Rosedale Presbyterian Church (416) 921-1931

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


Virtual Worship Service
January 10, 2021

The Baptism of Christ
by Joachim Patinir
(16th century, Netherlandish)

In this time of physical isolation, the material that would normally be part of our Sunday service has been combined into an online post.
After enjoying this service, please join in to our Virtual Coffee Hour.
Details for both are below.

Click here for the full Virtual Worship Service for Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Sermon: Sticking to the Script
This week we remember the baptism and the temptation of Jesus. It’s interesting that the temptation of Jesus immediately follows his baptism—as if something happened in baptism which now makes Jesus a threat to the devil—as if something happened in baptism from which Jesus now needs to be lured away. In this sermon we explore the meaning of the baptism of Jesus, and consider how his baptism foreshadows the meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism for us today.

Sacrament of Baptism Today we celebrate the baptism of Arthur Harrison Muir, son of Charlotte and Ryan Muir and grandson of Alison and Stephen Kendall. Rev. Kendall conducted the Sacrament of Baptism on Dec.13, 2020.

This Week's Music:
This week's Chorister Offering is Meine glaubiges Herze (II, Cantata 68) by J.S. Bach sung by Brooke Dufton. It can be heard here. Later in the service, Julia Frodyma sings Wade in the Water, arranged by DeWalt Morris. Listen to it here. As his postlude, Music Director Chris Dawes plays Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam by Johann Pachelbel. It can be heard here.

Sunday School: Baptism of Jesus
See and hear today’s children’s story in worship.
Hear the story of Jesus asking John to baptism him in the River Jordan.
Think about the last baptism you saw, or watch the baptism from worship today. Ask someone who was at your baptism what they remember about your special day. Can you find any pictures?

Virtual Coffee Hour will be held this Sunday, January 10 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 here.
Meeting ID: 845 2605 7818
Password: 538050
Or join by phone by calling 647 374 4685 or 647 558 0588 and using Meeting ID: 845 2605 7818 Password: 538050. A great way to stay in touch with others in the congregation!


The Globe and Faith on Wednesday, January 13 by teleconference. 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

Bible Conversations On Monday, January 11 at 4 pm, we will continue with our new 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 be reading Chapter 9 of Rob Bell's book "What is the Bible." We will also be discussing selected verses from the Sermon in the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. If you would like to participate in this group, please contact the Reverend Wes Denyer at

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, or sent to the church by regular mail. Donate on-line, through the Canada Helps charitable organization through this link - Canada Helps has been operating since 2000. It will issue tax receipts directly to donors.

Note that the office is closed until further notice
(Phone and emails will be monitored.)
Phone: 416-921-1931

Our mailing address is:
129 Mount Pleasant Rd,
Toronto, ON,
M4W 2S3