Rev. Victoria's Office Hours on Zoom

Rev. Victoria continues to hold regular office hours on Wednesday afternoons. She will be on Zoom from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, and you are invited to drop in to Zoom to connect any time during that hour. You may see other St. Luke's friends when you join! Click here to drop in to Zoom any time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

She will also be available by phone or Zoom from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. if you would like to book an appointment for one-on-one conversation. Please email her by Tuesday each week to book your time.

If Wednesdays aren't convenient for you, just email Rev. Victoria to find another time to connect.

These are difficult days, but we can get through this together!

Rev. Victoria's Homily

If you missed it, you can watch and listen to Rev. Victoria's homily from last Sunday here. It begins at the 22:35 minute mark. Would you rather read it? Click here

The deadline for the Summer edition of The Jubilee is
Sunday, May 16th, 2021. Please send submissions to Heather Matchett at

Thank you to Tony for sharing the sad news of the passing of Leo Lou Elias, former Rector of St. Luke's. You can read the obituary here.
Virtual Gathering 

Wednesdays 11 a.m.

All are welcome at this Service of the Word with Lectio Divina 

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


You're invited to drop in to St. Luke's Story Time
On Zoom
Meeting ID: 844 6491 9588
Passcode: 589593
It's a great place to enjoy deepening friendships with one another through a focused conversation on a topic shared by one of our own.

Heartfelt thanks to Cheryl Colburne Browne and Lora Murphy for sharing about how a small gift inspired much in Mulranny, County Mayo, Ireland

Coming up:

May 13 2:30:  Janice Falls, psychotherapist and poet on Poetry and Grief.  Janice is also one of the Poetry Bards who offers poetry walks and dives in collaboration with St. Luke's.
May 20 2:30:  Brian Hobbs on living life as a gay man... a good sharing to prepare us to open a wider welcome to LGBTTQ seniors at St. Luke's
May 27 2:30 Bob Jones on his journey with music.

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming Story Times.  

Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright


An Introduction to Centering Prayer 

Do you seek the still, quiet voice of God?
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, and closer than thinking.

Sessions will be given by Susan Kehoe, Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Eastern Ontario/West Québec (, and Rev Mary Ellen Berry, Parish of Mississippi Lake.
To register, contact Mary Ellen at by May 16th.
For more information, contact Susan Kehoe at or (613) 725-9878.


Bill C-15 : The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) 

Dear Friends at St. Luke's: 

This bill, known as the " UNDRIP",  has been called the "most comprehensive international human rights instrument to specifically address the tremendous issues Indigenous Peoples face throughout the world: dispossession of lands and resources, discrimination, forced assimilation and other grave human rights abuses. 

As Bill C-15, it is currently in the Canadian Senate and, we hope, soon be passed into legislation. 
We heard from Senator Murray Sinclair earlier this week that 60% of Canadians are in favour of this legislation. 

Your support is crucial to its progress into Canadian law as a basic statement that will underpin all Canadian legislation. 

Please consider supporting Bill C-15. 
You may do so with a quick click!
Here is the link:

Please contact me if you have questions or comments:

Be well, and thank you for your interest and support. 

Janet Allingham, 
Member of the Diocesan All My Relations Working Group. 

Faith Houses in support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Please click here for more information, updates and videos.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Click here for information and resources from the Canadian Mental Health Association. If you are struggling, please reach out. If you know someone who is struggling, help them to make a connection. 


Christ Church Cathedral - Partnering with St. Luke's: LIve-Streamed Services

On the Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa YouTube channel

Sunday, May 9th, 2021
The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings: ACTS 10:44-48; PSALM 98; 1 JOHN 5:1-6; JOHN 15:9-17

8:30am Holy Eucharist

Celebrant Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Preacher  Canon Hilary Murray
Reader Canon Hilary Murray


CLICK HERE to open your Order of Service for the 8:30 Holy Eucharist (BCP)

10:30am Sung Eucharist

Celebrant The Reverend Victoria Scott
Preacher Canon Hilary Murray
Reader Dean Beth Bretzlaff

CLICK HERE to open your Order of Service for the 10:30 Sung Eucharist (BAS)

In response to the latest stay-at-home order, only clergy and Cathedral music staff will be present for the live-streamed services. 

