The liturgy used at Messiah is based on Rite Two from the Episcopal Church’s The Book of Common Prayer. If you’ve been to a Roman Catholic Mass, Lutheran or Methodist service, our liturgy will be familiar. If you’re not sure what to do, just watch your neighbor. We’re a friendly group, so feel free to ask someone nearby.
Our Sunday service begins
Before the service, a prelude is performed on the pipe organ. When the service starts, we stand to sing our opening hymn. An acolyte walks down the center aisle carrying the cross, followed by a lay minister from the congregation carrying the Gospel, and the presiding priest. After the hymn, the priest welcomes the congregation and prays the collect for the day, to “collect” our thoughts so that we may be open to hearing God’s voice. We then say the “Confession of Sin” and absolution is declared. Next we sing the “Gloria,” an inspiring song of praise to the glory of God.
Hearing God’s Word
The first half of the service is the “Liturgy of the Word,” a time to celebrate God’s love in story and song. A member of the parish reads two lessons from the Bible, usually one from the Old Testament and another from the New Testament. A Psalm is read responsively with the congregation. The congregation then stands while the rector reads the Holy Gospel from the middle of the congregation – a symbol of God’s word made incarnate in the world.
Living out God’s Word
A sermon about 12 minutes in length, connecting the Bible readings to stories of everyday life and the ethical decisions we all face. After the sermon, we affirm our faith by saying the “Nicene Creed.” Following the creed, a member of the congregation leads us in the “Prayers of the People,” a time when we collectively offer up our prayers for one’s self, for our loved ones, and for the whole world. The congregation is given the opportunity to add their individual thanksgivings and petitions, either silently or aloud. At the end of the prayers, we stand and greet each other warmly with Christ’s peace saying, “The Peace of the Lord.”
Holy Communion, Liturgy of the TableThe last half of the service is the “Liturgy of the Table.” During a hymn, the children from the congregation pass the offering plate. Then several children bring the communion elements to the altar and the congregation follows them to gather around our free-standing altar. Together we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, the body and blood of Christ received in the consecrated bread and wine. Everyone is welcome to receive the bread and wine. Any one who does not wish to partake, may cross their hands over their chest and receive a blessing. After communion, we sing a meditative hymn and those who wish to receive special prayers of healing and thanksgiving for a physical or emotional concern are welcome to come to the right of the altar to be anointed.
Benediction and Dismissal
The service ends by singing a closing hymn, followed by the benediction and dismissal. We are now refreshed and ready to go out into the world! But there’s no rush to leave – everyone is invited to come upstairs to the Parish Hall for refreshments, often homemade baked goods, and to chat with other members of the congregation.
Link to Messiah Ministers.
Join us for our Rite 2 Mass on Sundays at 10:30 AM.
Our family-friendly service is an hour long, and includes traditional and contemporary music.Sunday services begin at 10:30 AM. Please join us!
Refreshments and time for fellowship follows the 10:30 AM service.
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We record many of the sermons at Messiah. Click here to hear last Sunday's sermon.
You can download audio copies of some of our past sermons from 2013 in the archive listing below.
Also available in the archive are sermons for
Our hearts are broken as we move through the shock and numbness of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, Patriot’s Day. Many among us are trying to make sense of the unsettling events and are in need of solace and looking for consolation, fellowship, and a place to lay down our sorrow. In Fr. James La Macchia’s homily the following Sunday, April 21, aptly named, “Good Shepherd Sunday” in the Liturgical Calendar, his focus was not on why there is evil in the world or why innocent people suffer. Rather, his homily reminded us that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd and He continually calls and invites His “lost sheep” -- all of humanity -- to be found by Him and remain in the fold of His redeeming grace. With Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd always with us, we need fear no evil.
"O save your people, and bless your heritage, be their shepherd, and carry them forever." Psalm 28:9
As we begin a new week and people return to their routines after the events of last week in Boston, we invite you to join us in prayer and contemplation around these events. This is also a time for quiet and deep listening to what co-workers, family, and friends are thinking and feeling. There may be people who want to pray, but cannot yet find the words. The "Prayers of the People" may be a place to begin. Click here for a link to these prayers. For a printed copy of the homily, click here. For an audio version of the homily, click here.
In the meanwhile, stay close to Christ in prayer this week as you process the meaning of recent events. Don't be afraid to bring your doubts and confusion and all of your emotions to God in prayer: God is large enough to handle them as you listen for our Lord's word of consolation and meaning. God is good--all of the time.
We record many of the sermons at Messiah.
You can download audio copies of some of our past sermons from 2012 in the archive listing below.
We record many of the sermons at Messiah.
You can download audio copies of some of our past sermons from 2011 in the archive listing below.
You can download written copies of some of our past sermons in the archive listing below.
Night Prayer, a service of ancient plainsong chant, mystical silence, and meditation was held at the Parish of the Messiah. This moving evensong service was led by the ethereal voices of Schola Nocturna.
The service will not continue in 2012.
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.