St. Luke's is returning to a twice weekly pattern of newsletters on Tuesdays and Saturdays each week. Saturday's newsletter will feature worship resources, and news from the Diocesen and National Church. On Tuesdays you can look forward to parish and community news and more. This Tuesday look for another auction update, the link and order of service for the Wednesday Virtual Gathering with Lectio Divina as well as information about Thursday Storytelling Time and the St. Luke's Order of Good Cheer!
Cathedral Newsletter for June 20th, 2021

Sunday, June 20th, 2021
National Indigenous Day of Prayer

This Sunday we celebrate the National Indigenous Day of Prayer with a very special service, prepared by the members and friends of our Diocesan All My Relations (AMR) Circle.

There is no order of service required for this Sunday's service, please just click on the button to worship at whatever time is best for you!

CLICK HERE to connect to this Sunday's service

 Please listen to Bishop Shane speak about the residential school system, the harm it did, and how the Anglican Church has changed because of it. 

St. Luke's: Outdoor Worship

As mentioned in last week's newsletter, we'll be able to gather for outdoor worship on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Dominican College. We are grateful to the Dominican College for graciously allowing us to use this space. This will be a St. Luke's service, and we'll share in the Eucharist. Congregational singing is not permitted at this stage, but we'll enjoy the sounds of nature, the sound of the singing bowl, and some recorded Taize music. Some other things to consider:
  • safety protocols will be followed, including masking, and maintaining distancing
  • you'll be asked to bring your own chair or a blanket to sit on
  • please register here

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  I Will Not Forsake the Lord  (BWV 658) [J. S. Bach]
Hymn 567: Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Postlude: Minuet (from Water Music; Suite in D)  [G. F. Handel]
J. S. Bach’s Leipzig Chorales is a collection of 18 chorale preludes written during the last decade of his life.  I Will Not Forsake the Lord  (BWV 658) is the 8th in the collection.  The melody, soloed out on the oboe stop, is in the tenor voice, played in the pedals while the soprano, alto and bass parts are played on the manuals. The chorale was derived from a 16th century secular song (Einmal tat ich spazieren) and in 1572, it was used for Christliche Tischgesänge sacred text Von Gott will ich nicht lassen
The original text of the hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save, by William Whiting, dates from 1860. The first three stanzas of this hymn appeal to the Trinity with Scripture passages where each Person controlled the sea, imploring “O hear us when we cry to Thee for those in peril on the sea.” The first stanza refers to God's discourse with Job, in which the Lord asks “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I … said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?” (Job 38:8, 11) The second stanza refers to two occasions when Jesus calmed the raging sea: when He walked on the water (Mark 6:45-52), and when He slept through a storm until His terrified disciples woke Him (Mark 4:35-41). The third stanza alludes to Creation, when “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) The final stanza summarizes the hymn and promises continued praise “from land and sea.”  The hymn tune was composed by John Bacchus Dykes—composer of other well-known hymns: Holy, Holy, Holy (CP 1), Praise to the Holiest in the Heights (CP 372) and The King of Love My Shepherd Is (CP 520).  On the last verse I am using my right hand to play the melody as well as my descant.

With Jesus calming the waters during a storm while he and his disciples were in a boat, 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. Today’s postlude, a Minuet, is the last movement from the Suite in D.
You don't get unity by ignoring the questions that have to be faced.    

(Jay Weatherill)

Our Parish
Our clergy, staff, and members of St. Luke's; participants and staff of St. Luke's Table, neighbours and local businesses in this unusual and challenging time; That the Holy Spirit may encourage and unify us. For those who raise up the contributions of our Indigenous sisters and brothers as we continue to work toward goals of truth and reconciliation.

Those on Our Hearts
Brad, Inez, Ken, Sarah, Liz; Lyton; Laura and family; Ron; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

Our Diocese of Ottawa
Shane, our Bishop;  National Indigenous Bishop, Archbishop Mark MacDonald; St. John’s, Richmond, The Reverend Allan Budzin; Parish of Maberly-Lanark, The Reverend Dr. Ron Hunt.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem and The Middle East
Archbishop Hosam Naoum; The Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and the  Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and for peace in the Middle East.

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda our Primate, Anne our Metropolitan; The Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Bishop Michael Pryse; The National Indigenous Day of Prayer: for healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Those On Our Hearts...
It is very important for us as a community to be able to hold people in prayer, especially as we are only able to gather virtually. If you would like to add someone's first name to the prayer list, please email Rev. Victoria

This artwork is now on the door of St. Luke's. Thank you, Sarah, for this statement of solidarity with the 215 children and their families.
One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.    

