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Sunday, January 31st, 2020: The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

DEUTERONOMY 18:15-20; PSALM 111; 1 CORINTHIANS 8:1-13; MARK 1:21-28

Christ Church Cathedral Livestream - 10:30 a.m.

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Celebrant Canon Hilary Murray
Gospeller and Preacher The Reverend Victoria Scott
Reader and Intercessor Canon Douglas Richards
Cantor Andrew McAnerney
Organist Nicholas Walters

In response to the current stay-at-home order, only 5 people will offer the livestreamed service: clergy and Cathedral music staff. This is so that volunteers are not asked to leave their homes.

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 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

A Virtual Musical Offering

PreludePrelude on ‘O Saviour Sweet’   by Michael Gotthard Fischer
Hymn 344: From All That Dwell Below the Skies
Postlude: Fugue in G Minor   [BWV 578]   by J. S. Bach

An anthem that the St. Luke’s choir has sung on several occasions is Bach’s O Saviour Sweet.   He takes a melody by Samuel Scheidt and provides a superb harmonizes for it. Michael Gotthard Fischer (1773-1829) was a student of Johann Christian Kittel who was one of Bach’s last students. Fischer succeeded Kittel as organist at the Erfurt Predigerkirche and also worked as an organist at the Barfüßerkirche . From 1816 Fischer taught figured bass and organ at the Erfurt teachers' seminar . August Gottfried Ritter , Ludwig Ernst Gebhardi and Eduard Grell were among his students. Due to his gout, he was forced to resign from his position as organist in 1820. Fischer’s Prelude on ‘O Saviour Sweet’ comes from Evangelical Chorale Melody Book.
Perhaps one of the most well-liked hymn tunes is Lasst uns erfreuen--a melody first found in Catolisches Kirchen Gesäng (Cologne, 1623).  The text From All That Dwell Below the Skies is a paraphrase of Psalm 117 by Isaac Watts (1674-1748)--one of England’s greatest hymn writers who penned about 750 hymn texts.
Bach’s Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, probably dates from his years at Arnstadt (1703–1707). Written for four voices, it is one of Bach's best known fugues and has been transcribed for various instrumental combinations, including an orchestral version by Leopold Stokowski.. Even the Canadian Brass made it one of their go-to pieces.


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 W.; Kathleen; Lawson (father of Rick Adams); The Rev. David Whitehead (father of Sarah Whitehead); Kevin (brother of Susie Adams) 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
Shane, our Bishop; Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, The Very Reverend Beth Bretzlaff and The Venerable Douglas Richards. The Reverend Canon Hilary Murray. All Archdeacons in our diocese. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and their pastor Elina Solonen.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
  Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop, The Right Reverend Dr. Hosam Naoum.  

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; The Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; The dean, council, and congregations of the Ottawa, Ottawa Valley and Seaway Areas of the Eastern Synod.
Give - giving made simple

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

You can donate online through Canada Helps here

Church Offering Envelopes
This is the time of year when church offering envelopes would be available at the back of the church on a Sunday morning; these will be available when we return to in-person worship.

Please note that envelope numbers have changed if your previous number was over 40.  You can be in touch with Lynn Jones about this, either at  613-448-1647 or by email at

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity!



Virtual Gathering 

11 a.m.

A Service of the Word with Lectio divina (Scripture Meditation) on the Gospel for Sunday.

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the order of service.


Second book study begins with The Universal Christ

Following the great success of the first Diocesan wide Zoom book study, a second one is being planned. Beginning February 4th and running for six weeks from 7:00 to 8:30pm, we will look at Richard Rohr’s book “The Universal Christ.”  

“Fr. Richard challenges us to search beneath the surface of our faith and see what is sacred in everyone and everything. Anyone who strives to put their faith into action will find encouragement and inspiration in the pages of this book.” -Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift"

For more information or to register please contact Canon Doug Richards at


St. Luke's Social and Story Time: Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom

hosted by Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright
St. Luke's Story Telling and Social Time has kicked off. You're invited.
You're invited to drop in when you can to the virtual St. Luke's Story Telling and Social Time every Thursday at 2:30 - 3:30 over Zoom.  Today, Bonnie Kettel had us spell bound with her heartfelt appreciation of community life in a rural Kenyan area.  She lived there, with no running water or electricity, for over a year in the 1970's, and gave birth to her first child there.  She developed a deep appreciation of the community ways of taking care of one another, giving each other space, and particularly the ways in which women stepped into their lives.  Thank you Bonnie for kicking us off.  We all wanted a part two, and perhaps we can persuade Bonnie to give us that sometime soon. 

We're already looking forward to next week...please click here to join. 


Do you need support?

Each one of us is experiencing these pandemic days in a different way. If you would like to check in, have a conversation, share a laugh or a cry, or be prayed with, please be in touch with Rev. Victoria ( or 613-698-6083) to set up a Zoom meeting or phone conversation.

