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.
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.
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolita
The Anglican Church of Canada
n; 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.
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 email@example.com
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity!
Wednesdays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Luke's Social and Story Time: Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom
hosted by Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright
Do you need support?
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.
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 (email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com
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.