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Welcome to the Christ Church website! As our tagline states, we are a welcoming community worshiping and growing in the Episcopal tradition of the Anglican Church. Christ Church is a community with a wide range of different people, from all ages and different backgrounds. As we live and serve in the way of Christ, we are excited about God’s plans for our future within today’s culture and our community. Our campus is between G and H Streets and 14th and 15th street in Downtown Eureka, California.

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Here on our home page you will find (just below this post) highlighted events, news and happenings. Above, under the title headings, you will find more information about the church, our history, our community, our events calendar, our youth, our outreach, and much more. Feel free to browse! Also, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We hope to see you at one of our services (Sundays 8 AM and 10:30 AM) or events!

LYRA Concert Monday, June 8, 7:30 pm – “Sounds of Russia”

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“Sounds of Russia”

LYRA, an a cappella group of five professional vocalists from St. Petersburg, Russia, will be presenting a concert of Russian choral music on Monday, June 8, 7:30 pm, at Christ Episcopal Church (15th and H Streets), Eureka. The concert is open to the public and a free will offering will be collected to support the singers’ 2015 Midwest-West Coast Tour.

This is a unique opportunity to experience a part of the enormous Russian musical heritage.
The first half of the concert will be sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church, including works of lesser-known, but remarkable, Russian composers of the 18th-20th centuries as well as famous masters such as Tchaikovsky, Sokolov, and others. The second part of the program will be comprised of Russian folk songs: comic, lyric, dancing, and love songs. LYRA performs its own arrangements of folk songs as well as secular songs by classical Russian composers.

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Come and enjoy the sounds of Russia, performed by Russian musicians! All of the singers in LYRA are professional performers, from choirs and opera houses in St. Petersburg. The smaller touring group is part of a larger community of musicians from many and various professions – including choir conductors, opera singers, and music teachers. Their love for singing unites them. In 2001, LYRA was awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) International Choral Festival diploma. In 2005, the group was given an award by the Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland). Through their tours they hope to introduce the rich musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the traditions of Russian folk music to audiences across the United States.

Christ Episcopal Church is located on H Street in Eureka. Off-street parking is available on the corner of 14th and G streets. Accessible entrance is off of 14th street, between H and G streets. Please join us for this exciting concert and the reception for our Russian guests following the concert. More information on LYRA is available at: http://www.lyra-online.org. The group will have CDs for sale during the reception. For questions about the concert, contact the church: 707-442-1797.

See the flyer below:

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter
Maundy Thursday: 6:00 p.m.
Good Friday: 12:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday: 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday: 8:00 and 10:30

The above schedule tells the time of events. What no schedule can convey is the intense reality of what we do, as a community of Jesus’ followers. Yes, Easter is glorious, but essentially superficial if we have not lived through the awesome, terrible events that precede it.

Rather than merely “re-enacting” historical events, we are proclaiming that what happened more than 2,000 years ago is still relevant now, that we, too, are part of the story. We are people with the same needs, the same struggles, the same hunger for the reality of God as those who lived through the events we are entering through our liturgy.

On Maundy Thursday, with some embarrassment, we symbolically respond to Jesus’ New Commandment (Mandatum, the Latin word from which we derive the word “Maundy” and “mandate”) to “love one another as I have loved you”. He took on the most menial job to make this point – washing his followers’ dirty feet. We swallow our discomfort with serving and being served in such a way – lay aside a little of our self-protection, and get a glimpse of Jesus’ way of loving.

He gave us the gift of an ordinary meal made rich with eternal meaning when he took the bread, blessed, broke and gave it to us with the command to do the same thing knowing that his body is broken and given for us. He gave us wine, which he also blessed, commanding us to remember his blood that is shed for us. He showed us the ends to which Love is willing to go for the Beloved. The washing of the feet and the giving of bread and wine are not two separate actions, but all of a piece with how Jesus loves us and how we are to love each other and those we meet.

The awesome loneliness of Jesus’ final struggle – his fully human terror of what was to come – is remembered as we move into the unlighted church and watch as the altar is stripped and all that enhances the beauty of our church is removed. We remember that his disciples, also confused, terrified and exhausted, found refuge in sleep as Jesus fought his solitary battle, wrestling in prayer with his fears and doubts. We know our own kinship with them as we go to the Chapel, to the “Altar of Repose”, and try to keep watch for one hour. The story continues as we walk silently into the night, leaving Jesus as they did. It is humbling to know our kinship with Jesus’ followers so long ago.

On Good Friday, we continue our journey as we walk the way of the Cross. At Noon, we will symbolically follow in Jesus’ steps from his struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane through his trial, crucifixion and death. In the evening, we will re-enter the story again, and re-live his betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion and death. We will join the crowds who shouted “Crucify him”, knowing that there are times when we have felt betrayed by God whose ways of being with us can seem too challenging; who won’t wave an almighty arm and make everything better. We will admit to the doubts and disillusionments we endure that can leave us hurting, wondering what the horrible death of a single human being more than 2,000 years ago really has to do with us. Yet there is hope. We are nourished by the wine and bread that was saved from the feast where we received the command to love one another. That, too, we carry with us as we leave in silence.

On Holy Saturday, we gather again, meeting in darkness. A sudden flare of light as the New Fire flares forth is our first glimpse of hope. As the deacon carries the Paschal Candle and three time sings “The Light of Christ” and we respond “Thanks be to God”, the light begins to spread from candle to candle, from person to person. The Exultet, a great song of praise and thanksgiving is sung, then we hear again the great stories of God’s actions through the centuries. The darkness continues to roll back as the stone guarding Jesus’ tomb was rolled back and we rejoice in Resurrected Life bursting forth with lights and singings and the exuberant ringing of bells. Once again, after weeks of being lost to us, the great praise ALLELUIA! is sung and we enter into the great feast of Life and Hope that is Easter.

The celebration continues on Easter Sunday with all the glory, joy and beauty of what is known as the Queen of Seasons, the Feast of Feasts.

Come and walk with us through the whole of the great story of God’s intense love for and total presence with us. Walk with us through confusion, loss, grief, doubt, fear and loneliness. Walk with us through darkness into the Light of Resurrection and new life.