Rosedale Presbyterian Church (416) 921-1931

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


"The little children being brought to Jesus" by Rembrandt

This Sunday (September 16), the Reverend Wes Denyer will be preaching a sermon entitled, “Free for the Asking.” In the minds of many, Christianity has a transactional nature: “God will do this for me, if I will do that for God.” This sort of theological understanding is what the Apostle Paul condemned as “works righteousness” – the notion that we somehow have to earn God’s love. What does that look like in our world today ... and is it possible for us to transcend this to find a better way?

During the service we will be celebrating The Sacrament of Holy Baptism for Alistair Sean H Cutsey, infant child of Bradley and Jessica Cutsey.

The Order of Service has been posted here.

This Sunday's Music

PRELUDE: Berceuse – Lionel Rogg

ANTHEM: Like as the Hart - Herbert Howells

OFFERTORY ANTHEM: Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter

POSTLUDE: Grand Choeur - Theodore Salome

Music Notes
by Christopher Dawes, Music Director

The unusual circumstance of two consecutive baptism Sundays provides an intriguing prospect for the Choir and I — to offer and explore in short space the various image and thematic threads that accompany this most ancient of rituals while casting a wide net across the musical beauty it has inspired.

Today’s choral offering comes from two of 20th century England’s most prolific and well-loved composers. Herbert Howells’ Like as the Hart speaks to a very human longing for God’s presence using the image of a thirsty deer — the irony being that it is in precisely the gift of the water of Baptism that we meet God first as Christians. It sets three verses of Psalm 42 which cast the pain of longing within the taunts of scoffers and the tears of suffering — but holds out the sight and presence of God as the clear remedy. At 74, the now venerable John Rutter has never really excelled in larger forms like Symphony or Oratorio — but one is rarely disappointed in his beautifully crafted sacred miniatures, with their memorable melodies, singable vocal parts and touching harmonies. His 1978 setting of an ancient Gaelic ‘sending prayer’ adds a closing wish for the light of Christ to qualify it as a Christian anthem, and it also seamlessly ties it both to the older pagan wish for the healing light of heaven — and of course, to our Baptismal rite

I am grateful to my esteemed friend and colleague Thomas Fitches for presiding at the organ and with the Choir this morning as I minister in our home congregation.


Church Photo Directories are “hot off the presses” ... the photo directories are here! Copies will be available at Coffee Hour.

Sunday School and Nursery Welcome Back, Friends! Nursery care is available for babes in arms to 3 year olds throughout worship; a place to crawl, a place to learn, and a place to grow is provided on the 2nd floor above the Great Hall. Parents are welcome to join their child(ren) in the nursery, or return at the end of worship to pick them up. Sunday School is available for children ages 4-grade 8; everyone is welcome to join us in the Great Hall, located on the main floor.

The Globe and Faith considering current events in the light of our Christian faith will meet on Wednesday, September 19th at 10:30 am. Please feel welcome to participate in this group when you’re available, even if you’re unable to attend regularly. For more information, please contact Wes Denyer who will be facilitating this conversation each week.

The Bridge and Scrabble Group will meet on Thursday, September 27th. This is a casual, friendly group which welcomes newcomers. Tea and coffee will be served at 12:30 pm. Play begins at 1:00 pm. Please feel welcome to participate in this group when you’re available, even if you’re unable to attend regularly. For more information contact the church office or Pat Keith

Messy Church will be held on Saturday, September 22nd. The doors open for this all ages (and very informal) worship at 3:30. Dinner is served at 4:45. There is no cost and friends and neighbours are welcome!

Ride for Refuge will take place on Saturday, September 29th. This is an international effort aimed at raising funds for those people in need of protection or refuge in a variety of circumstances. ARISE Ministry, a ministry of the Presbyterian Church, is a part of this effort. ARISE Ministry empowers individuals involved in the sex trade to reclaim their lives. This is a ministry of hope, offering outreach, case management and spiritual care to individuals involved in the sex trade.

This year’s event is a combination of riding/walking over a variety of pathways — for bikers, there is a choice of 50km, 25km and 10 km rides; for walkers/runners, there is a 5km route. Everything starts at the Ashbridge’s Bay Park (Lakeshore/Coxwell), with registration commencing at 8:00 am, the longer distances leaving at 9:30 am and the shorter ones at 9:45 am. The event will proceed rain or shine. Anyone may simply plan to attend and pay a registration fee; however all are encouraged to fundraise in advance, or to create a team for that purpose. If you reach a prescribed goal, registration is free! Their website is For more information, please contact Tony Keith ( ) who is a member of the ARISE Board of Directors.

Book Club Please join us on Wednesday, October 10th at 7 pm to discuss The Little Paris Bookshop, a novel by Nina George. There will be two copies to be borrowed from Irene King. Light refreshments will be served.

Toronto Musical Concerts presents a staged musical reading of Sondheim’s musical, Merrily We Roll Along on Wednesday, October 17th and Thursday, October 18th, 7:30pm, at the Al Green Theatre (Spadina and Bloor). Merrily We Roll Along is a compelling musical about friendship, compromise and the high price of success. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth combine the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. This production will feature two of our Rosedale soloists: Lawrence Cotton (Joe) and Joseph Lévesque (Jerome). Tickets: $25 (General Admission), $20 (Student | Senior | Arts Worker). We are trying to organize a group from Rosedale to attend the performance on Wednesday, October 17th. If you would like to join us, please contact Wes Denyer.

Evangel Hall Mission will be holding their “Gimme Shelter” Fundraiser on Saturday, November 10th, 6:30 pm at the Toronto Cricket Club. The Gimme Shelter Dinner is back for another exciting evening of games, live music, and fun! Proceeds from the evening support Evangel Hall’s client programs — providing food, shelter, and support to people who are homeless or living in poverty. The Reverend Wes Denyer is a member of the Board of Directors of Evangel Hall, and he is trying to organize a table of people from Rosedale Presbyterian Church to attend the event. Individual tickets are available for $195 each, a Table for Ten is available for $1800 each. If you are interested in joining us at a Rosedale Table, please contact Wes Denyer.

Hold the Date – Gala Dinner and Auction will be held on Saturday, November 17th.

Church Choir Why not join the Choir and add your voice to the wonderful music we enjoy each Sunday? The choir of RPC rehearses every Thursday evening. A warm welcome awaits you. For more information please contact Director of Music Christopher Dawes.

The Anglican Foundation is publishing Children’s Prayers with Hope Bear to coincide with its 60th anniversary. This book features 24 prayers for liturgical seasons, holidays, and special moment in a child’s life (starting school, moving home, loss of a loved one), with text by Judy Rois and  beautiful images by Canadian illustrator and watercolorist Michele Nidenoff. Perfect for children from preschool up to age 12. Available here. $15 each. Judy Rois is the wife of our minister, the Rev. Wes Denyer.  Michele Nidenoff ( is a member of our congregation.