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: 4th Sunday after Epiphany 2017

“Blessed are the peace makers,” Jesus tells us today’s gospel lesson. 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: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany 2017

Join us live for worship. In our Gospel lesson today Jesus begins his public ministry by calling simple fisherman to follow him and learn to fish for people. 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 after Epiphany 2017

Join us live for worship. In our Gospel lesson today Jesus is called the “Lamb of God” by John and begins to gather his first followers. 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: Christmas Day 2016

Join us live for worship. Today we celebrate the coming of the light of Christ into the world. Jesus Christ was born today! 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: Christmas Eve 2016

Join us live for worship. Tonight we celebrate the coming of the light of Christ into the world wThe 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: Advent 5, 2016

Join us live for worship. 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: Advent 4, 2016

Join us live for worship. 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: 125th Anniversary Service

We are very excited to celebrate a 125 years of ministry with a grand service including readings from scripture, music, a sermon, and communion. Bishop Patrick Yu and the Rev’d Tyler Wigg-Stevenson will be our special guests. Scroll below to see the leaflet or click on this link to see the worship leaflet.

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Live @ Messiah: All Saints’, 2016

Join us live for worship. 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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Album: Open Mic Night 2016

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