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Sunday, February 7th, 2021
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

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

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

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Celebrant Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Gospeller and Preacher Canon Doug Richards
Reader and Intercessor The Rev. Victoria Scott
Cantor Andrew McAnerney
Organist James Calkin

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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Cantabile   by César Franck
Hymn 397: Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness
Postlude: Basse de Dessus de Trompette   by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault

When Aristide Cavaillé-Coll built a new organ for Paris’s St. Clotilde Church in 1859, it heralded not only a new direction in organ building, but also organ composition. César Franck (1822-1890), who served as organist at St. Clotilde from 1858 until his death, took advantage of this new symphonic-sounding organ.  His organ compositions began a tradition that was carried on by the likes of Louis Vierne, Charles-Marie Widor and Eugène Gigout, to name a few.  Paris hosted a World’s Fair in 1878 and the Trocadero Palace was built for this event.  Cavaillé-Coll built a large organ for it and on October 1, 1878, Franck premiered his Three Pieces, of which Cantabile is the second.  (The Trocadero was demolished in 1936 and the organ was installed in the Maurice Ravel Auditorium in Lyon in 1977.)

This week’s gospel (Mark 1:29-39) highlights Jesus’s ability to heal the sick, especially those possessed with demons. This also comes up in the hymn Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness. The authorship of the tune NETTLETON is not clear. William J. Reynolds, states in the 1976  Companion to Baptist Hymnal:

"Nettleton first appeared as a two-part tune in John Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second (1813). In the Index it is identified as a new tune, and no composer's name is given. The tune has been attributed to some to Asahel Nettleton (1783-1844), a well-known evangelist of the early nineteenth century, who compiled Village Hymns (1825). However, this compilation contained no music, and there is no evidence that Nettleton wrote any tunes during his life . . . It is not known where the tune name first appeared or who was responsible for it."
The Hymnal Companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship (1981) also notes George Pullen Jackson's observation that the tune is "one of a group related to the folk melody Go tell Aunt Tabby (Aunt Rhody, Aunt Nancy, etc.) her old grey goose is dead'"!  So: too much information?!
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749) was organist at St. Sulpice Church in Paris from 1715-49.  He composed two suites for the organ that date from 1710. Typical of the era, composers of French organ music were quite specific as to what stops should be used for each piece. Today’s postlude features the trumpet stop (heard in the lowest voice), in dialogue with the clarinet stop (in the highest voice).


Rev. Victoria's Homily - January 31st, 2021

If you missed Rev. Victoria preaching last Sunday, you can watch it here

If you'd rather read it, click here.
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; Liz Demelo (long-time Community Ministries staff member); 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; Area Parish of the St. Lawrence and their clergy The Venerable Peter Crosby and Deacon Richard Matthias.
All Regional Deans in our diocese.

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

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; The Right Reverend John Watton, Bishop, and the people and clergy of the Diocese of Central Newfoundland.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; The dean, council, and congregations of the Two Rivers, Nith Valley and Niagara 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



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.


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

Please join Thursday, February 11th with Laraine Paradis on Ikebana Flower Arranging

This past Thursday, nine of us took a hitch-hiking tour of the USA (circa 1971) with John Price.  It was transporting!  And John's stories brought out others' stories of travelling through the US over time -- seeing some of the attitudes and values that are still being faced today in the US.   Special bonus was hearing how he and Sally met for the first time in a Jasper park.  Thank you John.  Next week, Laraine will share about Ikebana Flower Arranging.  Coming up:  Feb 25 Wendy Robbins on Walking the Camino; Mar 4: Dierdre Piper on Transitioning and at some point we want to hear more from Bonnie on living and doing social anthropology in Kenya.  

To join the call anytime, you can use this zoom link.

If clicking on it doesn't get you there, then you can cut and paste into your browser.  Hope to see you there.  

Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright


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!


Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.

(Ram Dass)


In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

(John O'Donohue)

Our Community

St. Luke's Table continues its extended 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.

A Construction Update

The crew was hard at work all this week, and the project is progressing! 

Rev. Victoria has her own hard hat now as they are mandatory on site: stay tuned for a picture of that! 
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:
Healing doesn’t eliminate all the hard moments. It changes how you handle them.
(Thema Bryant-Davis)
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.

The Cold

How exactly good it is
to know myself
in the solitude of winter,

my body containing its own
warmth, divided from all
by the cold; and to go

separate and sure
among the trees cleanly
divided, thinking of you

perfect too in your solitude,
your life withdrawn into
your own keeping

– to be clear, poised
in perfect self-suspension
toward you, as though frozen.

And having known fully the
goodness of that, it will be
good also to melt.

(Wendell Berry)



Sam Wells and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in conversation to discuss how to improvise on the kingdom.

here to watch and listen.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. The descendant of enslaved Africans brought to North America by way of the trans-Atlantic slave routes, his father was an Episcopal priest and his mother a devout Episcopalian. Presiding Bishop Curry maintains a national preaching and teaching ministry and has authored five books: Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Time (2020); The Power of Love (2018); Following the Way of Jesus: Church's Teachings in a Changing World (2017); Songs My Grandma Sang (2015); and Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus (2013).

Black History Month 2021

Ottawa’s newly opened Afro Black Cultural Centre will host the Black History Month Music Arts Festival this month, kicking it off Friday with a series of live performances streamed from the centre’s Centretown location. Click here to read more.


  February 14th, 2021 – The Last Sunday After the Epiphany: Transfiguration Sunday

Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalms 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9


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To Keep in Your Prayers
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