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by Eugène Burnand

This Sunday (October 23) the Reverend Wes Denyer will be preaching a sermon entitled "The Problem of Righteousness." The Gospel reading this week is the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector praying in the Temple. This parable introduces us to the problem of righteousness, and then gives us two people, each of which presents a solution to the problem. One of those solutions works ... and the other one doesn't. In this Sunday's sermon, we find out why.

The Order of Service including announcements has been posted here.

Music during the service will include prelude To the thirsty I will give water without price by Eleanor Daley, anthems O come, let us sing unto the Lord by Anthony Piccolo and Non nobis Domine by Roger Quilter. The postlude will be And I will pour out my Spirit by Eleanor Daley. Music notes here.

During worship Glenn McCullough will be welcomed as our new Minister in Association. Glenn was born in Toronto and grew up at Bridlewood Presbyterian Church in Scarborough. He has an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary, and has previously served as a chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey, and as Minister of Dixie Presbyterian Church in Mississauga. He currently teaches at Seneca College, and is completing his doctorate in Pastoral Theology at Knox College, exploring the theological roots of contemporary psychotherapy. He also serves as Ontario Director of the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy for Corrections Canada. His wife, Rachel, is a Pastor at Sanctuary Ministries in Toronto, and she is also completing her doctorate in theology, at Wycliffe College. They have two children, Cole and Ashlyn.

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.


Rosedale seeks to be a vital, growing community of faith, with a glad and generous heart, that shares the blessings of the Christian life.

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.

Life is full of milestones that mark the journey and shape our understanding of who we are - and at Rosedale Presbyterian Church we're here for you to help you celebrate these milesones in a meaningful way. Find out more here.


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Worship takes place Sundays at 10:30 a.m. At RPC, worship is vibrant and joyous, welcoming all ages. Singing is led by our senior choir and soloists. Nursery and church school are available. Holy Communion is held on the first Sunday of October, December, March and June, as well as Easter Sunday and Christmas.

Movie Discussion Group: Please meet in the church lounge on Friday, October 28th at 6:30 pm to discuss the film "The Man Who Knew Infinity." Details here.

The Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, November 10th at 12:30 pm in the lounge. Please bring your lunch - tea and coffee will be provided. We will be discussing Wake by Anna Hope and Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan. All are welcome!

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

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.

Paintings by the old masters on themes from scripture presented by Tom Hayes. Come and see the bible portrayed in great art. Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. here at Rosedale Presbyterian Church.

The Rosedale Presbyterian Church Artisan 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 either Jill Sword (jillsword@rogers.com) or the Church Office for more information.

You are invited to a Piano Recital with Algerian pianist Mehdi Ghazi (pictured above): Sunday, November 6, at 4 pm here at RPC.

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.