St. Luke's will have in-person services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Amber safety protocols and procedures will be strictly followed and pre-registration is essential.
Registration for Christmas Eve is now closed. You can still register for Christmas Day.
Friday, December 25th at 10 a.m.: Register here.
Please see the information below about our Diocesan response to the 28 day provincial lockdown that begins on December 26th, 2020.
Click here for the bulletins for in-person worship on:
The flowers in the church are offered to the glory of God, and in loving memory of:
Peggy and Fred Griffin
Rae and Dai Price
Meredith and Ruth Jones
Douglas and Joan Schnare
Raymond and Cécile Paradis
Olive, Bert and Glen Matchett
Thank you, Laraine, for all your time and effort, and for sharing your amazing gift of flower arranging with us!
Rev. Victoria's Homilies on YouTube
You can find previous week's homilies on the St. Luke's YouTube channel.
Rev. Victoria's Christmas homilies will be recorded and uploaded in the next few days!
Prelude: Christmas Prelude on ‘Divinum Mysterium’ (by John Watkinson)
Solo: O Holy Night (sung by Sheila Osborne-Brown)
Postlude: Fantasia on ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ (by J. S. Bach)
Dating from 1962, John Watkinson’s Christmas Prelude on ‘Divinum Mysterium’ is based on the hymn tune we use for the text Of Eternal Love Begotten (CP 132). It begins and ends softly, with a general crescendo through the middle section. Written in the key of E, the unusual destination into the key of C is cushioned by sensitive harmonic progressions.
In the town of Roquemaure in southern France at the end of 1843, the church organ had recently been renovated. To celebrate the event, the parish priest persuaded poet Placide Cappeau, a native of the town, to write a Christmas poem. The result was Cantique de Noël. Soon afterwards Adolphe Adam composed the music. It was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey. In 1855, American John Dwight translated it into English. We are delighted to have Sheila Osborne-Brown, one of our sopranos, sing this. Thank you, Sheila!
Bach’s Fantasia on ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ may date from his time in Arnstadt when he may have used it to introduce the hymn tune before his congregation sang the hymn. Church-wise, it was a difficult time for the young Bach. They had granted him a leave so he could go to Lübeck to hear Buxtehude, and Bach extended it by three months! Then church authorities complained that his hymn improvisations were too long and confusing for the congregation!
Services of the Word For Those At Home
The following services are offered for those setting aside time for prayer and reflection on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, as well as Sunday, December 27th. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day include a reflection offered by Rev. Victoria. Sunday, December 27th includes a reflection by the Reverend Canon Christine Piper - many thanks, Christine!
A Service of the Word: Christmas Eve
A Service of the Word: Christmas Day
A Service of the Word: First Sunday After Christmas
Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.
He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.
He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.
He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he cameto a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.
He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.
We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!
Wednesdays 11 a.m.
A Service of the Word with Lectio divina (Scripture Meditation) on the Gospel for Sunday.
Our Wednesday Virtual Gatherings will resume again on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.
When's the Best Time for you for Virtual Story-Telling Time in January?
Heather Mallett and Anne Wright As a way of staying connected during this time, we are replacing this fall's St. Luke's Virtual Social Hour with St. Luke's Virtual Story-Telling Time. We would like to find a time and day that works for more people. To find out more about the idea, click here. We warmly invite you to participate in the Virtual Story-Telling Time whenever you can as a story-teller or a listener. Here's a link to a survey to find out what time works best for most, and whose story you'd like to hear, and whether you're open to sharing your story. Please complete this survey by December 27 at 5 PM (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9CCMVB8). Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you there.