Rev. Victoria's Office Hours on Zoom

Rev. Victoria continues to hold regular office hours on Wednesday afternoons. She will be on Zoom from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, and you are invited to drop in to Zoom to connect any time during that hour. You may see other St. Luke's friends when you join! Click here to drop in to Zoom any time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

She will also be available by phone or Zoom from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. if you would like to book an appointment for one-on-one conversation. Please email her by Tuesday each week to book your time.

If Wednesdays aren't convenient for you, just email Rev. Victoria to find another time to connect.

These are difficult days, but we can get through this together!

The deadline for the Summer edition of The Jubilee is tomorrow
Sunday, May 16th, 2021. Please send submissions to Heather Matchett at

Virtual Gathering 

Wednesdays 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.

The St. Luke's Order of Good Cheer

We all need some fun and socializing, and with that in mind, Corporation has an idea for you to consider. Would you like to meet (virtually) once a week over a meal and have a visit? The meal could be ordered from the same restaurant or I can provide a suggested menu and recipes, or we could take turns leaving packages of food on people's porches if we were comfortable with that.  We could have a little wine and conversation as we dined. We could support restaurants in the parish. Mostly,  we could be together in the best way we can for now, and have a lavish banquet together when everything opens.  It could be known as The St. Luke's Order of Good Cheer, modelled on the one created by Samuel de Champlain many years ago.  Please let us know if you'd be interested and which evening might suit you best.  You can reply to me at
Let's help each other through the next few months.         

Sarah Whitehead


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.
Heartfelt thanks to Janice Falls, one of the Poetry Bards who offers poetry walks and dives in collaboration with St. Luke's, for sharing on poetry and grief.

Coming up:

May 20 2:30:  Brian Hobbs on living life as a gay man... a good sharing to prepare us to open a wider welcome to LGBTTQ seniors at St. Luke's
May 27 2:30 Bob Jones on his journey with music.

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming Story Times.  

Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright

An Introduction to Centering Prayer 

Do you seek the still, quiet voice of God?
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, and closer than thinking.

Sessions will be given by Susan Kehoe, Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Eastern Ontario/West Québec (, and Rev Mary Ellen Berry, Parish of Mississippi Lake.
To register, contact Mary Ellen at by May 16th.
For more information, contact Susan Kehoe at or (613) 725-9878.


Christ Church Cathedral - Partnering with St. Luke's: LIve-Streamed Services

On the Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa YouTube channel

Sunday, May 16th, 2021
The Seventh Sunday of Easter/Jerusalem

Readings: ACTS 1:15-17, 21-26; PSALM 1
1 JOHN 5:9-13; JOHN 17:6-19

8:30am Holy Eucharist

Celebrant The Reverend Victoria Scott
Preacher Canon Doug Richards
Reader Canon Doug Richards

Order of Service for 830 Sunday May 16th 2021

10:30am Sung Eucharist

Celebrant Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Preacher Canon Doug Richards
Reader The Reverend Victoria Scott

Order of Service for 1030 Sunday May 16th 2021

In response to the ongoing stay-at-home order, only clergy and Cathedral music staff will be present for the live-streamed services. 

Information about all live-streamed services is posted on the Events page of the CCCO website at

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 Seventh Sunday of Easter

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  All Glory be to God on High  (J. S. Bach)
Hymn 247:  Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
Postlude: Today the Son of God Triumphs  (J. S. Bach)
J. S. Bach’s Leipzig Chorales is a collection of 18 chorale preludes written during the last decade of his life. The collection includes three preludes based on the chorale All Glory be to God on High: two in the style of a trio and this one with the melody treated in a very ornamented style, heard in the right hand. (The chorale was based on a plainsong Gloria in excelsis from 1524 and adapted by Nicolaus Decius in 1539.)

The hymn text Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise was written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788) for his Sacred Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739) and it originally consisted of 10 verses.  Ascension provided Wesley with a subject of ecstasy, for it represented to him the triumph of the risen Lord.
William Henry Monk (1823-1889) is best known for his music editing of Hymns Ancient & Modern (1861, 1868, 1875, and 1889 editions). He composed over fifty hymn tunes including Eventide (Abide with Me) and All Things Bright (All Things Bright and Beautiful) which are in our hymn book.  He composed Ascension for today’s hymn text, and it appeared in the first edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern.
Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book) is a collection of 46 chorale preludes for the liturgical year, probably composed when he was at Weimar (1708-17). Today the Son of God Triumphs  is his chorale prelude appointed for Ascension Day. The chorale was first published in 1601. Bach’s setting consists of 4 voices, with the melody heard in the top voice.


