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Sunday, March 14th, 2021
The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-1

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

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Celebrant   Canon Doug Richards
Gospeller and Preacher Canon Hilary Murray
Assistant  Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Readers  Jane Coutts; Brian Hobbs
Cantors  Reggie Lo, Justin Sidaros 
Organist James Calkin

Latest provincial and Diocesan direction means that we can have 10 people in attendance for livestreaming. It is good to be able to include one reader from the Cathedral, and one from St. Luke's!

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 Fourth Sunday in Lent
Pausing for Prayer: A Weekday Liturgy of the Word

Take a moment during the day to pause, pray and reflect as you journey through Lent. These services will be posted each week during Lent and will be offered in the same format as we presented at the beginning of the pandemic. The Order of Service will be posted with links to audio files.

As an online resource, you may choose to make them part of your weekly Lenten routine at a time that is most appropriate for you. Rev. Victoria was glad to collaborate with Dean Beth Bretzlaff in preparing this liturgy. We hope you will enjoy these offerings and take comfort in these gifts.

CLICK HERE to connect with Pausing for Prayer

Rev. Victoria's Homily on YouTube

If you missed Rev. Victoria's homily last Sunday, you can watch and listen here.

Would you rather read it? Click here


A Virtual Musical Offering

Voluntary:  Concerto in B Minor (by Joseph Meck; transcribed for organ by Johann Gottfried Walther)
i)  Allegro
ii)  Adagio
iii)  Allegro

Hymn 371:  To God Be the Glory

Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748), a second cousin of J. S. Bach, was organist at the City Church in Weimar from 1708 until his death in 1748. (Bach worked as court organist and Konzertmeister in Weimar from 1708 to 1717.)  Although Walther composed several chorale preludes for organ, he was also well known for transcribing for the organ instrumental concertos by Italian and German composers. The idea of transcribing probably came from Johann Ernst, Prince of Saxe-Weimar. He was the second son of Johann Ernst IX of the Ernestine branch of the Saxon house of Wettin. He received violin lessons from Eilenstein, one of the court musicians, and keyboard lessons from Walther. In 1711 Johann Ernst left for the Netherlands to further his education. In Amsterdam he heard Jan Jacob de Graaf, organist of the Nieuwe Kerk. He used to play Italian solo concertos in his own adaptations for the organ. This made such an impression on the young prince that he started to collect Italian concertos. After his return to Weimar he started to compose concertos in that style and asked Walther and Bach to make arrangements for organ or harpsichord.
Fourteen of the 78 transcriptions from Walther's pen have survived. The names of Italian composers, such as Vivaldi and Albinoni, figure prominently in the transcriptions of both Bach and Walther. He transcribed two concertos by Telemann, and that there are also some little-known names in his transcriptions: Giovanni Gregori, Luigi Mancia, Giorgio Gentili, Giulio Taglietti and Joseph Meck.  Meck (1690-1758) was a German conductor, composer and violin virtuoso of the Prince-Bishop of Eichstätt.
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Fanny Crosby (1820–1915) was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. She was a prolific hymnist, writing more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs, with more than 100 million copies printed. She is also known for her teaching and her rescue mission work. Crosby was known as the "Queen of Gospel Song Writers" and as the "Mother of modern congregational singing in America", with most American hymnals containing her work.  Her gospel songs were "paradigmatic of all revival music", and Ira Sankey attributed the success of the Moody and Sankey evangelical campaigns largely to Crosby's hymns. Because of its use in the Billy Graham Crusades beginning in 1954, To God Be the Glory gained great popularity in Britain and Australia as well as in the United States.  Today’s gospel passage includes one of the most popular verses in the bible (John 3:16) and this hymn text, which paraphrases this reading, has become a favourite at St. Luke’s.
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.; Ron; Kathleen; Liz Demelo (long-time Community Ministries staff member); Charles (brother of Dianne Parsonage); all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop; St. Paul’s, Almonte and their priest The Reverend Jonathon Kouri. 

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
  Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop; St. Paul’s Church, Shefa’Amr, Israel. 

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; The Right Reverend Bruce Myers, Bishop, and the people and clergy of the Diocese of Quebec.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; Bishop Jason Zinko, the people and rostered ministers of the Manitoba- Northwestern Ontario Synod. 
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


The deadline for the next Jubilee is
Sunday, March 21st, 2021

Thanks to all who provided articles, pictures, cartoons and chuckles for the Christmas edition of Jubilee.

