Rosedale Presbyterian Church (416) 921-1931

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

This Week with Rosedale Presbyterian Church
(Posted on November 27, 2021)
"The Right Kind of Readiness" 


Rosedale Presbyterian Church
in-church and online  service
Sunday, November 28, 2021
During our in-church worship services, we continue to practice social distancing. Everyone entering the sanctuary of Rosedale Presbyterian Church must be fully vaccinated and wear masks, with the exception of children under 12 and those with medical exemptions. We will continue posting the recorded service online.  Further information and Covid-19 protocols are available from the office.
Together in Service The text of all the prayers, hymns and Psalm to follow along with the recorded service is available to download here. The service will be posted to Facebook and YouTube..

This week (through Advent & Christmas) we welcome Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris to RPC. Rev. Dr. Farris retired in 2016 as Dean of St. Andrew’s Hall and Professor of Homiletics at the Vancouver School of Theology. He served as Professor of Preaching and Worship at Knox College from 1986 to 2003 and has also served the church as Moderator of the 140th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, President of the Academy of Homiletics, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Stephen is the author of several books and many articles on preaching, theology, and biblical studies, including Preaching That Matters: The Bible and Our Lives. He is married to Patty, a retired school principal, has two sons and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

Sermon: The Right Kind of Readiness
Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessaloniki may we’ll be the earliest writing in our New Testament. In the early years of the church Christians lived with the expectation that Christ would come again any day now. That may not be an expectation shared by all contemporary Christians. Nevertheless the idea of preparation for the more complete coming of Christ has survived, is of value and we think of it especially at this time of year. Paul speaks of some important elements of that preparation.

Lighting the Advent Candle this week is Melanie Devereux and Léo. Follow the text here.

Music This Week
The choristers' anthems this week are The Lord at first did Adam make arranged by D. Willcocks and Keep your lamps!, a spiritual arranged by André Thomas. Music Director Chris Dawes continues his exploration of JS Bach's organ repertoire by playing Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, g 659 as his prelude and Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme, Eb 645 for the postlude.

From Christian Education:  We are very excited to welcome out smallest members back into worship!  Christian Education is looking for volunteers to help with Sunday School and the Nursery.  Please consider lending a hand one Sunday before Christmas and one Sunday after.  You can email your availability or any questions to Jen:

Conversations Bible Conversations on Monday, November 29 at 4 pm by Zoom. 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. If you would like to participate in this group, please contact the Reverend Dr. Sarah Travis (

Globe and Faith Join us on Wednesday, December 1, 10:30 am for a discussion of current events. We are doing a hybrid approach to the meeting with some members in the building and others joining by Zoom. Regular members of the group will automatically receive the information required to join the Zoom call. If you are not a regular attender, but would like to join in this week, please email Gerry Kraay at

Pastoral Care at Rosedale Pastoral care continues to be an important form of ministry and care within RPC. Without a full-time minister, the following is how pastoral care concerns will be addressed for the next while: If you have any pastoral care concerns related to yourself or others within or connected to the congregation, please forward them to Ijeoma Ross in the office through a phone call (416-921-1931) or email ( From there, Ijeoma will forward concerns to either the Interim Moderators (Rev. Deb Stanbury and Rev. Rebecca Jess) for emergency/crisis care or to the Pastoral Care team to follow up with pastoral care needs.

The Pastoral Care team can use your help! This team is looking for people who enjoy making phone calls or sending emails every so often in order to stay connected and in conversation with members of RPC, particularly those who are older and unable to attend worship in person. If you are interested in taking on such a role, please contact Annemiek Miller ( or Jill Sword  (

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