In order to respond to the Omicron variant and the recent surge in COVID cases, in-person worship remains paused for the time being. Please refer to the most recent COVID Communiqué from our Diocese below.

We are still the community of St. Luke's, and we will gather again in our beloved sanctuary. In the meantime, please do tune in to livestreamed worship at Christ Church Cathedral, share in the pre-recorded Service of the Word for scripture, preaching, prayers and music from St. Luke's, consider participating in Zoom Lectio Divina on Wednesdays, and join the Zoom Coffee Hour at noon on Sundays! 


Baptism of the Lord
Sunday, January 9th, 2022: The Baptism of the Lord
Readings: ISAIAH 43:1-7; PSALM 29; ACTS 8:14-17; LUKE 3:15-17, 21-22
Christ Church Cathedral
10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist (Livestream only)

Click here to watch on YouTube
Click here for the Order of Service

A Service of the Word for The Baptism of the Lord

You are invited to share in this pre-recorded Service of the Word. May it remind you that we are still with each other in spirit as the community of St. Luke's even when we cannot be with each other in-person.

Heartfelt thanks to Anna for singing, to Bob for playing, and to Annabel for reading! 

Watch on YouTube

Order of Service

Would you rather read Rev. Victoria's homily? Click here

Today's Music

Prelude:   Fughetta on ‘How Bright Appears the Morning Star  (Johann Christoph Bach)
Anthem: Prelude on ‘O Saviour Sweet’   (Georg Kauffmann)
Postlude:   Hornpipe  [from Water Music Suite]  (by G. F. Handel)

One of the most famous German hymns for Epiphany is How Bright Appears the Morning Star (CP 622).  J. S. Bach was a first cousin twice removed of Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703). A fughetta is a short fugue. 
If we had had in-person worship the choir’s anthem would have been Bach’s O Saviour Sweet.  Georg Friedrich Kauffmann (1679-1735) was organist at the cathedral in Merseburg and was beat out by J S Bach for St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig in 1723. His Prelude on ‘O Saviour Sweet’  is based on this melody.
With water being an integral part of baptism, 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. Hornpipe, the second movement from the Suite in D, is voiced for trumpets, oboes and strings.


A Virtual Service of the Word with Lectio Divina: Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

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. 


Love’s hidden thread has drawn us to the font,

A wide womb floating on the breath of God,

Feathered with seraph wings, lit with the swift

Lightening of praise, with thunder over-spread,

And under-girded with an unheard song,

Calling through water, fire, darkness, pain,

Calling us to the life for which we long,

Yearning to bring us to our birth again.

Again the breath of God is on the waters

In whose reflecting face our candles shine,

Again he draws from death the sons and daughters

For whom he bid the elements combine.

As living stones around a font today,

Rejoice with those who roll the stone away.

(Malcolm Guite)

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. 

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; 
Parish of South Dundas and their priest The Reverend Mark Lewis; for the lay staff of Ascension House: Heidi Fawcett, Ishita Ghose, Bill Gilbert, Sanjay Grover, Glenn Lockwood, Ringo Morella, Patricia Myles, Kiran Otto, Titilayo Oyefi, Heidi Pizzuto, Sandra Purdy, Safiyah Rochelle, Donna Rourke, Jane Scanlon; for all clergy under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Ottawa.

The Most Rev. Dr. Hosam Naoum;
St. Peter’s Church, Birzeit, West Bank.

Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; Dr. Andrea Mann, Director, and the staff of Global Relations; Ryan Weston, Lead Animator, Public Witness for Social and Ecological Justice

Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod;
 The Assistants to the Bishop and the staff of the Eastern Synod

Instructions for living a life:

Pay attention.

Be astonished.

Tell about it.

(Mary Oliver)

Zoom Coffee Hour: Starting Sunday, January 9th, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.!

Let's connect on Zoom for coffee and a chat as we remember that we are with each other in spirit even though we cannot gather for worship at St. Luke's at the moment. We'll have an opportunity to talk both as one group, and in smaller groups in "breakout rooms". 

Look forward to seeing you Sundays at 12:00 p.m. on Zoom! 

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Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria with questions. 


Epiphany Star Words

In 2019, as part of our Epiphany celebrations at St. Luke's, "Epiphany Star Words" were handed out. Individuals received a word randomly, rather than picking and choosing. The word was offered to reflect on and ponder over the course of the year, and to consider how God might be speaking through it.

"Epiphany Star Words" will be offered again this season of Epiphany. Would you like a word? Email Rev. Victoria ( and she'll send you one! 


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

“We who have seen the light of Christ are obliged, by the greatness of the grace that has been given us, to make known the presence of the Savior to the ends of the earth…not only by preaching the glad tidings of His coming; but above all by revealing Him in our lives…Every day of our mortal lives must be His manifestation, His divine Epiphany, in the world which He has created & redeemed.”

(Thomas Merton)

Our Community


For Equilibrium, a Blessing:

Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.”

(John O'Donahue)

Our Diocese

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 85.
Ontario and Quebec have both introduced new restrictions to slow the spread of Omicron and try to deflect its pressure on hospitals. For parishes, as well as diocesan staff at Ascension House (formerly Roper House, still at 71 Bronson Avenue), this means restrictions on meetings and access to church buildings.
Both provinces require people to work from home unless their duties require them to be on site (we have updated the modified Red stage protocols to show this change. You can read them here). This means employees and volunteers can enter church buildings only for reasons such as: 
          -checking the property twice a week
          -doing necessary repairs and regular cleaning
          -attending to donations, mail, deliveries 
          -practising on organs (or other instruments) not available at home
          -rehearsing singers for the next service
          -recording online services
          -preparing the worship space for online services
Until further notice, all meetings must be held online or by phone including: corporation, parish council, committees, worship and all parish ministries, and vestries.
Omicron’s rapid spread makes it essential for clergy and others involved in preparing online services to have back-up plans in case illness makes it impossible for services to be produced. Decide ahead of time which online services you will direct your parishioners to if that happens—providing links to another church in your deanery as well as the Cathedral would be a good option. You might also want to consider collaborating with another parish on preparing services, to reduce the number of people involved.
This next stage in our journey through COVID will take patience and fortitude, but we move ahead knowing that God is always with us. If you have questions about new protocols, or anything else COVID-related, 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

“The Church as Commons: A Theological Case for Affordable Housing”.  

“The Church as Commons: A Theological Case for Affordable Housing”.

Monday, January 17th at 7:30 pm

In honour of the 125th Anniversary, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is hosting a free lecture series. This secone lecture of the series will feature The Rev. Dr. Jason McKinney, and will focus on affordable housing.
CLICK HERE to register
Our National Church
The Anglican Church Welcomes You

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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.

Are you wondering about your offering envelopes? Please be in touch with Lynn Jones:

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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