Where there is separation, there is pain. And where there is pain, there is story. And where there is story, there is understanding, and misunderstanding, listening and not listening. May we − separated peoples, estranged strangers, unfriended families, divided communities − turn toward each other, and turn toward our stories, with understanding and listening, with argument and acceptance, with challenge, change and consolation. Because if God is to be found, God will be found in the space between.

(Padraig O'Tuama)

Sunday, November 21st, 2021
The Last Sunday After Pentecost: The Reign of Christ 
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Readings:2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19); Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings

As noted in recent newsletters, thanks to high vaccination rates and a change in the government and Diocesan COVID-19 plans, St. Luke's has moved to a new phase of reopening.

Unless you are under 12 years old, you will need to show proof of double vaccination, or a medical exemption, and photo ID when arriving at worship.

There are no capacity restrictions and there is no need to pre-register for worship. Distancing rules will be relaxed but not eliminated. Masks must continue to be worn at all times, except when receiving communion. We will not resume serving refreshments during the social time after the service just yet, but look forward to that in the future.

This decision was made thoughtfully, and prayerfully and with the health and safety of the community as a whole in mind. The COVID landscape is challenging, but our Christian faith asks us to be sensitive and compassionate with one another, and to trust that the Spirit is moving among us.

Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( with any questions or concerns. 

Advent Worship: A Contemplative Eucharist on Sunday Afternoons

Our Diocese has suggested that if parishes have more than one service, one could require proof of vaccination, and another stick with capacity limits and no checking of vaccination status. 

With this in mind. St. Luke's will offer afternoon a Contemplative Eucharist Sunday afternoons in Advent at 1:30 p.m., beginning on Sunday, November 28th, 2021.

We will observe "Yellow" protocols. Proof of vaccination is not required.

Pre-registration will be necessary, and you can do that here.

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions or if you are willing and able to volunteer at one or more of these services. 

A Service of the Word

This Service of the Word for The Last Sunday After Pentecost: The Reign of Christ is offered for those setting apart a time of prayer on a Sunday morning, or any time during the week.

A Virtual Musical Offering

Today's Music is offered for those setting aside a time of prayer and reflection, on Sunday morning, or any time during the week. 

Prelude on Picardy - Alec Rowley

Alec Rowley (1892-1958) was an English composer, organist, pianist, lecturer and writer on music. He composed a large number of works, mainly on a small scale and often of an educational nature though with some larger-scale orchestral and choral works. He was a dedicated teacher, broadcaster and writer; after his death the Alec Rowley Memorial Prize was established at Trinity College of Music. 
”Charity is no substitute for kinship. We are not called to be philanthropists or social workers, but brothers and sisters. We are called into relationship, even when that relationship is unlikely, momentary, or sad. We are called to look at each other and see Christ, who promises to be there where our eyes meet, and in that glance to teach us something thing we need to know.

(Barbara Brown Taylor)
Our clergy, staff, and members of St. Luke's; participants and staff of St. Luke's Table, neighbours and local businesses in this unusual and challenging time; that the Holy Spirit may encourage and unify us. 

Brad, Ken, Sarah, Laura and family, Donna, Barbara, Heather, Shannon, Hannah, Oliver; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; our Indigenous sisters and brothers; our LGBTQ2+ sisters and brothers; all those on our hearts.

Shane, our Bishop; 
Emmanuel, Arnprior and the Reverend Canon Christine Piper, Interim-Priest-in-Charge; St. Luke’s Table, (one of our Diocesan Community Ministries) and its Executive Director Rachel Robinson; the chaplain to the Ottawa Police Service, The Reverend Canon Robert Heard.
Emmanuel Church, Ramleh, Israel.

Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; The Secretary General and staff of the Anglican Communion Office; the members of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission.

Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod; t
he General Secretary and staff of the Lutheran World Federation; the members of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission.

Do you need support?

Emerging from the pandemic brings with it many emotions. We need to be gentle with ourselves and our souls. You are welcome to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you would like to check in, have a conversation, or be prayed with. Please also be in touch if you would like Rev. Victoria to bring Communion to you, or if you would like to come to St. Luke's during the week: or 613-698-6083


St. Luke's Storytelling Time on Zoom

The next St. Luke's Storytelling Time will be on Thursday, November 25th, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom, and we look forward to welcoming Irene Barbeau as our guest.

