Rosedale Presbyterian Church (416) 921-1931

Rosedale Presbyterian Church 129 Mount Pleasant Road
(at South Drive) Toronto

This Week with Rosedale Presbyterian Church
"At the Western Wall" 

The Western Wall of Temple Mount

Rosedale Presbyterian Church - in-person and online  service
 This Sunday (September 26) at 10:30 am, we will resume in-building worship at Rosedale Presbyterian Church. The Session has made the decision that all adults attending worship will need to be fully vaccinated, children born after 2009, who cannot be vaccinated, will be exempt from this requirement. However, for the time being, Sunday School will remain online. The service will be video recorded and posted to Youtube and Facebook Sunday afternoon. Further information and Covid-19 protocols is available from the office.

Sermon: Title At the Western Wall
This week  the Reverend Wes Denyer preaches a sermon entitled At the Western Wall. In Jerusalem, Jewish people worship God and pray at the still standing Western Wall of the ancient Temple, destroyed almost two thousand years ago. They consider this to be a holy place. We may be able to experience the sacred and the divine in every moment and in every place, but we all have our special places to worship and to pray. For many of us, one of those places is the sanctuary of Rosedale Presbyterian Church!

Celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be held on Sunday, October 3. The communion elements will be available for pick up, by each worshipper, at the church door in sterile individual serving packages to eliminate the possibility of viral contamination. 

This Week's Music
In the church, the RPC soloists will be singing the hymns and anthems. The first anthem is O praise the Lord, all ye nations by Adrian Batten and the offeratory anthem is Sing joyfully by William Byrd. Director of Music Chris Dawes is playing two works by J.S. Bach; the prelude is "Giant" Fugue in D minoe, BWV 680 and the postlude is Praeludium in G major, BWV 568.

Sunday School: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Parents: The Sunday school lesson below is for families. You may wish to watch and read these resources prior to sharing with your children. 
Read about Orange Shirt Day. Do you know why people wear orange on September 30? 
Listen to Phyllis’ story. We honour Phyllis and remember sad things that happened to Indigenous children in Canada when we wear our orange shirts. 
Older children can watch a more detailed and recent history here, marking the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Approximately 7 minutes)
If you would like to learn more about the role of The Presbyterian Church in Canada in residential schools, more information is available here
Every child matters, even if you’re an adult. -Phyllis Webstad

Coffee Hour will held outside the church weather permitting.
 
Bible Conversations   On Monday, September 27 at 4 pm, we will continue 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 are on Chapter 2 of the book "Peter, Paul and Mary Magdalene" by Bart Ehrman, as we continue with our study of the disciple Peter. If you would like to participate in this group, please contact the Reverend Wes Denyer (wesdenyer@rogers.com). 

Special Globe and Faith Guest this Week  This week our Special Guest will be Allyson Carr, Associate Secretary of Justice Ministries of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. She will be sharing information with us about the work of the Presbyterian Church with regard to Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.  On Wednesday, September 29, 10:30am 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 wesdenyer@rogers.com
 
Let’s Grow, the adult day program, began operating at RPC this week. The program is looking for anyone who might have a parking spot near the church that would be available 8:30 am – 5 pm. If you could help out, please contact Ijeoma Ross at ijeoma@rogers.com.
 
From the Board of Managers 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 ncreen@rogers.com, 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.
Office hours 
10am - 12pm Monday
9am -12pm Tuesday - Friday
Phone: 416-921-1931
email: office@rpcc.ca
website: www.rosedalepresbyterianchurch.ca
Our mailing address is:
129 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON, M4W 2S3