Jesus did not come to explain away suffering or to remove it.  He came to fill it with his presence.”

(Paul Claudel)

Sunday, November 28th, 2021
The First Sunday of Advent
10 a.m. A Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols

We look forward to the gift of choral music today, with lessons and carols instead of our usual Sung Eucharist. 

Advent Worship: A Contemplative Eucharist on Sunday Afternoons

Our Diocese has suggested that if parishes have more than one service, one could require proof of vaccination, and another stick with capacity limits and no checking of vaccination status. 

With this in mind. St. Luke's will offer afternoon a Contemplative Eucharist Sunday afternoons in Advent at 1:30 p.m., beginning today, November 28th, 2021.

We will observe "Yellow" protocols. Proof of vaccination is not required.

Pre-registration will be necessary, and you can do that here.

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions or if you are willing and able to volunteer at one or more of these services. 
IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings

As noted in recent newsletters, thanks to high vaccination rates and a change in the government and Diocesan COVID-19 plans, St. Luke's has moved to a new phase of reopening.

Unless you are under 12 years old, you will need to show proof of double vaccination, or a medical exemption, and photo ID when arriving at worship.

There are no capacity restrictions and there is no need to pre-register for worship. Distancing rules will be relaxed but not eliminated. Masks must continue to be worn at all times, except when receiving communion. We will not resume serving refreshments during the social time after the service just yet, but look forward to that in the future.

This decision was made thoughtfully, and prayerfully and with the health and safety of the community as a whole in mind. The COVID landscape is challenging, but our Christian faith asks us to be sensitive and compassionate with one another, and to trust that the Spirit is moving among us.

Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( with any questions or concerns. 

A Service of the Word

This Service of the Word for The First Sunday of Advent is offered for those setting apart a time of prayer on a Sunday morning, or any time during the week.

Advent Calendar

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.

He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.

(Archbishop Rowan Williams)

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; that the Holy Spirit may encourage and unify us. 

Brad, Ken, Sarah, Laura and family, Donna, Barbara, Heather, Shannon, Maureen; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; our Indigenous sisters and brothers; our LGBTQ2+ sisters and brothers; all those on our hearts.

Shane, our Bishop; 
For Anglican Social Services – Centre 454, (one of our Diocesan Community Ministries) and for their Executive Director Rachel Robinson.

The Virgin Mary Episcopal Church, Irbid, Jordan.

Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; The people of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod; 
The people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Do you need support?

Emerging from the pandemic brings with it many emotions. We need to be gentle with ourselves and our souls. You are welcome to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you would like to check in, have a conversation, or be prayed with. Please also be in touch if you would like Rev. Victoria to bring Communion to you, or if you would like to come to St. Luke's during the week: or 613-698-6083


St. Luke's Storytelling Time on Zoom

Heartfelt thanks to Irene Barbeau for her sharing at the St. Luke's Storytelling Time this past Thursday!

Chi Rho Berry Fundraiser

Many thanks to all who ordered berries this year!

11:00 A.M. SHARP
Westgate Shopping Centre, Merivale Road side
CASH is also acceptable – please bring the correct change.

Coffee-No-Coffee Hour

As we transition to this new phase of reopening - requiring proof of vaccination status for Sunday morning worship - we will gradually return to other activities such as serving refreshments after the service. In the meantime, please keep your mask on and visit with one another after the service!

A Construction Update

The next phase of construction at St. Luke's is to the existing kitchen in the basement, including the installation of a much needed industrial dishwasher, and a new washroom and kitchen upstairs to support parish life and ministry.  

Some encouraging news this week: the work is ahead of schedule! We may have access to the "Green Room" and new washroom before Christmas. Here's hoping! 
In the meantime, we are able to access the single washroom in the basement that is located in the hallway by the elevator. Elevator access remains uninterrupted. 

These renovations will support St. Luke's Table operations, and enhance St. Luke's parish life and ministry and we can look forward to completion in about 2.5 months, with the upstairs renovations scheduled to be completed first. 

Volunteers Needed!