(Albrecht Dürer, The Ascension, 1612) 

Ascension Day is 40 days after Easter, when we remember Jesus withdrawing from the disciples and "...being carried up into heaven." (Luke 24:51, NRSV). This year, that was Thursday, May 13th, 2021. In recent years at St. Luke's we have observed Ascension Sunday the Sunday after Ascension Day. 

At the 2013 Joint Assembly, General Synod passed a resolution to “observe the Seventh Sunday of Easter, commonly known as the Sunday after Ascension Day, as Jerusalem Sunday.” For 2021, the theme for Jerusalem Sunday is The Materiality of Our Faith. Click here for more information and for various Jerusalem Sunday resources.


A Sonnet for Ascension Day

We saw his light break through the cloud of glory
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place
As earth became a part of Heaven’s story
And heaven opened to his human face.
We saw him go and yet we were not parted
He took us with him to the heart of things
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted
Is whole and Heaven-centred now, and sings,
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,
Whilst we our selves become his clouds of witness
And sing the waning darkness into light,
His light in us, and ours in him concealed,
Which all creation waits to see revealed.

(Malcolm Guite)


Our Parish
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

Those on Our Hearts
Brad, Inez, Ken, Sarah, Liz; Lyton; Laura and family; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

Our Diocese of Ottawa
Shane, our Bishop; St. Bede’s Nolan’s Corners, The Venerable Brian Kauk, The Reverend Canon Mary Ellen Berry; all custodial staff serving within the parishes and ministries of our diocese; vocations to the diaconate, priesthood, and religious life.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem and The Middle East
Archbishop Hosam Naoum; St. Peter’s Church, Birzeit, West Bank.

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda our Primate, Anne our Metropolitan; Bishop Michael Oulton, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Ontario.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Bishop Michael Pryse; Bishop Syd Haugen, the people and rostered ministers of the Saskatchewan Synod.
Give - giving made simple

As noted in previous weeks, St. Luke's revenue numbers were significantly lower in January and February 2021. You have all demonstrated incredible generosity, and have made extra efforts to continue your donations through this pandemic. These pandemic days are continuing far longer than we had hoped and anticipated. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and your donations are gratefully received. 

You can donate online through Canada Helps

I have refused to live
locked in the orderly house of
     reasons and proofs.
The world I live in and believe in
is wider than that. And anyway,
     what’s wrong with Maybe?

You wouldn’t believe what once or
twice I have seen. I’ll just
     tell you this:
only if there are angels in your head will you
     ever, possibly, see one.

(Mary Oliver)

The best way to help us all get back together: please get vaccinated! 

It has been a long time since we have been able to gather, even with restrictions, to worship in-person. As the situation continues, we see the first signs of nice weather and the promise of spring. When will we be able to reopen?

Although none of us have the answer to this question, we can all support and encourage friends, family and everyone in our congregation who is worn down after long months of uncertainty and stress, to get vaccinated — it is remarkable how a few drops of vaccine bring an immediate release of stress. 

Thank you to those who have already received one, and for some two, doses of the vaccine. As we continue to build our collective defenses, the love, commitment and resilience of St. Luke's will bring us back together.

Showers/Washrooms/Laundry Project Update

As mentioned last week, St. Luke's Table has moved back into the basement and the new showers, washrooms and laundry facilities are in steady use! Rev. Victoria continues to hear expressions of appreciation. One individual shared that this is the first time in years that he has had clean clothes. 

St. Luke's Table is taking care of cleaning the sanctuary space, including the floor. Their expert team has done a wonderful job!

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and is now open 7 days a week with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

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

During the pandemic, Centre 454, The Well and St Luke's Table have continued to support folks in need following Ottawa Public Health

Now more than ever, many folks are battling isolation and barriers. With
growing demand in the last year, our services and hours have expanded to
meet the need of folks utilizing our day programs, such as showers,
laundry and meals to name a few.  

