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: Epiphany 2 2018

Call and response: before the miracles, before the teachings, before any of it a handful of people made the surprising decision to follow a nobody rabbi from a nowhere town. What on earth could have caused this shift from cynicism to hope? The story of Philip’s immediate and unflinching change of heart about who Jesus is reveals much about what the Gospel can offer us now. 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: Baptism of the Lord 2018

If John proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, then why did Jesus, the sinless-one, receive it? This week we explore this pivotal moment in the life of Jesus recorded in all four Gospel accounts. 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: Christmas Eve 2017

We celebrate one of the holiest nights of the year, Christmas Eve, with a quiet service of Carols, Candles, and Communion. The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Advent 7 2017

Officially, Christmas begins at sunset tonight, but in fact God is already at work in the story as we hear about God announces to Mary that she has been chosen for a special mission, indeed! The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Advent 6 2017

What impact does our church have on the community? Today we learn about how our efforts affect people around us. The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Advent 5 2017

“Prepare the way of the Lord,” says the Good Book. But how? Today we welcome special guest Michael Cassabon who will preach about the theology of stewardship.

The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Advent 4 2017

What does stewardship look like at the edge of time? As Jesus ends his earthly ministry with bleak appeals to vigilance, we contemplate how our time, treasure, and talent can sustain the mission he has given us. Today we welcome special guest Michael Cassabon who will preach about the theology of stewardship.

The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Advent 3 2017

This morning during the homily we will be hearing a presentation about the present and future ministries of the church. If you want to learn more about those things, please contact us, we’d love to tell you about the things we are doing.

The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Advent 2 2017

Our path through the Gospel of Matthew takes a dark turn in the final weeks of the Church year and we plunge head-first into passages about judgment, the end of days, and absent masters. Join us as we wrestle with the consequences of freedom that come from receiving the most excellent of talents to hold.

The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Trinity Sunday 2017

The service includes beautiful music, lessons from scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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