Information about all live-streamed services is posted on the Events page of the CCCO website at

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 Sixth Sunday of Easter
A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Prière à Notre Dame  (from Suite gothique)  [Léon Boëllmann]
Hymn: O Sing a New Song 
Postlude: A Trumpet Minuet    [Alfred Hollins]


In recognition of Mothers’ Day, I have selected Léon Boëllmann’s Prière à Notre Dame.   Boëllmann (1862-1897) entered L'École Niedermeyer in Paris, where he studied with its director, Gustave Lefèvre and with Eugène Gigout. Boëllmann won first prizes in piano, organ, counterpoint, fugue, plainsong, and composition. After his graduation in 1881, Boëllmann became organist at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris.  Boëllmann was married to Lefèvre’s daughter, who was also a niece of Gigout!  He died at the young age of 35 (perhaps from tuberculosis) and his wife died a year later so Gigout raised their three children. His Suitegothique dates from 1895.  It consists of four movements of which  Prière à Notre Dame is the third.
During the pre-reformation days, it was not customary for lay members of a church's congregation to communally sing hymns. Singing was done by the priests and other clergy; communal singing of Gregorian chant was the function of professional choirs, or among communities of monks and nuns. John Calvin, inspired by Erasmus's comments, desired singable versions of the Psalms and other Christian texts for the communal use of the Reformed churches. The Scottish Psalter of 1650 is one such example: the Book of Psalms was set metrically so that each psalm could be sung to a hymn tune. The Lord’s My Shepherd, a paraphrase of Psalm 23 is just one fine example.  (The first 108 hymns in the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s 1997 hymn book The Book of Praise are metrical settings of the psalms.)  For our hymn today, I have turned to a metrical setting of our appointed psalm (98) which can be traced back to the 1650 Scottish Psalter.  Sadly it is not in Common Praise, so here is the text:
  1. O sing a new song to the Lord
    for wonders he hath done:
    His right hand and his holy arm
    him victory hath won.
  2. He mindful of his grace and truth
    to Israel’s house hath been;
    And the salvation of our God
    all ends of the earth have seen. 
  3. Let all the earth unto the Lord
    send forth a joyful noise;
    Lift up your voice aloud to him,
    sing praises, and rejoice. 
  4. With harp, with harp, and voice of psalms
    unto Jehovah sing:
    With trumpets, cornets, gladly sound
    before the Lord the King. 
  5. Let seas and all their fullness roar,
    the world, and dwellers there;
    Let floods clap hands, and let the hills
    together joy declar. 
  6. To judge the earth Jehovah comes,
    in righteousness comes he;
    In justice he will judge the world,
    the people uprightly.
Sung to the hymn tune JACKSON, it was composed by Thomas Jackson (1715-1781) who was organist at St. Mary Magdalen Church and was master of the song school, both in Newark-on-Trent, England.
Blind from birth, Alfred Hollins (1865-1942) was a concert organist and pianist who toured widely in his earlier years, establishing a world-wide reputation. In 1878, Hollins enrolled at the Royal National College for the Blind at Upper Norwood. He impressed the principal of his potential as a musician such that he was given the opportunity to study with Frits Hartvigson on the piano and organ with Dr. E. J. Hopkins (later organist of the Temple Church). Hollins then presented several successful concerts including one at the Crystal Palace, where he performed the solo part of the Emperor Concerto, and a concert at Windsor in the presence of Queen Victoria.  In 1925-26 Hollins gave a major tour of the United States, during which he visited 65 cities. It has been estimated that over his lifetime, Hollins traveled some 600,000 miles on his concert tours. In his thirties he was appointed organist of St. George’s Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh, a position he held for the rest of his life. A Trumpet Minuet has a period flavour, with a cheerful tune whose contours follow the notes available on the natural trumpet, familiar in such pieces as The trumpet shall sound from Handel's Messiah. The Minuet was composed during one of the composer's recital tours in South Africa during the early years of the 20th century.


