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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Lent we continue to the walk the way of the cross as a way of healing for creation, the world, and ourselves. Today’s focus is the church. Although we try again and again to be God’s continuing presence in the world, we seem to continually fail to live up to way of Jesus. Why is this the case, and what should we do about it? 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.
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.
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.
Palm 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.