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 (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
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.
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.
Now is the time
to free the heart,
Let all intentions and worries stop,
Free the joy inside the self,
Awaken to the wonder
of your life.
Open your eyes and see the friends
Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,
Those whose kindness watchful and near,
Encourage you to live everything here.
See the gifts the years have given,
Things your effort could never earn,
The health to enjoy who you want to be
And the mind to mirror mystery.
(John O’ Donahue)
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.
THOSE ON OUR HEARTS
Brad, Ken, Sarah, Laura and family, Donna, Barbara, Heather, Shannon, Maureen, Landon (father of Rick); 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.
OUR DIOCESE OF OTTAWA
Shane, our Bishop; Cornerstone/Le Pilier, (one of our Diocesan Community Ministries) and for their Executive Director Sarah Davis. For the residents, staff, and Chaplains of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
OUR COMPANION DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM AND THE MIDDLE EAST
The Most Rev. Dr. Hosam Naoum; Redeemer Church, Amman, Jordan.
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA
Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; The Venerable Alan Perry, General Secretary, and the staff of the General Secretary’s Office; Melanie Delva, Reconciliation Animator; Dawn Maracle, Animator, Indigenous Justice – Interim
THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN CANADA
Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod; Trina Gallop Blank, Assistant to the National Bishop, Communications and Resource Generation, and the staff of Communications; Kyle Giesbrecht, Director of Finance and Administration, and the staff of Finance and Administration.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-698-6083
Advent and Christmas at St. Luke's
Sunday, December 12th, 2021: The Third Sunday of Advent 10 a.m. Sung Eucharist. Reflecting on the gift of joy. 1:30 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist. Sunday, December 19th, 2021: The Fourth Sunday of Advent 10 a.m. Sung Eucharist;. Reflecting on the gift of love. 1:30 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist. Tuesday, December 21st, 2021: Winter Solstice 4:00 p.m. Labyrinth Walk Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 5 p.m. “Blue Christmas” A gentle, contemplative liturgy for those who are carrying pain or loss in the Christmas season. Friday, December 24th, 2021: Christmas Eve 5 p.m. A traditional Christmas Eve celebration with Communion, candlelight and carols; 4:30 p.m. Carol singing with the choir. For those who are unable to get to St. Luke's for 5 p.m., please note that Christ Church Cathedral's Christmas Eve Services are at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 25th, 2021: Christmas Day 10 a.m. A morning celebration of Jesus' birth with Communion and carols. Sunday, December 26th, 2021: The First Sunday After Christmas There will be no in-person worship at St. Luke's this day.Please note that Christ Church Cathedral has services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this day. St. Luke’s has moved to requiring proof of vaccination (and identification) on Sunday mornings. Distancing requirements have been relaxed but not eliminated and masks must be worn at all times. Proof of vaccination is not checked at the Contemplative Eucharist on Sunday afternoons in Advent, and distancing requirements and additional safety protocols are followed. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required at the Labyrinth Walk, the “Blue Christmas” liturgy, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
I Worked for Chaff
I worked for chaff, and earning wheat
Was haughty and betrayed.
What right had fields to arbitrate
In matters ratified?
I tasted wheat, — and hated chaff,
And thanked the ample friend;
Wisdom is more becoming viewed
At distance than at hand.
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.
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!
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Our Diocesan Church
Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 82.
We are still watching and waiting to see what the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will mean for our churches and our communities; we have no news on those fronts for now. However, we do want to emphasize some important points on safety. We said last week that you may take extra precautionary measures if you feel it’s necessary. But we didn’t urge you as strongly as we should have to be rigorous in continuing the safety measures we have been following from the beginning.
First, and most important, keep checking that people are wearing their masks properly all the time they’re indoors. If your congregation has decided to admit people 12 years old and over based on proof of double vaccination and government-issued identification, please remember that does not mean you can completely drop physical distancing. It’s just as important as ever—perhaps even more so. People should not crowd into meeting rooms, sit packed together in church or stand close in the lobby for a chat after service. (It might be time to go back to closing off some pews or parts of them to keep people farther apart, if you stopped).
Also, while the province no longer requires us to collect contact data for everyone who attends services, Ottawa Public Health recommends churches continue to do it. Case numbers are increasing as people spend more time indoors, and Omicron is suspected of being even more transmissible than Delta. No one wants to see a return of greater restrictions, let alone lockdowns, so please take the steps you can to help prevent that.
Finally, we’ve had a lot of questions recently about whether children can attend church. Absolutely they can! They must wear masks, and in churches where double vaccinations are required, children 12 and up must show their proof of double vaccination and government-issued ID. Children younger than 12 are exempt from having to show proof of vaccination. If you have questions about managing safety during Advent and Christmas, or anything else COVID-related, please send them to us at C19helpdesk@ottawa.anglican.ca.
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Sunday, December 19th, 2021
The Fourth Sunday of Advent