Sunday, March 21st, 2021
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalms 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Christ Church Cathedral Livestream - 10:30 a.m.

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Celebrant   The Reverend Victoria Scott
Gospeller and Preacher Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Assistant  Canon Doug Richard
Readers  Chuck Staples, Johnny Loan
Cantors  Andrew McAnerney, Christoper Mallory
Organist James Calkin

Latest provincial and Diocesan direction means that we can have 10 people in attendance for livestreaming. It is good to be able to include one reader from the Cathedral, and one from St. Luke's!

A Service of the Word for Those at Home

The following service is offered for those setting aside time for prayer and reflection on Sunday morning.

A Service of the Word for The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Pausing for Prayer: A Weekday Liturgy of the Word

Take a moment during the day to pause, pray and reflect as you journey through Lent. These services will be posted each week during Lent and will be offered in the same format as we presented at the beginning of the pandemic. The Order of Service will be posted with links to audio files.

As an online resource, you may choose to make them part of your weekly Lenten routine at a time that is most appropriate for you. Rev. Victoria was glad to collaborate with Dean Beth Bretzlaff in preparing this liturgy. We hope you will enjoy these offerings and take comfort in these gifts.

CLICK HERE to connect with Pausing for Prayer

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Canzona in D Minor (J. S. Bach)
Hymn 605:  Have Mercy, Lord, on Us
Postlude:  Fugue on BACH (Robert Schumann)

On this date in 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany. He was Johann and Maria's eighth child.  Both of his parents died before Johann Sebastian’s 10th birthday, and he was raised by his oldest brother. It's thought his older siblings taught him basic music theory as a young boy, after he was introduced to the organ by one of his uncles (Johann Christoph Bach) who was the organist at St. George’s Church. His father helped him learn the violin and the harpsichord along with his siblings. Over his career, he held the following positions: New Church in Arnstadt (1703-07), St. Blasius Church in Mülhausen (1707-08), Court Organist in Weimar (1708-17), Prince Leopold’s Court in Cöthen (1717-23) and St. Thomas Church in Leipzig (1723-50).

A canzona is an instrumental musical form that differs from the similar forms of ricercare and fantasia in its livelier, markedly rhythmic material and separation into distinct sections. As a form, the canzona would influence the fugue, and the ensemble canzonas were the direct ancestors of the 17th-century church sonata.

Bach melds new musical techniques with old and joins north to south. Around 1715, Bach copied out Frescobaldi's Fiori Musicali, a canzona collection published in 1635. Frescobaldi's model was a series of vigorous fugal sections, in contrasting rhythms and tempos but using related themes, separated by chordal adagios. Bach set out to put his own mark on this style of canzona, going so far as to devise a theme closely related to the bass line of Frescobaldi's fourth canzona. The opening theme is slow, dark, and mysterious, very gradually falling down the scale despite several efforts to lift itself up, especially in the opening notes. This three-voice fugue is in 4/4; after a transition of a few chords, very much in the manner of Frescobaldi. Bach uses a countermelody that employs a chromatically descending fourth; this was old news by the beginning of the eighteenth century, but by turning it into a constant, chromatic undertow, Bach gives what was then a very modern colouration to fugues that are otherwise following austere and archaic harmonic patterns. Thus, he infuses an old Italian style with a new German sensibility.

Celebrating Holy Week and Easter from Home

A message from our Bishop

Dear Friends, 

You are all aware of recent rapid changes in restrictions that have been imposed on regions across Ontario and Quebec as the spread of COVID-19 variants continues. In some parts of our diocese, heath units have introduced more restrictive class orders in order to curtail spread—even as the rollout of vaccines intensifies. This pandemic battle is very real and has caused a material change that cannot be disregarded as we consider our plans as a diocesan church. 

