Music

The choir singing.Music plays an important role in the life of the Church of the Messiah.  Our music-making incorporates a wide variety of music from around the globe.  Key to our music is being rooted in the tradition of Anglican music, not just choral music, but congregational music.  Music is missional at Messiah, striving to invite all into song, proclaiming God’s kingdom among us.

On Sundays and major feast days, our music is drawn from our hymnal, Common Praise, and from other sources.  We include music from traditions within our Anglican Communion churches.  Unique to our music ministry is the use of paperless music, where our community can join in spontaneous music making and harmony.  Our Sunday Eucharist is a sung service with an emphasis on a sung (congregational) mass setting, the singing of the psalm using various methods of proclaiming the psalms, the oldest hymn book of the Church.  Our music invites all to participate, not limiting it by constant change of music, but using service music for an entire season.

Our Casavant pipe organ sounds forth on Sundays with the sounds of organ repertoire from Bach to modern organ music (sometimes jazz). We have a wonderful grand piano in our sanctuary which we use on many occasions.

Our choir’s repertoire is steeped in the Anglican music tradition. That doesn’t mean we are boring or static.  Sometimes we include music from

The Choir on Easter Day

The Choir on Easter Day

the Taizé and Iona Communities, and music from the emerging church tradition. Throughout the church year, we have sung music from Pakistan (in Urdu), celebrated Black History Month (February) with spirituals and gospel songs, and kept Christmas with carols from sixteenth century Spain and baroque France.   We have an informal choir (without choir robes, except feast days) on Sundays, but with formal rehearsals each Thursday at 7:00 p.m.. Highlights of our music ministry include the annual Christmas concert, which takes the form of a Festival of Readings and Music; and the celebration of full choral Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

Our choir is welcoming additional members of all voice types. We are enthusiastically looking to share out gifts with new members who are looking for a place to sing, worship, and have fun. The ability to read music is an asset but is not mandatory.

Our Music Blog

Live @ Messiah: Easter 3 2018

Allelulia! Christ is Risen! But his appearance is alarming–it is a ghost, is He real, can we believe what we’ve heard? On this third Sunday of the Easter Season we will explore another appearance Jesus made to his disciples after his resurrection from the dead. This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Easter 2 2018

Allelulia! Christ is Risen! On this second Sunday of the Easter Season Ministry Intern Philip will explore one of the first appearances Jesus made to his disciples after his resurrection from the dead. This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Easter Day 2018

Allelulia! Christ is Risen! Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the most life-changing reality in all creation. Today ‘s service will include three baptisms, a sermon, communion, and much joy. This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Palm Sunday of the Passion 2018

Holy week begins with the whirlwind of Palm Sunday of the Passion: a triumphant entry and then it all goes wrong. If the weather is nice we will bless the Palms outside and enter the church in procession. This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Lent 5 2018

Our Ministry Intern Philip will preach this morning as we celebrate the last Sunday before Holy Week. This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Lent 4 2018

Snakes on poles, radical love, and the cross–how can we be born again? Find out with guest preacher Vivia Kay. This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Lent 3 2018

The 10 Commandments, the flipping of the tables in the Temple, and more come at us in this exciting Sunday of Lent. Philip Benmore, our Ministry Intern, will unpack it all in his sermon. This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Lent 1 2018

This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Last Sunday after Epiphany 2018

Philip Benmore, our Ministry Intern, will be giving the sermon today. This service includes scripture readings, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Epiphany 5 2018

In Mark’s Gospel Jesus begins to be noticed primarily for his feats of healing. Today we’ll explore one such story of his remarkable power. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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