts.

Plan and Engage in Local and Overseas Missions

  • We will be actively engaged in local missions and outreach, supporting individual missionaries and missionary organizations through our resources and personal relationships.

At all times, Anglican Church of the Epiphany will engage in all such good works as God has given us to do, to love and serve him as faithful witnesses of Christ the Lord. By doing so we will fulfill Christ’s charge to all believers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

 

The Holy Eucharist is an essential part of our life as a parish. As Anglicans we believe it is good, right, and necessary to celebrate and partake of Christ's body and blood on a weekly basis and on high holy days (i.e. Christmas, Easter, and other holy days).  We believe that we should fulfill Christ's commandment not only because he commanded us to (cf the last supper in the gospels) but also because this is one of the ways in which we are fed spiritually. The book of the Acts of the Apostles teaches us that there are four main ways to feed and nourish our souls as the Body of Christ. (Acts 2:42) First, by learning and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ; second, through fellowship with one another; third, by breaking bread with one another; and finally, through prayer and intersession with and for one another. The Eucharist neatly packages all four of these things into one service for us, which we will explore below by explaining the specific parts of the Eucharist. Even though all four modes of spiritual feeding are all captured here, it is imperative that we do not limit ourselves to feeding our souls one day a week. Members of the Church must be involved in these activities on a daily basis. 


Parts of the Holy Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist follows a fundamental pattern that goes back to the earliest centuries of the Christian church. Though the Holy Eucharist is one unified act of worship, it consists of many parts, each with its own purpose and meaning. The entries here follow the order in which the parts occur in the Holy Eucharist.

Introductory Rites  The rites that precede the Liturgy of the Word, namely, the Acclamation, the Collect for Purity, the Summary of the Law, the Kyrie, the Trisagion, the Gloria in excelsis and the Collect of the Day. Together these elements have the character of a beginning, an introduction, and a preparation. This ensures that the faithful, who come together as one, establish communion with one another and dispose themselves properly to listen to the word of God and to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in a worthy manner.

Collect of the Day The Collect is the opening prayer through which the character of the celebration is given expression. This prayer literally “collects” the prayers of all who are gathered into one prayer led by the priest celebrant.

Liturgy of the Word The Liturgy of the Word is made up of readings from Sacred Scripture, followed by a homily in which the homilist exegetes and explains the readings for the benefit of the People of God.

Creed A brief, normative summary statement or profession of faith. The Nicene Creed, which is recited at the Holy Eucharist, comes from the Councils of Nicea (AD 325) and Constantinople (AD 381).

Prayers of the People  Being taught by God’s holy Word to offer prayers and supplications and to give thanks for all people, the Prayers of the People are a time of intercession for the needs of the church and the world.

The Confession and Absolution of Sin  To assist in the worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist, the faithful confess their sins against God and neighbor in order to receive forgiveness and absolution.

Peace Now reconciled to God and neighbor, the faithful greet one another with the peace of Christ.

Canon of the Holy Eucharist The central part of the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Eucharistic Prayer of anaphora, which is the prayer of thanksgiving and consecration. It begins with the Sursum Corda (i.e., “The Lord be with you… Lift up your hearts… Let us give thanks to the Lord our God”) and concludes with the final Doxology (“By him, and with him, and in him…”) and Amen.

Epiclesis The prayer petitioning the Father to send the Holy Spirit to sanctify offerings of bread and wine so that they may become the Body and Blood of Christ.

Consecration  The consecration is that part of the Eucharistic Prayer during which the priest prays the Lord’s words of institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper (cf. 1 Cor. 11). Through this prayer the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus.

Anamnesis From the Greek, meaning “remembrance.” We remember Jesus’ historical saving deeds in the liturgical action of the Church, which inspires thanksgiving and praise. Every Eucharistic Prayer contains an anamnesis or memorial in which the Church calls to mind the Passion, Resurrection, and glorious return of Christ Jesus.

Doxology A Christian prayer that gives praise and glory to God often in a special way to the three divine Persons of the Trinity. Liturgical prayers, including the Eucharistic Prayer, traditionally conclude with the Doxology “to the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit.”

Communion Rite  The preparatory rites, consisting of the Lord’s Prayer, the Fraction, the Prayer of Humble Access and the Agnus Dei lead the faithful to Holy Communion. The Post Communion Prayer after expresses the Church’s gratitude for the mysteries celebrated and received.

Fraction The priest breaks the Eucharistic bread as a gesture of the breaking of bread done by Jesus at the Last Supper.

 


The success and growth of a church is due not only to faithful attendance and tithing of parishioners, but to the willing hearts and hands of parishioners who want to serve and volunteer their time in many aspects, from weekly childcare and education to setting up for the service. Below are some ways that you volunteer to help ACE grow as a healthy church family.


See our calendar below and be informed about all of our events. 