Perhaps you would like to write an article about the year that was (2020) and how it affected you and/or your family for inclusion in the Easter edition of Jubilee.

Please send all submissions to Heather Matchett at

Many thanks!


Virtual Gathering 

11 a.m.

All are welcome at this Service of the Word with Lectio divina

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service.

St. Luke's Storytelling and Social Time
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom

You're invited to drop in to St. Luke's Story Time

On zoom
Meeting ID: 844 6491 9588
Passcode: 589593

It's a great place to enjoy deepening friendships with one another through a focused conversation on a topic shared by one of our own.  Many thanks to Rachel Robinson for speaking about St. Luke's Table this past Thursday. 

Coming up: 

Thursday March 18:  Susan Perry (from St. Thomas the Apostle) about her journey with Katie (who often serves as altar server when we are able to gather in person)

Hope you will join.

Anne Wright and Helen Cathcart

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!

Returning To In-Person Worship

Many thanks to those who have already responded to the survey that was circulated earlier in the week. If you've not yet read that communication and responded, you can do that here. Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria or one of the wardens with questions.

A Prayer to Mark One Year of the Pandemic

Good shepherd, thank you for walking with us through this valley of the shadow of death: through the suffering, the anxiety, the loneliness, the boredom, the longing for closeness and the longing for personal space, the confusion and fear, the impatience and hope, the good days and the bad.

Forgive us for our suspicions of each other, the ways this ordeal has made us more divided, as a country and a world. Help us bridge our differences and come together — even as we are physically distant.

Thank you for all the ways, large and small, that this ordeal has strengthened us as a community: the acts of kindness, the new ways of doing things, the support we’ve offered and received.

Forgive us for the inequities this pandemic has exposed. Kindle in our hearts a new commitment to justice as we build and rebuild our community together. Keep us ever mindful of those most in need.

We pray especially for those of us who have lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost hope.

Let us be good company, even from afar; good neighbors; and good friends.

We pray especially for those on the front lines of the pandemic, for all who are in harm’s way.

Gentle God, we ask that you continue to keep watch with those who work, or watch, or weep this day. Walk with those whose bodies are holding memories of sickness, of trauma, of pain, of confusion, of chaos, of isolation.

Give your angels charge over those who still cannot sleep because of anxiety or grief.

Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; all for your love's sake.

God of life and hope, lift our spirits as we dare to look ahead, dare to hope and dream about the new world to come. Strengthen our efforts, deepen our wisdom, so we might hasten that day.

And until that day, keep our eyes and hearts open to the signs of hope and life all around us.

For new ways to connect with each other, we give you thanks and praise!

For teachers and nurses and doctors and agricultural workers and grocery clerks and small business owners and frontline workers of all kinds, we give you thanks and praise!

For the beautiful hope of being together again in person one day, lifting our voices in song, passing the peace, sharing cups of coffee, being able to hug one another again — for that day that is surely coming, we give you thanks and praise!

For the ways in which our eyes have been opened by this ordeal, for the ways in which our hearts have been broken and put back together differently, softer and more attuned to the needs of the most vulnerable, we give you thanks and praise!

For all of these things and more, gentle God, we give you thanks and praise in the name of Jesus,

our crucified and risen Jesus,


Our Community

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and remains open 6 days a week with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

Vaccines are now being those who are homeless and precariously housed, as well as those who are struggling with addiction. Staff will soon receive their vaccines too.

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

Our Diocese

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 43. Back in February, when the post-Christmas lockdown lifted in Ontario, what that would mean for Lent, Holy Week and Easter was top of mind. Taking into account stern advice from public health experts, and Bishop Shane’s concern not to have us move out of our Red stage precautions too quickly if that would mean we had to go back into them in short order — we cautioned that any plans would have to be tentative. 
That’s still the case. Two weeks ago, we said we hoped to announce on March 17 whether churches could be open on Palm Sunday and through Holy Week. Regretfully, we now must postpone that decision until March 24 — it is still too soon to say. Vaccinations are moving ahead, which is news to be thankful for; but the scope and impact of the variants remain unknown and potentially volatile. 
Waiting until March 24 does not give you the time we would all like to prepare, but it does let us hold out hope for more certainty when the decision is made. Some churches have already decided not to open, and are preparing for alternative forms of worship; others are planning both Red and Amber liturgies so they will be ready in either case. Each of you, as ever, knows what is best for your congregation.
We have all struggled much and learned much in this past year; whether we can meet in person at Easter or not, the joy of the Resurrection and the promise of spring will be there to give us renewed strength and hope in our ongoing pandemic journey.
If you have any questions about preparing for Holy Week or other issues, please contact the COVID-19 help desk:
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 Diocese has a new newsletter. Click here to read the first issue!

