Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.

(Rainer Maria Rilke)

Sunday, December 19th, 2021
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist


MICAH 5:2-5A; CANTICLE 18 (LUKE 1:47-55) OR PSALM 80:1-7; HEBREWS 10:5-10; LUKE 1:39-45 (46-55)

As per the message sent last night, we will gather this morning. Please remember that proof of double vaccination is required. We will observed distancing, and remain masked at all times except when receiving Communion, which will be administered in one kind (bread only). Congregational singing will not be permitted, and we are especially grateful to have the gift of music from the choir today. We won't stay after the service for social time. These are difficult days, but we will get through this together! 

The 1:30 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist is CANCELLED.


A Service of the Word

This Service of the Word for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is offered for those setting apart a time of prayer on a Sunday morning, or any time during the week.

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

(William Butler Yeats)

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. 

Brad, Ken, Sarah, Laura and family, Donna, Barbara, Heather, Shannon, Maureen, Lawson (father of Rick); all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; our Indigenous sisters and brothers; our LGBTQ2+ sisters and brothers; all those on our hearts.

Shane, our Bishop;  
for the staff of the Diocesan Office: The Venerable Linda Hill, The Reverend Canon Dr. Peter John Hobbs, Sanjay Grover, Ringo Morella, Jane Scanlon, Heidi Fawcett, Ishita Ghose, Bill Gilbert, Glenn Lockwood, Patricia Myles, Titalayo Oyefi, Heidi Pizzuto, Sandra Purdy, Safiyah Rochelle.

The Most Rev. Dr. Hosam NaoumRedeemer Church, Amman, Jordan.

Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; The Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, Director, and the staff of Faith, Worship, and Ministry; Sheilagh McGlynn, Youth Ministries Animator; the Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman, Animator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.

Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod; 
The Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the National Bishop, Justice and Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations; Gretchen Peterson, Assistant to the National Bishop, Youth and Leadership.


Do you need support?

These are difficult days. We need to be gentle with ourselves and our souls. You are welcome to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you would like to check in, have a conversation, or be prayed with. Please also be in touch if you would like Rev. Victoria to bring Communion to you. or 613-698-6083

Advent and Christmas at St. Luke's 

As indicated above, we will gather for our 10 a.m. Eucharist to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, with increased restrictions and safety measures.

While we will not be able to gather for our Christmas services, we are still a people of the Incarnation. God is with us, especially in these pandemic days, and while we cannot be with each other in our beloved sanctuary, we are still with each other in spirit, as the community of St. Luke's. Know that I am holding each of you in my heart and surrounding you all with love and prayers. 

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions, and I will keep in touch as things continue to unfold. 

- Victoria+


St. Luke's Parking Garage
 There have been some recent changes with parking garage adjacent to St. Luke’s (above ground, but under Serson-Clarke apartments). The City is no longer leasing the lot, and St. Luke’s has just entered into an agreement to rent 16 spaces to St. Vincent’s Hospital staff. This is good news indeed for the parish. The rental of the spaces is for Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., meaning that parishioners have (free) access to the spaces on Saturdays and Sundays! Please see Rev. Victoria with any questions. 
Construction Update
The work continues to run ahead of schedule, and the most recent word indicates that upstairs will be complete on Wednesday this week! In the meantime, we are able to access the single washroom in the basement that is located in the hallway by the elevator. Elevator access remains uninterrupted.
Volunteers Needed
Many thanks to Margaret Capelazo for taking over organizing the roster of greeters, readers, intercessors and chalice bearers! Thank you to those who have volunteered, and continue to volunteer each week for the roles of greeter, reader, intercessor and chalice bearer. While the next time we will gather for in person worship is unknown at this time, if you are willing and able to take on one of these roles, please be in touch with Margaret at
Gift Cards for St. Luke’s Table
 Thank you to all those who contributed gift cards for St. Luke’s Table participants. St. Luke’s Table offered Christmas dinner on Friday afternoon, and the gift cards were gratefully received. If you still have gift cards to contribute, please give them to Rev. Victoria. They will be put to good use, and will brighten the days of those who come in to St. Luke’s on a Sunday morning!
Christmas Memorial Flowers

As we are not gathering for Christmas, we will not be able to have Christmas Memorial flowers in our beloved sanctuary for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year, but please know that we will have special flowers when we are able to gather again.



A fold of Heaven’s curtain swung aside
Splitting the blackness of the winter’s night,
Blown by the breath of God it opens wide;
I saw the holy ones in companies
Led by archangels armoured for the fight;
I heard the shrill eternal symphonies.

I did not thrust my sorrow-twisted face
Amongst the splendours of the heavenly town
Nor walk misshapen with the forms of grace
Girded for battle in celestial wars;
And yet, my God, an angel has come down
And crowned me with the glory of the stars.

(Geraldine Plunkett Dillon)

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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


You bore for me the One who came to bless

And bear for all and make the broken whole.

You heard His call and in your open ‘yes’

You spoke aloud for every living soul.

Oh gracious Lady, child of your own child,

Whose mother-love still calls the child in me,

Call me again, for I am lost, and  wild

Waves suround me now. On this dark sea

Shine as a star and call me to the shore.

Open the door that all my sins would close

And hold me in your garden. Let me share

The prayer that folds the petals of the Rose.

Enfold me too in Love’s last mystery

And bring me to the One you bore for me.

(Malcolm Guite)

Community News

Click here for news from St. Luke's Table.

St. Luke's Table is working tirelessly to meet profound need in and around the corner of Somerset and Bell Streets. Please keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers. 

St. Luke's Table has adjusted its hours so that the program is open and operating while we are worshipping on Sunday morning. This will be a great help and support for anyone looking for St. Luke's Table services on a Sunday morning!

Follow this link to check out news in the St. Luke's neighbourhood, brought to you by the Ottawa Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Click here for news from Somerset West Community Health Centre. 
Our Diocesan Church

Special COVID Communiqué

Hello and welcome to a special COVID Communiqué. 
We said in our last Communiqué that with COVID, everything can change, often on short notice. To no one’s surprise, that’s happened: Omicron is spreading exponentially and hard as it is to say, churches within the City of Ottawa will return to modified Red protocols as of Monday, December 20. The entire diocese will move to modified Red as of noon on Christmas Day. (You’ll find a list of newly modified Red protocols below. More details will follow in Wednesday’s Communiqué).
Any church in our diocese can decide to cancel in-person services immediately. You know your parish’s context best, and must do what’s right for your people. However, if you decide to keep your church open for in-person worship until Red protocols come into full force (Monday, December 20 for City of Ottawa, and noon on Christmas Day for the remainder of our diocese), you must take these extra steps to keep people as safe as possible:
  • No congregational singing is allowed. 
  • Reintroduce physical distancing of two metres in all directions between people not in the same household bubble. Capacity cannot exceed 50 percent.
  • All safety measures must be carefully observed: people must wear well-fitting masks, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distance at all times, and leave the church directly when the service is done. 
  • Sharing the Eucharist is still permitted but people must maintain physical distancing while approaching and leaving the sanctuary and wear masks except while taking communion.
  • Staff should be encouraged to work from home whenever possible.
Everyone will already be wondering what’s going to happen, so please get the word about these changes out as fast as possible, before Sunday if you can. Post the news on your website and social media, send an email, put something on your outdoor sign, phone people if necessary. 
This sudden change in plans may make it difficult for parishes to provide online worship on Christmas Eve. It may help you to know that Wednesday’s Communiqué will provide details about an online Christmas Eve choral liturgy from Christ Church Cathedral at which Bishop Shane Parker will give a pastoral message, and Dean Beth Bretzlaff will preach. 
Meanwhile, here’s a quick list of Revised Red protocols:
  • Everyone involved in services must be double vaccinated.
  • Eucharist is permitted in both kinds.
  • Up to 25 participants (only people with active roles)—including choirs and musicians.
  • Singers, musicians and choirs must be distanced and masked.
  • If there is more than one person in the space, all persons must be masked—if live-streaming or recording alone you are allowed to take off your mask.
  • Staff shall work from home where possible.
  • No social times or sharing of food.
  • Weddings and funerals can proceed with permission from the COVID Help Desk.
The rapid rise of the Omicron variant has created uncertainty and fear, and people are exhausted, frustrated, and sad that we cannot have the Christmas we had all been counting on. Let’s do everything we can to keep everyone safe, give comfort and reassurance, and let the Christmas message of God’s great love reach through and bring joy to us all. 
If you have questions about these changes, please send them to us at:
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 General of Community Ministries
Jane Scanlon, Director of Communications & Stewardship Development
Ringo Morella, 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


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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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