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Jesus Blesses the Children

This Sunday (September 25) the Reverend Wes Denyer will be preaching a sermon entitled "An Early Morning Encounter." This Sunday's Gospel reading tells us that when some infants and children wanted to come close to Jesus, the disciples tried to make them go away. Their idea of the Kingdom of God involved serious work and planning, and these children were simply in the way. However, Jesus saw these children as valuable and treasured members of God's Kingdom. This is more of Jesus' "topsy-turvy" version of the Kingdom -- where the first shall be last and the last shall be first, and anyone who thinks they're on the top of the heap is in for a big surprise! As Wes shares the story of an early morning encounter with a one year old baby and his mother, we may learn something more about what makes us valuable in the eyes of God.

The Order of Service including announcements has been posted here.

Music during the service will include prelude Variations on "Präludium in G minor" by Dietrich Buxtehude, anthems A small child by Robert Anderson and Talk about a child that do love Jesus ("Here's one") arr. Wm. Grant Still. The postlude will be Lobe den Herren, der mächtigen König der Ehren (Sinfonia, Cantata 137) by J.S. Bach.

Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism is being held this Sunday for Hugh, infant son of Victoria Smart and Ted Mercer; and Kalina, infant daughter of Melanie Palka and Robert DiDomizio. Welcome to family and friends who are here to celebrate this special occasion with them.

The Globe and Faith. The great 20th century theologian Karl Barth said, "We must hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other." In this quote, Barth invites us to view the news though scriptural lenses, and to view scripture through cultural lenses. Each one informs and sheds light on the other. We are forming a new group to try and accomplish that task - a discussion group where we consider the stories we read in the Globe and Mail in the light of our Christian faith. We will meet weekly in the lounge on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to noon over tea, coffee and cookies. Please feel welcome to participate in this group when you're available, even if you're unable to attend regularly. Begins on Wednesday, September 28th. For more information please contact Wes Denyer who will be facilitating this conversation each week.

Affirming Voices. A special event at Rosedale Presbyterian Church on September 23 honouring Marilyn Elphick, past director of campus ministry at St. Michael's University College with the ECUT Legacy in Campus Ministry Award. Learn more here.


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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, inspiring faithful devotion and service.


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Rosedale Walking Group The first walk of the 2016-2017 season will be on Saturday, September 24th on Toronto Island. Please bring a lunch and we will meet at the Ferry terminal at 10 am. We will walk Centre Island, Hanlon's Point and Ward's Island. If you would like to join us please contact Wes Denyer at:
wesdenyer@rogers.com .

Movie Discussion Group: Please meet in the church lounge on Friday, September 30th at 6:30 pm to discuss the film "The Good Lie." Details here.

This Year's Gala Dinner and Auction will be held on Saturday, November 12th. Be sure and save that date in your calendar!

The latest edition of RPC's Newsletter Dates & Updates is now online.

The Four Gospels
In this series of four sermons, the Reverend Wes Denyer preaches as if he were a Gospel writer telling his own story. Listen here.

Exploring Sacred Scripture
A series of four sermons that the Rev. Wes Denyer gave during Epiphany 2015, when he invited us to consider a journey of discovery in search of truth: exploring scripture in the context of our own lives and culture in a meaningful way. You can listen to the sermons here.

The Book Club will meet on Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00 pm in the lounge. We will be discussing "The Republic of Love" by Carol Shields and "The Rainbow Comes and Goes" by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. Please see Irene King to borrow a copy of one of these books.

The Rosedale Presbyterian Church Artisan Show and Sale will be held on the weekend of November 5th and 6th. If you would like to participate in this show, please contact Jill Sword (jillsword@rogers.com) or the Church Office for more information.

Rev. Dr. William J. Klempa was a co-minister at Rosedale from 1970-74 and then minister from 1974-78 and is to receive an award recognizing his life's work at a Dinner to be held at Knox College on Saturday, November 5th. Details here.

On Wednesday, August 31, the Reverend Wes Denyer was invited to be interviewed on CBC radio's Metro Morning to discuss the latest information that has received from the government regarding our refugee family. Listen here.

Our thanks to Pat and Tony Keith for sponsoring an afternoon of lively music and fellowship in support of RPC's refugee family here at Rosedale Presbyterian Church on Sunday March 13, 2016. Listen here.

On December 20. 2015, under the direction of Dr. Allan Bevan, the RPC Choir and harpist Kristan Toczko performed the Cantata A Ceremony of Carols Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten. Listen here.