Accordingly, I feel compelled to immediately inform you that our diocese will remain in our Red Stage until further notice. This means that we must again keep our buildings closed for in-person worship as we observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter. I said last year that we must become expert in doing ministry in every stage of our plan. I know, from many virtual visits in parishes across our diocese, that we have indeed become expert at worshipping in Red Stage—as well as offering effective ministries of pastoral care, teaching, outreach, and fellowship. Let us rely on our expertise, creativity, collaboration, and strong faith to mark this holiest time in the Christian calendar with intention, conviction, and hope. 

We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, and will hold off on any decision to move to Amber Stage reopening until we are reassured that we are likely at the beginning of the way out of the pandemic. God willing, and human beings behaving in wise and considerate ways, we will soon see our way out of this challenging season in the life of our world.

Be steadfast in faith, joyful in hope, and untiring in love; be certain that the indestructible love of God, perfectly revealed in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, is with you; and be at peace as you entrust our future to the Creator of Creation. If you have any questions about this Communiqué, please contact the COVID-19 help desk at


Please continue to pray and give thanks for our diocesan leadership, and especially Bishop Shane, during these pandemic days.

A Prayer for Illumination

Holy God,
Scripture tells us that your word is written on our hearts,
But we struggle to hear it.
Is it possible that we have covered up your words with our own self-narratives? Is it possible that we have erased your truth to write our own?
Is it possible that we have forgotten your words entirely?

Take us back to the beginning.
Remove the self-talk that distracts.
Clear away the cobwebs of doubt.

Show us how to look inside ourselves for your truth, And then write on our hearts once more.

We are listening.
We are hopeful.
We are here.
Speak now.

(“Prayer by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC |”)

Our Parish
Our clergy, staff, and members of St. Luke's; participants and staff of St. Luke's Table in this unusual and challenging time
Those on Our Hearts
Brad, Inez, Ken, Sarah, Bryan W.; Ron; Kathleen; Liz Demelo (long-time Community Ministries staff member); Charles (brother of Dianne Parsonage); all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop; Christ Church, Bells Corners and their clergy The Venerable Kathryn Otley, Major The Reverend Michael Gibbons and Deacon Tamara Connors. 

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
  Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop Hosam NaoumSaviour Church, Kufr-Yasif, Israel. 

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; The Right Reverend Mary Irwin-Gibson, Bishop, and the people and clergy of the Diocese of Montreal.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; Deacon Michelle Collins, Assistant to the Bishop and the staff of the Manitoba – Northwestern Ontario Synod. 
Give - giving made simple

The generosity of all of you who continue to make the extra effort required at this time to offer your financial support is appreciated so very much. It is making all the difference. Thank you!

You can donate online through Canada Helps here


The deadline for the next Jubilee is
Sunday, March 21st, 2021

Thanks to all who provided articles, pictures, cartoons and chuckles for the Christmas edition of Jubilee.

Perhaps you would like to write an article about the year that was (2020) and how it affected you and/or your family for inclusion in the Easter edition of Jubilee.

Please send all submissions to Heather Matchett at

Many thanks!


Virtual Gathering 

11 a.m.

All are welcome at this Service of the Word with Lectio divina

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service.

St. Luke's Storytelling and Social Time
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom

You're invited to drop in to St. Luke's Story Time

On zoom
Meeting ID: 844 6491 9588
Passcode: 589593

It's a great place to enjoy deepening friendships with one another through a focused conversation on a topic shared by one of our own.  Many thanks to Susan Perry (from St. Thomas the Apostle) for her heartfelt sharing about her journey with Katie (who often serves as altar server when we are able to gather in person)

Coming up: 

March 25: Gerry Dalton - known for his green thumb! - will explain the steps he uses in organizing plant material in a harmonious design to create a stunning balcony garden. 

April 1: Susan Kehoe will join us to explain what drew her to the study of the labyrinth as a path to spiritual development.

Hope you will join.

Anne Wright and Helen Cathcart

Do you need support?

