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Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
who testify
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
in shadow
and grief.

Blessed are you
in whom
the light lives,
in whom
the brightness blazes—
your heart
a chapel,
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith,
in stubborn hope,
in love that illumines
every broken thing
it finds.

(© Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons)

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Sunday, January 10th, 2020: The Baptism of the Lord

Readings: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 

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

Celebrant: Canon Doug Richards
Gospeller and Preacher: The Reverend Victoria Scott
Intercessor: Canon Hilary Murray
Cantor: Nnenna Ebere
Organist: James Calkin
Readers: Trudy Seliger, Helen Cathcart  


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 Baptism of the Lord


A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:   Air [from Water Music Suite]  (by G. F. Handel)
Hymn 163: When Christ’s Appearing Was Made Known
Postlude:  Nöel Suisse   (by Louis-Claude Daquin)


With water being an integral part of baptism, featuring something from Handel’s Water Music seems rather appropriate!  Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often published as three suites which was premiered on July 17, 1717 in response to King George I's request for a concert on the River Thames. Air, the sixth movement from the Suite in F, is voiced for trumpets, oboes and strings.
The hymn tune ST. VENANTIUS dates from Rouen, France, 1728. Our hymn book uses a harmonization by Michael Fleming, who was Warden at the Royal School of Church Music when I studied there.  At that time he was also organist at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (Primrose Hill) in London, a church enjoys a unique place in the story of Anglican worship.  In 1906, this is the church where the Rev. Percy Dearmer (vicar at St. Mary’s) worked with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Martin Shaw to compile The English Hymnal. It was in Primrose Hill that congregations first sang many well-loved hymns such as ‘He who would valiant be’, ‘In the bleak mid-winter’ and ‘Dear Lord and Father of mankind’.  (I thank Victoria’s father, David Hemings, for telling me about the significance of St. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill!)
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772) held various positions as church organist, including the Royal Chapel (1739-55) and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (1755-72).  Though his surviving compositional output is small, he is probably best remembered for his book of twelve Noels for organ (1757).  Nöel Suisse is the last in the collection.


In-Person Worship: Our Diocesan Response to the Provincial Lockdown

Please click here to read the letter from Bishop Shane regarding the Provincial lockdown that began on December 26th. You can find the latest version of the Diocesan COVID-19 plan here.

St. Luke's moved to the RED phase on December 26th, 2020, and in-person worship is now suspended.

This means that there will be no in-person services on January 10th, and January 17th, and this may well be extended.

Partnering, Collaborating and Sharing Resources
Bishop Shane has encouraged all clergy and parishes to partner, collaborate and share resources whenever possible, and especially as our pandemic response continues and intensifies with the current Provincial lockdown.

Some great news in that regard:

Rev. Victoria has been asked to be part of the Christ Church Cathedral livestream on Sunday mornings in January. She will share in various roles with the Cathedral clergy team: reading, leading prayers, preaching, and presiding. You are encouraged to connect to connect to the Cathedral livestream in January (see link above). This Sunday, January 10th, 2021 she will be preaching.

Part of partnering, collaborating and sharing resources is identifying capabilities. Christ Church Cathedral is already well-equipped to livestream in terms of technical resources and expertise while St. Luke’s is not. It makes sense for St. Luke’s to join the Cathedral for online worship on a Sunday morning rather than expending energy and resources on our own. Things will not be one-sided this month, though, and St. Luke's will reciprocate with various resources and offerings.

In the last three years St. Luke’s has explored and developed St. Luke’s as a “Spiritual Hub” with art, poetry and musical offerings. Various online resources of this nature will be offered in January, and members of Christ Church Cathedral will be invited to access and share these resources as well. This include:
  • Virtual "Words and Music” with Rev. Victoria
  • Virtual musical offerings from our own Bob Jones
  • The Ottawa Poetry Bards offer their next Virtual Poetry Dive on January 19th; St. Luke's is grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of donations and looks forward to promoting this event
  • The St. Luke’s Virtual Gathering for a Service of the Word with Lectio divina will continue on Zoom through the month of January (and beyond) and all are welcome.

Stay tuned for updates and additional resources in the weeks ahead.


We Remember in Prayer...

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.; Kathleen; Lawson; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; our neighbours in the United States in these troubling days; all those on our hearts.

