BELIEVE in a LOVING, LIBERATING, and LIFE-GIVING GOD:
FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT.
As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church.
Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
St. Joseph of Arimathea is an inclusive community of loving believers dedicated to the teachings of the Episcopal Church. We welcome newcomers and those visiting our community.
Our Mutual Ministry meeting is held the third Friday of each month at 9am, followed by a light lunch. The group studies the Book of Common Prayer, the Bible, and general Episcopal services.
Sunday Services are held at 10:00am. [Note: To keep our congregation safe, we are taking efforts to sanitize regularly.] Social hour follows Sunday Services in the church hall.
St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church has a long history of supporting the communities of Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree through its financial contributions to other charitable organizations in the region.
If your organization needs our support, please contact us!
THE DAILY OFFICE
Use of daily prayers to mark the times of the day and to express the traditions of the praying community is traditional in Judaism and in Christianity. The third, sixth, and ninth hours (9 a.m., 12 noon, and 3 p.m.) were times of private prayer in Judaism. The congregational or cathedral form of office developed in Christianity under Constantine (274 or 288-337) with the principal morning and evening services of lauds and vespers. The people participated in the cathedral form of office. The monastic form of office also developed at this time. In addition to lauds and vespers, the monastic form included matins (at midnight or cockcrow), prime (the first hour), terce (the third hour), sext (the sixth hour), none (the ninth hour), and compline (at bedtime). By the late middle ages, the Daily Office was seen as the responsibility of the monks and clergy rather than an occasion for participation by all in the prayers of the community throughout the day.
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
The Book of Common Prayer (or BCP) is the Episcopal Church’s resource for our life together. Descended from the Church of England’s text of the same name, the book is a hallmark of Anglican worship and spirituality, containing a treasure trove of prayers for groups and individuals, ceremonies, worship services (or rites), psalms, historical documents of the Church, and much more, in both contemporary and traditional language. It is the source of our Sunday worship, our daily prayers, our calendar, and our catechism, all of which point us in unity toward the worship of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, who has “bound us together in a common life” (BCP, p. 824).
The calendar (BCP, pp. 15-33) orders the liturgical year of the Episcopal Church by identifying two cycles of feasts and holy days-one dependent upon the movable date of Easter Day and the other dependent upon the fixed date of Christmas, Dec. 25. Easter Day is the first Sunday after the full moon that falls on or after Mar. 21. The sequence of all Sundays in the church year is based on the date of Easter. Tables and rules for finding the date of Easter Day, and other movable feasts and holy days are provided by the BCP, pp. 880-885. The date of Easter determines the beginning of the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday and the date of Pentecost on the fiftieth day of the Easter season. The Sundays of Advent are always the four Sundays before Christmas Day. The church year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. The calendar also identifies and provides directions concerning the precedence and observance of principal feasts, Sundays, holy days (including Feasts of our Lord, other major feasts, and fasts), Days of Special Devotion, and Days of Optional Observance.