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Sunday, January 24th, 2020: The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Readings: JONAH 3:1-5, 10; PSALM 62:6-14; 1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31; MARK 1:14-20

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

Celebrant Canon Doug Richards
Gospeller and Preacher Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Reader and Intercessor Reverend Victoria Scott
Cantor Gary Dahl
Organist James Calkin

In response to the current stay-at-home order, only 5 people will offer the livestreamed service: clergy and Cathedral music staff. This is so that volunteers are not asked to leave their homes.

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 after the Epiphany

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Chorale-Prelude on the Tune ‘St. Peter’   by Harold Darke
Hymn: 357 Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
Postlude:  Voluntary on ‘Old 100th‘  attrib. Henry Purcell

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an ecumenical observance in the Christian calendar that is celebrated internationally.  In the northern hemisphere, it is observed between two feast days of the church: January 18 (the Confession of St. Peter) and January 25 (the Conversion of St. Paul) while in the southern hemisphere it is observed between Ascension Day and Pentecost.

Harold Darke became organist of London’s St Michael’s Church (Cornhill) in 1916, and stayed there for 50 years, leaving only briefly in 1941 to fill in for Boris Ord as Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge during World War II. It is widely accepted that the Cornhill Lunchtime Organ Recitals series begun by Darke in 1916 is the longest-running lunchtime organ recital series in the world.  His Chorale-Prelude on the Tune ‘St. Peter’ is the first in a set of three that was published in 1919. The St. Peter chorale-prelude, which is dedicated to Herbert Howells, features the melody in the tenor voice.  (The tune St. Peter is often used for the hymn text In Christ There Is No East or West, very appropriate for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.)

The hymn Let All the World in Every Corner Sing is an ideal choice for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Perhaps the most famous musical setting of this text was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (the last movement of his Five Mystical Songs).  Nevertheless, Basil Harwood’s 1908 hymn tune Luckington certainly complements George Herbert’s fine text.
The hymn All People That on Earth Do Dwell is a paraphrase of Psalm 100, but that first line also points to unity.  The melody was composed by Louis Bourgeois and first appeared in the 1551 edition of the French Geneva Psalter.  Bach harmonized the melody and used it for the chorale Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir.  The first organists’ convention I ever attended was when Lanse MacDowell (former music co-ordinator of southwestern Ontario for the Ministry of Education) took me to the 1976 convention of the American Guild of Organists that was held in Boston.  The choir of Kling’s College Cambridge, under Philip Ledger, performed several times and the final concert featured organist E. Power Biggs appearing in concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler at Symphony Hall!  Conventions also feature opportunities to buy organ music and it was at this convention I bought The Two Manual Organ, compiled by Paul Hamill, pub Harold Flammer).  In it is Voluntary on the Old 100th.  It lists Purcell as the composer.  If, in fact, it is his music, there was lots of editing (for instance, organs in England didn’t have pedal boards until the 19th century). In this arrangement, the melody is heard twice: first in the left hand and then in the top voice.



We Remember in Prayer...

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.; Kathleen; Lawson (father of Rick Adams); The Rev. David Whitehead (father of Sarah Whitehead); Kevin (brother of Susie Adams) and family; 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; St. Paul’s, Hazeldean-Kanata and their priest The Reverend Stephen Silverthorne.The Postulants of our diocese: Bob Albert, Jordan Sandrock & Claire Bramma.Faith Lutheran Church and their pastor Martin Malina.
Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
  Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop, The Right Reverend Dr. Hosam Naoum.  

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; The Most Rev. David Edwards, Metropolitan, and the people and clergy of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; the dean, council, and congregations of the Atlantic and Montreal Areas 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

Church Offering Envelopes
This is the time of year when church offering envelopes would be available at the back of the church on a Sunday morning; these will be available when we return to in-person worship.

Please note that envelope numbers have changed if your previous number was over 40.  You can be in touch with Lynn Jones about this, either at  613-448-1647 or by email at

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity!



Virtual Gathering 

11 a.m.

A Service of the Word with Lectio divina (Scripture Meditation) on the Gospel for Sunday.

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the order of service.


Second book study begins with The Universal Christ

Following the great success of the first Diocesan wide Zoom book study, a second one is being planned. Beginning February 4th and running for six weeks from 7:00 to 8:30pm, we will look at Richard Rohr’s book “The Universal Christ.”  

“Fr. Richard challenges us to search beneath the surface of our faith and see what is sacred in everyone and everything. Anyone who strives to put their faith into action will find encouragement and inspiration in the pages of this book.” -Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift"

For more information or to register please contact Canon Doug Richards at


St. Luke's Social and Story Time begins Thursday January 28 at 2:30 pm

hosted by Heather Mallet and Anne Wright

You are warmly invited to St. Luke's Social and Story Time over Zoom each Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30 PM.  Each gathering will start with a 10-20  minute story telling chat featuring one of our parishioners and an interviewer, with listeners invited to pop in with their questions too.  Then it will be followed by 25-40  min of informal exchange.  The story teller can address whatever they like. But here are a few ideas for prompts to stoke your stories:  your faith journey, your relationship with St. Luke's, an adventure in your life; a challenge you've overcome.  We hope you can make it!

