Perhaps no service is more important in the tradition of “liturgical” churches (like the Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Anglicans, etc.) than the Easter Vigil. It’s the yearly celebration of the primary mystery of the Christian Faith: Jesus died and was resurrected from the dead. The service begins in complete darkness as we gather at the more »
“Maundy” is an old English corruption of the Latin word “Mandatum” that begins the Latin version of Jesus’ commandment in John 13.34: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. (John 13.34) It is the feast of the Christian Year more »
Palm Sunday at Messiah is effort to explore the mysterious paradox at the heart of faith: what does it mean that God suffers? How is strength made perfect in weaknes? How is Jesus different from other spiritual teachers or prophets who challenged the authorities with a message of love and forgiveness? At Messiah we use more »
A memorial service has been scheduled to honour the life of Eleanor Farmer and to commend her to God’s care. Please join us at 1pm on Saturday, March 23rd at Messiah. There will be a reception in the lounge after the service.
Here is the leaflet for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, which includes the story of Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, anointing Jesus’s feet with oil and then wiping them with her hair.
Here is the leaflet for this Sunday’s worship service: the 4th Sunday of Lent (also known as Rose or Mothering Sunday): 2013 Lent 4. The Gospel lesson is the famous Parable of the Prodigal Son.
This upcoming Sunday is the Third Sunday in the season of Lent, which is the 40 days of preparation before Easter (actually, it’s a bit more than 40 days if you include the Sundays). Here is the leaflet that I prepared to lead people through the worship. 2013 Lent 3 non-booklet
The Easter Vigil In the darkness a new light is kindled–literally. Having come together at 9pm on March 30th, our community gathers around the priest in darkness as a flint is struck and kindling lights. By the light of this fire a candle is blessed and lit. Then others are also lit as we tell more »
Many people come to Church twice a year: Christmas and Easter. This is understandable, since they represent the two highlights of the church year–the celebrations of the birth and death/resurrection of Jesus. But if most people were forced to choose between them, they would probably go Christmas with its cheerful hymns, cozy traditions, and family more »
We invite you to observe a Holy Lent at Church of The Messiah. This season–which marks the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter–gives us a chance to pause in our busy lives and reflect. It’s a time when many have traditionally taken on disciplines to help them become better people as we prepare to celebrate more »