This Week with Rosedale Presbyterian Church
Rosedale Presbyterian Church - Virtual service
In this time of physical separation, the material that would normally be part of our Sunday service has been combined into an online post. After enjoying this service, please join our Virtual Coffee Hour.
Details for both are below.
Sermon: The Seed of Faith
This Week's Music
This week the Reverend Wes Denyer preaches a sermon entitled The Seed of Faith
. In the parables of Jesus we are introduced to the miraculous growth of seed scattered upon the ground by the farmer, as it matures over the summer months into a magnificent harvest. This mystery of growth is a metaphor of the Christian life and the miraculous growth inherent in the seed of faith when it is offered in love and kindness, trusting in the abundance of God. We are invited to trust in God who gives the growth, as we act faithfully and generously to scatter the seed of faith in the world today.
This week's chorister's offering begins with Charlie Fowler singing the children's hymn Go ye, go ye into the world.
The anthem is Nancy Olfert J.S. Bach's aria, Seinem Schöpfer noch auf Erden BWV 39
accompanied by Musical Director Chris Dawes. Chris then sings the pre-sermon hymn, Listen Up!
by Jon Althoff and Bob Kauflin. He then invites the congregation to join him in the chorus. For his postlude, Chris is at the RPC organ playing Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot
by Jan Pietrszoon Sweelinck.
Sunday School: The Parable of the Mustard Seed
how a tiny mustard seed can grow into something much bigger.
to today’s children’s story in worship.
the kingdom of heaven. What do you think it looks like? Can you draw it?
Congratulations on your exciting milestone! Rosedale is collecting the names of students graduating in 2021. If you or someone you know connected to Rosedale is graduating, please contact Jennifer Bell by Wednesday, June 16 with their name, where they are graduating from, and what exciting plans lay ahead. We would like to share the news with the community of Rosedale Presbyterian Church. Email: email@example.com
At this week's meeting, we reviewed the first draft of the congregational profile which will be available for ministers interested in becoming RPC's next minister. We hope to be finished next week so that Session can approve it before the summer.
Virtual Coffee Hour will be held this Sunday, June 13 at 11:30 Even though we are physically isolated, we don’t have to be socially isolated. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and connect with your fellow church members like we would in the Great Hall after church. You can join from your computer including video, or from your phone with just audio. Rev. Wes Denyer will host Coffee Hour through Zoom.
On your computer or iPad with video, click this link:
Meeting ID: 891 6821 1588
Or join by phone by calling 647 374 4685 or 647 558 0588 and using
Meeting ID: 891 6821 1588
A great way to stay in touch with others in the congregation!
The Presbyterian Church in Canada is Now Fully Inclusive of LGBTQI Persons This past week at the first ever online meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada the following two motions were adopted:
1. The Presbyterian Church in Canada holds two parallel definitions of marriage and recognizes that faithful, Holy Spirit filled, Christ centred, God honouring people can understand marriage as a covenant relationship between a man and a woman or as a covenant relationship between two adult persons. That congregations, sessions, ruling and teaching elders be granted liberty of conscience and action on marriage.
2. That congregations and presbyteries may call and ordain as ministers and elect and ordain as ruling elders LGBTQI persons (married or single) with the provision that liberty of conscience and action regarding participation in ordinations, inductions and installations be granted to ministers and ruling elders.
On Monday, June 14 at 4 pm, we will continue with our online Study Group facilitated by the Reverend Wes Denyer. This group is an opportunity to discuss our faith in relation to the Bible and the history of the church. This programme will provide an opportunity to consider people’s questions or problems concerning the Bible or Christianity, as we try and understand the Bible in its cultural and historical context and how that may be translated into significant meaning for the 21st
century. This week we will continue our study with Chapter 7 of the Book “The First Paul
” by Marcus Borg and Dominic Crossan. If you would like to participate in this group, please contact the Reverend Wes Denyer (firstname.lastname@example.org
Globe and Faith
From the Board of Managers
June 16, 10:30am
by teleconference for a discussion of current events. Regular members of the group will automatically receive the information required to join the conference call. If you are not a regular attender, but would like to join in this week, please email Wes Denyer at email@example.com
While we are not meeting together, here are other options to financially support the congregation:
- Fill in your offering envelope as usual, put it in a regular envelope and mail it to the church (129 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto, M4W 2S3)
- Sign up for pre-authorized remittances (PAR), which are charged to either a credit or debit account once a month. The attached form may be scanned and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent to the church by regular mail.
- Donate on-line, through the Canada Helps charitable organization through this link - https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/119123347RR0001-rosedale-presbyterian-church/ Canada Helps is a well-regarded organization which has been operating since 2000. It will issue tax receipts directly to donors.
Our Mission We witness to Christ in our spiritual vitality and in our social involvement by nurturing all in the Christian life, communicating the gospel to our community, and inspiring faithful devotion & service.
Our Vision We seek to be a vital, growing community of faith, with a glad and generous heart, that shares the blessings of the Christian life.
Statement of Inclusion Rosedale Presbyterian Church welcomes and fully includes all people regardless of nationality, race, physical or developmental challenges, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Our shared Land ... as we gather together, we acknowledge this sacred land on which Rosedale Presbyterian Church resides and worships. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to worship on this territory today.