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Sunday, February 28th, 2021
The Second Sunday in Lent

GENESIS 17:1-7, 15-16; PSALM 22:22-30; ROMANS 4:13-25; MARK 8:31-38

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

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Celebrant  Canon Hilary Murray
Gospeller and Preacher  Canon Doug Richards
Readers Karen McBride
, Anne Wright
Cantor  Andrew McAnerney
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 Second 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 - the 1st week in Lent

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Folk Tune (Percy Whitlock)
Hymn 170:  The Glory of these Forty Days
Postlude:  Prelude on ‘Keep Us, Lord, by Your Word’ (Johann Walther)

Percy Whitlock (1903-1946) was a student of Stanford and Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music. From 1921-1930, Whitlock was assistant organist at Rochester Cathedral in Kent and then he served as Director of Music at St. Stephen's Church, Bournemouth for the next five years, combining this from 1932 with the role of that town's borough organist, in which capacity he regularly played at the local Pavilion Theatre. Whitlock was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1928. Near the end of his life, he lost his sight altogether, and died in Bournemouth a few weeks before his 43rd birthday.  Folk Tune is the second in his 1929 set of Five Pieces for organ.

The text of The Glory of These Forty Days is attributed by some to Pope Gregory I.  It was translated from the original Latin into English by Maurice Bell for the 1906 English Hymnal. The melody of the hymn tune Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort  (Keep Us, Lord, by Your Word) was composed by Martin Luther, and our hymn book uses a harmonization by Bach. 
Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748) was more than just a contemporary of J. S. Bach: they were first cousins and Bach was godfather to Johann Walther’s son! Walther was the compiler of the first dictionary of musical terms written in the German language.  It was the first to contain both terms and biographical information about composers and performers up to the early 18th century. His Prelude on ‘Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort’ features the melody in the pedal.

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 Anglican Fellowship of Prayer and Paul Dumbrille, Ottawa Representative and for all parish representatives. All Parish Administrators in our diocese. Martin Luther Lutheran Church and their pastor Friedrich Demke.

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 John Organ, Bishop, and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Western Newfoundland.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; The dean, council, and congregations of the Georgian, Huronia and Bay 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


Tax Receipts

Please note that tax receipts were mailed this week. Those who have given through Canada Helps will receive tax receipts from Canada Helps directly. Be assured that we do receive this donations. We thank you all for all of your support, in time, talent, prayer, and financial offerings!

A Lenten Prayer

Let everything I do this day and in this season of Lent
come from You, be inspired by You. I long to be closer to You.
Help me to remember that nothing is important in my life
unless it glorifies You in some way. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day of my life and keep saying,
"Tomorrow, I will spend more time in prayer,"
but now my longing meets Your love and I want to do it now.
Help me to rely on You for help. The prayer asks you that I reach perfection. Please, Lord, remind me that "perfection"
isn't the crazy, "successful" way I try to live my life,
but a perfection of my most authentic, real self.
My "perfection" might be holding my many flaws in my open hands, asking You to help me accept them. Heal me, Lord, and help me to find You in the darkness of my life. Let me reach out in this darkness and feel Your hand and love there to guide me.

(Author Unknown)

St. Luke's Annual Vestry
A reminder that St. Luke's will hold our Annual Vestry tomorrow Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Thank you to those who attended the Pre-Vestry Budget Information Session last Sunday.

If you've not yet registered for our Annual Vestry Meeting you can do that here. While we would not normally register for an Annual Vestry Meeting, this will assist with preparing for and running the meeting. One of the things the registration form deals with is affirming the Solemn Declaration, which is a Canonical requirement of our Diocese.

Many thanks to those who submitted Vestry reports. The Vestry Booklet and Zoom link have been circulated in a separate email. 

Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria or one of the wardens with any questions. 


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.  Last Thursday, fifteen of us enjoyed travelling vicariously on a pilgrimage along various Santiago de Camino paths with Wendy Robbins.  Thank you Wendy!

Coming up: 

Thursday March 4: Deirdre Piper on Transitioning
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!

s with creativity, courage, and resilience is for anyone who has gone through a difficult time and is wondering what next? Read more here.


Living the Questions: A Civil Rights Elder on Exhaustion and Rest, Spiritual Practice, and the Necessity of Loving Community

Click here to listen to an OnBeing Podcast with Lucas Johnson and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons.

Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.

(D. Elton Trueblood)

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.

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

A Construction Update

This week's news: all major trades will be on site next week so it'll be a busy week!

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!


If you accept the belief that baptism incorporates us in the mystical body of Christ, into the divine DNA, then you might say that the Holy Spirit is present in each of us, and thus we have the capacity for the fullness of redemption, of transformation.

(Thomas Keating)

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. 
Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that [God] exists.  

(Blaise Pascal)

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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