Messiah is “a welcoming Episcopal community of healing and hope, justice and song.” While this phrase might be newly-minted, those values have been at the heart of our community since our founding in 1871.
Welcoming: At the Mass on Sunday, we are reminded that “This is God’s table and all are welcome!” There is no barrier to being part of the Parish of the Messiah, and that openness is reflected in the diversity of our community in race, class, creed, age, sexuality and politics. We are from many countries, and some of us are part of interfaith families.
Episcopal: Messiah is part of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Massachusetts. We are part of the Charles River Deanery. Our Anglican roots make us one of the ancient orders of Christians, along with the Catholic and Orthodox churches. We are Catholic in our sacramental theology and Protestant in the democratic nature of our community. There are a lot of great things we could say about the Episcopal Church, but the best way to find out about us is to come on a Sunday morning and experience it for yourself!
Community: Messiah is a “family sized” parish, which makes our community especially welcoming and friendly. At a normal Sunday service expect anywhere from 30 to 50 people, including perhaps a dozen children. You won’t be the only newcomer -- nearly two-thirds of us have joined the parish in the last ten years!
Healing: Every Sunday, we offer anointing and laying on of hands in a quiet prayer for healing. We find healing in other ways as well. Being part of a prayerful, welcoming community has helped many people repair their relationship with God and with the church.
Hope: Life is hard, but through God all things are possible. Join us in prayer and song and rediscover what it means to be hopeful!
Justice: We believe that prayer needs to be more than just pretty words -- if we want healing in the world, we need to respond to God’s call for justice. Whether it is helping to build a library in a South African township, collecting food for the local food pantry, or helping neighbors in financial need, Messiah strives to embody the justice of Jesus’ beatitudes.
Song: “To us and to God, your voice is beautiful!” The music at Messiah is ancient and modern, a thoughtful mixture of Anglican chant and hymns both classic and new. We select hymns that are enjoyable to sing and whose lyrics and music lifts up our hearts in prayer.
Come walk with us along the Way that Jesus showed us two thousand years ago. We hope to meet you some Sunday!
Save the Date
Join us for these coming events
Palm Sunday Worship Service
Join us March 29 at 10:30 AM for the start of Holy Week with Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. There will be a procession of palms and special reading of the passion.
Joint Maundy Thursday Worship Service At Trinity
Join us April 2 at 7:30 PM for a joint Maundy Thursday service held at Trinity Parish, 11 Homer Street, Newton Centre.
Joint Good Friday Worship Service At Parish of Saint Paul
Join us April 3 at 7:30 PM for a joint Good Friday service held at Parish of Saint Paul, 1135 Walnut Street, Newton Highlands.
Joint Great Vigil of Easter Worship Service At Saint John's Church
Join us April 4 at 8:00 PM for the Great Vigil of Easter service held at Saint John's Church, 297 Lowell Avenue, Newtonville.
Easter Sunday Worship Service
Join us April 5 at 10:30 AM for the triumphant Easter Day celebration.
Joint Worship Service With Trinity
Messiah will worship with Trinity Parish of Newton Centre on Sunday, April 12 at 10:30 AM. This service will be held at Messiah in Auburndale and no service will be held at Trinity. Please join us.
Regular Sunday Worship Schedule
Join us for Sunday services in 2015! Worship and Sunday School begin at 10:30 AM every Sunday. All are welcome to attend and be a part of our comunity.
and be sure to check out our monthly Messiah Calendar below.