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Pre-Registration for Christmas Services

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.

Please see the note below regarding our Diocesan response to the 28 day Provincial lockdown that begins on December 26th, 2020

Christmas Eve - Thursday, December 24th at 5 p.m.: Register here.

Christmas Day - Friday, December 25th at 10 a.m.: Register here.


In-Person Worship: Our Diocesan Response to the Provincial Lockdown

Please click here to read yesterday's letter from Bishop Shane regarding the Provincial lockdown that begins on December 26th. You can find the latest version of the Diocesan COVID-19 plan here.

St. Luke's will move to the RED phase on December 26th, 2020, and in-person worship will be suspended. This means that there will be no in-person services on December 27th, January 3rd, January 10th, and January 17th, and this may well be extended.

There are many wonderful virtual services from all over the world available, and you are encouraged to make use of these resources on Sunday mornings in the month of January. Some of those resources can be found here:

Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa Online Services

The US National Cathedral in Washington

Durham Cathedral (UK) daily livestreams
Diocese of Ottawa Virtual Services

Anglican Church of Canada Resources for Home Prayer

St. Luke's will offer different ways to connect in the month of January. These include Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom for a Service of the Word with Lectio divina, and Virtual Story-telling time (see note below). You can also look forward to a Virtual Words and Music with Rev. Victoria, and more musical recordings from our own Bob Jones!

These are certainly challenging times, but God is with us, and we will get through this together. Know that Rev. Victoria is holding each of you in prayer, and she is available to talk, or listen or pray with you.


Virtual Gathering 
11 a.m.

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

We will meet on Zoom tomorrow, December 23rd, but not on Wednesday, December 20th. Our Wednesday Virtual Gatherings will resume again on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021.

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

When's the Best Time for you for Virtual Story-Telling Time in January?
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 (  Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Heather Mallett and Anne Wright

Rev. Victoria's Homilies on YouTube

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

Readings: Sam 7:1-11, 16; Ps 89:1-4, 19-26; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

Click here to watch and listen to Rev. Victoria's homily from last Sunday.

You can read it here. You can also find previous week's homilies on the St. Luke's YouTube channel.

A "Blue Christmas" service was offered at St. Luke's last Sunday at 3:00 p.m. It was a time to acknowledge the "blue" feelings we have at Christmas time. Together, we reflected on the pain, the loneliness, and the sadness we may feel and offered it to God for healing and transformation.

You can find the order of service here. You can watch and listen to Rev. Victoria's homily here, and read it here. Included below are some pictures from the service.

Christmas Gifts for St. Luke’s Table

Many, many thanks to those who sent in gift cards or made a monetary contribution toward cards. As a result of your generosity, more than 50 gift cards will be distributed to St. Luke's Table participants from St. Luke's tomorrow and they will include these lovely tags - thank you, Heather, for your care and creativity!


A Virtual Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

In case you missed it, here is the link to the Virtual Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk, available now on the St. Luke's YouTube channel.


Carols  from Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa

A service of Lessons & Carols for Christmas was first developed in 1880 by Bishop Edward Benson of Truro (who eventually became the Archbishop of Canterbury). A later adaptation by King’s College, Cambridge, became widely known. Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa has further adapted this iconic Christmas liturgy, using readings and carols to narrate the story of God’s loving purpose in creation, from the Spirit of God, which moved over the waters at the beginning of time, and the covenant God made with humankind, to the abandonment of that covenant and the hope-filled promise of humankind’s redemption by the Holy Child of Bethlehem. The lessons are read by individuals from the Cathedral’s diverse community.
The service is offered by Christ Church Cathedral as a gesture of peace and goodwill to the people of the Nation’s Capital.Click here to watch on YouTube.

Lessons and Carols from Coast to Coast to Coast

The service of Lessons and Carols is one of the most widely-anticipated and well-known events during Advent. And yet, many may not experience this event locally, due to a number of physical worship spaces being temporarily closed due to public health protocols related to the pandemic. Anticipating this potential reality, General Synod has worked with Anglican cathedrals across Canada to offer a special, national service of Lessons and Carols this Advent season, and to help us all prepare for the coming of the Kingdom of God. Click
here to watch on YouTube.


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