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Sunday, March 7th, 2021
The Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalms 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

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

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Celebrant  Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Gospeller and Preacher  The Reverend Victoria Scott
Assistant Canon Doug Richards
Readers  Sally Gomery, Ron Clow
Cantors Ellen Mead, Cameron Climie   
Organist James Calkin

Latest provincial and Diocesan direction means that we can have 10 people in attendance for livestreaming. It is good to be able to include one reader from the Cathedral, and one from St. Luke's!

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 Third Sunday in Lent
Pausing for Prayer: A Weekday Liturgy of the Word

Take a moment during the day to pause, pray and reflect as you journey through Lent. These services will be posted each week during Lent and will be offered in the same format as we presented at the beginning of the pandemic. The Order of Service will be posted with links to audio files.

As an online resource, you may choose to make them part of your weekly Lenten routine at a time that is most appropriate for you. Rev. Victoria was glad to collaborate with Dean Beth Bretzlaff in preparing this liturgy. We hope you will enjoy these offerings and take comfort in these gifts.

CLICK HERE to connect with Pausing for Prayer

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Adagio in E Major   by Frank Bridge
Hymn 616:  Father in Heaven, Whose Love Profound    (Tune: Rivaulx)
Postlude:  Chaconne in E Minor   by Dieterich Buxtehude

Frank Bridge (1879-1941) was a student of Charles Stanford at the Royal College of Music. He also played the viola and was a member of the English String Quartet.  Bridge also had many conducting engagements, from opera at the Savoy Theatre to the Proms.  He had a few private composition students, including Benjamin Britten!  Bridge’s Adagio in E major is the second work in his Three Pieces for Organ published in 1905.

The text of Father of Heaven, Whose Love Profound was written by the Reverend Edward Cooper and published in 1805.  At the age of 10, John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876) was playing the organ in his grandfather’s church.  He was ordained in 1847 and in 1849 he became the precentor and choir director at Durham Cathedral, where he introduced reforms in the choir by insisting on (can you imagine?!) consistent attendance, increasing rehearsals, and initiating music festivals. He served the parish of St. Oswald in Durham from 1862 until his death. To the chagrin of his bishop, Dykes favored the high church practices associated with the Oxford Movement (choir robes, incense, and the like).  The dispute with his bishop (a low churchman) even went to court (and, of course, Dykes lost).  Some of the Anglican church’s most popular hymn tunes were composed by Dykes:  Nicæa (Holy, Holy, Holy), Gerontius (Praise to the Holiest in the Height) and Dominus Regit Me (The King of Love My Shepherd Is).

A chaconne is a type of musical composition, especially popular in the baroque era, when it was used as a vehicle for variation on a repeated short harmonic progression.  It often involves a fairly short repetitive bass-line (ground bass) which offers a compositional outline for variation, decoration, figuration and melodic invention.  Dieterich Buxtehude’s Chaconne in E Minor certainly fits the description.  For the most part the variations were paired up: an idea was expressed over two occurrences of the ground bass.  Like many chaconnes, the note values get shorter as the piece progresses.
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.; Ron; Kathleen; 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; The Parish of Huntley and their priest The Reverend Baxter Park.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
  Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop, Christ Church, Nazareth, Israel

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; The Right Reverend Sandra Fyfe, Bishop, and the people and clergy of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; The dean, council, and congregations of the Northern Area 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


The deadline for the next Jubilee is
Sunday, March 21st, 2021

Thanks to all who provided articles, pictures, cartoons and chuckles for the Christmas edition of Jubilee.

Perhaps you would like to write an article about the year that was (2020) and how it affected you and/or your family for inclusion in the Easter edition of Jubilee.

Please send all submissions to Heather Matchett at

Many thanks!

Virtual Gathering 

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.  Many thanks to Deirdre Piper for her heartfelt sharing on Transitioning.

Coming up: 

Thursday March 11:  Rachel Robinson on St. Luke's Table
Thursday March 18:  Susan Perry (from St. Thomas the Apostle) about her journey with Katie (who often serves as altar server when we are able to gather in person)

Hope you will join.

