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Notice of Another St. Luke’s Special Vestry Meeting: Monday, November 30th, 2020
5:00 p.m. (on Zoom)


Read about why we need another Special Vestry and see the motion here .

Information Session: TOMORROW Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (on Zoom)


Do you have questions? Join Rev. Victoria, the wardens and Director of Community Ministries, PJ Hobbs tomorrow on Zoom at 5:00 p.m. Click here for the link.
 



In-Person Worship: Sundays at 10 a.m.



If you would like to register for this coming Sunday November 22nd, please fill in and submit this form.

 

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Virtual Gathering 
Wednesdays
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.

 



 
Virtual Social Hour: Time to Talk!

Click here to join the Zoom social hour this Thursday, November 26th, at 5:00 p.m.!

During this social hour, we can share stories, concerns, joys, hopes and sorrows, requests for prayer, and there is a way to wander, mix and mingle on Zoom, as well, just as we used to do! You can leave whenever you like!
 
Hope to see you on Thursday! Feel free to be in touch with Anne with questions: Anne Wright: 613-791-5494   anne@change-artistry.com 

 

Rev. Victoria's Homilies on YouTube


Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
The Last Sunday After Pentecost: The Reign of Christ

Readings:  EZEKIEL 34:11-16, 20-24; PSALM 100; EPHESIANS 1:15-23; MATTHEW 25:31-46

Click here to watch and listen.

Would you rather read it? Click here. You can also find previous week's homilies on the St. Luke's YouTube channel.

 

St. Luke's Sunday Services

Would you like to watch the whole St. Luke's Sunday service? You can also find recordings of our services on the St. Luke's YouTube  channel. Click here.

 
Advent and Christmas at St. Luke's


Each week of Advent, stones painted with Advent symbols painted on them will be available at St. Luke's, St. Martin's, All Saints, and Julian of Norwich and the four parishes will hold each other in prayer. This is offered as a tangible reminder that  even as we continue our pandemic response and cannot all join together in person, we can join together in prayer and devotion. The prayer will be included at in-person worship and in the newsletter. The stones will be handled carefully, with pandemic safety protocols in mind.
 


A "Blue Christmas" Service at St. Luke's

"Blue Christmas" is a gentle, contemplative liturgy for those who are carrying pain or loss in the Christmas season. St. Luke's will offer this service on Sunday, December 20th, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
 


A Virtual Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk

A Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk will be pre-recorded in our beloved space at St. Luke's, and made available online before December 21st, 2020. Stay tuned for more information  in the coming weeks.

 

 
 

Are you feeling anxious about Christmas?

As we enter the season of Advent and Christmas draws closer, many of us will find ourselves feeling worried or anxious about what Christmas will be like as we continue our pandemic response. Reverend Victoria is available by phone (613-698-6083) or Zoom to listen, talk, and pray with you.
 
Would you like to connect with another member of the community but aren’t sure how to reach them? Contact Helen Cathcart at familylibrarian@yahoo.ca, or leave a message on the church answering machine and we’ll make the connection.
We can get through this together!
 
 
 
Reflect


Why Social Justice?
"Why social justice? It makes the abstract real..." US theologian and activist Kelly Brown Douglas answers the question - why 'social' and 'justice'. Click on the image to watch and listen. 
 

“What I’ve always believed is that humanity has the capacity to be kinder, more just, more fair, more rational, more reasonable, more tolerant
. It is not inevitable. History does not move in a straight line. But if you have enough people of goodwill who are willing to work on behalf of those values, then things can get better.” Read the full interview with Barack Obama here.

 
Listen

Today's Music

Prelude:   Cantilène  (William Reed)
Hymn: 379 Rejoice, the Lord is King (verse 1)
Hymn:  500 Sister, Let Me Be Your Servant
Postlude:  Prelude and Fugue in B Minor  (by Healey Willan)
 
 
Canada Music Week was initiated in 1960 to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association. It is celebrated during the third week of November (in conjunction with St. Cecilia’s Day--the patron saint of music and musicians--which occurs on November 22).
 
Born in Montreal, William Reed (1849-1945) at age 19 he won a scholarship to study at Keble College (Oxford) and beat out 30 contestants to serve as organist at the college. Returning to Canada, he held several church positions (Sherbrooke, Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City). His Cantilène dates from 1900. The melody is heard on the oboe stop.
 
Known as the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan came to Canada in 1913 to teach at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and serve as organist at St. Paul’s Church (Bloor Street).  In 1921 he moved to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, remaining there until his death in 1968.  His Prelude and Fugue in B Minor date from 1909.

 
 
Advent and Christmas Services at St. Luke's

Sunday, November 29th, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Advent I)
Sunday, December 6th, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Advent II)
Sunday, December 13th, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Advent III)
Sunday, December 20th, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Advent IV)
Sunday, December 20th, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. "Blue Christmas" Service
Thursday, December 24th, 2020 - 5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve
Friday, December 25th, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day
Resources
 

Waiting & Watching: Advent Word Reflections

Savor and steep your Advent journey in the Word of God. Drawn from the weekly scripture readings, these daily devotions offer an opportunity to pause, wait, and watch for the Christ child. The reflections are part of a larger initiative called AdventWord, a global community praying and walking together during this holy season. Hosted by Virginia Theological Seminary and in partnership with Forward Movement, AdventWord invites people to read and respond to each day’s word. In Waiting and Watching, the daily reflections include a response or action item and a prayer.




A Celtic Advent Calendar

Drawing on ancient Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany traditions, here is a calendar that offers one simple daily way to practice joy and gratitude from November 15 until Epiphany, January 6.
 

Practicing Spirituality with
A 40-day e-course
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
November 22 - December 31
 
Open up new horizons. Don't succumb to doing too much. Risk failure. Be humble. See infinite possibilities. Explore the depths. Take a mini-sabbath. Cast off heavy burdens. Extend the circle of your compassion. Practice equanimity. Give it time. Join the Dance.
 
These are just a few pieces of advice in our 40-day e-course "Practicing Spirituality with Thomas Merton." We've gone through the books and journals of this spiritual master to find short passages that convey his mystical perspective on the world, his practice of everyday spirituality, his openness to the teachings of other religions, and his deep devotion to God.
 
We invite you to savor this wisdom during this holiday season. Goodness knows, we need this as 2020 comes to a close! Starting this Sunday, November 22, and continuing through December 31, you will receive a daily email with:
 
  • a quotation from Merton's writings with a link to a review of the book it came from,
  • a practice suggested by this teaching,
  • access to our Practice Circle (an online forum open 24/7) to share your reflections about the quotes and your experiences with the practices with others in our worldwide community. 
 
Join us! Read more about this very special program and register here:
 

 
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