Donations are needed, including:

Shampoo/Conditioner - travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Disposable razors
M/W underwear - med/large
M/W socks
Body wash- travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Mini packs of tissue
Lip balm

Due to these exceptional times, we are respectfully asking for new items

All donations should be dropped of at: 

The Well 
154 Somerset St. West
Entrance on Somerset St.: please ring doorbell.  
Hours of operation for drop off: 
Mon-Fri 8am-3pm 

Soul Space

Soul Space is a collective of community members and communities of faith who aim to attend to the spiritual care needs of street health workers (frontline workers who care for people experiencing homelessness, addictions and mental health challenges) in Ottawa. An ongoing lack of public funding for housing and food security, the opioid epidemic and now the COVID-19 pandemic, makes street health workers at risk of experiencing burn-out, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Rev. Victoria is very glad to be a Soul Space Support Provider. Please read more about Soul Space here. When we are able to gather in our beloved building again, St. Luke's will be offered as a Soul Space, and a sanctuary for all. 
Our Diocese

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 52. This week makes it one year since the first COVID Communiqué was published: safe to say, like so many things this past year, no one could have predicted when it started where we would be a year later. On the one hand, we thought vaccines were 18 months away; on the other, no one was talking about third waves and variants.
However, though the country as a whole is still struggling with a vicious third wave, close to home things are starting to look up. Tuesday, Quebec announced a lightening of restrictions in the Gatineau, Pontiac, and the MRC des Collines, which will all move from special emergency measures to red zone restrictions. The change will not have an immediate impact on our parishes — we remain closed under the diocesan Red stage protocols — but it will make day-to-day life easier for our Quebec-based parishioners, clergy, and staff.

The Ontario government is expected to announce an extension of the lockdown this week, likely for at least two weeks. Case numbers are improving, but are not yet down to a level to start opening up. However, vaccines are arriving in record numbers and are getting into arms. On top of which, the forecast is promising some long overdue warmer weather for both sides of the Ottawa River: a bit of sunshine and warmth should go a long way toward lifting hearts and hopes.

If there’s anything we can help you with, please contact the helpdesk:

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is pleased to present the 38th Annual Bishop’s Gala & Silent Auction virtually in 2021!

This event will be raising funds for two initiatives serving vulnerable children and their families in Africa and the Middle East:

All Mothers and Children Count is a comprehensive health, food security, and nutrition program in rural Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Mozambique undertaken by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund in partnerships with local agencies in each country. This initiative addresses a high rate of malnutrition among children (94%) and enables the distribution of food programs to HIV-positive women, pregnant and lactating women, and malnourished children. A Covid-19 Extension Fund is now in place to ensure that effective PPE and medical support are available for medical staff serving the mothers and children. Of significant interest is that Global Affairs Canada will be matching donations 6:1 until the end of June! 

Virtual Therapy for Disabled Children is an urgently needed service of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center – a ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem that serves disabled Palestinian children who live in the West Bank, most of whom are Muslim. The Center is the only treatment option for these children, but poverty, conflict, and travel restrictions make it very difficult to get to Jerusalem. The Center’s virtual care model of therapy enables 150 children and their families to receive assistance from a multi-disciplinary team. The cost of providing this service to one child is $1,600 a month.

Tickets are on sale here: until May 2nd or they sell out – only 200 available (already over 25% sold out). Tickets are $75 each (plus service fees). The purchase of your ticket includes a swag bag hand-delivered to your home (within the diocesan boundaries) and early access to our silent auction! The show will be streamed live on Facebook & YouTube; links will be emailed out to all ticket holders and donors prior to the event. 

*You do not need to purchase a ticket to watch the show.


here for the latest Diocesan Crosstalk.

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PWRDF Accepting Donations for India

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And then Jesus' time on earth was done.
He was born,
rose again,
fulfilled the prophecies
and then He ascended into Heaven.
Finally the disciples truly understood;
This time the disciples celebrated.
Finally the disciples knew;
They knew they had to tell the world about Jesus.
Finally the disciples knew they'd never be alone;
They knew the Holy Spirit was going to come down to earth to be with them.
The disciples knew they'd never be alone again.
We know we are never alone.
Do you know you never need be alone ever again?
This is our faith!
This is our truth!
We are never alone!

(Emma Major)


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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