Each one of us is experiencing these pandemic days in a different way. If you would like to check in, have a conversation, share a laugh or a cry, or be prayed with, please be in touch with Rev. Victoria ( or 613-698-6083) to set up a Zoom meeting or phone conversation.

Would you like to connect with another member of the community but aren’t sure how to reach them? Contact Helen Cathcart at, or leave a message on the church answering machine and we’ll make the connection.

We can get through this together!

Returning To In-Person Worship: Survey

Thank you very much to all who responded to the survey last week regarding the possibility of returning to in-person worship.

As per the note from our Bishop above, the decision has been made to remain in the RED phase of our pandemic response until further notice, meaning that there will not be in-person worship for Holy Week and Easter. St. Luke’s will continue to partner with the Cathedral for Sunday morning live-streaming as long as we remain in RED. 

We will reach a “new normal” on our beloved corner of Somerset and Bell Streets, and in the meantime, as we continue to do what we need to do to manage this pandemic, may our spirits be lifted by the news of vaccines and the spring sunshine.

As always, you are welcome to be in touch with Rev. Victoria, or with one of the wardens, if you have questions.

An Affirmation

We believe that flowers need the rain.
We believe that humans need community.
We believe that bodies need rest.
We believe that hearts need connection.
We believe that mornings need sunrise.
We believe that seasons need change.
We believe that grief needs space.
We believe that change needs time.
We believe that love needs security.
We believe that pain needs art.
We believe that joy needs company.
We believe that our spirits need God.
Again and again, our spirits need God. Fortunately for us, we trust that
God is here.
God is at work in our lives.
God is a lighthouse keeper that never gives up.
Thanks be to God.


(“Prayer by Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC |”)

Our Community

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and remains open 6 days a week with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

Vaccines are now being those who are homeless and precariously housed, as well as those who are struggling with addiction. Staff are now receiving vaccines, which is very good news indeed.

Please continue to keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers.

A Construction Update

Work on the showers, washrooms and laundry renovations continues steadily. This week's highlights include drywalling and mudding, and tile and paint colour selection!
Our Diocese

Our Diocese has a new newsletter. Click here to read.

Help Cathedral groups' doves take flight!
 Anglican Diocese of Ottawa's refugee sponsorship ministry 

Building on 40 years experience, our diocesan refugee ministry has been able to support hundreds of the world's most vulnerable people to have a new beginning in the Ottawa region. Together, we can do even more to help our global neighbours who are forced to seek a safe place to rebuild their lives.

With your help, the people of the Diocese will celebrate and support this work by creating 1,000 paper doves and, beginning on Pentecost Sunday, spreading their wings of hope above the nave of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa. 

This will be a unique art installation celebrating the contribution of refugees in our communities, raising awareness of the need for refugee sponsorship, and enhancing our capacity to engage in this life-giving ministry. 


Step #1: Register your or your group’s willingness to make paper doves and collect pledges for the refugee ministry, at

Step #2: Collect pledges from family, friends, and other sponsors for your doves. There are two ways to make donations: sponsors can use the secure online donation form here or download this pledge form for donations made by cheque or cash (instructions are on the form). All sponsors will receive a tax receipt. 

Step #3: Watch one of these videos to learn how to make your doves (the second video was filmed by a local parishioner and includes narration): [YouTube Video],  [Parishioner’s Video]. There are also written instructions here. 

Step #4: Bring your doves to one of our church drop-off locations by May (you will receive detailed information on the process for collecting the doves). 

Step #5: See your doves as part of the flock of a thousand at Christ Church Cathedral! You will receive information on the May 23 livestream “reveal”, and how to view the installation safely in person.  




Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church


Creation Care: Climate Action

This great resource, started on Ash Wednesday with 
weekly themes, stories about PWRDF and 40 prayers for the Earth. 

It may be downloaded all at once, or as a daily message via email. 

Here' s how to subscribe:


Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies...

