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Blessing and Dedication of the New St. Luke's Signs

We give thanks for the new signs at the Bell Street door: heartfelt thanks to Sheldon for his work creating and installing these signs!

We give thanks for the work of the Widening Our Welcome Task Group and to Brian for ordering rainbow flags for St. Luke’s. These rainbow flags, placed on the Bell St. signs, on the glass door on Somerset Street, and on the inner glass doors, signal to members of the LGBTQ2+ community that they are welcome here, just as all are welcome here, without exception.

After the service on Sunday, we gathered on the church steps, and blessed and dedicated our new signs with these prayers. 

Loving God, in Holy Scripture you say that you desire us to share the Good News of your love in word and in deed with all whom you have made. Grant that the rainbow flags may be a loving indication to members of the LGBTQ2+ community and beyond of the St. Luke’s welcome. We pray that you will use these signs to draw the people of our community to the One who is the Light of the world: the Risen Christ. We thank you for the opportunity provided us by these signs to open hearts and minds to your grace, as we offer your invitation to relationship.

On behalf of the people of St. Luke’s, we dedicate these signs to this most high purpose, in the Name of the Creator, the Son, and the Spirit. 

May all the members of St. Luke’s dedicate themselves to live in such a way that the welcome people see on this sign will always be matched by the welcome people receive. Amen.

Stay tuned for some pictures!



The Importance of the Rainbow Flag
 
Fifty years ago, as a young gay man, I was considered a criminal under the law, mentally ill by medical authorities and a sinner by most faith communities. Fear of being ‘found out’ and denial of my true identity permeated every crevice of life: home, friendships, work, and church.   The light of hope at the end of the tunnel seemed distant and unattainable.
 
Over time, I am most grateful that Canadian laws have changed to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ2S community. Unlike many other countries, where simply being gay continues to be punishable by imprisonment and death.
 
Although the laws have changed, not everyone in our society is accepting of LGBTQ2S people. For example, the rate of teen homelessness and suicide in Canada is three times higher among gay youth as it is for their straight counterparts. 
 
Even now, I constantly decide whether or not to ‘come out’ in daily life. Do I identify Michel as my husband or as a friend at the butcher, car dealership, restaurant, etc. Do I dare hold his hand in public? Where is it safe?
 
One important symbol to indicate that I will be welcome and safe is the Rainbow Flag. When it appears on the door of a business or organization, I breathe a sigh of relief. I know that I can be myself without fear of reproach. 
 
Having the Rainbow Flag ‘flying’ at St. Luke’s tells me, and others like me, that we are truly ‘welcome without exception’. You go beyond the label ‘gay’ to see my humanity and the Spirit of God that lives in me. Thank you for this gesture of acceptance and love from the community that gathers at the corner of Bell and Somerset.
 
- Brian Hobbs

Heartfelt thanks for what you have shared here, Brian. 
Advent Lessons and Carols

Thank you to Bob, Deirdre and our beloved choir and guests for a splendid service of Advent Lessons and Carols last Sunday! We are grateful to you for sharing the gift of music with us as we entered into the Advent season. 
 
Homily

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



In June 2017, musicians, pastors, writers, and scholars from around the country gathered together in NYC to collaborate on a series of worship songs for a new worship record themed around faith and vocation. Rev. Victoria mentioned the song "Christ Has No Body Now But Yours" in her homily on Sunday. Click here to watch and listen on YouTube.

Christmas Gifts for St. Luke’s Table

Gifts cards at Christmas are a highlight for many at St. Luke's Table. This year, you are invited to purchase $10 gift cards from McDonald's, Giant Tiger, or Tim Horton's. You may also make a monetary contribution for the purchase of gift cards. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria if you have questions. 
 

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 (victoria@stlukesottawa.ca) 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.

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. 

 

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. 

These renovations will support St. Luke's Table operations, and enhance St. Luke's parish life and ministry. There is good news this week: the project is ahead of schedule! May this continue!

 

Volunteers Needed!

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email (victoria@stlukesottawa.ca) 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 hmatchett1@sympatico.ca

 
Resources


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. 


 


Pausing for Prayer in Advent

Rev. Victoria and the Rev. Canon Hilary Murray, Chaplain at Cornerstone Housing for Women, have partnered to create "Pausing for Prayer in Advent". Watch the recording, and follow along in the order of service, and pause for prayer any time during these weeks of Advent

Pausing for Prayer in Advent - Week I - Video

Pausing for Prayer in Advent - Week I - Order of Service
 


Arts & Faith: Advent—First Sunday Imaginative Prayer Exercise
 

Each week of Advent, ignatianspirituality.com will provide an Ignatian prayer for you, inspired by a video from Arts & Faith: Advent.

The video and prayer for the First Week of Advent, Cycle C, is based on Luke 21:25–28, 34–36. The art is Wassily Kandinsky’s The Last Judgment.

Click on this link to read more, and to view the video.
 


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. 

ZOOM LINK

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.

YOUTUBE LINK

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 pwrdf.org/Advent2021 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 pwrdf.org. (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 pwrdf.org. 

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

Happy Advent! 

Janet Allingham, Parish representative to the Diocesan PWRDF Working Group

 


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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 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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