Welcome to Riverside United Church!


Rev. Frank Staples - Minister
Margita Lange - Music Director
Irma Odecki - Office Manager
Natalie Willie - Child & Youth Coordinator

We are a warm, friendly congregation, with uplifting music, inspiring worship, passionate volunteers, and dedicated staff. Small groups, youth groups and exciting events are all designed to help you gain insight into your walk with the Lord.

Riverside United Church

Where the beauty of a historic building is married to open, forward-thinking services.

From Margita's Bench March 31, 2020

Hello everyone! Hope you are all distancing and staying well – this past week has seemed like a month – miss my piano and organ as well as all of you! However, all we are asked to do is stay home, not storm the beaches of Normandy – staying busy – making lots of phone calls, playing piano, defrosted my freezer, cleaned out and disinfected my fridge, am watching way too much tv. Some have asked me to record something – i had picked out something else, but Nearer My God To Thee kept looking back at me –  if my out of tune piano is too damaging to your ears, just pump down the volume LOL!

The song that has been bouncing around in my head over the last couple of days has been the old gospel hymn “God Will Take Care of You” – I found a beautiful version on youtube by Fountainview Academy which was recorded last September – very moving – the link is below.

With the coming Sunday being Palm/Passion Sunday, our choir was working on another new anthem, written in 2019,  “Hosanna, Ride On In Majesty!” arranged by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman = Lorenz publishing. It begins with a fanfare flourish, followed by the hymn words set to the tune of Deo Gracias, which is a 15th century English tune – very dramatic. Here are the condensed words:

Hosanna! Ride on in majesty. Hark! All the tribes hosanna cry. O Christ, Thy triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin. The angels winging in the sky look down with sad and wond’ring eyes to see the approaching sacrifice. The last and fiercest strife is nigh. The Father on His sapphire throne expects His own annointed Son. In lowly pomp ride on to die. Bow Thy meek head to mortal pain; then take, O God Thy power and Reign!

The youtube link is below as well.

As we make our way through the next week and look forward to the glory and rebirth of Easter, stay in touch, call or email me any time – 519-948-5155 – I would love to hear from you.

Just remember, God will take care of all of us, as He has always done – so, as the three little birds sing, “Don’t worry – everything is gonna be alright!”

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