In the flush of love's light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.

(Maya Angelou)

Our Parish
Our clergy, staff, and members of St. Luke's; participants and staff of St. Luke's Table, neighbours and local businesses in this unusual and challenging time

Those on Our Hearts
Brad, Inez, Ken, Sarah, Bryan W.; Ron; Liz; Charles; Lyton; Laura; and family; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

We pray for all mothers this Mother's Day weekend. 

Our Diocese of Ottawa
Shane, our Bishop; Church of the Ascension, Ottawa, The Reverend Rhonda Waters; Julian of Norwich, The Reverend Monique Stone, Deacon Elizabeth December; all church musicians serving in our diocese.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem and The Middle East
St. Peter’s Church, Birzeit, West Bank.

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda our Primate, Anne our Metropolitan; Bishop Susan Bell, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Niagara.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Bishop Michael Pryse; The dean, council, and congregations of the Winnipeg Central and North Areas of the Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Synod.
Give - giving made simple

As noted in previous weeks, St. Luke's revenue numbers were significantly lower in January and February 2021. You have all demonstrated incredible generosity, and have made extra efforts to continue your donations through this pandemic. These pandemic days are continuing far longer than we had hoped and anticipated. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and your donations are gratefully received. 

You can donate online through Canada Helps
A prayer

Help us, O Lord
For we so easily judge others and ourselves:
Framing our views with unrealistic expectations
and a lack of grace
That we never receive from you...
For you delight in us.

Help us, O Lord
For we are exhausted:
Tired from carrying the burdens
of un-forgiveness and un-forgiven-ness.

Some of us feeling busier than we have ever been
some of us bored out of our minds
Most of us worrying that we are not doing or being 'enough'...
Yet you promise your yoke is easy, and your burden light.

Help us, O Lord
For we are fearful
wrestling with doubt and worry...
Yet you are sufficient.

Thank you, O Lord
That even in these strangest of times
when everything can feel different,
disjointed and disconnected...
you are busy - creating beauty, hope, love, possibility
still asking us to join in the dance as we are able
still loving us relentlessly.

(Andy Campbell)
Our Community

Showers/Washrooms/Laundry Project Update

Great news: St. Luke's Table has moved back into the basement and the new showers, washrooms and laundry facilities are in use! Rev. Victoria heard expressions of appreciation from several participants about how wonderful it was to be able to access these amenities! 

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and is now open 7 days a week with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

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

During the pandemic, Centre 454, The Well and St Luke's Table have continued to support folks in need following Ottawa Public Health

Now more than ever, many folks are battling isolation and barriers. With
growing demand in the last year, our services and hours have expanded to
meet the need of folks utilizing our day programs, such as showers,
laundry and meals to name a few.  

Donations are needed, including:

Shampoo/Conditioner - travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Disposable razors
M/W underwear - med/large
M/W socks
Body wash- travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Mini packs of tissue
Lip balm

Due to these exceptional times, we are respectfully asking for new items

All donations should be dropped of at: 

The Well 
154 Somerset St. West
Entrance on Somerset St.: please ring doorbell.  
Hours of operation for drop off: 
Mon-Fri 8am-3pm 

Soul Space

Soul Space is a collective of community members and communities of faith who aim to attend to the spiritual care needs of street health workers (frontline workers who care for people experiencing homelessness, addictions and mental health challenges) in Ottawa. An ongoing lack of public funding for housing and food security, the opioid epidemic and now the COVID-19 pandemic, makes street health workers at risk of experiencing burn-out, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Rev. Victoria is very glad to be a Soul Space Support Provider. Please read more about Soul Space here. When we are able to gather in our beloved building again, St. Luke's will be offered as a Soul Space, and a sanctuary for all. 
Our Diocese
Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 51. The media seems to be overflowing with distressing news on COVID-19, at least somewhat countered by the increasing numbers of vaccines arriving. Distribution is improving too, especially as efforts focus on getting clinics to places where our frontline workers live. As you pray for people suffering from COVID and their families, remember in particular the people of India and their families here in Canada. 
Remember also that every week is adding to the accumulation of stress and sadness for us all. People (we) are on edge. Let’s try to encourage everyone (including ourselves) to be that little bit kinder and more understanding, which we can do by drawing on our faith in Christ, the source of our hope.
If you have questions, please contact the helpline:
COVID Communiqué is produced by our senior staff:

