He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Episcopal Divinity School in
Father James is the author of The Riches of the Word of God: Homilies of an American Priest and is working on another book. He spent many summers living and studying in Israel/Palestine, and much of his ordained life has been involved with ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, especially among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He is particularly interested in Holocaust studies and was invited to speak at the 2012 biennial International Conference on Holocaust Education in
Farewell for Tim Treacy
Because of the demands of his regular work schedule, Tim has decided to take a break from his many years of ministry as a church musician. Tim has been with Messiah as our Music Director for almost six years. We are most grateful to him for his essential role in our worship. We celebrated Tim's ministry among us with a special coffee hour after the November 9 service. Two of the gifts presented to Tim were a wall hanging with a Celtic cross and a framed picture of the Jesse tree mural that graces our sanctuary.
This November, we celebrated with the Galli family the baptism of their daughter Jill.
Easter Sunday was a warm, sunny spring day, appropriate for our festive celebration of Christ's resurrection. An Easter egg hunt was held for the children after the service.
The Annual Meeting was held January 26. A delicious potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. New vestry members were elected and outgoing members were thanked for their service. Old and new business was discussed.
Christmas Eve Service
Messiah celebrated Christmas with an early evening Eucharist. It was a family-oriented service that started with a half-hour carol sing. Daryl Mark read the poem “Who Built the Stable?” by Ashley Bryan.
Youth Bake Sale
The Messiah youth hosted their 3rd Annual Bake Sale. There were wonderful cookies, muffins, cupcakes, marmalade, gingerbread men and more. A total of $150 was raised. The funds will be used to buy gifts for the children served by Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center. Any remaining funds will be given to the Women In Need (WIN) project of Messiah. Thank you to bakers, to supporters, and to everyone who enjoyed the delicious treats!
Pennies for the Philippines
Baking Thanksgiving Apple Pies
Supporting Operation: Care and Comfort
Messiah Celebrates St. Francis of Assisi and Blessing of the Animals
"Welcome Back to Messiah" Ice Cream Sundae Party
On September 8, under clear blue skies, sunshine, and warm temperatures, Messiah celebrated getting back to our regular 10:30 AM Sunday schedule by holding an ice cream sundae party out on the lawn. We welcomed members and friends back from Summer vacation and also celebrated Father James’ first year with us as rector. Everyone had a good time visiting and catching up on summer activities while enjoying delicious hot fudge and strawberry sundaes with homemade ice cream and special, add-on toppings. Catering of the award-winning ice cream and fixings was by Lizzy’s of Waltham.
Messiah Women Meet For Tea
On a recent Saturday afternoon filled with sunny, blue skies about 15 Messiah women posed in their Summer hats just before refreshments were served at the home of parishioner Daryl Mark who hosted a tea. Amid good conversation and much laughter, the women sampled home-baked delicacies, brewed teas, and cool drinks. The idea for an informal Messiah women’s tea originated several years ago from Iza Hussin, wife of our former rector Devin MacLachlan, and has become an almost annual tradition.
The Outreach Committee Donates Book of Common Prayer to Newton Wellesley Hospital Chaplaincy
The Outreach Committee at the Parish of the Messiah would like to thank everyone for supporting their spring Greenraising fundraiser. Through your support, $247.13 was raised, all of which will go towards the parish ministries. The committee's most recent project was a donation of five copies of the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer to the Protestant chaplaincy at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. The chaplaincy greatly appreciated our gift of the books.
Tinka Perry Brings the Mission of Episcopal Relief and Development to Messiah
A link to her homily is here.
Alexis York Lumbard Reads Her Book The Conference of Birds
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan, visits MessiahThe Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan, came to Messiah on March 17 for our yearly bishop’s visitation. She was assisted by the Rev. Deacon Holly Hartman. Bishop Harris delivered the sermon and was principal celebrant at the Eucharist. Deacon Hartman read the Gospel. After the worship service, Bishop Harris shared a light lunch and participated in a lively and informative Q and A with the congregation. She also met with the vestry for further discussion. Her dog, Piccola, was an instant hit with Messiah members, especially the children.
Making Easter Baskets for The Second StepTwenty-three Easter baskets were made for the children who are cared for by The Second Step in Newton, a program for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. This is an outreach project of Messiah using funds from the WIN program.
Snow Elves Shovel Roof
Many thanks go to Meg Silver, Jane Galli, Steve Isabelle, Greg Hilton, Melissa Leahy, Carlos DaSilva, and Kevin Galli.
Three Kings Come To Messiah
This year's kings are Fr. James La Macchia, Teddy Hilton and Bryan Hilton.
Helping Heros - Veteran's Day
Saying Goodbye to Rev. Suzanne Colburn
Summer Yard Sale
Blessing of the Animals
Messiah's 140th Anniversary
Lessons and Carols
Click here to hear the duet I Sing of a Maiden, a Middle English lyric poem adapted by Patrick Hadley and performed by Martha Bancroft and Amelia LeClair during the service.
Parish of the Messiah of Auburndale has merged with Trinity Parish of Newton Centre. Trinity Parish is located at 11 Homer St. in Newton Centre. We invite you to join us! Holy Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 10:00 AM. Sunday School and childcare are offered beginning at 9:45 AM. Fellowship follows the 10:00 AM service. More information can be found on Trinity’s website: www.trinitynewton.org.
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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.
Help came from unexpected sources: friend and foes, Jew and Gentile, [Black and White], members, former members, from the neighborhood, from sailors in the Pacific ... from a stranger in Chicago, from our sister churches, and from community offerings ... Services were held at the Auburndale Club. The stage serving as sanctuary ... and the lounge was used as a side chapel for early communion celebrations and baptisms.
Permission to rebuild was granted us by the War Production Board in May 1944 ... On Sunday, October 15, 1944, in impressive ceremonies, the cornerstone was re-laid by Bishop Sherrill assisted by Mr. McClintock ... The church was dedicated on September 30, 1945, by Bishop Sherrill and the service was attended by many ministers of the city ... Following the service the 500 people present were invited to meet the mayor, bishop, and rector in the living room of the new rectory. It was a great day for the parish and the crowning climax to a long up-hill struggle.
On November 22, 2015 after 144 years ministering to the Auburndale and surrounding communities on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Auburn Street, the Parish of the Messiah celebrated it last Sunday service before merging with Trinity Parish in Newton Centre. On November 29, 2015, Messiah celebrated it first worship service as a combined with Trinity Parish.
More than 70 years after that service in September 1945, the present members of this active community plan to carry on the traditions of those early members and rededicate themselves and the church as a place of worship, healing, and hospitality as they join communion with Trinity Parish. The parish will strive to initiate new outreach programs outside the walls of their new parish.
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