As we begin a new year, many blessings to you all!

With COVID cases continuing to rise, it remains uncertain when we will be able to gather and worship together at St. Luke's again.

Bishop Shane continues to encourage all clergy and parishes to partner, collaborate and share resources whenever possible, especially as our pandemic response continues and as in-person worship is suspended once again. As was the case at this time last year, I have been invited to share in various roles with the Christ Church Cathedral clergy team on Sundays at the 10:30 a.m. livestreamed Eucharist for as long as our Diocese remains in the "RED" phase of our pandemic response.  Livestream details are found below. I encourage you to tune in starting tomorrow.

I know that we are all missing the spirit and feeling of St. Luke's, so with that in mind, I will be working with Bob and the choir to offer recorded worship for this next while. Stay tuned for more details this week!

Our Wednesday gathering for a Service of the Word with Lectio Divina on Zoom resumes on January 5th. All are welcome. You'll find the log in details and order of service below. 

I continue to hold each of you in my prayers, and encourage you to remember that we are with each other in spirit as the parish community of St. Luke's even though we cannot be together in person. 

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions, and I will keep in touch as things continue to unfold. 

- Victoria+


New Year's Day Service with the Primate
New Year's Day Service with the Primate

This Choral Morning Prayer for Christmastide was broadcast from Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, with our Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, as the preacher. 

This is e a liturgical celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Ottawa, with a forward-looking focus as we renew our commitment to serving Christ through our parish and community ministries and to re-shaping our life as a diocesan church.
Bishop Shane presided at the service and made announcements concerning a new name for our central office at 71 Bronson Avenue, and an important new development in our calling to provide affordable housing.

Click here to open the Order of Service
CLICK HERE to begin the service

Online service for Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 2nd, 2021: Epiphany of the Lord

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Christ Church Cathedral
10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist (Livestream only)

Click here to watch on YouTube

Click here for the Order of Service

A Virtual Service of the Word with Lectio Divina

Our Wednesday 11 a.m. gathering resumes this 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. 

The Year as a House: A Blessing

Think of the year
as a house:
door flung wide
in welcome,
threshold swept
and waiting,
a graced spaciousness
opening and offering itself
to you.

Let it be blessed
in every room.
Let it be hallowed
in every corner.
Let every nook
be a refuge
and every object
set to holy use.

Let it be here
that safety will rest.
Let it be here
that health will make its home.
Let it be here
that peace will show its face.
Let it be here
that love will find its way.

let the weary come
let the aching come
let the lost come
let the sorrowing come.

let them find their rest
and let them find their soothing
and let them find their place
and let them find their delight.

And may it be
in this house of a year
that the seasons will spin in beauty,
and may it be
in these turning days
that time will spiral with joy.
And may it be
that its rooms will fill
with ordinary grace
and light spill from every window
to welcome the stranger home.

(Jan Richardson)

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 as they mourn his passing. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. 
Shane, our Bishop; 
Church of the Epiphany, The Reverend Arran Thorpe; All Saints Westboro, The Venerable Chris Dunn. 

The Most Rev. Dr. Hosam Naoum;
St. Peter’s Church, Birzeit, West Bank.

Linda our Primate; Anne our Metropolitan;
The Most Reverend Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop, and the staff of Indigenous Ministries; the Anglican Council of Indigenous People.

Susan, National Bishop; Michael, Bishop of Eastern Synod;

Bishop Michael Pryse, the people and rostered ministers of the Eastern Synod.


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

This day is a new day
That has never been before.
This year is a new year,
the opening door.
Enter, Lord Christ—
we have joy in Your coming.
You have given us life;
and we welcome Your coming.
I turn now to face You,
I lift up my eyes.
Be blessing my face, Lord;
be blessing my eyes.
May all my eye looks on
be blessed and be bright,
my neighbours, my loved ones
be blessed in Your sight.
You have given us life
and we welcome Your coming.
Be with us, Lord,
we have joy, we have joy.
This year is a new year,
the opening door.
Be with us, Lord,
We have joy, we have joy.

(from Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community)

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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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