The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running.
Sunday, December 5th, 2021 The Second Sunday of Advent 10 a.m. Sung Eucharist
Readings: MALACHI 3:1-4; CANTICLE 19 (LUKE 1:68-79); PHILIPPIANS 1:3-11; LUKE 3:1-6A IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings
As noted in recent newsletters, thanks 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.
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 is 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 will be 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.
Redemption is the journey of being reconnected to the light of God within. It is a journey home that takes us through what seems like unknown land. ... Redemption is not the bringing of light to a creation that is essentially dark, but rather the liberating of light from the heart of life.
(John Phillip Newell)
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.
THOSE ON OUR HEARTS
Brad, Ken, Sarah, Laura and family, Donna, Barbara, Heather, Shannon, Maureen; Jennifer; 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.
OUR DIOCESE OF OTTAWA
Shane, our Bishop; The Well, (one of our Diocesan Community Ministries) and for their Executive Director Rachel Robinson.
OUR COMPANION DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Archbishop, The Most Rev. Dr. Hosam Naoum; Redeemer Church, Amman, Jordan.
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; the staff of the Primate’s Office of the Anglican Church of Canada
THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN CANADA
Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod; the national staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Do you need support?
Emerging from the pandemic brings with it many emotions. 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 if you would like to come to St. Luke's during the week: email@example.com or 613-698-6083
Advent and Christmas at St. Luke's
Sunday, December 5th, 2021: The Second Sunday of Advent
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist. Reflecting on the gift of peace. 1:30 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist
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
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.
A Construction Update
Some encouraging news this week: the work continues to run ahead of schedule, and it is looking like we will have access to the "Green Room" space before Christmas!
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.
Many thanks to those who have volunteered, and continue to volunteer each week for the roles of greeter, reader, intercessor and chalice bearer.
Please be in touch wit Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are willing and able to take on one of these important roles, and thank you for sharing in St. Luke's worship!
The deadline for the Christmas edition of The Jubilee is Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Don't wait for the deadline, though! Send submissions to Heather Matchett anytime at email@example.com Chi Rho Berry Fundraiser
Thank you to all the "berry nice people" who picked up berries on a very snowy morning yesterday! Stay tuned for the stawberry pick up date! 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.
I cannot think unless I have been thought,
Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken;
I cannot teach except as I am taught,
Or break the bread except as I am broken.
O Mind behind the mind through which I seek,
O Light within the light by which I see,
O Word beneath the words with which I speak,
O founding, unfound Wisdom, finding me,
O sounding Song whose depth is sounding me,
O Memory of time, reminding me,
My Ground of Being, always grounding me,
My Maker’s bounding line, defining me:
Come, hidden Wisdom, come with all you bring,
Come to me now, disguised as everything.
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.
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!
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Our Diocesan Church
Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 81.
We are all by now aware that Omicron, a new variant of COVID, has arrived in Canada. Beyond that, however, are many questions, a lot of speculation, and a mix of fear and frustration. Around the world, epidemiologists are working hard to learn more about it, but science takes time. Omicron appears to be more transmissible but so far, it’s not known if it is more virulent or able to evade our vaccines. We have decided to wait until more information emerges before changing anything in our pandemic protocols.
However, we do want to let you know you can take extra precautionary measures (such as reducing church capacity) if you feel it’s necessary to take steps beyond those required by the diocese or the province.
If our diocese does decide to re-introduce restrictions—perhaps around social gatherings, physical distancing, or singing—we’ll let you know either in our regular communiqué or in a special edition.
We know your plans are well underway for Advent and Christmas liturgies and special events just as this new variant is emerging. We ask for patience and a measured response as we wait for science to bring us the information we need to celebrate the rites of our church in a safe and joyful way.
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The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
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Sunday, December 5th, 2021
The Second Sunday of Advent
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist
Readings: Malachi 3:1-4; C 19 (Luke 1:68-79); Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset Street West
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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