Sunday, December 13th, 2020
The Third Sunday of Advent

Readings: ISAIAH 61:1-4, 8-11; CANTICLE 18 (LUKE 1:47-55); 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-24; JOHN 1:6-8, 19-28


In-Person Worship: Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

We have carefully mapped out appropriately distanced seating, and while we are allowed to have 50 people for in-person worship, St. Luke's can safely seat 35-40, depending on how those are registered are "bubbled".

At the time of writing this newsletter, we have 20 registered, so there are still spaces available. You may register by filling out this
form. Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you have questions.

A Service of the Word

Click here for a service of the word, including this week's readings and a written reflection by Rev. Victoria. It is offered for those setting apart a time of prayer at home on a Sunday morning. Remember that those gathering at St. Luke’s for in-person worship are holding those at home in our hearts.


Today's Music

Prelude:   Prelude on  ‘On Jordan’s Bank’  (by C. S. Lang)
Hymn: On Jordan’s Bank
Postlude:  God’s Son is Coming  (by J. S. Bach)
Craig Sellar Lang studied at the Royal College of Music. The bulk of his compositional output was for organ: various chorale preludes as well as exercises designed to prepare organ students for the keyboard tests of the Royal College of Organists' diploma exams. His Prelude on ‘On Jordan’s Bank’ features the melody in the tenor voice.
Bach’s Orgelbüchlein is a collection of 46 preludes for the liturgical year, of which the first four are for Advent.  Today’s postlude is the second chorale prelude. The melody is heard in canon: first in the soprano voice, and then a measure later in the pedal.


Here is a list of virtual services in the Diocese of Ottawa

Travel virtually to share prayer and worship experiences across Canada and around the world!

During this time of physical isolation, take the opportunity to visit other places and share in daily and weekly prayers and reflections



A Liturgy of the Word with Lectio divina

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom

Please note that we will continue to meet on Zoom on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future. Please check this space each week for updates and additional information.

You'll find the Zoom link and order of service in Tuesday's newsletter this week.


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.; Heather S.; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.
Heather Stecher is in hospital, and is not doing well. Please keep Heather and her family in your prayers, and feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria with questions or for more information.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop;  The Well and their Executive Director Rachel Robinson.
Our Companion Diocese in Jerusalem
The Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Redeemer Church, Amman, Jordan.
The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
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.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
Susan, Presiding Bishop;  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.

Give - giving made simple

The generosity of all of you who have made the extra effort required at this time to continue your financial support is appreciated so very much. It is making all the difference. Thank you!

You can donate online through Canada Helps here

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, Tim Horton's and Shopper's Drug Mart. Getting the cards to St. Luke's is a little more challenging than in previous years, and it is probably best to send them in by mail. You may also make a monetary contribution for the purchase of gift cards. Your generosity is very much appreciated and thank you to those who have already sent in cards! Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you have questions.

A Construction Update
As mentioned in Tuesday's newsletter, construction got underway on Monday this week! Here are a few pictures of the progress so far!



Ottawa Welsh Society - Lessons and Carols on Zoom

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm

Featuring: Scripture readings by members, Carol singalong with accompaniment by Alan Thomas, Vocal solos

Please contact John Price for more information and for the Zoom link!

Advent and Christmas

As we enter the season of Advent and Christmas draws closer, many of us will find ourselves feeling worried or anxious about what Christmas will be like as we continue our pandemic response. Reverend Victoria is available by phone (613-698-6083) or Zoom to listen, talk, and pray with you.


Virtual Social Hour: Time to Talk!
We are physically distanced, muffled by masks. Soon winter will bring ice, snow, freezing rain (and the wonder of those magical first snowflakes). In our isolation, we should not also have to feel separation. What about joining together for an hour each week to talk?
Let’s spend some of our apart time together, until we can again mingle, mask-less, in our beautiful church. We can share stories, concerns, joys, hopes and sorrows, requests for prayers…

There is a way to wander, mix and mingle on Zoom, as well, just as we used to do! You can leave whenever you like!

