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9:00 am Dec. 24th Advent 4

4:00 pm Dec. 24 Christingle Service with Eucharist

10:00 pm Dec 24 Choral Prelude

10:30 pm Midnight Mass

10:30 am December 25th Holy Eucharist Rite II with Carols

A note from Merry Phillips, our music director:

The Christmas Eve Mass begins with a Musical Prelude at 10 pm, offering instrumental music (flute, piano, guitar, and organ) as well as choral music sung by the Choir, and a Carol for the congregation to join in singing. The 10:30 service includes traditional carols sung by the congregation and a festive choral anthem offered by the Choir. Following Communion we will dim the lights and sing “Silent Night” by candlelight, then end the service with the joyous hymn “Hark! the herald angels sing.”

Concert – Chamber Music Group 10 Year Anniversary – Sunday, Nov. 5th, 2:00PM

John Hirten Concert – Saturday, July 15th, 7:30 p.m.


John Hirten will present a concert at Christ Episcopal church, Saturday July 15th at 7:30 p.m. Earlier, from 2-4 p.m. he will give a workshop on improvisation. See the flyers below this post…


A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988, John Karl Hirten is well known to audiences throughout the region, having performed regularly at such series as Noontime Concerts, Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, and elsewhere. In connection with the San Francisco Opera’s 2002 production of Messiaen’s Saint Françoise d’Assise, he performed a recital of the composer’s music at the National Shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco. He has also appeared as organist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Oakland Ballet, the Berkeley Symphony, and American Bach Soloists, among others. He has also performed in venues throughout the country and in Europe. In 2006, he was a finalist in the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation.

From 1997 until 2016, He performed over 300 monthly recitals at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor on the historic E. M. Skinner organ there. Since 1995, he has been Director of Music at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere (Marin County).

A composer of a wide range of liturgical, sacred and secular works, John Karl Hirten’s music has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Pipedreams program, at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. His hymn tunes have won awards and his choral music is also regularly performed in churches and concert venues around the world.

His most recent work is a setting of Ein fest Burg (A Mighty Fortress), commissioned by organist Jonathan Dimmock, a complete Anglican Evening Service for choir and organ, commissioned by All Saints Church in Palo Alto, California, and Inscriptions, a piece for orchestra commissioned by the Mill Valley Philharmonic.

John Karl Hirten has a Master of Music degree in organ performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Paul-Martin Maki and Frederick Swann. Before that, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Classical Languages from Fordham University.



Organ Recital by John Karl Hirten

Christ Episcopal Church, Eureka, CA

July 15, 2017 – 7:30 PM


Processional in E-flat                          David N. Johnson (1922-1987)


Praeludium in G minor, BuxWV 148  Dieterich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)


Sicilienne                                Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824)

                                                  Arr. Robert Gower


O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656         Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Pastorale in E major, Op. 19              César Franck (1822-1890)


Ein feste Burg (2017)             John Karl Hirten (b. 1956)


Pavane pour une infante défunte                   Maurice Ravel  (1875-1937)

                                                                                Arr. Bryan Hesford (1930-1996)


Weeping Willow                     Scott Joplin (1868-1917)

                                                   Arr. E. Power Biggs


Improvisation on Names of Audience Members


Carillon-Sortie             Henri Mulet (1878-1967)


Ca.60 minutes

Concert – “The Colors of the Organ”

“The Colors of the Organ”


The final summer concert of the “Sundays at 4” series at Christ Episcopal Church (Eureka) will be on Sunday, August 28, at 4:00 pm. “The Colors of the Organ,” will feature three local organists performing music that displays the unique and individual tonal colors of the Kegg pipe organ. The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to support future concerts. The church is located on the corner of 15th and H Streets in Eureka. Off-street parking is available at the corner of 14th and G Streets.  Handicapped accessible entrance to the sanctuary is on 15th Street, between G and H Streets, through the parish hall.


From J.S. Bach to “Blues on the Flues,” you will have an opportunity hear about the different ranks of pipes on the Kegg organ – each with its own unique tone quality and ‘color.’ Much as an artist uses color in painting, composers for the pipe organ use tone color to convey their message in the music they write and the program will feature music which demonstrates the diverse capability of sound of the pipe organ. You will hear ranks of pipes that are easily recognizable to the ear (e.g., flutes, reeds, strings), as well as sounds of diapasons, mixtures, and the unique sounds of Chimes and Zimbelstern.


Performing on the Kegg organ will be three local organists: Gary K. Klemp, Organist at the Eureka Seventh-day Adventist Church, Douglas Moorehead, Organist Emeritus at Christ Episcopal Church, and Merry Phillips, Organist at Christ Episcopal Church. All three organists are members of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and have served as officers of the local Sequoia Chapter of the AGO.


Please join us for this informal, educational, and (only!) one-hour long concert. It will be a great opportunity to learn about the 31-rank Kegg pipe organ (installed in 2008) and hear music from its 1,917 pipes. Bring the family and/or friends and enjoy a delightful end to the weekend. For directions or questions visit: