Parish News


IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings

Due 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. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding. 

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. 

Homily and a Hymn

Click here to watch and listen to Rev. Victoria's most recent homily. Click here to read it.

Click here to watch Sunday's final hymn and Postlude.


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. Proof of vaccination is not required.

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. 


St. Luke's Storytelling Time on Zoom

The next St. Luke's Storytelling Time will be on Thursday, November 25th, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom, and we look forward to welcoming Irene Barbeau as our guest.

Irene was born on the eastern shore of James Bay. Interestingly, her father (Canon Dr. Redern Louttit) was an Anglican priest who graduated from Wycliffe College. Irene was sent to a residential school at the age of 8. A lifelong Anglican, she eventually moved south, working for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada for 25 years. She is a long-time resident of Barrhaven, where she raised her two daughters, worked as the administrator of the church of Good Shepherd, and filled many volunteer roles. As Bishop Chapman's nominee, Irene has been a delegate to the Synod of the Anglican Province of Ontario. As a founding member of the alumni of the Shingwauk School in Sault Ste. Marie, she has served as its president four times.  Recipient of the Canada 150 medal, she is well known in the National Capital Region and beyond as a speaker who relates her truth with kindness.  Her current work at Shingwauk relates to the identification of unmarked burial sites. Very recently, she participated in a discussion group about community-based Reconciliation at Rideau Hall.

This promises to be a rich time of sharing and connection. Here is the Zoom link, and hope to see you there!

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! The "Green Room" remains 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!

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( if you are willing and able to take on a role on a Sunday morning -  greeter, reader, intercessor, chalice bearer - and thank you for sharing in the life of the community this way.


The deadline for the Christmas edition of The Jubilee is Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Don't wait for the deadline, though! Send submissions to Heather Matchett anytime at

Church Steps

Sheldon saved the day by repairing our steps, which crumbled early last week. Further repair and rebuilding will be necessary in the spring, but in the meantime, thank you Sheldon for this effort which will get us through the winter! It is much appreciated!

A Note from Our PWRDF Parish Representative

Over its 63-year history  the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund has responded to many disasters across the globe. Monthly donors make it possible to respond quickly. While there are no special fund-raising efforts that focus on the BC crisis yet, I expect this to change in the coming days and will keep the parish informed as things develop. In the meantime, we hold the people of BC in our thoughts and prayers. Please visit for more information.

- Janet Allingham, PWRDF Parish Rep. 


A Virtual Service of the Word with Lectio Divina

Our Wednesday gathering on Zoom continues at 11 a.m. each week. We'll share in a Service of the Word, and let our encounter with the Gospel be guided by the following questions: 
  • What word or phrase stands out for you?
  • What is speaking to you in the Gospel?
  • What meaning had you not perceived before?
  • What is the Gospel asking you to do today?
Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service. 

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions. 


AdventWord 2021

Join an international community of prayer this Advent season. Sign up here for daily emailed meditation. 

The Way of Love

The Way of Love comes to us from Bishop Michael Curry and the Episcopal Church in the United States. Click here to read more about it. 

Click here for the Way of Love Advent calendar. 

Spiritual Exile and Seeds of Promise - Episode 5

Saturday, December 4, 2021
1:00 PM  2:00 PM


In his widely acclaimed series Spiritual Exile & Seeds of Promise, John Philip Newell explores the yearnings that have led countless numbers of people into an experience of exile from the religious traditions of their inheritance, whether in literally leaving church or in looking well beyond its bounds for vision and nourishment.

“Listening to the Inner Child,” the fifth episode in the series, will explore our longing for interconnectedness. Click here to read more and to register. 


The lecture will be hosted on Zoom for those who wish to register and have the opportunity to ask questions. 


The lecture will also be livestreamed on YouTube for those who just want to watch. Michelle Good’s remarks will continue to be available on the YouTube channel afterwards.


Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years, she obtained a law degree and advocated for residential school survivors for over fourteen years. Good earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia while still practising law and managing her own law firm. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada. Her poetry was included on two lists of the best Canadian poetry in 2016 and 2017. In addition to winning the 2020 Governor General’s Award for fiction, Five Little Indians, her first novel won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the Writers Trust Fiction Prize and the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Photo Credit: Candice Camille


ADVENT 2021: Journeying with the Primate’s Fund 

Who is God calling us to be during this season of Advent 2021? 

How do we respond to passages of scripture that call us to “wake up”? 

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund offers us several ways: 

· Subscribe at to receive an email every morning during the season of Advent with meditation and/or a daily reflection within the Advent Resource entitled Thread of Hope. Four clergy representing four dioceses in the Canadian Church offer resources for your daily worship throughout the season of Advent. You may download the entire resource including the meditation guide ahead of time. 

· Respond to the needs of God’s world through World of Gifts. There are various options and ways to give. Choose a project that tweaks your interest: you’ll find lots to choose from at (Incidentally, World of Gifts is the preferred way of giving to the Primate’s Fund in this Diocese.) Please note that there is also an opportunity to respond to the ongoing flood in British Columbia at 

· Donate $25 to receive a package of 20 beautiful PWRDF Christmas cards you may view online. Type in “Christmas cards” at to order online. 

Happy Advent! 

Janet Allingham, Parish representative to the Diocesan PWRDF Working Group


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 here.

 A Non-traditional Blessing
May God bless you with discontent with easy answers, half-truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live from deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, abuse, and exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, equality, and  peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort  them and to change their pain to joy.
May God bless you with the foolishness to think you can make a difference in this world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.
If you have the courage to accept these blessings, then God will also bless you with:
happiness—because you will know that you have made life better for others
inner peace—because you will have worked to secure an outer peace for others
laughter—because your heart will be light
faithful friends—because they will recognize your worth as a person.
These blessings are yours—not for the asking, but for the giving—from One who wants to be your companion, our God, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

(Sister Ruth Fox, OSB)

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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