Hope to "see" you: Thursday, December 17th, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Click here for the Zoom link.

Any questions? Contact Anne Wright:  613-791-5494 



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!

The deadline for the Christmas edition of The Jubilee is
tomorrow! Send submissions to Heather Matchett at

Each week of Advent, stones painted with Advent symbols will be available at St. Luke's, St. Martin's, All Saints, and Julian of Norwich and the four parishes will hold each other in prayer. This is offered as a tangible reminder that  even as we continue our pandemic response and cannot all join together in person, we can join together in prayer and devotion. The prayer will be included at in-person worship and in the newsletter. The stones will be handled carefully, with pandemic safety protocols in mind.

A "Blue Christmas" Service at St. Luke's

"Blue Christmas" is a gentle, contemplative liturgy for those who are carrying pain or loss in the Christmas season. St. Luke's will offer this service on Sunday, December 20th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Click here to do that.

A Virtual Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

A Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk has been recorded in our beloved space at St. Luke's, and is now being edited. It will be available before December 21st, 2020.

Love is an undulating energy that moves through you, within you, and radiates out of you, and changes everything.            

When you hurt, be still! When you're restless, be still! When you feel lost, be still! It's in the stillness that you will find restoration, peace, and ultimately find yourself.     

(Earl Maree)
Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are.    

(Anne Lamott)
Our Community

St. Luke's Table has extended its hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and is now open Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

St. Luke's Table continues to operate upstairs as construction is now underway downstairs! Lunch is still being served at Tom Brown Arena, but is also available at St. Luke's. This saves many of our neighbours from having to make their way along to the arena. St. Luke's Table has been serving  between 35-50 breakfasts each day, and seeing an average of 80 people for lunch. Meals are kept on hand and heated up for those who are hungry in the afternoon and evening.

Please continue to keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers.
Click on the image for news from SWCHC.

God of justice and of joy
I hold before you my neighbourhood
The people who live in the dwellings around me I pray for my neighbours
Those I like and those I struggle to like
Keep them safe and strengthen them for the days ahead
Reveal to me ways to serve my neighbourhood in the midst of this crisis
Help engender community spirit among my neighbours
That through this difficulty we might all help to co-create
A resilient neighbourhood
Empowered by love of neighbour and of stranger

(Tim Watson)
Our Diocese

Click here to read all COVID related news from our Diocese. Updates are posted on Wednesdays.

New Weekly Podcast
Saturdays, Online

Bishop Shane is exploring and conversing his way across the Diocese! Tune in each Saturday to see where he is and what is happening around our vast and exciting Diocese.

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church

 A Non-traditional Blessing
May God bless you with discontent with easy answers, half-truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live from deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, abuse, and exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, equality, and  peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort  them and to change their pain to joy.
May God bless you with the foolishness to think you can make a difference in this world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.
If you have the courage to accept these blessings, then God will also bless you with:
happiness—because you will know that you have made life better for others
inner peace—because you will have worked to secure an outer peace for others
laughter—because your heart will be light
faithful friends—because they will recognize your worth as a person.
These blessings are yours—not for the asking, but for the giving—from One who wants to be your companion, our God, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

(Sister Ruth Fox, OSB)


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

Pastoral Emergencies 613-698-6083
Incumbent: The Reverend Victoria Scott 613-698-6083 or
Honorary Assistant: The Reverend Canon Christine Piper
Organist & Choir Director: Robert Jones 613-220-3420 or
Rector’s Warden: John Price 613-724-3846 or
People’s Warden: Anne Wright 613-791-5494 or
Deputy Wardens: Sarah Whitehead 613-240-9736 or
and Helen Cathcart 613-228-1411 or
Treasurer: Susan Reid 613-832-2755 or
Offering envelopes/PAR: Lynn Jones 613-448-1647 or
Church Office:

Executive Director: Rachel Robinson 613-238-4193 or
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