Sunday, December 6th, 2020
The Second Sunday of Advent

Readings: ISAIAH 40:1-11; PSALM 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 PETER 3:8-15A; MARK 1:1-8


In-Person Worship: Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

We have carefully mapped out appropriately distanced seating, and while we are allowed to have 50 people for in-person worship, St. Luke's can safely seat 35-40, depending on how those are registered are "bubbled".

At the time of writing this newsletter, we have 20 registered, so there are still spaces available. You may register by filling out this
form. Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you have questions.

A Service of the Word

Click here for a service of the word, including this week's readings and a written reflection by Rev. Victoria. It is offered for those setting apart a time of prayer at home on a Sunday morning. Remember that those gathering at St. Luke’s for in-person worship are holding those at home in our hearts.


Today's Music
Prelude: Two settings of  ‘Saviour of the Nations, Come’ (Buxtehude and Bach)
Offertory hymn: There’s a Voice in the Wilderness
Postlude:  O Thou, of God the Father (Bach)
As mentioned last week, perhaps Germany’s most famous hymn tune for Advent is Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland.  Today’s prelude features two similar settings: by Dieterich Buxtehude (organist at St. Mary’s Church in Lübeck and a mentor to the young Bach) and by Bach. Both treat the melody in a very ornamented fashion, in the soprano voice, with interludes between each phrase. During the interlude between the 3rd and 4th phrase, Buxtehude injects the first phrase of the melody into the pedal voice.  Bach’s setting, BWV 659, is much more ornate.
Bach’s Orgelbüchlein is a collection of 46 preludes for the liturgical year, of which the first four are for Advent.  Today’s postlude is the third chorale prelude. The melody is in the top voice.


Sunday's Bulletin

Click here for a copy of Sunday's bulletin for in-person worship.


Here is a list of virtual services in the Diocese of Ottawa

Travel virtually to share prayer and worship experiences across Canada and around the world!

During this time of physical isolation, take the opportunity to visit other places and share in daily and weekly prayers and reflections



A Liturgy of the Word with Lectio divina

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom

Please note that we will continue to meet on Zoom on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future. Please check this space each week for updates and additional information.

You'll find the Zoom link and order of service in Tuesday's newsletter this week.


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; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

We continue to hold Bryan Wannop in prayer as he remains in hospital. You're invited to email thoughts and prayers for Bryan to Anne Wright (, who is putting together a card for him.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop; Cornerstone/Le Pilier, and their staff; the residents, staff, and Chaplains of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre; and all vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; the staff of the Primate’s Office of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
Susan, Presiding Bishop; the national staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Give - giving made simple

The generosity of all of you who have made the extra effort required at this time to continue your financial support is appreciated so very much. It is making all the difference. Thank you!

You can donate online through Canada Helps here

Christmas 2020 PWRDF* Parish-wide Challenge

With our help PWRDF can turn every$1 into $7 for Mothers and Children in Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique and Burundi

Great news: St. Luke's has met the goal set for this challenge! Many thanks to everyone who donated!

Government matching of donations will continue until March 30th, 2021.

If you'd like to donate, please
follow this link

If you have any questions, please feel free to be in touch with our Parish PWRDF Rep: Janet Allingham (

You’re also invited to visit where you’ll find other opportunities to support PWRDF in “Working towards a truly just, healthy and peaceful world”.

*PWRDF stands for the “Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund” of the Anglican Church of Canada.


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, Tim Horton's and Shopper's Drug Mart. Getting the cards to St. Luke's is a little more challenging than in previous years, and it is probably best to send them in by mail. You may also make a monetary contribution for the purchase of gift cards. Your generosity is very much appreciated and thank you to those who have already sent in cards! Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you have questions.

Advent and Christmas

As we enter the season of Advent and Christmas draws closer, many of us will find ourselves feeling worried or anxious about what Christmas will be like as we continue our pandemic response. Reverend Victoria is available by phone (613-698-6083) or Zoom to listen, talk, and pray with you.


Virtual Social Hour: Time to Talk!
We are physically distanced, muffled by masks. Soon winter will bring ice, snow, freezing rain (and the wonder of those magical first snowflakes). In our isolation, we should not also have to feel separation. What about joining together for an hour each week to talk?
Let’s spend some of our apart time together, until we can again mingle, mask-less, in our beautiful church. We can share stories, concerns, joys, hopes and sorrows, requests for prayers…

There is a way to wander, mix and mingle on Zoom, as well, just as we used to do! You can leave whenever you like!

