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Sunday, January 17th, 2020: The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 SAMUEL 3:1-10 (11-20); PSALM 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 CORINTHIANS 6:12-20; JOHN 1:43-51

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

Celebrant: The Reverend Victoria Scott
Gospeller and Preacher: Canon Hilary Murray
Reader and Intercessor:Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Cantor:Andrew McAnerney
Organist: James Calkin

In response to this week's stay-at-home order, only 5 people will offer the livestreamed service: clergy and Cathedral music staff. This is so that volunteers are not asked to leave their homes.

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 Second Sunday after the Epiphany
PreludePrelude on ‘Rhosymedre’   by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Hymn: 450 You Call Us, Lord, to Be
PostludePrelude and Fugue in E Minor   by Nicolaus Bruhns
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’ is the second in the set of his Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn-Tunes published in 1920. The melody is heard in its entirety in the tenor voice, and then the middle section of the prelude features the melody in the soprano voice.  (It has become my “go-to piece” for recessionals at funerals at St. Luke’s, and always draws many compliments!) Although best known in this original version for solo organ, it is also well known as an orchestral arrangement by Arnold Foster published in 1938.

The hymn You Call Us, Lord, to Be is about discipleship, a theme of today’s gospel passage, where Jesus calls Philip to be one of his disciples.  The hymn tune Rhosymedre was composed by John Edwards (1805-1885), a Welsh Anglican priest who served as vicar at Rhosymedre, a village in the county borough of Wrexham, Wales. 

Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697) studied organ with Dieterich Buxtehude who considered Bruhns as one of his best students.  Bruhns was organist at the City Church in Husum, Germany, a position he held until his untimely death at the age of 31.  His compositional output is small—only 5 works for the organ.  This week's postlude is the smaller of the two Preludes and Fugues in E Minor.
Rev. Victoria's Homily - The Baptism of the Lord

You can watch and listen to Rev. Victoria's homily from last Sunday here. The Gospel and homily start at about the 22:30 mark.
Would you rather read it? Click here.


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 hold Barbara and Ed Maynard and family in our hearts and in our prayers as they mourn the loss of Barbara's brother Larry, who died yesterday. You can find the obituary here.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop; The work and ministry of our Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, The Reverend Canon John Wilker-Blakley. Our Diocesan Newspaper Crosstalk, and for Leigh Anne Williams, Editor.

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

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan;  Executive Director, Will Postma, and staff of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Executive Director, Karin Achtelstetter, and staff of Canadian Lutheran World Relief. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
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

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 tomorrow 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.


Second book study begins with The Universal Christ

Following the great success of the first Diocesan wide Zoom book study, a second one is being planned. Beginning February 4th and running for six weeks from 7:00 to 8:30pm, we will look at Richard Rohr’s book “The Universal Christ.”  

“Fr. Richard challenges us to search beneath the surface of our faith and see what is sacred in everyone and everything. Anyone who strives to put their faith into action will find encouragement and inspiration in the pages of this book.” -Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift"

For more information or to register please contact Canon Doug Richards at

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!

  Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.             

(Blaise Pascal)
One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.

(Jiddu Krishnamurti)
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.

A Construction Update

CADCHO and McDonald Brothers continue to work hard to move this project forward! The next building meeting is scheduled for tomorrow so you can look forward to more information in next week's newsletter.
Our Diocese

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 35. All of us are sobered by the new coronavirus modelling released yesterday by the Government of Ontario. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to deepen, and government, civic, and church leaders are focused on ways to keep people safe. We need to do everything we can to address the alarming spread of the virus in our communities.

In light of the Ontario Government’s new restrictions, which go into effect at 12:01 am on Thursday, January 14th, we are making two modifications to our Red Stage protocols for livestreaming or recording services in churches:

1) Participation is now limited to a maximum of five people and only to those people who are necessary for the conduct (including livestreaming or recording) of the service; and
2) Everyone present must wear a mask at all times.
These two modifications will go into effect immediately, and apply to parishes in Ontario and Quebec.

We strongly affirm the Ontario and Quebec governments’ emphasis on staying at home during this state of emergency. Accordingly, we are asking clergy and wardens to discuss the possibility of livestreaming (or recording) services from homes instead of churches. As always, the right decision is the one that works best for you in your parish.

Many of you have asked whether it is safe to have the imposition of ashes during the Ash Wednesday liturgy on February 17th. Although it is permissible using essentially the same procedures as administering bread at communion, it may be helpful to remember the imposition of ashes is not a sacrament and therefore is not an essential part of the liturgy (it is not part of the BCP rite, and is optional in the BAS). What matters is preparing as a community for a meaningful Lent, and if it seems wise to simplify Ash Wednesday services this year, feel free to omit it. While we may be out of the state of emergency by then, we will continue to watch for changes in government restrictions at that point and be prepared to comply.

Finally, as we have promised, the guidelines for virtual vestry meetings will be in next week’s Communiqué. As well, you might want to “save the date” of Thursday, January 28th for a Vestry-in-the-Time-of-COVID Workshop on Zoom. For more details, click here:

If you have any questions on COVID-19 developments, modifications to Red Stage protocols, vestry, or anything else, please be in touch at

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 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 dovesVisit the online donation form here.

Step #3: Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your dovesVideo, how to make a paper dove (you can use any white paper, but larger squares makes bigger doves.

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.

If you choose to pay by cheque, please mail to:1000 Doves Appeal C/O Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, 71 Bronson Ave. Ottawa, ON K1R 6G6. Cheques are made payable to Anglican Diocese of Ottawa – 1000 Doves


Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.           

(Aldous Huxley)
Online Resources

Faith at Home is a Church of England campaign to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Check it our here.
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
Recommended Reading

Walk the path of love with one of the warmest, most beloved spiritual leaders of our time, and learn how to put faith into action. Read more here.
Epiphany on the Jordan

Beginning here we glimpse the Three-in-one;

The river runs, the clouds are torn apart,

The Father speaks, the Sprit and the Son

Reveal to us the single loving heart

That beats behind the being of all things

And calls and keeps and kindles us to light.

The dove descends, the spirit soars and sings

‘You are belovèd, you are my delight!’

In that quick light and life, as water spills

And streams around the Man like quickening rain,

The voice that made the universe reveals

The God in Man who makes it new again.

He calls us too, to step into that river

To die and rise and live and love forever.

(Malcolm Guite)


“Epiphany on the Jordan,” read by Malcolm Guite and performed by Steve Bell, was filmed live at Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre in 2013. Watch and listen here.
Additional Information


January 24th, 2021 – Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Readings: JONAH 3:1-5, 10; PSALM 62:6-14; 1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31; MARK 1:14-20

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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