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Parish News

Homily - Fourth Sunday of Advent

Click here to watch and listen to Rev. Victoria's Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Would you rather read it? Click here
 
Christmas at St. Luke's

As noted in previous communications, our Diocese moved to the "RED" phase of our pandemic response on Monday, December 20th, 2021. In-person worship is suspended in parishes within the City of Ottawa. Click here to read the Communique from the Bishop's Office. Rural parishes, and parishes on the Quebec side will move to "RED" as of noon on Christmas Day. 

While these are very difficult days, God is with us, and while we cannot be with each other in our beloved sanctuary, we are still with each other in spirit, as the community of St. Luke's. We will get through this together. 

Rev. Victoria, Bob, and the choir are hoping to do some recording on Thursday, and to send out a Service of the Word with Carols for Christmas. Stay tuned!
 


Christmas Flowers


Many thanks to those who made memorial donations for flowers for Christmas. Not being able to gather for Christmas Services means that we will not have Christmas flowers. Please know that we will offer special flowers in memory of loved ones when we are able to gather in-person again.

 
The St. Luke's Parking Garage

 There have been some recent changes with the parking garage adjacent to St. Luke’s (above ground, but under Serson-Clarke apartments). The City is no longer leasing the garage, and St. Luke’s has just entered into an agreement to rent 16 spaces to St. Vincent’s Hospital staff. This source of income is good news for the parish, and it's good news for the staff needing parking! The rental of the spaces is for Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., meaning that parishioners have (free) access to the spaces on Saturdays and Sundays! This will be very good indeed when we are able to gather for worship again. Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions. 

A Construction Update

The work upstairs is in the final stages, and is due to be completed by the end of the week! Stay tuned for pictures!

 

“A Blessing Called Sanctuary”
 
You hardly knew
how hungry you were
to be gathered in,
to receive the welcome
that invited you to enter
entirely—
nothing of you
found foreign or strange,
nothing of your life
that you were asked
to leave behind
or to carry in silence
or in shame.
 
Tentative steps
became settling in,
leaning into the blessing
that enfolded you,
taking your place
in the circle
that stunned you
with its unimagined grace.
 
You began to breathe again,
to move without fear,
to speak with abandon
the words you carried
in your bones,
that echoed in your being.
 
You learned to sing.
 
But the deal with this blessing
is that it will not leave you alone,
will not let you linger
in safety,
in stasis.
 
The time will come
when this blessing
will ask you to leave,
not because it has tired of you
but because it desires for you
to become the sanctuary
that you have found—
to speak your word
into the world,
to tell what you have heard
with your own ears,
seen with your own eyes,
known in your own heart:
 
that you are beloved,
precious child of God,
beautiful to behold,*
and you are welcome
and more than welcome
here.

(Jan Richardson)

Resources


A Virtual Service of the Word with Lectio Divina

We will meet tomorrow (December 22nd) on Zoom to 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. 

Our Wednesday gathering will pause on December 29th, and resume again on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions. 

 


Pausing for Prayer in Advent

Rev. Victoria and the Rev. Canon Hilary Murray, Chaplain at Cornerstone Housing for Women, have partnered to create "Pausing for Prayer in Advent". Watch the recording, and follow along in the order of service, and pause for prayer any time during these weeks of Advent.

Pausing for Prayer in Advent - Week Four - Video
Pausing for Prayer in Advent - Week Four - Order of Service

 

Blessings to you this Winter Solstice!


Click here to listen to excepts from Paul Winter and Friends album Celtic Solstice.

You can read more about Paul Winter, and this year's Winter Solstice Celebrations here
 





Canticle of the Turning

Click here to listen to Rory Cooney's Canticle of the Turning on YouTube.
 
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The Canticle of the Turning

My soul cries out with a joyful shout
That the God of my heart is great
And my spirit sings of the Wondrous things
That you bring to the ones who wait
You fixed your sight on your servant's plight
And my weakness you did not spurn
So from east to west shall my name be blest
Could the world be about to turn?
My heart shall sing of the day you bring
Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears for the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn!
Though I am small, my God, my all, you
Work great things in me
And your mercy will last from the Depths
Of the past to the end of the age to be
Your very name puts the proud to shame
And to those who would for you yearn
You will show your might
Put the strong to flight
For the world is about to turn
My heart shall sing of the day you bring
Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears
For the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn!
From the halls of power to the fortress tower
Not a stone will be left on stone
Let the king beware for your
Justice tears ev'ry tyrant from his throne
The hungry poor shall weep no more
For the food they can never ears
There are tables spread, ev'ry
Mouth be fed
For the world is about to turn
My heart shall sing of the day you bring
Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears
For the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn!
Though the nations rage from age to age
We remember
Who holds us fast
God's mercy must deliver us from the conqueror's crushing grasp
This saving word that out forebears
Heard is the promise which holds us bound
'Til the spear and rod can be
Crushed by God
Who is turning the world around
My heart shall sing of the day you bring
Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears
For the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn!
My heart shall sing of the day you bring
Let the fires of your justice burn
Wipe away all tears
For the dawn draws near
And the world is about to turn!

(Rory Cooney)



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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