Parish News

Blessing and Dedication of the New St. Luke's Signs

Many thanks to Petr for taking pictures for us! 


Click here to read Rev. Victoria's most recent homily. 

Click this link to listen to the song Rev. Victoria mentions: "Your Labor is Not in Vain" on YouTube.


Hats, Gloves, Socks, Scarves...

If you are able to donate items such as gloves, hats, scarves and socks, or other warm clothing these items will be gratefully received, and distributed on Sunday mornings and through the week. 


Christmas Gifts for St. Luke’s Table

Gifts cards at Christmas are a highlight for many at St. Luke's Table. This year, you are invited to purchase $10 gift cards from McDonald's, Giant Tiger, or Tim Horton's. You may also make a monetary contribution for the purchase of gift cards. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you have questions. 


IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings

Due to high vaccination rates and a change in the government and Diocesan COVID-19 plans, St. Luke's has moved to a new phase of reopening. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding. 

Unless you are under 12 years old, you will need to show proof of double vaccination, or a medical exemption, and photo ID when arriving at worship.

There are no capacity restrictions and there will be no need to pre-register for worship. Distancing rules will be relaxed but not eliminated. Masks must continue to be worn at all times, except when receiving communion. We will not resume serving refreshments during the social time after the service just yet, but look forward to that in the future.

This decision was made thoughtfully, and prayerfully and with the health and safety of the community as a whole in mind. The COVID landscape is challenging, but our Christian faith asks us to be sensitive and compassionate with one another, and to trust that the Spirit is moving among us.

Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( with any questions or concerns. 

Advent Worship: A Contemplative Eucharist on Sunday Afternoons

Our Diocese has suggested that if parishes have more than one service, one could require proof of vaccination, and another stick with capacity limits and no checking of vaccination status. 

With this in mind. St. Luke's will offer afternoon a Contemplative Eucharist Sunday afternoons in Advent at 1:30 p.m.

We will observe "Yellow" protocols. Proof of vaccination is not required.

Pre-registration is necessary, and you can do that here.

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions or if you are willing and able to volunteer at one or more of these services. 


A Construction Update

The next phase of construction at St. Luke's is to the existing kitchen in the basement, including the installation of a much needed industrial dishwasher, and a new washroom and kitchen upstairs to support parish life and ministry. 

These renovations will support St. Luke's Table operations, and enhance St. Luke's parish life and ministry.

The project continues to run ahead of schedule! 


Volunteers Needed!

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( if you are willing and able to take on a role on a Sunday morning -  greeter, reader, intercessor, chalice bearer - and thank you for sharing in the life of the community this way.


Advent and Christmas at St. Luke's

Sunday, December 12th, 2021: The Third Sunday of Advent
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist. Reflecting on the gift of joy. 1:30 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist.
Sunday, December 19th, 2021: The Fourth Sunday of Advent
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist;. Reflecting on the gift of love. 1:30 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist.
Tuesday, December 21st, 2021: Winter Solstice
4:00 p.m. Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
5:00 p.m. “Blue Christmas”
A gentle, contemplative liturgy for those who are carrying pain or loss in the Christmas season. 
Friday, December 24th, 2021: Christmas Eve
5:00 p.m. A traditional Christmas Eve celebration with Communion, candlelight and carols; 4:30 p.m. Carol singing with the choir.
Saturday, December 25th, 2021: Christmas Day
10 a.m. A morning celebration of Jesus' birth with Communion and carols.
Sunday, December 26th, 2021: The First Sunday After Christmas
There will be no in-person worship at St. Luke's this day.
As noted above, St. Luke’s has moved to requiring proof of vaccination (and identification) on Sunday mornings. Distancing requirements have been relaxed but not eliminated and masks must be worn at all times. Proof of vaccination is not checked at the Contemplative Eucharist on Sunday afternoons in Advent, and distancing requirements and additional safety protocols are followed. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required at the Labyrinth Walk, the “Blue Christmas” liturgy, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

photo credit: Patrick O'Neill
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021
4:00 p.m.
at St. Luke's

Proof of double-vaccination (and identification) required. Capacity limited to 20 Labyrinth walkers and 30 seated. Pre-registration required. Masks required. 

A drum will usher us in 
and a cello will accompany us through the dark into the light.

‘When we light a candle at Midnight  we say to the darkness we beg to differ.’

Registration Link

Blue Christmas

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
5:00 p.m.

This is a gentle, contemplative liturgy for those who are carrying pain or loss in the Christmas season. Proof of vaccination is required. 

A Virtual Service of the Word with Lectio Divina

Our Wednesday gathering on Zoom continues at 11 a.m. each week. We'll share in a Service of the Word, and let our encounter with the Gospel be guided by the following questions: 
  • What word or phrase stands out for you?
  • What is speaking to you in the Gospel?
  • What meaning had you not perceived before?
  • What is the Gospel asking you to do today?
Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service. 

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions. 


Pausing for Prayer in Advent

Rev. Victoria and the Rev. Canon Hilary Murray, Chaplain at Cornerstone Housing for Women, have partnered to create "Pausing for Prayer in Advent". Watch the recording, and follow along in the order of service, and pause for prayer any time during these weeks of Advent

Pausing for Prayer in Advent - Week Two - Video

Pausing for Prayer in Advent - Week Two - Order of Service


The Way of Love

The Way of Love comes to us from Bishop Michael Curry and the Episcopal Church in the United States. Click here to read more about it. 

Click here for the Way of Love Advent calendar. 

If you missed this amazing lecture on Monday evening it's not too late: click here to watch the recording! 

Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years, she obtained a law degree and advocated for residential school survivors for over fourteen years. Good earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia while still practising law and managing her own law firm. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada. Her poetry was included on two lists of the best Canadian poetry in 2016 and 2017. In addition to winning the 2020 Governor General’s Award for fiction, Five Little Indians, her first novel won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the Writers Trust Fiction Prize and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Photo Credit: Candice Camille


ADVENT 2021: Journeying with the Primate’s Fund 

Who is God calling us to be during this season of Advent 2021? 

How do we respond to passages of scripture that call us to “wake up”? 

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund offers us several ways: 

· Subscribe at to receive an email every morning during the season of Advent with meditation and/or a daily reflection within the Advent Resource entitled Thread of Hope. Four clergy representing four dioceses in the Canadian Church offer resources for your daily worship throughout the season of Advent. You may download the entire resource including the meditation guide ahead of time. 

· Respond to the needs of God’s world through World of Gifts. There are various options and ways to give. Choose a project that tweaks your interest: you’ll find lots to choose from at (Incidentally, World of Gifts is the preferred way of giving to the Primate’s Fund in this Diocese.) Please note that there is also an opportunity to respond to the ongoing flood in British Columbia at 

· Donate $25 to receive a package of 20 beautiful PWRDF Christmas cards you may view online. Type in “Christmas cards” at to order online. 

Happy Advent! 

Janet Allingham, Parish representative to the Diocesan PWRDF Working Group


Give - giving made simple

St. Luke's revenue numbers continue to be significantly lower. You have all demonstrated incredible generosity, and have made extra efforts to continue your donations through this pandemic. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and your donations are gratefully received. 

You can donate online through Canada Helps here.

Now is the time
to free the heart,
Let all intentions and worries stop,
Free the joy inside the self,
Awaken to the wonder
of your life.

Open your eyes and see the friends
Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,
Those whose kindness watchful and near,
Encourage you to live everything here.

See the gifts the years have given,
Things your effort could never earn,
The health to enjoy who you want to be
And the mind to mirror mystery.

- John O’ Donahue

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

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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