Many thanks to those who have volunteered, and continue to volunteer each week for the roles of greeter, reader, intercessor and chalice bearer.

Please be in touch wit Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( if you are willing and able to take on one of these important roles, and thank you for sharing in St. Luke's worship!

The deadline for the Christmas edition of The Jubilee is Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Don't wait for the deadline, though! Send submissions to Heather Matchett anytime at

Christmas Gifts for St. Luke’s Table

Gifts cards at Christmas are a highlight for many at St. Luke's Table. This year, you are invited to purchase $10 gift cards from McDonald's, Giant Tiger, or Tim Horton's. You may also make a monetary contribution for the purchase of gift cards. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you have questions. 


Making the House Ready

Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed but
still nothing is as shining as it should be
for you. Under the sink, for example, is an
uproar of mice it is the season of their
many children. What shall I do? And under the eaves
and through the walls the squirrels
have gnawed their ragged entrances but it is the season
when they need shelter, so what shall I do? And
the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard
while the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow;
what shall I do? Beautiful is the new snow falling
in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly
up the path, to the door. And still I believe you will
come, Lord: you will, when I speak to the fox,
the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose, know
that really I am speaking to you whenever I say,
as I do all morning and afternoon: Come in, Come in.

(Mary Oliver)

Give - giving made simple

St. Luke's revenue numbers continue to be significantly lower. You have all demonstrated incredible generosity, and have made extra efforts to continue your donations through this pandemic. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and your donations are gratefully received. 

You can donate online through Canada Helps
O Emmanuel

O come, O come, and be our God-with-us
O long-sought With-ness for a world without,
O secret seed, O hidden spring of light.
Come to us Wisdom, come unspoken Name
Come Root, and Key, and King, and holy Flame,
O quickened little wick so tightly curled,
Be folded with us into time and place,
Unfold for us the mystery of grace
And make a womb of all this wounded world.
O heart of heaven beating in the earth,
O tiny hope within our hopelessness
Come to be born, to bear us to our birth,
To touch a dying world with new-made hands
And make these rags of time our swaddling bands.

(Malcolm Guite)

Community News

Click here for news from St. Luke's Table.

St. Luke's Table is working tirelessly to meet profound need in and around the corner of Somerset and Bell Streets. Please keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers. 

St. Luke's Table has adjusted its hours so that the program is open and operating while we are worshipping on Sunday morning. This will be a great help and support for anyone looking for St. Luke's Table services on a Sunday morning!

Follow this link to check out news in the St. Luke's neighbourhood, brought to you by the Ottawa Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Click here for news from Somerset West Community Health Centre. 
Our Diocesan Church

COVID Communiqué
Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 80. 
It is welcome news that Health Canada has approved a vaccination for children between the ages of 5 and 11! Do what you can to encourage everyone in your community to get their young ones vaccinated as soon as possible, both to protect them, as well as those they come in contact with. Vaccination is a cornerstone in our efforts to bring an end to this pandemic, and needs to be actively supported by all of us.
Even with the widespread requirement for vaccine passports, COVID is still a reality in Ontario and Quebec as well as elsewhere. We encourage everyone to be prudent about their personal choices and parish policies regarding physical distancing and mask-wearing as well as holiday socializing. As social calendars begin to fill up over the coming weeks, be sure to maintain your vigilance regarding pandemic protocols, “required” or not.
That said, it is a joy to anticipate an Advent when we can gather safely for worship, sing seasonal hymns, and share the common cup – preparing ourselves for the coming of the Lord. It is a blessing to be nurtured by the rites of the church and the warmth of Christian community. We have come a long way since this time last year, pandemic-wise, and we can all give thanks for that.
If you have questions about COVID or our pandemic plan, please send them to us at
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 General of Community Ministries
Jane Scanlon, Director of Communications & Stewardship Development
Ringo Morella, Director of Human Resources
Michael Garner, Public Health Advisor
Office of the Bishop
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Next Week: 

Sunday, December 5th, 2021
The Second Sunday of Advent

10 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Readings: Malachi 3:1-4; C 19 (Luke 1:68-79); Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

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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