Altar Guild

If you have a heart for preparing the Lord’s Supper then this ministry might be for you. Those over the age of 18 with strong precision and housekeeping abilities fit this role well.  It is also fitting for introverted individuals as there's a lot of time to pray as you set up. Altar Guild members set up before the service and clean up afterwards. It is very like preparing for and cleaning up after a meal (i.e., the Eucharist!). Altar Guild is scheduled two months at a time. 1-3 Sundays per month, depending on availability with slightly more services during Holy Week. It's fine to ask to be trained and then decide whether or not the ministry is a good fit for you, as training is not difficult. For more information, please contact the Altar Guild Director Jessica Snell at jessica.snell@gmail.com.

Liturgical Ministers

If you have a desire to serve at the Lord's table on Sunday's during the Eucharist, there are a variety of ways you can do that. Whether your desire is, lighting and extinguishing the candles as an acolyte and torch bearer, carrying the cross in the procession as the crucifer, reading the lessons or actually assisting the priest or deacon set the table at the Eucharist, simply contact Elena Potter at elena@acelamirada.org. Some roles (like lay- reading and serving at the altar) require that members be confirmed Anglicans. Steve will be able to provide you with more information and answer any questions regarding serving during the Eucharist.

Children’s Church

If you want to serve the children in our parish this position might be for you. This position has easy to follow lessons and activities. Often times, you may be assisting and the teacher leading will ask you to help out by being another individual the children can go to if they need help or guiding them through the lesson or activity. To serve in this position, you must be at least 18 years old and have a livescan (fingerprinting) done. The fee for a livescan is $20. You would only be serving approximately once a month. For more information, please contact Christina Peters at (562) 320-9945.

Choir

If you have a vocal background, or other musical background, or a desire to learn to sing then come join the choir!  We also have non-musical service roles available, such as music librarian, and cassock curator. All adults are welcome; children are welcome if they have the ability to focus and participate through a 75 minute rehearsal on Thursday evenings and can arrive early (4:15pm) to prepare before mass each Sunday.  There are occasional extra rehearsals to prepare for Advent or Holy Week. Serving in choir is a joyful, downright fun way to be involved in ministry! We have a wonderful group of people who enjoy singing together, and our time together is full of laughter. This is a low stress commitment, and no one will be mad at you if you need to miss a rehearsal or are out of town on Sunday. For more information, please contact our Parish Administrator, Elena Potter at elena@acelamirada.org.

Prayer Ministry

If you are a gifted listener, have compassion, and discernment, this ministry may be for you. There are two ways you can serve: either on the prayer chain, or as a prayer minister during the service. During the service you would need to be willing to set aside the time after receiving communion to be available to others; sometimes no one comes to request prayer but you can still be praying for those in the pews or other requests you know of. For the prayer chain, when people ask for prayers it can be a wonderful way to connect with them, as they let you into their hearts and into their place of need and allow you to be with them there. The goal of the prayer ministry is not to fix people's problems nor to give advice, but simply to listen and then to come to the Lord with the person in spoken prayer, bringing their need to him for help and looking to him in faith to be with them in it and to care for them in it. All are welcome but participants should have the maturity to listen to the needs of others and keep confidential what is shared. For more information, please contact Fr. Greg Peters at fr.greg@acelamirada.org.

Sexton

If you are over 18 and would like to serve "behind the scenes" you would be well-suited to the sexton position.  It's an opportunity to get a little exercise while serving God. The set-up requires showing up at 4:00; unlock church; arrange furniture (approximately 20 lbs) in the sanctuary (move steps, raise altar, set up credence table); turn on/set up the sound system; set up our sign on front lawn; set up tables and chairs for the potluck. The lock-up requires resetting furniture in sanctuary (lower altar, return credence table and steps to original locations); turn off the sound system; put away tables and chairs from the potluck; possibly vacuum in gym; turn off lights and AC; lock up gym and church. In all, the time commitment would be 1-2 hours per shift. Shifts would be assigned every few weeks or months, depending on number of volunteers. If you're only available to come early for set up or stay late for lock-up, that can be arranged too. Folks are also welcome to show up and help out on a week-by-week basis (like the kids do), but we could really use more dedicated volunteers to spread out the commitment. For more information, please contact the lead sexton, Adam Snell at adam.snell@gmail.com

Usher

If you want to serve in a quiet but essential role of the church this position might be for you. To serve as an usher you would serve approximately once a month arriving 15-20 minutes before the start of service to prepare the service booklets and staying 10 minutes after the end of service to collect the booklets and remove all trash from the sanctuary. You would be responsible for counting those present for the service, finding two individuals to bring forward the gifts (bread and wine) at the start of the communion service, and dismissing rows to receive communion. For more information, please contact Elena Potter at elena@acelamirada.org.


Giving

 

At Anglican Church of the Epiphany we believe that the Scriptures teach us to give of our resources to support the work of God in the world.

We believe that no matter one’s income some amount should be returned to God, as an offering and an act of thanksgiving. We also believe that God calls us to give of our time as well as our finances. In both of these cases we should be guided by the words of the Apostle Paul: “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Opportunities for service at ACE can be obtained by contacting us at elena@acelamirada.org.

 

Liturgical wishlist

ACE is in need of certain liturgical items. If you would like to donate toward the purchase of any of these items (perhaps in memory or honor of someone) please contact Elena Potter, our Parish Administrator, at office@acelamirada.org.