We mourn the loss of Heather Stecher, who died on Sunday. Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized, but will be communicated as soon as that information becomes available. We remember Heather as tireless advocate, with courage, determination and a generous heart, and we continue to hold Heather's family and friends in prayer.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop;  For the lay staff of John Charles Roper (JCR) House: Sanjay Grover, Jane Scanlon, Carol Sinclair, Heidi Pizzuto, Heidi Fawcett, Bill Gilbert, Sandra Purdy, Kiran Otto and Glenn Lockwood and for all clergy under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Ottawa.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Hosam Naoum.  

The Anglican Church of Canada
Dr. Andrea Mann, Director, and the staff of Global Relations; Ryan Weston, Lead Animator, Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice.  

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
  Rev. Douglas Reble, Rev. Adam Snook. Rev. Christine Morrow-Wolfe, Assistants to the Bishop, and the staff of the Eastern Synod.
Give - giving made simple

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

You can donate online through Canada Helps here

Church Offering Envelopes
This is the time of year when church offering envelopes would be available at the back of the church on a Sunday morning; these will be available when we return to in-person worship.

Please note that envelope numbers have changed if your previous number was over 40.  You can be in touch with Lynn Jones about this, either at  613-448-1647 or by email at

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity!
Virtual Gathering 
11 a.m.

A Service of the Word with Lectio divina (Scripture Meditation) on the Gospel for Sunday.

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the order of service.


Calling all St. Lukians for Ways to Connect
John Price, Heather Mallett and Anne Wright
As we enter another round of lock down, we are exploring interest in other ways to connect virtually.  As usual, Rev. Victoria will be offering virtual Lectio divina on Wednesdays
In addition, if there is interest, John Price will convene a weekly Centering Prayer session.  Curious about Centering prayer?  Click here to learn more.
Heather Mallett and Anne Wright  are proposing to replace this fall's St. Luke's Virtual Social Hour with St. Luke's Virtual Social and Story-Telling Time.  We would like to find a time and day that works for more people after January 17 2021.  To find out more about the idea, click here.  We warmly invite you to participate in the Virtual Story-Telling Time whenever you can as a story-teller or a listener.  Here's a link to a survey to find out what time works best for most, and whose story you'd like to hear, and whether you're open to sharing your story. 

Please complete this survey by Friday January 15 at 5 PM (  Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you there.

Wonder and Grief: A Virtual Poetry Dive

Pre-pandemic, the Ottawa Poetry Bards regularly offered Sacred Poetry Walks at St. Luke's, and we are grateful to be one of the recipients of donations for these events. It is good news indeed that these poetry walks have gone virtual, transforming into Poetry Dives. The next one will be offered on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 on Zoom. Click here for more information and to register.
In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.

(Leonardo da Vinci)
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.


Watch and Listen

Gaelynn Lea’s voice and violin land like a balm — an offering of both clarity and gladness that can still be mustered in this midwinter...listen to the podcast with Krista Tippett here.

Click on the image for some of our current pandemic realities as depicted in famous works of art...
Our Community

St. Luke's Table has extended its hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and remains open in the current Provincial lockdown with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

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

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church
The religions start from mysticism. There is no other way to start a religion. But, I compare this to a volcano that gushes forth ...and then ...the magma flows down the sides of the mountain and cools off. And when it reaches the bottom, it's just rocks. You'd never guess that there was fire in it. So after a couple of hundred years, or two thousand years or more, what was once alive is dead rock. Doctrine becomes doctrinaire. Morals become moralistic. Ritual becomes ritualistic. What do we do with it? We have to push through this crust and go to the fire that's within it....

(Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB)
Additional Resources and Information

If the quote from David Steindl-Rast caught your interest, you can read more here.

A time of prayer and reflection for the partners, volunteers and staff of PWRDF. We will be planning informal times of prayer and reflection followed by a virtual coffee time. Those who register here will receive the link and call in information for this and subsequent prayer times with PWRDF.

John Bell Retreat Has Been Rescheduled For 2021
Spirituality of the Psalms

from March 5, 2021 to March 7, 2021

Retreat Format: Online (Zoom) Registration Fee: $160.00
Registration Deadline: March 3, 2021

Led by John Bell of the Iona Community, an inspiring speaker and the composer of much well-known and loved contemporary Christian music used in the Iona Community and around the...
read more


January 17th, 2021 – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Samuel 3:1-10; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

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