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!


St. Luke's Annual Vestry Meeting

The St. Luke's Annual Vestry Meeting will take place on Zoom on Sunday, February 28th, 2021. More information and a Zoom link will follow. Those who usually submit Vestry Reports are asked to do so by February 11th, 2021, and to email them to the church office:

While those preparing reports might wonder at first what to include, given that we've been in a pandemic all these months, reports are an important record and it's important to document each year. Thank you in advance for your efforts!


The dark shadow of space leans over us...
We are mindful that the darkness of greed, exploitation, and hatred
also lengthens its shadow over our small planet Earth.
As our ancestors feared death and evil and all the dark powers of winter,
we fear that the darkness of war, discrimination, and selfishness
may doom us and our planet to an eternal winter.

May we find hope in the lights we have kindled on this sacred night,
hope in one another and in all who form the web-work of peace and justice
that spans the world.

In the heart of every person on this Earth
burns the spark of luminous goodness;
in no heart is there total darkness.
May we who have celebrated this winter solstice,
by our lives and service, by our prayers and love,
call forth from one another the light and the love
that is hidden in every heart.

(Edward Hays)
Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts; it is acquiring understanding.     

(William Arthur Ward)
Our Community

St. Luke's Table has extended its hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and remains open in the current Provincial lockdown with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

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

Click here for news and updates from around the Diocese.

Crosstalk is the official newspaper of our Diocese. Click here to read the latest issue.


Anglican Diocese of Ottawa's refugee sponsorship ministry

Building on 40 years experience, our diocesan refugee ministry has been able to support hundreds of the world's most vulnerable people to have a new beginning in the Ottawa region. Together, we can do even more to help our global neighbours who are forced to seek a safe place to rebuild their lives.

With your help, the people of the Diocese will celebrate and support this work by creating 1,000 paper doves and, beginning on Pentecost Sunday, spreading their wings of hope above the nave of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa.

This will be a unique art installation celebrating the contribution of refugees in our communities, raising awareness of the need for refugee sponsorship, and enhancing our capacity to engage in this life-giving ministry.


Step #1: Register your willingness to make paper doves and collect pledges for the refugee ministry, at

Step #2: Collect pledges from family, friends, and other sponsors for your dovesVisit the online donation form here.

Step #3: Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your dovesVideo, how to make a paper dove (you can use any white paper, but larger squares makes bigger doves.

Step #4: Bring your doves to one of our church drop-off locations by May (you will receive detailed information on the process for collecting the doves).

Step #5: See your doves as part of the flock of a thousand at Christ Church Cathedral! You will receive information on the May 23 livestream “reveal”, and how to view the installation safely in person.

If you choose to pay by cheque, please mail to:1000 Doves Appeal C/O Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, 71 Bronson Ave. Ottawa, ON K1R 6G6. Cheques are made payable to Anglican Diocese of Ottawa – 1000 Doves



All My Relations: Journeying as Allies

The next Journeying with Allies is on March 7th from 2 to 4 pm. It is via zoom. We will have read "Crow Winter" by Karen McBride. If you wish to borrow a copy, contact Janet Allingham who can find if there is a copy available to borrow. 

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church

We will be learning from 3 groups who held successful fundraising events. We will also learn how PWRDF staff can support our efforts. 
This event is on Tuesday Feb. 2nd from 3-4 pm. 
During the 40 days of Lent you will hear stories about PWRDF, hear 40 reflections on Creation Care/Climate Action, and 40 prayers for the earth. 
Please join the authors: Bishop Jane Alexander (Edmonton) and Rev. Patrick Stephens (Ottawa). 
Please register via zoom on the following link:
We continue with our online prayer time: "Praying with PWRDF" every two weeks, Thursdays at 1 pm. The next one will be on Feb. 4th. 
Here is the link:
I am not a teacher, but an awakener.   

(Robert Frost)
Online Resources

Pray As You Go

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.

A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer. Check in out here.


Online Mystics Summit

What does it mean to be a mystic in our time? In this modern era brimming with technology, complexity, and noise, have we lost our connection to mystery and mysticism? With the chaos of our contemporary world, can we still access poetic states of bliss and the experience of the sublime? After a year that’s left many feeling bereft, exhausted, and depleted, there’s a strong desire to reconnect with perennial wisdom and replenish the capacity for universal and timeless ecstatic union with the sacred. Click here to read more and to register.


It doesn’t interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
if you can know despair or see it in others,
I want to know
if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you. If you can look back
with firm eyes,
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living,
falling toward
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.

(David Whyte - From River Flow New and Selected Poems)

Peace Like a River - Beautiful Chorus

Click here to immerse yourself in the music of Beautiful Chorus singing "Peace Like a River".


  February 7th, 2021 – The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Readings: ISAIAH 40:21-31; PSALM 147:1-12, 21C; 1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23; MARK 1:29-39

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