Light breaks where no sun shines;
Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart
Push in their tides;
And, broken ghosts with glow-worms in their heads,
The things of light
File through the flesh where no flesh decks the bones.
A candle in the thighs
Warms youth and seed and burns the seeds of age;
Where no seed stirs,
The fruit of man unwrinkles in the stars,
Bright as a fig;
Where no wax is, the candle shows its hairs.
Dawn breaks behind the eyes;
From poles of skull and toe the windy blood
Slides like a sea;
Nor fenced, nor staked, the gushers of the sky
Spout to the rod Divining in a smile the oil of tears.
Night in the sockets rounds,
Like some pitch moon, the limit of the globes;
Day lights the bone;
Where no cold is, the skinning gales unpin
The winter’s robes;
The film of spring is hanging from the lids.
Light breaks on secret lots,
On tips of thought where thoughts smell in the rain;
When logics die,
The secret of the soil grows through the eye,
And blood jumps in the sun;
Above the waste allotments the dawn halts.

(Dylan Thomas)
Our National Church
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Click here for the latest news from our National Church


Creation Care: Climate Action

This great resource, started on Ash Wednesday with 
weekly themes, stories about PWRDF and 40 prayers for the Earth. 

It may be downloaded all at once, or as a daily message via email. 

Here' s how to subscribe:

God of infinite compassion and mercy,
Our hearts are overflowing with a flood of emotions from the past year,
Fear and sorrow and grief — endurance, relief, and hope,
For the families of all who have died, who have been unable yet to mourn,
    we ask your comfort
For health care workers persevering in the battle with the
    we ask your strength and courage,
For government and public health leaders
    we ask your wisdom
For all facing the relentless uncertainties that continue
    we ask your endurance and peace,
We give thanks
    for the resilience discovered within us,
We give thanks
    for all who continue to work to protect and care for us
We give thanks
    for your unending love and compassion in our midst at all times.
As we face the year ahead
    fill our hearts with that same love and compassion for our world and its needs. 
For in you we find all that is needed — for whatever lies ahead. Amen.

(A prayer from Primate Linda Nicholls on the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic declaration)
Additional Information and Resources

Compline during Lent

Compline during Lent

Christ Church Cathedral will offer an online version of Compline during Lent, continuing next Friday, March 5th at 9 pm with Canon Doug Richards and Andrew McAnerney. This weekly offering will be available on our YouTube channel (click on the button below at the time of the service) and will continue to March 26th.

CLICK HERE to join Compline


Welcome to “Strange New World,” a show about understanding the Bible, the world’s most influential, misunderstood book — a podcast tailor-made for skeptics, believers, and everybody in between.

Find out more about SNW here.

The Easter story is full of big, bold reversals - but there’s one in particular that’s hidden under the skin of the story, and it just might be the most subversive of them all. Check out episode four of our new seven-part series, “Understanding Easter.” (And here’s episode one, here’s two, and here’s three!)


Spiritual Disciplines - A Lenten Study

Join Canon Doug Richards for a series of weekly podcasts, daily scripture readings, and a few ‘digging deeper questions’ to look at the what the discipline is, some scriptural foundations, and some practical ways to live into the discipline.

Each session is offered as a podcast. CLICK HERE to access podcasts - now available.


In case you missed these resources in the Ash Wednesday newsletter....

Lent in Lockdown: Feed the Soul

Lent in lockdown? Where to start? Maggi Dawn offers ideas on 2021 Lent. Find encouragement, inspiration and ideas to pass on here.


Lenten Micropractices

Lent is a 40 day season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus. We mark this time as different through our actions. The days are
counted from Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Easter. Sundays are not counted in Lent’s 40 days.

Click here for a booklet with a new practice to guide you each day on your journey. Some practices can be done on the spot, some during the day, and others will take some time and/or preparation. Click here for a Lenten Micropractices calendar.

Practicing Lent

Click here for six weekly Lenten practices, each designed to deepen your journey through these 40 days of lengthening light. 

Next Week:
March 21st, 2021 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 

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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