May the hope, peace, joy and love of the Christ child be in your hearts, and in your homes this Christmastide, and may the blessing of God, Creator, Son and Spirit, rest upon you and those you love, this day, and always.

- Victoria+

Many thanks to Petr Maur for taking this photo!

A Service of the Word for Christmas

This Service of the Word for Christmas with Carols from our beloved choir is offered to remind you of your St. Luke's connection. May it bring you a sense of hope, peace, joy and love this Christmas. 

Heartfelt thanks to Bob and the choir for their efforts: we are grateful for your gift of music!

Click here to watch and listen on YouTube.

Click here for the Order of Service.

Christmas Service From Christ Church Cathedral

This year the Cathedral is pleased to offer an online Christmas service featuring the Cathedral choirs with Bishop Shane Parker.

Click here to watch and listen on YouTube. 

Click here for the Order of Service.

National Anglican Church Lessons and Carols

This is offered by the leadership of  our Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls and General Synod, and featuring Anglican churches across Canada. CLICK HERE to begin the service.
This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.

That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honor & truth were trampled to scorn—
Yet here did the Savior make His home.

When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn—
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.

(Madeleine L'Engle)

While we will not be able to gather for our Christmas services, we are still a people of the Incarnation. God is with us, especially in these pandemic days, and while we cannot be with each other in our beloved sanctuary, we are still with each other in spirit, as the community of St. Luke's. Know that I am holding each of you in my heart and surrounding you all with love and prayers. 

At this point, it is uncertain when we will be able to gather and worship together in person again. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions, and I will keep in touch as things continue to unfold. 

- Victoria+

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. 

Ken, Sarah, Laura and family, Donna, Barbara, Heather, Shannon, Maureen, Lawson (father of Rick), Jennifer; 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.

We have been praying for Brad for many months, and we hold his family and friends in our hearts this Christmas as they mourn his passing. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. 
Shane, our Bishop;  
for the staff of the Diocesan Office: The Venerable Linda Hill, The Reverend Canon Dr. Peter John Hobbs, Sanjay Grover, Ringo Morella, Jane Scanlon, Heidi Fawcett, Ishita Ghose, Bill Gilbert, Glenn Lockwood, Patricia Myles, Titalayo Oyefi, Heidi Pizzuto, Sandra Purdy, Safiyah Rochelle.

The Most Rev. Dr. Hosam NaoumRedeemer Church, Amman, Jordan.

Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan; The Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, Director, and the staff of Faith, Worship, and Ministry; Sheilagh McGlynn, Youth Ministries Animator; the Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman, Animator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.

Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod; 
The Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the National Bishop, Justice and Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations; Gretchen Peterson, Assistant to the National Bishop, Youth and Leadership.


Do you need support?

These are difficult days. 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 613-698-6083


A Blessing for Christmas Day

Perhaps it does not begin.
Perhaps it is always.
Perhaps it takes
a lifetime
to open our eyes,
to learn to see
what has forever
shimmered in front of us—
the luminous line
of the map
in the dark
the vigil flame
in the house
of the heart
the love
so searing
we cannot keep
from singing,
from crying out
in testimony
and praise.
Perhaps this day
will be the mountain
over which
the dawn breaks.
Perhaps we
will turn our face
toward it,
toward what has been
our eyes
will finally open
in ancient recognition,
willingly dazzled,
illuminated at last.
Perhaps this day
the light begins
in us.

(—Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons)

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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

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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