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.

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Live @ Messiah: 5th Sunday of Lent 2017

This Lent we continue to the walk the way of the cross as a way of healing for creation, the world, and ourselves. This week we are focusing on reconciliation and healing of the relationship between First Nations (“native”) peoples in Canada the Settler peoples who have come to dominate this ancient land. The relationship between these two peoples is complex, but we have a mandate as people of conscience to listen to the wisdom of the Truth and Reconciliation Process and adopt as many recommendations as we are able. As followers of Jesus, we believe that the life and teachings of Jesus reveal specific truths that create new possibilities for healing and provoke us to align our ways to God’s ways in this regard. What does the raising of Lazarus from the dead, told in the story of John, have to teach us about reconciling with our First Nations Brother sand Sisters? Find out as we explore the text together. The service includes readings from scripture, music, a sermon, and Communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Holy Week Services 2017

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 vacation time. Yet for Christians nothing could be more cheerful than to commemorate the foundation of our hope: the death and resurrection of Christ.

We do this at Messiah in much the same way that the ancient Christians would have done thousands of years ago. The drama unfolds over the course of Holy Week beginning at Palm Sunday and climaxing at the Easter Vigil.

imagePalm Sunday of the Passion

When Jesus came into Jerusalem before his arrest, the Bible tells us that people laid palms on the street for him to ride over. This service begins at 10.30am on with a blessing over the palms in the park across the street from the church, which are then handed out so that we can carry them in procession around the church. The service moves quickly from the triumph of Jesus’s entry, when he was greeted as a king, to his betrayal, trial, and death. The sweep of these events challenge our understanding of how our world works and proposes that kingship might not look like we expect.

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On Thursday at 6.30 our community will gather to remember the Last Supper that Jesus had with his friends. Like them, we gather for a lush festival meal in the spirit of “Agape” (love). We even endeavor to recreate a feast that Jesus would have recognized with roast lamb, grains, and bread. This is one of the highlights of the community life of our church. When people have finished their supper, we tell the story of that last meal with the celebration of a Eucharist.

On that last night with his friends Jesus taught his disciples about true leadership by washing their feet–the chore of a lowly servant. We follow his example by taking turns washing each other’s feet. Finally, the church is stripped of all ornament and the community departs in silence. Only our youth remain–keeping vigil.

Burning-candleGood Friday

The saddest day of the church year is Good Friday. We will gather at 10.30 am around the cross to tell the story of Christ’s death on a similar cross in Jerusalem. We sing a powerful setting of the story and honor his sacrifice with humble prayers and petitions for the whole world that God loves.

The Easter Vigil

In the darkness a new light is kindled–literally. Having come together at 9pm, 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 the story of how God’s promises came true for our ancestors. Jesus was resurrected from the grave. After communion we depart in joy.

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Easter Sunday is the sweetest day of the year for Christians as we savor the freedom from death and sin which God has brought us by bringing back Jesus from the dead. Our worship will begin at 10.30 on Easter Morning. We sing songs of thanksgiving and praise and celebrate.

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Live @ Messiah: 4th Sunday of Lent 2017

This Lent we continue to the walk the way of the cross as a way of healing for creation, the world, and ourselves. This the focus is on the healing that God offers to individuals. In powerful acts of healing Jesus showed the power of God and transformed not only the lives of those he healed but the lives of all who saw or heard of these signs. Healing in all its forms is a manifestation of God’s love and intention to restore all creation to wellness and flourishing. Praying for healing is a fundamentally faithful activity as it mimics so many who experienced God’s grace in precisely this way. It is also important to keep in mind that sickness is not a punishment for sin or lack of faith–as Jesus says God sends the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Reaching out to God in times of trouble is only possible because we have the promise of blessing and presence. The service includes readings from scripture, music, 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: 2nd Sunday of Lent 2017

As we enter the season of Lent we prepare for Easter with a series of sermons focused on different ways in which we experience God’s healing. Today we will evoke our concern for healing between faiths and cultural groups. How do we overcome the things that separate peoples? The service includes readings from scripture, music, 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: 1st Sunday of Lent 2017

As we enter the season of Lent we prepare for Easter with a series of sermons focused on different ways in which we experience God’s healing. Today we will evoke our concern for creation. What does God intend for the relationship between us and the world he has made? The service includes readings from scripture, music, 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 2017

This Sunday is the the annual meeting of the church. As is our custom, the sermon will consist of the Rector’s “State of the Parish” address reviewing 2016 and looking forward to a new year of ministry together. The service includes readings from scripture, music, a sermon, and communion. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Open Mic Night February 2017

Pictures from our very fun open mic night held in February!

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Live @ Messiah: 7th Sunday after Epiphany 2017

The service includes readings from scripture, music, 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: 6th Sunday after Epiphany 2017

“Happy are they whose way is blameless and who walk in the way of the Lord,” says the Psalm. The conviction of people of faith is not only that there is a “right” way to believe (“Ortho-doxy”) and also a right way to behave (“Ortho-praxis”) but that ultimately that way is knowable by humans. For Christians this is specifically made possible because the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus are the revelation of those truths. Today we will be talking about the Sermon of the Mount, which was Matthew’s way of summing up what Jesus taught the many crowds who came to hear him. Beyond mere ethical principles and exhortations, however, the Sermon on the Mount gives us a new way to know God’s will for us–a way grounded in love and mutuality. The service includes readings from scripture, music, 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: 5th Sunday after Epiphany 2017

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

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