News and Virtual Events

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.

St. Luke's Creating a Wider Welcome with Ottawa Senior Pride Network

with facilitators Carmen Paquette and Mary Harvey

Saturday June 12th, 2021
10 AM - 12 PM
The question we'll be asking is "How can St. Luke's be even more welcoming to the LGBTQ2+ community?  OSPN has been offering in-person workshops over the past ten years. They have helped many organizations in Ottawa become more open and inclusive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit seniors.  Our facilitators, Carmen Paquette and Mary Harvey, are exceptional.  They are customizing the workshop for us, knowing that we have a strong foundation on which to keep building.  

We do hope you’ll be able to attend, and ask that you RSVP to Anne Wright ( by end of day on Thursday so that she can be in touch to provide workshop materials ahead of time. 

Please feel free to be in touch with me or with Anne if you have any questions. 

Auction Update

As of this week there are now 32 items listed in our catalogue for auction.  This is a great start but all the donations so far have come from 5 parishioners, 3 of which are the organizers of this auction.  This will be our major fundraiser for the year.  We need your support!  We are looking for at least 60 items or lots, hopefully more.  As mentioned earlier, the items do not need to be family heirlooms but they do need to be above rummage sale quality.
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.
To help you out, we are attaching some examples of items donated for the catalogue..
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


The St. Luke's Order of Good Cheer
Church Supper

These are the best two words! I was always so excited to see them in the bulletin. You are invited to a (Virtual) Church Supper next Wednesday, June 16th from 5 to 7 pm.

This will be our first gathering of the St. Luke's Order of Good Cheer. The menu is flexible and up to you. If you like you can order from So Good restaurant in our parish and support a local business. We love their Wu Se Chicken and they have a vegetarian version with Wu Se vegetables. You could also order dumplings, Salt and Pepper Tofu (even non-tofu people would enjoy this), Eggplant with Garlic and General Tao chicken. But anything on the menu is good.

If you would like to cook along at home, here's a recipe for peanut sauce that makes everything good:  

  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (0r mild white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water, as needed
  •  In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter,  vinegar, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and garlic. Whisk in 2 to 3 tablespoons water, as needed to make a super creamy but dip-able sauce.

You can serve this sauce over steamed vegetables, chicken and rice or noodles. It's also great cold with thin noodles, diced chicken, grated carrot and anything else that appeals, all mixed together as a summer salad. 

One of the things I have always loved about Anglicans is that they are not uptight about wine. So here are a few suggestions for the dinner:

For reds, try a ripe pinot noir, or a merlot if you want something a little bolder. If you want to stick with a white, opt for a chenin blanc or a good old off-dry riesling.

The Chinese aren't big on dessert, but mandarin oranges or a pomelo if you're adventurous are both nice endings. 

We'll gather around our tables and computer screens and feast together and enjoy each other's conversation and company.

Here is the Zoom link:

Topic: Virtual Church Supper 
Time: Jun 16, 2021 05:00 PM America/Toronto

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 885 0815 2255
Passcode: 020443

See you soon! 

Sarah Whitehead 

St. Luke's Storytelling and Social Time

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

3:00 PM Thursdays 

Here is what is coming up for June Thursdays at 3:

- Sarah Whitehead June 10
- Susan Lawson on June 17
- Jennifer and Adrian Camfield June 24
Meeting ID: 844 6491 9588
Passcode: 589593
It's a great place to enjoy deepening friendships with one another through a focused conversation on a topic shared by one of our own.

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming Story Times.  

Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright



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!

Now is the time to commit to cherishing and respecting all lives, and to honoring the dignity and infinite worth of every child of God. Now is the time for all of us to show — in our words, our actions, and our lives — what love really looks like.

(Presiding Bishop Michael Curry)


Those who call for sober clarity
are still called drunkards
seekers of compassion,
naive idealists
and we who dare declare freedom
in God's Kingdom
will always bear the shackles
of resistance and tradition.
But the Spirit is incessantly decanted
In each age, to all who hold themselves ready
And G_d calls us to see possibility where we are shown only limit
Concern where we are told not to care
And salvation where prisons scream captivity.

(Andy Campbell)

Community News

Showers/Washrooms/Laundry Project Update

As mentioned in previous weeks, St. Luke's Table has moved back into the basement and the new showers, washrooms and laundry facilities are in steady use! Rev. Victoria continues to hear expressions of appreciation. 

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and is now open 7 days a week with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

Please continue to keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers.

During the pandemic, Centre 454, The Well and St Luke's Table have continued to support folks in need following Ottawa Public Health

Now more than ever, many folks are battling isolation and barriers. With
growing demand in the last year, our services and hours have expanded to
meet the need of folks utilizing our day programs, such as showers,
laundry and meals to name a few.  

Donations are needed, including:

Shampoo/Conditioner - travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Disposable razors
M/W underwear - med/large
M/W socks
Body wash- travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Mini packs of tissue
Lip balm

Due to these exceptional times, we are respectfully asking for new items

All donations should be dropped of at: 

The Well 
154 Somerset St. West
Entrance on Somerset St.: please ring doorbell.  
Hours of operation for drop off: 
Mon-Fri 8am-3pm 

Click here for the latest news from Somerset West Community Health Centre.
Additional Resources

"Not feeling good enough for God..." Sam Wells in conversation with Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York here - improvising, mental health, and responses to racism here

Theologian's Almanac

Click here for SALT’s “Theologian’s Almanac,” a weekly selection of important birthdays, holidays, and other upcoming milestones worth marking...



Between Feb 17 to Apr 2 2021, Simon Cross's weekday meditations emails were themed around Climate Emergency: 33 thoughts about why we think and behave the way we do, and how we might change.

If you received them, but want to read back over them, or if you didn’t receive them but would like to take a look, click here for a free PDF ebook for you to download.

Now is the time
To climb up the mountain
And reason against habit.
Now is the time.

Now is the time
To renew the barren soil of nature
Ruined by the winds of tyranny
Now is the time.

Now is the time
To commence the litany of hope
Now is the time.

Now is the time
To give me roses, not to keep them
For my grave to come.
Give them to me while my heart beats,
Give them today
While my heart yearns for jubilee.
Now is the time…

(Mzwakhe Mbuli)

May I live this day
Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.

(John O'Donohue)

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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