St. Joseph and Jesus
by Charles Bosseron Chambers

This Sunday (December 4), is the Second Sunday in Advent and the Reverend Wes Denyer will be preaching a sermon entitled "Naming a Child." In the Gospel of Matthew, Joseph is surprised to discover that Mary is expecting a child ... and he's not the father! However, in a dream, Joseph is reassured by God and told that Mary will give birth to a boy and that he should name the child Jesus. And so, Jesus grew up as the son of Joseph, a carpenter in Nazareth, but also in the lineage of King David - an important detail describing the Messiah in Old Testament prophecy. Jesus grew up as part of a family, with a loving father and mother, and with brothers and sisters. And it is from those rather ordinary roots that Jesus grew up to be "the light of the world."

The Order of Service including announcements has been posted here.

Music during the service:
PRELUDE: Es ist ein ros' entsprungen by Johannes Brahms
ANTHEM: A Fragrant Rose is growing by Henry Kihlken
ANTHEM: Glory to the newborn King arr. Robert L. Morris
CHORAL AMEN: BOP# 770 by Peter Merrick
POSTLUDE: Toccata on "Veni Emmanuel" by Andrew Carter
Music notes have been posted here.

OUR MISSION

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.

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.

REST, RENEW, RELAX! A Retreat for Young Moms: January 14th-15th with speaker Rev. Kristine O'Brien at Crieff Hills Retreat and Conference Centre. Moms of young children are invited to come away for a night at Crieff. This would make a great Christmas gift for mom! 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.