Irene was born on the eastern shore of James Bay. Interestingly, her father (Canon Dr. Redern Louttit) was an Anglican priest who graduated from Wycliffe College. Irene was sent to a residential school at the age of 8. A lifelong Anglican, she eventually moved south, working for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada for 25 years. She is a long-time resident of Barrhaven, where she raised her two daughters, worked as the administrator of the church of Good Shepherd, and filled many volunteer roles. As Bishop Chapman's nominee, Irene has been a delegate to the Synod of the Anglican Province of Ontario. As a founding member of the alumni of the Shingwauk School in Sault Ste. Marie, she has served as its president four times.  Recipient of the Canada 150 medal, she is well known in the National Capital Region and beyond as a speaker who relates her truth with kindness.  Her current work at Shingwauk relates to the identification of unmarked burial sites. Very recently, she participated in a discussion group about community-based Reconciliation at Rideau Hall.

This promises to be a rich time of sharing and connection. Here is the 
Zoom link, and hope to see you there!


Chi Rho Berry Fundraiser

Many thanks to all who ordered berries this year!

11:00 A.M. SHARP
Westgate Shopping Centre, Merivale Road side
CASH is also acceptable – please bring the correct change.

Coffee-No-Coffee Hour

As we transition to this new phase of reopening - requiring proof of vaccination status for Sunday morning worship - we will gradually return to other activities such as serving refreshments after the service. In the meantime, please keep your mask on and visit with one another after the service!

A Construction Update

The next phase of construction at St. Luke's is to the existing kitchen in the basement, including the installation of a much needed industrial dishwasher, and a new washroom and kitchen upstairs to support parish life and ministry.  The work continues steadily! The "Green Room" remains blocked off. We are able to access the single washroom in the basement that is located in the hallway by the elevator. Elevator access remains uninterrupted. 

These renovations will support St. Luke's Table operations, and enhance St. Luke's parish life and ministry and we can look forward to completion in about 2.5 months, with the upstairs renovations scheduled to be completed first. 

Volunteers Needed!

Many thanks to those who have volunteered, and continue to volunteer each week for the roles of greeter, reader, intercessor and chalice bearer.

Please be in touch wit Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( if you are willing and able to take on one of these important roles, and thank you for sharing in St. Luke's worship!

The deadline for the Christmas edition of The Jubilee is Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Don't wait for the deadline, though! Send submissions to Heather Matchett anytime at

I have refused to live
locked in the orderly house of
     reasons and proofs.
The world I live in and believe in
is wider than that. And anyway,
     what’s wrong with Maybe?

You wouldn’t believe what once or
twice I have seen. I’ll just
     tell you this:
only if there are angels in your head will you
     ever, possibly, see one.

(Mary Oliver)

Give - giving made simple

St. Luke's revenue numbers continue to be significantly lower. You have all demonstrated incredible generosity, and have made extra efforts to continue your donations through this pandemic. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and your donations are gratefully received. 

You can donate online through Canada Helps
Everything Holds Together

Everything holds together, everything,
From stars that pierce the dark like living sparks,
To secret seeds that open every spring,
From spanning galaxies to spinning quarks,
Everything holds together and coheres,
Unfolding from the center whence it came.
And now that hidden heart of things appears,
The first-born of creation takes a name. 

And shall I see the one through whom I am?
Shall I behold the one for whom I’m made,
The light in light, the flame within the flame,
Eikon tou theou, image of my God?
He comes, a little child, to bless my sight,
That I might come to him for life and light.

(Malcolm Guite)

Community News

Click here for news from St. Luke's Table.

St. Luke's Table is working tirelessly to meet profound need in and around the corner of Somerset and Bell Streets. Please keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers. 

St. Luke's Table has adjusted its hours so that the program is open and operating while we are worshipping on Sunday morning. This will be a great help and support for anyone looking for St. Luke's Table services on a Sunday morning!

Follow this link to check out news in the St. Luke's neighbourhood, brought to you by the Ottawa Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Click here for news from Somerset West Community Health Centre. 
Our Diocesan Church

COVID Communiqué
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Click here for the latest news from our National Church. 

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Next Week: 

Sunday, November 28th, 2021
The First Sunday of Advent

We look forward to our annual Service of Lessons and Carols at 10 a.m. next Sunday!

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

The Reverend Victoria Scott, Incumbent
The Reverend Canon Christine Piper, Honorary Assistant
Sarah Whitehead, Rector's Warden
Helen Cathcart, People's Warden
Robert Jones, Organist and Choir Director


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