The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.                  

(Edward Hays)
IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings

As noted in Wednesday's newsletter, thanks to high vaccination rates and a change in the government and Diocesan COVID-19 plans, St. Luke's moves to a new phase of reopening tomorrow. 

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

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 worship for the four Sundays in Advent, beginning on November 28th, 2021. We will observe "Yellow" protocols. Pre-registration will be necessary, and proof of vaccination will not be required. Stay tuned for further details, in the coming weeks. 

Sunday, November 7th, 2021
All Saints Sunday 
10 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Readings: ISAIAH 25:6-9; PSALM 24; REVELATION 21:1-6A; JOHN 11:32-44

A Service of the Word for All Saints

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. 

Requiescat in Pace (Henry G. Ley)

Henry Ley’s Requiescat in Pace is based on the hymn tune Dundee. The melody is heard in long notes in the top voice.

All Saints

Though Satan breaks our dark glass into shards

Each shard still shines with Christ’s reflected light,

It glances from the eyes, kindles the words

Of all his unknown saints. The dark is bright

With quiet lives and steady lights undimmed,

The witness of the ones we shunned and shamed.

Plain in our sight and far beyond our seeing

He weaves them with us in the web of being

They stand beside us even as we grieve,

The lone and left behind whom no one claimed,

Unnumbered multitudes, he lifts above

The shadow of the gibbet and the grave,

To triumph where all saints are known and named;

The gathered glories of His wounded love.

(Malcolm Guite)

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; St. Martin’s, Ottawa, The Reverend Dr. Mary-Cate Garden; John Holgate, Postulant for Ordination.
Emmanuel Church, Ramleh, Israel.

Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; Principal, faculty, students and staff of the Vancouver School of Theology.

Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod; Principal-Dean, faculty, students and staff of Martin Luther University College.

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.


All Souls' Requiem  

All Souls' Requiem

Commemorating our loved ones

On Sunday, November 7th at 4 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral will offer an All Souls' Requiem Eucharist for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. This year, our Bishop will read the names of those members of households in our diocese who have died during the pandemic, and offer a prayer of commendation. This promises to be a very moving and beautiful service.

Register to attend in-person at Christ Church Cathedral on November 7th at 4 p.m. 
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!

Your Neighbour As Yourself

My neighbour as myself? I cannot learn

To love myself at all. I look away,
The dark glass only shames me and I burn
At what should never see the light of day.

I’ll be the judge of that, for in my light
Judgment and healing meet you equally.
The self you loathe is precious in my sight
And I will have you love it into me.
You and your neighbor, both must made whole.
Her heart’s as dark and needy as your own,
So you must love her in her hidden soul, 
The very soul she’s trying to disown.
Love her as you are loved and you will find
Love is your heart, your soul, your strength, your mind.

(Malcolm Guite)

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

(The Journey)

Above the mountains
the geese turn into
the light again

Painting their
black silhouettes
on an open sky.

Sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you.

Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that

first, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.

Sometimes with
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out

someone has written
something new
in the ashes of your life.

You are not leaving.
Even as the light fades quickly now,
you are arriving.

(David Whyte)

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!
Our Diocesan Church

Covid Communiqué

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 77.
If you’re a parish on the Ontario side of our diocese, you’ve been facing a tough decision—whether to end capacity limits for services by asking for proof of double vaccination, or continue with the limits set out in the Yellow stage of the pandemic plan. There’s no wrong answer; it’s whatever lets you best serve your people and community. (If you’d like to review the options, you can see last week’s Communiqué here). However, if you decide to ask people for proof of vaccination, don’t rush: you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to let your people know about the change.
Whichever option you choose, remember that masks must be worn by everyone at all times except when receiving the bread and wine or while eating or drinking at a social event. (Remind people they must put their masks back on immediately after they finish eating or drinking; it’s an easy precaution to forget).
It's important to note other vaccination mandates have not changed. Apart from liturgies, proof of double vaccination must be shown before anyone can enter church premises for any meeting or event, whether they’re parish-related or operated by tenants, and contact information must be collected. We recommend, whichever worship option you choose, that you also continue to gather contact information from everyone who comes to the church.
This change in the rules will likely cause some tension among people with different tolerance for risk. We need to rise to the spiritual challenge of remaining in right relationship with all in the family of God, including those who see things differently than we do. We are united in our love for God in Christ, and our desire for an end to this pandemic. If you have any questions, feel free to contact 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 11th, 2021
Remembrance Sunday

Readings: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9; Psalm 116:1-8; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 6:37-40

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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