News and Virtual Events

St. Luke's: Outdoor Worship

Hoping to see you for outdoor worship this coming Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Dominican College. Congregational singing is not permitted at this stage, but we'll enjoy the sounds of nature, the sound of the singing bowl, and some recorded Taizé music.

The weather forecast is looking a little "iffy", but it's early yet, so here's hoping the weather cooperates! If it's a thunderstorm, or bucketing rain, we'll have to cancel, but if it's only threatening rain or even drizzling, please bring an umbrella and come anyway! 

Some other things to consider:
  • Safety protocols will be followed, including masking, and maintaining distancing
  • You'll be asked to bring your own chair or a blanket to sit on
  • Please register here. It's important to register in keeping with pandemic guidelines and restrictions, but it will also allow us to be in touch if we need to cancel because of the weather.

A Service of the Word with Lectio Divina

Wednesdays 11 a.m.

All are welcome at this virtual gathering, where we reflect on the Gospel passage for the coming Sunday with the questions "What word or phrase stands out for you?" What speaks to you in the passage?" "What meaning had you not perceived before?" "What is the Gospel asking you to do today?" guiding us, and share in a liturgy of the word. 

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service.


Auction Update


We have had excellent response from members of the parish and therefore are thrilled to report that we are now close to 90 lots in the catalogue and the items keep coming.  Several members of our parish have contributed numerous items which have helped the numbers immensely and we are very appreciative.  It is looking like this auction will be very successful.    

June 30th is getting closer so if you haven’t had a chance to donate some of your unused items but intend to do so, now is the time.   

We have been informed that there may be parishioners who are unable to take photos and send them by email.  If you are one of those people, please know that we will make arrangements with you to drop by your home, take the needed pictures and get a description.  No work for you.  You keep your item at home until it sells.

Here are the reminder notes: 
  1. Photos:   It is recommended that 3 photos of each lot be provided.  The photos should show any flaws on the item.
  2. Reserve Bid:  There are no reserve bids.  All items start at $1.00.  If you feel the sale price for your item is too low you can bid on it and buy it back….or…let it go and be happy .
  3. There is a TIME CONSTRAINT.  We need the items in the catalogue by the end of June if possible.   So please,  open up your storage closets and find some interesting treasures.  
  4. Contact Information: Please provide your phone number when submitting items for auction.   We will need to contact you when the auction is over to arrange delivery of your item(s) to the church.
Please take a look at some of the donated items below.  We have lots of exciting items to bid on.  Once the auction goes live, you will have an opportunity to view the entire catalogue and place your bids.  Of course, you will be competing with Maxsold’s online market buyers, so be ready! 

Thanks for your support.
The Auction Team

Helen Cathcart:; phone: 613-228-1411
Sally Griffin:; phone: 613-724-3846
 Susan Reid:; phone: 613-222-2099


St. Luke's Storytelling and Social Time

We hope you can join story time this week at its new time

3:00 PM Thursdays 

Warm thanks, Susan, for your sharing last Thursday.

We'll be pleased to see you this coming Thursday for Adrian and Jennifer sharing on model boat building.
Meeting ID: 844 6491 9588
Passcode: 589593

Our July story time will be combined with Rev. Victoria's drop-in "office hours" from 3-4 on Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday July 7.

- Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright

Widening Our Welcome at St. Luke's

As mentioned in last Tuesday's newsletter, we at St. Luke's are already committed to welcoming everyone without exception, and wanting to build on that, on June 12th, we had an enlightening Zoom workshop with Ottawa Senior Pride Network (OSPN) about the realities of seniors who identify as GLBTQ2+ and practical ways we can extend our welcome at St. Luke's. They distributed some very good material on how to extend our welcome and be an effective ally.  Here is a link to that material

Some excellent, practical ideas came out of the discussion we had on June 12th, and a great group of people committed to working together to follow up on those ideas. It's not too late for you to be part of that group if you haven't yet volunteered. A working group meeting is being planned for July. If you'd like to be part of that, or if you'd like more information or to watch a video of the June 12th workshop, please be in touch with Anne Wright (
Connect and Reflect

Rev. Victoria's Office Hours on Zoom
Rev. Victoria resumes regular office hours on Wednesday afternoon this week. She will be on Zoom from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, and you are invited to drop in to Zoom to connect any time during that hour. You may see other St. Luke's friends when you join! Click here to drop in to Zoom any time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

She will also be available by phone or Zoom from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. if you would like to book an appointment for one-on-one conversation. Please email her to book your time.

If Wednesdays aren't convenient for you, just email Rev. Victoria to find another time to connect.

These are difficult days, but we can get through this together!

Bishop Shane has spoken about the residential school system, the harm it did, and how the Anglican Church has changed because of it. The link was missing in Saturday's newsletter, but please click here to watch and listen!

Who ever saw the mustard-plant,
wayside weed or tended crop,
grow tall as a shrub, let alone a tree, a treeful
of shade and nests and songs?
Acres of yellow,
not a bird of the air in sight.

No, He who knew
the west wind brings
the rain, the south wind
thunder, who walked the field-paths
running His hand along wheatstems to glean
those intimate milky kernels, good
to break on the tongue,

was talking of miracle, the seed
within us, so small
we take it for worthless, a mustard-seed, dust,
Glib generations mistake
the metaphor, not looking at fields and trees,
not noticing paradox. Mountains
remain unmoved.

Faith is rare, He must have been saying,
prodigious, unique —
one infinitesimal grain divided
like loaves and fishes,

as if from a mustard-seed
a great shade-tree grew. That rare,
that strange: the kingdom

a tree. The soul
a bird. A great concourse of birds
at home there, wings among yellow flowers.
The waiting
kingdom of faith, the seed
waiting to be sown.


(Denise Levertov)

Sweet Jesus, talking
his melancholy madness,
stood up in the boat
and the sea lay down,

silky and sorry,
So everybody was saved
that night.
But you know how it is

when something
different crosses
the threshold — the uncles
mutter together,

the women walk away,
the young brother begins
to sharpen his knife.
Nobody knows what the soul is.

It comes and goes
like the wind over the water —
sometimes, for days,
you don’t think of it.

Maybe, after the sermon,
after the multitude was fed,
one or two of them felt
the soul slip forth

like a tremor of pure sunlight
before exhaustion,
that wants to swallow everything,
gripped their bones and left them

miserable and sleepy,
as they are now, forgetting
how the wind tore at the sails
before he rose and talked to it —

tender and luminous and demanding
as he always was —
a thousand times more frightening
than the killer sea.

(Mary Oliver)

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

Pastoral Emergencies: 613-698-6083

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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