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!


St. Luke's Annual Vestry Meeting

The St. Luke's Annual Vestry Meeting will take place on Zoom on Sunday, February 28th, 2021. More information and a Zoom link will follow. Those who usually submit Vestry Reports are asked to do so by February 11th, 2021, and to email them to the church office:

While those preparing reports might wonder at first what to include, given that we've been in a pandemic all these months, reports are an important record and it's important to document each year. Thank you in advance for your efforts!


Fake Email Requests
There have been several reports this week of fake emails that appear to come from clergy in the Diocese of Ottawa requesting help of various kinds. Often these ask for the purchase of gift cards to help with pastoral matters. Please do not fall prey to these scams. If you think a request might be legitimate, first call the clergy member and be certain you have the right person. It would be highly unusual for clergy to ask for your help in this way.

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

(Stephen Hawking)
Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes.

(Robin Sharma)
Our Community

St. Luke's Table has extended its hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and remains open in the current Provincial lockdown with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

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

A Construction Update

As mentioned last week, CAHDCO and McDonald Brothers continue to work hard to move this project forward! Recent progress includes having obtained a building permit in record time: this is good news, indeed! Lots of good decisions have been made including improvements to the design and plans, and orders have been made for appliances, toilets, and showers, so we can be hopeful about the speed with which the project will progress now that the paperwork is done!
Our Diocese
COVID Communiqué 36 - January 20th, 2021

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 36. We want to start by reiterating an important point about worship during the state of emergency. If you are using your church to record or broadcast liturgies, please remember the maximum number of people who can be in the building is five, including people providing technical help. No matter how big your building is, the five-person limit applies: it’s not five people in sight of the camera, or five people making a recording plus some family members or someone holding the camera or someone waiting to clean up. The limit is five people, total — and all five must be masked at all times.
As we said in last week’s Communiqué, no in-person vestry meetings will be allowed in the Diocese of Ottawa until further notice. This applies both to annual vestry meetings and special vestries and means all annual vestry meetings this year must be held either by videoconferencing or some other means that does not involve parishioners gathering in person.
For churches where Zoom is available, the Pandemic Vestry Group will host a training workshop on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 1:30 - 3 pm. The meeting will provide guidance on conducting vestry meetings by Zoom, including the basics of using Zoom and its features and best practices, as well as reviewing what’s required in a vestry.
All parishes are welcome to participate in the workshop. Each parish should be represented at the workshop by the incumbent/priest-in-charge and up to three other representatives of the parish. You are encouraged to include at least one person with computer skills.
Please register for the training session by 12 noon on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting after your registration has been approved (please allow 24 hours for registration approval).
Because the use of videoconferencing is not a realistic alternative for parishes without stable internet, we will provide guidance on other ways to hold your vestry meeting. Any incumbents who feel they cannot conduct their vestry meetings by videoconference are encouraged to contact the Ven. Linda Hill, Executive Archdeacon at
Regardless of the means you use to conduct your annual vestry, the requirements of the Canons, Bylaws and Regulations of the Diocese regarding conducting vestry meetings are fairly straightforward. Each parish must hold an annual vestry on or before February 28, 2021, where the following actions should be taken:
  • Election of a people’s warden;
  • Election of lay members of synod;
  • Election of members of parish council;
  • Presentation of annual reports by parish organizations;
  • Presentation of financial reports (including auditor’s report) for previous fiscal year; and
  • Presentation of the budget, including diocesan apportionment.
In addition, each incumbent (or priest-in-charge) of a parish is required to present a report to the annual vestry on “the state of the church in the parish.” The report should cover the condition, progress, and needs of the parish and, given the events of the past year, should address the parish’s response to the pandemic including:
  • How the parish managed the cessation of in-person worship from March 14 to September 2020;
  • Whether and when the parish conducted on-line worship;
  • Whether and when the parish resumed in-person worship; and
  • Whether the parish was able to continue such activities as parish council, coffee time, Christmas bazaars, food ministries, AA meetings, book or Bible studies.
Notice of the annual vestry meeting should be given on the two preceding Sundays. Since parishioners cannot attend in person, it’s not necessary to print and distribute hard copies of a vestry book/package — you can simply post or email a PDF of all the reports.
We suggest parishes make every effort to meet these requirements while at the same time keeping your vestry proceedings as simple as possible and avoiding or postponing the discussion of contentious issues unless absolutely necessary.
We are aware a number of parishes are particularly concerned about their ability to meet the requirement to present audited financial reports. If this is the case for your parish, please do not hesitate to communicate with Sanjay Grover, Director of Financial Ministry at
If you have any vestry questions in the meantime, please write to Archdeacon Linda at For other pandemic-related questions, please contact the COVID-19 help desk 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 of Community Ministries
Jane Scanlon, Director of Communications & Stewardship Development
Carol Sinclair, Director of Human Resources
Michael Garner, Public Health Advisor


Anglican Diocese of Ottawa's refugee sponsorship ministry

Building on 40 years experience, our diocesan refugee ministry has been able to support hundreds of the world's most vulnerable people to have a new beginning in the Ottawa region. Together, we can do even more to help our global neighbours who are forced to seek a safe place to rebuild their lives.

