Rosedale Presbyterian Church (416) 921-1931

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


Good Friday Events

Good Friday Walk Stations of the Cross Begins at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church (Sherbourne south of Bloor) on Friday, April 19, 8:00 am. Following the walk, Rosedale Presbyterian Church provides a hot and nourishing broth to the participants.

At Rosedale on Good Friday April 19, 11:00 am - INTO THY HANDS: A meditation on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in scripture, seasonal hymns and one of choral music’s most remarkable and eclectic commemorations, by Polish-born, American-raised, Swedish-based composer Steve Dobrogocz for choir, jazz piano and orchestra. The Choirs of St Andrew’s United and Rosedale Presbyterian Churches, their Ministers the Rev’s Wes Denyer, Seaton Brachmayer and Neil Young, and their Directors of Music Mark Ruhnke and Christopher Dawes join with the Talisker Players and guest conductor Robert Cooper to face the iconography of Jesus upon the Cross, and the call to remember.

Easter Sunday Communion Service
Sunday, April 21, 10:30 am

Order of Service

During worship, the Reverend Wes Denyer will be preaching a sermon entitled, “Pay Attention!” In the midst of telling the Easter story, all of the Gospel writers include narratives indicating doubt, uncertainty and disbelief regarding the resurrection of Christ. Why did they include these thoughts as they retell the story of Easter? What are they trying to tell their readers, both at the time of their writing, and those of us who hear these stories two thousand years later? In this sermon, we will explore those questions.


PRELUDE: (Hogtown Brass Quintet)

ANTHEM: Hail the Day that sees Him rise - G. Gabrieli

OFFERTORY ANTHEM: Wondrous Love - P. Halley

CAROLS DURING COMMUNION: Now the green blade riseth - E. Routley This Joyful Eastertide - Dutch carol arr. C. Wood

CHORAL ALLELUIA: Alleluia di Pasqua - P. Pandolfo

POSTLUDE: Sinfonia (Cantata BWV 29) - J.S. Bach arr. R. Bergs

Music Notes
by Christopher Dawes, Music Director

Carolling and Hymning the Risen one... this brightest of mornings in the church year is today adorned not just with the magnificence of brass instruments and voices united — but also with an eclectic tapestry of choral music.

In honour of our musical guests, an interesting double-choir madgrigal O che felice giorno set for instruments and voices in the great historical brass tradition of St Mark’s in Venice, by that famous church’s most famous musician, Giovanni Gabrieli. Originally a setting of a secular text simply praising a wonderful day of celebration and restoration I have borrowed from a familiar Charles Wesley text in order to make that reference be to Easter. The American folk hymn ‘Wondrous Love’ is a familiar congregational song extolling God’s love at Easter and committing to sing that love’s praises throughout and beyond life on earth. Canadian composer Paul Halley transforms it into a remarkably graphic cathedral-like depiction of that journey to heaven with divided choir, sounding trumpets and majestic organ.

The carols during communion, from Britain and the Netherlands, hymn the Resurrection in strikingly different tones: Now the Green Blade Riseth likens Jesus’ entombment and emergence to the buried seed of grain, and offers the same rebirth to us in our own suffering, whereas This Joyful Eastertide is a familiar hymn-anthem of appropriate vivacity and celebration.

A word about the Choral Easter Alleluia from Paolo Pandolfo, new this year to the Choir’s repertoire — it unites a liturgical model, the Gospel Acclamation (Alleluia refrains separated by a short verse based on the words of the angel to the faithful women at the empty tomb) with an energetic musical setting recalling the composer’s native Spain.

A glorious Happy Easter and Spirit filled walk into spring with our risen Saviour to each and all.


The Globe and Faith considering current events in the light of our Christian faith will meet on Wednesday, April 24th 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.

Church Interior Redesign – Congregational Input Wanted The Board of Managers has signed a letter of intent to begin redesign of the common areas - hallways, lounge and Great Hall with a reputable interior design firm. Before the designers start their work, we would like to solicit input from the congregation. If you have any design ideas you’d like to share, please forward them to the Church Office by Sunday, April 21st. We will also organize a short meeting after worship on Sunday, April 28th to discuss design ideas with anyone interested in the process.

The Bridge and Scrabble Group will meet on Thursday, May 2nd. 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 and ends at 3:15 pm. Please feel welcome to participate in this group when you’re available, even if you’re unable to attend regularly.

Messy Church will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 3:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Crieff Hills Join us for our May Manna Day, The Power of Welcome, with the Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee on Thursday, May 23 from 10:30am to 3pm at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre. Come and hear stories from across Canada of biblically-rooted hospitality and vibrant Presbyterian camping and retreat ministries. We might even sing a few camp songs too! Cost is $25( includes lunch) and can be paid at the door, but please register before May 9 by calling 1-800-884-1525 or email programs@crieffhills. com. Come early and walk the trails or our outdoor labyrinth. We look forward to seeing you!

The Knitting Guild of RPC would like to thank those who recently donated wool and supplies to the Knitting Guild. It is appreciated as we are always in need of replenishing our supplies to continue the work we do.

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.