Shane Parker, Bishop
Beth Bretzlaff, Dean
Linda Hill, Executive Archdeacon
Sanjay Grover, Director of Financial Ministry
Peter John Hobbs, Director of Community Ministries
Jane Scanlon, Director of Communications and Stewardship Development
Carol Sinclair, Director of Human Resources
Michael Garner, Public Health Advisor 

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is pleased to present the 38th Annual Bishop’s Gala & Silent Auction virtually in 2021!

This event will be raising funds for two initiatives serving vulnerable children and their families in Africa and the Middle East:

All Mothers and Children Count is a comprehensive health, food security, and nutrition program in rural Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Mozambique undertaken by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund in partnerships with local agencies in each country. This initiative addresses a high rate of malnutrition among children (94%) and enables the distribution of food programs to HIV-positive women, pregnant and lactating women, and malnourished children. A Covid-19 Extension Fund is now in place to ensure that effective PPE and medical support are available for medical staff serving the mothers and children. Of significant interest is that Global Affairs Canada will be matching donations 6:1 until the end of June! 

Virtual Therapy for Disabled Children is an urgently needed service of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center – a ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem that serves disabled Palestinian children who live in the West Bank, most of whom are Muslim. The Center is the only treatment option for these children, but poverty, conflict, and travel restrictions make it very difficult to get to Jerusalem. The Center’s virtual care model of therapy enables 150 children and their families to receive assistance from a multi-disciplinary team. The cost of providing this service to one child is $1,600 a month.

Tickets are on sale here: until May 2nd or they sell out – only 200 available (already over 25% sold out). Tickets are $75 each (plus service fees). The purchase of your ticket includes a swag bag hand-delivered to your home (within the diocesan boundaries) and early access to our silent auction! The show will be streamed live on Facebook & YouTube; links will be emailed out to all ticket holders and donors prior to the event. 

*You do not need to purchase a ticket to watch the show.


here for the latest Diocesan Crosstalk.

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church. 

Did you know that you can sign up for email updates from the Anglican Church of Canada? Click here to do that, and keep your finger on the pulse of Anglican news from across the country!


PWRDF Accepting Donations for India

Please click here to read more.
Additional Information and Resources

Living God’s Future Now Conversation No. 12 - Sam Wells and Maggi Dawn

What it means to improvise on God’s kingdom: Maggi and Sam talk about culture, the arts, faith, and reimagining the future. Click here to watch and listen. 


Eucharistic Practice & Sacramental Theology in Pandemic Times

Reflections by Canadian Anglicans

This collection of over 40 short essays by Canadian lay leaders, youth ministry leaders, bishops, deacons, priests and professors. The authors reflect on the pastoral, theological, liturgical and ethical questions arising in their contexts during the first six months of the pandemic.
That said, the content is not only about pandemic time. The book offers a great starting point by which to engage others’ questions and insights; and, to spark your own thinking and conversations in your own pastoral contexts. There are also study discussion questions at the end.
CLICK HERE for more information or to download a free PDF of the book

Faith in a Conflicted World

"Be Curious, Be Present, Reimagine"

Many of our community already follow the Archbishop of Canterbury and enjoy the range of services and activities. This is one that might be of interest and provide inspiration this season.

The Archbishop has launched a new film series that explores how Christians can cross divides in a complex and hurting world. The films unpack the themes taught in the Difference Course that was created by the Archbishop's Reconciliation Ministry team. 

Speaking about the series, Archbishop Justin Welby said: “I’m delighted to launch this film series. When we look around our world today, it may seem like reconciliation is an unrealistic proposition. But it is precisely when conflicts and divisions feel insurmountable, that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence.”

CLICK HERE for more information

A Blessing

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

(John O'Donohue)

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

Pastoral Emergencies: 613-698-6083

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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