Oh let me fall as grain to the good earth

And die away from all dry separation,

Die to my sole self, and find new birth

Within that very death, a dark fruition,

Deep in this crowded underground, to learn

The earthy otherness of every other,

To know that nothing is achieved alone

But only where these other fallen gather.


If I bear fruit and break through to bright air,

Then fall upon me with your freeing flail

To shuck this husk and leave me sheer and clear

As heaven-handled Hopkins, that my fall

May be more fruitful and my autumn still

A golden evening where your barns are full.

(Malcolm Guite) 

Additional Information and Resources

Sunday, March 21
6:00-7:00pm MDT (Colorado)
8:00 PM EDT | 5:00 PM PDT | 12:00 AM (March 22) GMT | 11:00 AM (March 22) AEDT

A Time of Celtic Chant, Prayer, 
and Reflection in Community
Hosted by the Colorado Leadership Team of the School of Earth and Soul

You are invited to join us for an Equinox Celebration! A time of prayer, song, reflection and community as we celebrate the threshold of winter moving into spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the movement of summer into autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. 

In the Celtic world there is a deep connection to the rhythms of the natural world. In this time of year when day and night once again become equal, we watch for what is being born anew within us and among us. We hold both the pain and struggle of humanity as well as the strength and beauty of humanity. May our solidarity and oneness bring us into greater awareness and awaken us to love. Join with others from around the world as we stand together on the threshold of the Equinox as one earth community.

Register for this free event using the link below. All registrants will receive access to a recording of the celebration.

Register Online

Jesus-shaped People: Discipleship in and after Covid

Explore the reality, challenge and opportunity for discipleship across church and community with an explanation of Jesus Shaped People approaches. Click here to watch and listen.


Compline during Lent

Compline during Lent

Christ Church Cathedral will offer an online version of Compline during Lent, continuing next Friday, March 5th at 9 pm with Canon Doug Richards and Andrew McAnerney. This weekly offering will be available on our YouTube channel (click on the button below at the time of the service) and will continue to March 26th.

CLICK HERE to join Compline


Welcome to “Strange New World,” a show about understanding the Bible, the world’s most influential, misunderstood book — a podcast tailor-made for skeptics, believers, and everybody in between.

The Easter story is full of big, bold reversals - but there’s one in particular that’s hidden under the skin of the story, and it just might be the most subversive of them all. Find out more about SNW here.

Spiritual Disciplines - A Lenten Study

Join Canon Doug Richards for a series of weekly podcasts, daily scripture readings, and a few ‘digging deeper questions’ to look at the what the discipline is, some scriptural foundations, and some practical ways to live into the discipline.

Each session is offered as a podcast. CLICK HERE to access podcasts - now available.


In case you missed these resources in the Ash Wednesday newsletter....

Lent in Lockdown: Feed the Soul

Lent in lockdown? Where to start? Maggi Dawn offers ideas on 2021 Lent. Find encouragement, inspiration and ideas to pass on here.


Lenten Micropractices

Lent is a 40 day season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus. We mark this time as different through our actions. The days are
counted from Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Easter. Sundays are not counted in Lent’s 40 days.

Click here for a booklet with a new practice to guide you each day on your journey. Some practices can be done on the spot, some during the day, and others will take some time and/or preparation. Click here for a Lenten Micropractices calendar.

Practicing Lent

Click here for six weekly Lenten practices, each designed to deepen your journey through these 40 days of lengthening light. 

Next week:
Palm Sunday, March 28th 2021
Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:53-15:20

St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6P9

Pastoral Emergencies: 613-698-6083

The Reverend Victoria Scott, Incumbent
The Reverend Canon Christine Piper, Honorary Assistant
Sarah Whitehead, Rector's Warden
Helen Cathcart, People's Warden
Robert Jones, Organist and Choir Director


Are you interested in looking at previous editions of the St. Luke's newsletters? Click here for the archives.
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