Hope to "see" you: Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Click here for the Zoom link.

Any questions? Contact Anne Wright:  613-791-5494 



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!

The deadline for the Christmas edition of The Jubilee is
Sunday, December 13th, 2020. Don't wait for the deadline - send submissions to Heather Matchett any time at

Each week of Advent, stones painted with Advent symbols will be available at St. Luke's, St. Martin's, All Saints, and Julian of Norwich and the four parishes will hold each other in prayer. This is offered as a tangible reminder that  even as we continue our pandemic response and cannot all join together in person, we can join together in prayer and devotion. The prayer will be included at in-person worship and in the newsletter. The stones will be handled carefully, with pandemic safety protocols in mind.

A "Blue Christmas" Service at St. Luke's

"Blue Christmas" is a gentle, contemplative liturgy for those who are carrying pain or loss in the Christmas season. St. Luke's will offer this service on Sunday, December 20th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

A Virtual Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

A Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk has been recorded in our beloved space at St. Luke's, and is now being edited. It will be available before December 21st, 2020.

Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.   

(Mahatma Gandhi)
Love is the way messengers
from the mystery tell us things.    

Judge not by the form of the messenger, but the form of the message.   

(Richard Bach)
Our Community

St. Luke's Table has extended its hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and is now open Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

St. Luke's Table began operating upstairs on Wednesday this week as construction is set to begin downstairs any day now! Lunch is still being served at Tom Brown Arena, but is also available at St. Luke's. This will save many of our neighbours from having to make their way along to the arena. St. Luke's Table has been serving  between 35-50 breakfasts each day, and seeing an average of 80 people for lunch. Meals are kept on hand and heated up for those who are hungry in the afternoon and evening.

In her homily last Sunday, Rev. Victoria described the efforts of Parish and Table as shining a light in the darkness, especially in these pandemic days. May that light shine warm and bright on our corner of Somerset and Bell Streets!

Please continue to keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers.
Click on the image for news from SWCHC.

God of justice and of joy
I hold before you my neighbourhood
The people who live in the dwellings around me I pray for my neighbours
Those I like and those I struggle to like
Keep them safe and strengthen them for the days ahead
Reveal to me ways to serve my neighbourhood in the midst of this crisis
Help engender community spirit among my neighbours
That through this difficulty we might all help to co-create
A resilient neighbourhood
Empowered by love of neighbour and of stranger

(Tim Watson)
Our Diocese

Click here to read all COVID related news from our Diocese. Updates are posted on Wednesdays.

New Weekly Podcast
Saturdays, Online

Bishop Shane is exploring and conversing his way across the Diocese! Tune in each Saturday to see where he is and what is happening around our vast and exciting Diocese.

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church

 A Non-traditional Blessing
May God bless you with discontent with easy answers, half-truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live from deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, abuse, and exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, equality, and  peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort  them and to change their pain to joy.
May God bless you with the foolishness to think you can make a difference in this world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.
If you have the courage to accept these blessings, then God will also bless you with:
happiness—because you will know that you have made life better for others
inner peace—because you will have worked to secure an outer peace for others
laughter—because your heart will be light
faithful friends—because they will recognize your worth as a person.
These blessings are yours—not for the asking, but for the giving—from One who wants to be your companion, our God, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

(Sister Ruth Fox, OSB)


Are you interested in looking at previous editions of the St. Luke's newsletters? Click here for the archives.

St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6P9

Pastoral Emergencies 613-698-6083
Incumbent: The Reverend Victoria Scott 613-698-6083 or
Honorary Assistant: The Reverend Canon Christine Piper
Organist & Choir Director: Robert Jones 613-220-3420 or
Rector’s Warden: John Price 613-724-3846 or
People’s Warden: Anne Wright 613-791-5494 or
Deputy Wardens: Sarah Whitehead 613-240-9736 or
and Helen Cathcart 613-228-1411 or
Treasurer: Susan Reid 613-832-2755 or
Offering envelopes/PAR: Lynn Jones 613-448-1647 or
Church Office:

Executive Director: Rachel Robinson 613-238-4193 or
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