A Prayer for Peacemakers

History can inspire or trap.
Walls can protect or divide.
Words can encourage or inflame.
Power can free or destroy.
Touch can comfort or violate.
Peace can be shared or withheld. 
Gracious God, on this day, 
when we remember past and present conflicts,
we pray for the divided peoples of the world, 
that leaders, governments and each one of us 
may use our resources, 
our opportunities and our lives 
in the service of reconciliation, 
for the sake of future generations 
and to the glory of your name.


IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings

As noted in last week's 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.

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. 

Sunday, November 14th, 2021
Remembrance Sunday 
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Readings: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9; Canticle: 1 Samuel 2:1-10; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 6:37-40

A Service of the Word for Remembrance Sunday

This Service of the Word 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:   Solemn Melody  (by Walford Davies)
Hymn 528:  O God Our Help in Ages Past
Postlude: Nimrod [from Enigma Variations]  (Edward Elgar)
Walford Davies (1869-1941) was organist of the Temple Church from 1898-1923. During the First World War, Davies joined the Committee for Music in War Time under Parry's chairmanship, organized concerts for the troops in France and musical events for the Fight for Right movement. In 1918 he was appointed director of music of the Royal Air Force, with the rank of major. He established the RAF School of Music and two RAF bands, and composed the Royal Air Force March Past.  First published in 1909,  Solemn Melody has been played at London’s cenotaph each Remembrance Day since 1930.
Composed in the late 1890s, Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations consists of a theme with 14 variations of which Nimrod is the 9th.  The name of the variation refers to Augustus J. Jaeger, who was employed as music editor by the London publisher Novello & Co. He was a close friend of Elgar's, giving him useful advice but also severe criticism, something Elgar greatly appreciated. Elgar later related how Jaeger had encouraged him as an artist and had stimulated him to continue composing despite setbacks. Nimrod is described in the Old Testament as "a mighty hunter before the Lord", Jäger being German for hunter.

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.  


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; 
The Reverend Colin McFarland The Reverend Aigah Attagutsiak. For members of the Outreach Committee and its subcommittees and working groups.
Emmanuel Church, Ramleh, Israel.

Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; the members of the General Council of Synod.

Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod; the members of the National Church Council. 

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 to come to St. Luke's during the week: or 613-698-6083

Chi Rho Berry Fundraiser

Jim and Paul, from Fern’s Frozen Fruit, have e-mailed the following changes for this year:

·      The strange days we find ourselves in have impacted the operations at Fern’s Frozen Fruit, but we are happy to report we will be supplying our family of fundraisers yet again.
·      We have had to change our supply network somewhat.  Nova Scotia Blueberries (2 kg bag and Ontario Strawberries (1 kg bag). All the fruit is cleaned and fast frozen. 
·      The smaller size may appeal to some customers with limited freezer space at home.
·      Sorry the raspberries will not be available until February-March 2022.

St. Luke’s Chi Rho Fellowship Berry Order Form
Ontario strawberries and Nova Scotia wild blueberries, (individually, quick frozen)

     Wild Blueberries      2 kg bag      _____   bag(s) @ $20.00  =    $__
     Ont.  Strawberries   1 kg bag      ­­­­_____   bag(s) @ $12.00  =    $__

Note: This is probably Chi Rho’s only chance to fundraise to present a donation to the Church’s General Fund.
11:00 A.M. SHARP

Westgate Shopping Centre, Merivale Road side
To order:
Call Heather Matchett @ 613-737-7103 and leave your name, telephone number and berry order OR

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!

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! If you were at church last Sunday you'll have noticed that the "Green Room" is 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!

A Prayer in a Time of Hopelessness

We entrust to you, eternal God, 
those times when we can see only shadows 
and lose sight of the hope to come; 
the times when suffering seems so senseless, 
life so fragile, war so unstoppable and death so permanent. 
Bless us with the assurance that you are in all things, 
the tragic and the beautiful, 
the nightmare and the dream, 
the light and the darkness. 
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ 
the peace of the world, today, tomorrow and forever.

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
What to Remember When Waking

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

(David Whyte, "The House of Belonging")

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
Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 78.
We’ve been focusing on Ontario the past two weeks, because of the big changes in pandemic restrictions introduced at the end of October, but realize we might have made those of you on the Quebec side of the river feel a little left out, or worse, confused. As it stands, there have been no change in rules for religious services or ceremonies (defined as weddings, funerals and baptisms) in Quebec. The details are complicated, but you can read about them here.  Notably, Quebec does not require people attending services to have their vaccination passports checked; in theory a parish could do so, but it would provide no particular benefits — social distancing and masking would have to be maintained. 
There is one significant way Quebec’s measures differ from our Yellow stage guidelines. Under some circumstances, Quebec permits masks to be removed during a service, however that is contrary to our guidelines where they must be kept on at all times, except to receive the Eucharist. As always, the more conservative approach is to be followed, so please stick with pandemic plan rules.
We’ve received several versions of the same question from churches on the Ontario side: Must we ask people entering church buildings other than for worship to show proof of double vaccination and government ID? The answer is yes. Whether it’s volunteer work, a concert, or the activities of one of your tenants, proof of double vaccination with ID is always required.
Thank you for working so hard, for so long, to keep our people and our communities as safe as possible — and please never hesitate to send your questions to us at
COVID Communiqué is produced by our senior staff:
Shane Parker, Bishop
Beth Bretzlaff, Dean
Linda Hill, Executive Archdeacon
Sanjay Grover, Director of Financial Ministry
Peter John Hobbs, Director General of Community Ministries
Jane Scanlon, Director of Communications & Stewardship Development
Ringo Morella, Director of Human Resources
Michael Garner, Public Health Advisor 
Office of the Bishop
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
71 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6G6
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Next Week: 

Sunday, November 18th, 2021
The Last Sunday After Pentecost: The Reign of Christ

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

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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