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: 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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Live @ Messiah: Pentecost 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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Live @ Messiah: 7th Sunday after Easter 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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Live @ Messiah: 6th Sunday after Easter 2017

Jesus promised, in the Gospel accounts, to send an “advocate” to help us in his absence. This Holy Spirit is attested to throughout the New Testament of the Bible and quickly became an essential feature of the Christian life. Yet life with the Holy Spirit is not as straightforward as it might appear, and even in the time of St. Paul Christians debated among themselves about what was or wasn’t a legitimate activity of the Spirit. How might we cultivate a relationship with this particular God-person? How can we tell the difference between the “leadings of the Spirit” and false intuitions or the psychic background noises of everyday life? 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: 4th Sunday after Easter 2017

Sheep, shepherds, and gates may not be as straight-forward a metaphor as they may appear. Join as we explore the subversive, subtle implications of the teachings of Jesus. 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: Easter 3 2017

The Easter Season continues to be full of surprises as Jesus appears, mystically, to his disciples as a stranger they encounter on a road between Jerusalem and Emmaus. Bishop Kevin Robertson is with us on his first visitation as our new bishop and will be preaching. 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: Easter Day 2017

Easter Day we celebrate the essential Christian belief: life eternal thanks to the resurrection of Jesus. 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: Easter Vigil 2017

Join us for the holiest night of the Christian year: The Great Vigil of Easter. A service of light and fire, we recall the history of salvation and the resurrection of Jesus. We are a small Anglican Congregation learning together how to follow the way of Jesus. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: Good Friday 2017

What makes Good Friday “Good?” Only that it is a small moment in our long lives to contemplate the end of a certain life: that of Jesus of Nazareth. We know that he was resurrected, but the reality of his death (and the reality of our sinfulness) are still realities to be dealt with on the journey towards love. Today we talk and think about the death of Jesus. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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