Excerpts from "The Messiah Miracle"
J. Foster Ober was commissioned to draw up plans of a church building located to the North and West of the Chapel [built in 1881] .... The congregation went to work with a will to raise the necessary funds with fairs, suppers, and other activities on which goodly sums were realized. The cornerstone of the church [seen below] was laid by Bishop Phillips Brooks on October 3, 1892. The tune "Auburndale" in the 1918 Hymnal was composed by Horatio Parker for this occasion.
On November 15, 1943, tragedy came to our beloved church, when the entire plant was completely gutted and destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. It was indeed a heart-rending sight when many stood in the ruins the next day .... But there amid the ashes and rubble was born the determination to rebuild as soon as possible.
More than 65 years after that service in September 1945, the present members of this active community carry on the traditions of those early members and rededicate themselves and the church as a place of worship, healing, and hospitality. The parish strives to deepen its relationship with one another and initiate new outreach programs outside the walls of our parish.
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Save the Date
Join us for these coming events
Beginning Thursday, March 6, 2014
from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Reverend
James La Macchia, rector at
Messiah, is offering a new program
from the Shalom Hartman Institute
The course will meet for six
sessions and is entirely free and
open to the public. For more
information, click on the link above.
Service of Advent
Lessons and Carols
Three Newton Episcopal churches
join together Sunday, December 15 at
5:30 PM at St. John's, Newtonville
to celebrate the Advent season.
Please join us!
An evening for the whole family.
Christmas carols start at 3:30 PM.
Candlelit Holy Eucharist at 4:00 PM.
A reading of Who Built the Stable
by Ashley Bryan for all ages.
Regular worship schedule
Sunday services and Sunday School
begins at 10:30 AM every Sunday.
Please join us for worship!
and be sure to check out
our monthly Messiah Calendar below.