Parish News


Click here to read Rev. Victoria's most recent homily. 

Advent and Christmas at St. Luke's

Sunday, December 19th, 2021: The Fourth Sunday of Advent
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist;. Reflecting on the gift of love. 1:30 p.m. Contemplative Eucharist.
Tuesday, December 21st, 2021: Winter Solstice
4:00 p.m. Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
5:00 p.m. “Blue Christmas”
A gentle, contemplative liturgy for those who are carrying pain or loss in the Christmas season. 
Friday, December 24th, 2021: Christmas Eve
5:00 p.m. A traditional Christmas Eve celebration with Communion, candlelight and carols; 4:30 p.m. Carol singing with the choir.
Saturday, December 25th, 2021: Christmas Day
10 a.m. A morning celebration of Jesus' birth with Communion and carols.
Sunday, December 26th, 2021: The First Sunday After Christmas
There will be no in-person worship at St. Luke's this day.
As noted above, St. Luke’s has moved to requiring proof of vaccination (and identification) on Sunday mornings. Distancing requirements have been relaxed but not eliminated and masks must be worn at all times. Proof of vaccination is not checked at the Contemplative Eucharist on Sunday afternoons in Advent, and distancing requirements and additional safety protocols are followed. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required at the Labyrinth Walk, the “Blue Christmas” liturgy, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

photo credit: Patrick O'Neill
Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021
4:00 p.m.
at St. Luke's

Proof of double-vaccination (and identification) required. Capacity limited to 20 Labyrinth walkers and 30 seated. Pre-registration required. Masks required. 

The capacity limit for walkers has been reached. There are still ‘seating’ spots.
Please join us to sit in this sacred space  in candle light, the sound of Bach’s Suites on Cello and the company of one another as we mark the Solstice ‘standing still Sun’ passing of the Sun at its lowest point to begin the return of increasing Light.

Registration Link

Blue Christmas

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
5:00 p.m.

This is a gentle, contemplative liturgy for those who are carrying pain or loss in the Christmas season. Proof of vaccination is required. 


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, or Tim Horton's. You may also make a monetary contribution for the purchase of gift cards. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you have questions. 


IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings

Due 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. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding. 

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 will be 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.

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

Pre-registration is 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. 


Christmas Flowers

You may make a donation for Christmas flowers using the envelopes in the Narthex at in-person worship, or through CanadaHelps. If you would like to offer flowers in memory of a loved one, please email name(s) to Rev. Victoria.

A Construction Update

Today is a big construction day at St. Luke's, with an electrical shut down scheduled, but we are in the home stretch, and the project - upstairs and downstairs - continues to run ahead of schedule! 

Hats, Gloves, Socks, Scarves...

If you are able to donate items such as gloves, hats, scarves and socks, or other warm clothing these items will be gratefully received, and distributed on Sunday mornings and through the week. 


The Prayer Book of John the Baptist

Is written on
locusts’ wings.

Is stained with
wild honey.

Is buckled by
baptismal waters.

Is mostly
pages of wilderness
where prayers are formed
not from what is present
but from what has been
worn away.

Is inscribed
with an ancient path.

Is waiting.

Is falling open
toward the light.

(Jan Richardson)


A Virtual Service of the Word with Lectio Divina

Our Wednesday gathering on Zoom continues at 11 a.m. each week. We'll share in a Service of the Word, and let our encounter with the Gospel be guided by the following questions: 
  • What word or phrase stands out for you?
  • What is speaking to you in the Gospel?
  • What meaning had you not perceived before?
  • What is the Gospel asking you to do today?
Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service. 

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions. 


Pausing for Prayer in Advent

Rev. Victoria and the Rev. Canon Hilary Murray, Chaplain at Cornerstone Housing for Women, have partnered to create "Pausing for Prayer in Advent". Watch the recording, and follow along in the order of service, and pause for prayer any time during these weeks of Advent

Pausing for Prayer in Advent - Week Three - Video
Pausing for Prayer in Advent - Week Three - Order of Service


Frederick Buecher: Secrets in the Dark

Rev. Victoria mentioned this book in her homily last Sunday. Click here to read more about it. 


Mahalia Jackson - "If I Can Help Somebody" 

Rev. Victoria mentioned this song in her homily last Sunday. Click here to watch and listen on YouTube. 

Click here to listen to excepts from Paul Winter and Friends album Celtic Solstice.

You can read more about Paul Winter, and this year's Winter Solstice Celebrations here


ADVENT 2021: Journeying with the Primate’s Fund 

Who is God calling us to be during this season of Advent 2021? 

How do we respond to passages of scripture that call us to “wake up”? 

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund offers us several ways: 

· Subscribe at to receive an email every morning during the season of Advent with meditation and/or a daily reflection within the Advent Resource entitled Thread of Hope. Four clergy representing four dioceses in the Canadian Church offer resources for your daily worship throughout the season of Advent. You may download the entire resource including the meditation guide ahead of time. 

· Respond to the needs of God’s world through World of Gifts. There are various options and ways to give. Choose a project that tweaks your interest: you’ll find lots to choose from at (Incidentally, World of Gifts is the preferred way of giving to the Primate’s Fund in this Diocese.) Please note that there is also an opportunity to respond to the ongoing flood in British Columbia at 

· Donate $25 to receive a package of 20 beautiful PWRDF Christmas cards you may view online. Type in “Christmas cards” at to order online. 

Happy Advent! 

Janet Allingham, Parish representative to the Diocesan PWRDF Working Group


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 here.

Know that you are not alone
And that this darkness has purpose;
Gradually it will school your eyes
To find the one gift your life requires
Hidden within this night-corner.

Invoke the learning
Of every suffering
You have suffered.

Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark.
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.

A new confidence will come alive
To urge you toward higher ground
Where your imagination
Will learn to engage difficulty
As its most rewarding threshold!

(John O’Donohue)

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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