Anne Wright and Helen Cathcart

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!
Into Lent Blessing
May the dust of the wilderness hold our footprints 
shaped as they are by your hurt
for dust remembers
May the journey into wilderness unfold
for honesty is the gift
your soul recognises as you
May your time in this wilderness
be shaped by space 
rather than minutes
so there is time enough for all of you
May the stones in this wilderness
cry out your name loudly
that your spirit recognises the voice
that has been calling you always
And may you know this wilderness
has been expecting you
and you find between the stones
a promise growing.

(Roddy Hamilton)
Our Community

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and remains open 6 days a week with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

Vaccines are now being those who are homeless and precariously housed, as well as those who are struggling with addiction. Staff will soon receive their vaccines too.

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


There are things you can’t reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long.

The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.

And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier.

The snake slides away; the fish jumps, like a little lily,
out of the water and back in; the goldfinches sing
from the unreachable top of the tree.

I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.

Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around
as though with your arms open.

And thinking: maybe something will come, some
shining coil of wind,
or a few leaves from any old tree–
they are all in this too.

And now I will tell you the truth.
Everything in the world

At least, closer.

And, cordially.

Like the nibbling, tinsel-eyed fish; the unlooping snake.
Like goldfinches, little dolls of goldfluttering around the corner of the sky

of God, the blue air.

(Mary Oliver)

Our Diocese

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 41. Recent days have brought rapid changes in the status of many regions as COVID-19 variants emerge; medical experts continue to stress the need for extreme caution. We’re convinced keeping up the measures for staying safe while waiting to see how the variants behave — and how vaccine delivery plans shape up — is the most responsible way to proceed.

Therefore, the plan for reopening our churches to in-person worship, which we promised two weeks ago, must remain tentative because it’s conditional on how government restrictions and public health advice evolve. However, we hope on March 17 to confirm a plan to allow our diocese to move into Amber stage on Palm Sunday, March 28. This would allow clergy and lay leaders 10 days to prepare for in-person Amber worship, if they feel that is the best choice for their parish.

Bishop Shane wants to avoid the stressful and demoralizing situation where we reopen prematurely, only to have to go back into lockdown again soon after. As he put it: “It is wise to remain in Red stage during the entire season of Lent, in the hopeful expectation that we can safely reopen on Palm Sunday, and then take the Holy Week journey to Easter with a sense that this is the beginning of the way out of this pandemic.”

However, although our churches must remain closed to in-person worship until at least March 27, there is some good news on the financial front. On the recommendation of our Property & Finance Committee, Diocesan Council has approved financial relief for all parishes for the month of March. You can read a letter from our Director of Financial Ministries here:

If you have any questions about this or other issues, please contact the COVID-19 help desk: 


Our Diocese has a new newsletter. Click here to read the first issue!


Your religion is not what you do on Sunday. It's how you live Monday through Saturday. 

(Shannon L. Alder)
Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church


Creation Care: Climate Action

This great resource, started on Ash Wednesday with 
weekly themes, stories about PWRDF and 40 prayers for the Earth. 

It may be downloaded all at once, or as a daily message via email. 

Here' s how to subscribe:

Additional Information and Resources

Compline during Lent

Compline during Lent

Christ Church Cathedral will offer an online version of Compline during Lent, continuing next Friday, March 5th at 9 pm with Canon Doug Richards and Andrew McAnerney. This weekly offering will be available on our YouTube channel (click on the button below at the time of the service) and will continue to March 26th.

CLICK HERE to join Compline

In case you missed these resources in the Ash Wednesday newsletter....

Lent in Lockdown: Feed the Soul

Lent in lockdown? Where to start? Maggi Dawn offers ideas on 2021 Lent. Find encouragement, inspiration and ideas to pass on here.


Lenten Micropractices

Lent is a 40 day season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus. We mark this time as different through our actions. The days are
counted from Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Easter. Sundays are not counted in Lent’s 40 days.

Click here for a booklet with a new practice to guide you each day on your journey. Some practices can be done on the spot, some during the day, and others will take some time and/or preparation. Click here for a Lenten Micropractices calendar.

Practicing Lent

Click here for six weekly Lenten practices, each designed to deepen your journey through these 40 days of lengthening light. 

Are you interested in looking at previous editions of the St. Luke's newsletters? Click here for the archives.
To Keep in Your Prayers
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