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, 2015

This Sunday we celebrated the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany. The service included several readings from scripture, a short homily by a special guest, response time, prayers, and Communion. Our special guest preacher wass Miriam Paas, Director of the Girls Camp at Pioneer Camp. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet for Epiphany 2, 2015.

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Live @ Messiah: Baptism of The Lord 2015

Welcome to our live webcast! Today we will be celebrating the Feast of the Baptism of The Lord. The service will include several readings from scripture, a short homily and response time, and Communion.

Below is the leaflet for this morning’s worship: Baptism of the Lord, 2015. You can follow along with the service using it.

This is still a “Beta” project, which means that we haven’t worked out all the kinks yet. In particular, sometimes the audio levels might not be great or the camera might not be following the action. If would like to help with the video taping/streaming of these services, talk to Tay! We eagerly welcome and train volunteers. If you are another church that wants to know more about the technical details of how this work is done, please contact Tay and he’ll be happy to give advice.

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Live @ Messiah: Christmas Eve 2014

Welcome to our live webcast! Tonight we celebrate Christmas with a Pageant, Communion, and many of your favourite Carols! Do join us!

Below is the leaflet for this evening’s worship: Christmas Eve, 2014. You can follow along with the service using it.

This is still a “Beta” project, which means that we haven’t worked out all the kinks yet. In particular, sometimes the audio levels might not be great or the camera might not be following the action. If would like to help with the video taping/streaming of these services, talk to Tay! We eagerly welcome and train volunteers. If you are another church that wants to know more about the technical details of how this work is done, please contact Tay and he’ll be happy to give advice.

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Free Christmas Concert: Peace in The World

_MG_2605Join us on on December 14 at 7.30pm for our annual Christmas Concert: “Peace in the World” will feature the Messiah Christmas Choir with Kristian Podlacha on piano, Sarah John Conducting. The evening will include Selections from Handel’s Messiah, Rachmaninoff’s Ave Maria, Holiday carol arrangements by Healey Willan, Charles Wood and Sarah John, a Christmas Carol sing along, and readings of O.Henry’s The Gift of the Magi and other short works. This a free concert for the community to enjoy. 240 Avenue Road, Toronto.

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