What We Believe
Our congregation is a group of Christ following mutts! Some of us were raised Lutheran, some Baptist, some Presbyterian and Pentecostal. Others were raised Catholic, Greek Orthodox, or as secular Jews. Many of us weren’t raised in the church at all!
There's not a purebred among us!
However that's not a bad thing! We believe the calling of the church is to reveal to the world a new way to be human, reconciled to God through Christ. In order to practice this reconciliation, we allow for a range of theological convictions and beliefs on a number of secondary issues, but we submit ourselves to the basic orthodoxy of the Christian faith.
We affirm and submit ourselves to the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed as a congregation, and aim to faithfully give ourselves to the orthodox Christian faith. These creeds have been around long before we were born and will (barring Christ’s return) exist far after we are gone.
The Nicene Creed is posted at the bottom of this page.
Who We Are
Eucharist Church began gathering formally in fall of 2010. We met in a small fashion studio on Gage Street South, and began to study scripture, pray, sing, and receive the eucharist together. Near the beginning there were about thirty of us committed to this congregation, who felt called by God to take root in our downtown and partner with the Spirit in the forming of this Jesus community. Five years later we are more diverse, quite a bit larger, and a tiny bit wiser.
There are some ways that Eucharist is unique, but in many ways we are a very normal church. Our hopes and dreams aren't unique or exceptional; we simply want to be a faithful church. We exist:
to preach the gospel in word and deed, to forgive sins, to baptize sinners, to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to set his table that reconciles All Things
That's what gets us up in the morning!
And if we can do all that without intentionally hurting each other we consider it a good day.
The Nicene Creed
WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
In addition to our Creedal beliefs we have chosen five values that drive us as a church. These values help us make decisions about what we should do with our time, energy, and money, and help us understand who God has made us into over the last five years.
In addition to the brief sentence describing the value, you can also click on the value to listen to a sermon about it.
Click here for a link to all five sermons!
Our values are:
Table: God is reconciling the whole world at the table.
Place: Downtown Hamilton is our parish and primary calling.
Creativity: We believe that there are creative responses to every challenging situation, and that's how Jesus taught us to respond.
Pioneering: We want to keep taking risks and following the Holy Spirit, even when it's not easy.
Participation: We believe every person is called to participate in the Kingdom of God, and in their congregation. We are called to be partners, not consumers!