With your help, the people of the Diocese will celebrate and support this work by creating 1,000 paper doves and, beginning on Pentecost Sunday, spreading their wings of hope above the nave of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa.

This will be a unique art installation celebrating the contribution of refugees in our communities, raising awareness of the need for refugee sponsorship, and enhancing our capacity to engage in this life-giving ministry.


Step #1: Register your willingness to make paper doves and collect pledges for the refugee ministry, at

Step #2: Collect pledges from family, friends, and other sponsors for your dovesVisit the online donation form here.

Step #3: Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your dovesVideo, how to make a paper dove (you can use any white paper, but larger squares makes bigger doves.

Step #4: Bring your doves to one of our church drop-off locations by May (you will receive detailed information on the process for collecting the doves).

Step #5: See your doves as part of the flock of a thousand at Christ Church Cathedral! You will receive information on the May 23 livestream “reveal”, and how to view the installation safely in person.

If you choose to pay by cheque, please mail to:1000 Doves Appeal C/O Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, 71 Bronson Ave. Ottawa, ON K1R 6G6. Cheques are made payable to Anglican Diocese of Ottawa – 1000 Doves



All My Relations: Journeying as Allies

The next Journeying with Allies is on March 7th from 2 to 4 pm. It is via zoom. We will have read "Crow Winter" by Karen McBride. If you wish to borrow a copy, contact Janet Allingham who can find if there is a copy available to borrow. 

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church

We will be learning from 3 groups who held successful fundraising events. We will also learn how PWRDF staff can support our efforts. 
This event is on Tuesday Feb. 2nd from 3-4 pm. 
During the 40 days of Lent you will hear stories about PWRDF, hear 40 reflections on Creation Care/Climate Action, and 40 prayers for the earth. 
Please join the authors: Bishop Jane Alexander (Edmonton) and Rev. Patrick Stephens (Ottawa). 
Please register via zoom on the following link:
We continue with our online prayer time: "Praying with PWRDF" every two weeks, Thursdays at 1 pm. The next one will be on Feb. 4th. 
Here is the link:
A Prayer

Restore us.
Revive us.
Warm us up from the inside:
Like a steaming cup on a winter’s day,
Like a hot water bottle,
Like a thick duvet.
Life is wintry and sullen,
Days are short and dark,
The talk is of downturns and tiers,
Which in their own turns bring tears.
So let us feel the warmth
Of love among us
We pray
On this cold day.
As we say,

(Simon Cross)

Watch and Listen

Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, ‘The Hill We Climb’

Click here to watch and listen.

Brené Brown: Courage is Born From Struggle

“Hope is a function of struggle.” Brené Brown, a researcher and scholar, on the value and power of adversity to give rise to the astonishing strength of which we are all capable. Listen to the podcast


One Heart and Soul: FREE Film for a New Future

In his new book, “A Promised Land,” Barack Obama describes meeting with people as a community organizer: in church basements, at community centers, and on front porches. He'd ask them to describe two worlds: first, the world you live in now; and second, the world you wish to see.

It's a powerful exercise: simple, clarifying, and as old as humanity itself. Describe what is. Describe what could be. And then identify an action step, no matter how great or small, to help get things moving in the right direction.

According to the Book of Acts, the early Christian community had a vision for what could be, and took steps to help bring that new world into being. For us over here at SALT, their vision still rings true today, challenging all of us to get to work. As 2021 begins, how do you and your community imagine what could be? Does it look like the world described in Acts 4:32-35? What steps can we take to a world where all are of one heart and soul, and everyone's needs are met?

This short film, based on that ancient, enduring vision, is meant to provoke these questions, stimulate discussion — and help us chart a way forward toward God's promised land. Click here to watch.


Christ Has No Body Now But Yours

In June 2017, musicians, pastors, writers, and scholars from around the country gathered together in NYC to collaborate on a series of worship songs for a new worship record themed around faith and vocation. The lyrics are from a prayer by Teresa of Avila circa 1571. Music by David Ogden and published by The Royal School of Church Music (admin. by GIA Publications, Inc.).Watch and listen here.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

(Barack Obama)

Additional Information


  January 31st, 2021 – The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany
Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

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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