(Henri Nouwen)
Give - giving made simple

As noted in previous weeks, St. Luke's revenue numbers are significantly lower so far in 2021. You have all demonstrated incredible generosity, and have made extra efforts to continue your donations through this pandemic. These pandemic days are continuing far longer than we had hoped and anticipated. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and your donations are gratefully received. 

You can donate online through Canada Helps

Rev. Victoria's Office Hours on Zoom
Rev. Victoria resumes regular office hours on Wednesday afternoon this week. She will be on Zoom from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, and you are invited to drop in to Zoom to connect any time during that hour. You may see other St. Luke's friends when you join! Click here to drop in to Zoom any time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

She will also be available by phone or Zoom from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. if you would like to book an appointment for one-on-one conversation. Please 
email her by Tuesday each week to book your time.

If Wednesdays aren't convenient for you, just email Rev. Victoria to find another time to connect.

These are difficult days, but we can get through this together!

The sun is renewed.
You had no idea
how vulnerable you were.
The months behind you
form some kind
of cohesive story,
but you have no idea
what any of it really means.
The words on your lips
have the power to affect reality.
You let out a kite into the sky
and are overcome with grief.
Resolution is complex and varied.
You cry.
You cry a lot.
It’s fragmentary and vague
and lasts most of the day.
It started as a knot in your
heart and when you
thought you could never stop,
it ended.
Freedom of sorts.
Your words are, “help me.”
You will be, you are not alone.
I promise you.
Close the door behind you
and step into this new

(Sapphira Olson)
Our Diocesan Church

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 57. As we approach summer and re-opening, we want to reiterate that taking vacation (and a break from the rigours of providing worship each Sunday) is important for all of us. To help with that, we’ve prepared a list of parishes in the diocese that are offering some form of online worship throughout the summer — whether it’s livestream, Zoom, Facebook, phone-in or some other method. 
Please consider having your parish join another for worship on those Sundays you won’t be offering it yourselves. Do be in touch with the hosting parish to tell them people from your parish will attend — that way the host parish can let you know the best way to connect and welcome and pray for your parish during the service. 
  • All Saints Westboro, Ottawa
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa
  • Julian of Norwich, Ottawa
  • Area Parish of Mississippi Lake
  • Area Parish of the Valley
  • Parish of West Quebec (Not August 1st, 29th, September 5th)
  • St. Alban’s, Ottawa (July and August only)
  • St. Bartholomew’s, Ottawa (August only)
  • St. Helen’s, Orleans 
  • St. Paul’s, Kanata
  • St. Thomas the Apostle, Ottawa
We’re all in this together! Questions? Please contact the helpdesk:
COVID Communiqué is produced by our senior staff:
Shane Parker, Bishop
Beth Bretzlaff, Dean
Linda Hill, Executive Archdeacon
Sanjay Grover, Director of Financial Ministry
Peter John Hobbs, Director of Community Ministries
Jane Scanlon, Director of Communications & Stewardship Development
Carol Sinclair, Director of Human Resources
Michael Garner, Public Health Advisor 
Office of the Bishop
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
71 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6G6

Our National Church

Hatred and Racism in Our Midst

These past two weeks have once again revealed the sinfulness which human beings and systems can and do perpetuate through racism and hatred. As we grieve with the Muslim family in London in their losses; and, as we grieve with Indigenous families reliving intergenerational trauma and losses — let us commit our Church as a whole and in our local communities to the work of dismantling colonialism, racism and hatred wherever it is revealed. Read more here.

The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church. 

Did you know that you can sign up for email updates from the Anglican Church of Canada? Click
here to do that, and keep your finger on the pulse of Anglican news from across the country!

Additional Resources


Click here to access A Disciple’s Prayer book for the Anglican Council for Indigenous Peoples. Published by the Indigenous Theological Training Institute in Minneapolis, MN.

A prayer

From a need for order and control,
From the need to insulate ourselves from doubt,
From the need to appear invulnerable,
From that need for security which closes our minds:

Good Lord, release us.

From intolerance of others’ views,
From fear of others’ beliefs,
From fear and rejection of those who are not like us,
From letting our faith hinder our expression of humanity:

Good Lord, release us.

From skepticism of reason and argument,
From disregard of scientific exploration,
From fear of questions and discoveries,
From fear of research and experiment:

Good Lord, release us.

From fear of freedom,
From fear of the responsibility of free will, From false humility which dishonours your creation,
From hypocrisy and any exaggerated sense of self worth:

Good Lord, release us.

From fear of any challenge to our faith,
From the certainty which blinds us to other possibilities,
From any attempt to claim all truth,
From fear of using all our gifts in worship:
Good Lord, release us.

(Dorrie Johnson)
Readings for Next Sunday

5th Sunday after Pentecost
June 27th 2021

Readings: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43

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


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