Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3; Mark 9:30-37

Those On Our Hearts
Maura, Pat, Darquise, Rose, Frances, Don, Teresa, Joan, Barbara, Bill, Brigid, Howard, Nellie, Marianne, Liz, The Reverend Don Beyers and the parish of St Anne's, Toronto; The Reverend Gary van der Meer, The Reverend Dr. Caroline Ducros, Gordon, Gregory, Kerry and all who minister at St John's.

Our Diocese
Christ Church, Aylmer; Reverend Canon Kevin Flynn. For our Diocesan Director of Communications and Stewardship Development, Jane Scanlon. For volunteer university and college campus chaplains. For vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 
Our Bishop, The Right Reverend Shane Parker, our Metropolitan, The Most Reverend Anne Germond and our Primate, The Most Reverend Linda Nicholls.

Our Companion Diocese in Jerusalem & the Middle East
The Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, for peace in the Middle East and Archbishop Hosam Naoum. 
Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
The Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCIC)
The dean, council, and congregations of the Southern Interior Region of the British Columbia Synod. 
Susan Johnson, National Bishop and our sisters and brothers in the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and their Bishop, Michael Pryse.

The Anglican Communion from Aba to Zululand
The Church of the Province of Uganda 

Parish Prayer Group
If you wish to have someone prayed for, please call (613) 232-4500 ext 21 or send an email to

The weekly St John’s Worship Video is for you. If you're not able or ready to join in-person worship, we hope it's a blessing for you to watch from wherever you are. If you're able to be with us for worship on Sunday, watch the video anyway - it's a different angle on Sunday's themes that anticipates but does not duplicate Sunday morning.

Each week’s in-person service will be introduced by an advance video that includes a reading and reflection, music, and opportunities to get to know neighbours in our wider local community.

This week, the opening meditative sequence features the paths of Gillies Grove Nature Reserve in Arnprior, accompanied by the tune "Eye Has Not Seen" by wonderful harpist and St John’s Music Director Gordon Johnston. The reading from the Letter of James, read by Brian and Margot Cameron, reflects on wisdom, and St John’s Choir joins in with the full text of the wisdom hymn "Eye Has Not Seen".

We hope you will join us for in-person worship. Check out our safety practices and register:

Welcome and I’m looking forward to meeting you!

The Reverend Gary van der Meer
Pastor & Rector
Thursdays at 10am
You will have noticed that we have moved the Wednesday Morning Zoom Hour to Thursday. We are gathering in person to make the most of the opportunity to be together. Our time begins with prayers at 10:00 a.m. followed by Coffee, Tea and Refreshments at 10:30 a.m.

If you’re not able to come in-person, you’re welcome to join us on Zoom. Technology is a learning curve, but we have made a lot of progress. Come on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. to join the prayers, or at 10:30 for the visiting time (same link for both).

I hope this will turn into a St John’s Community Gathering Day, including volunteers at The Shop, visitors from the Foot Clinic, and… we need volunteers to fold the bulletins so they are ready for Sunday! We also look forward to holding Open Doors on Thursday, with the church open for visits, prayers and tours. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you on our Community Gathering Day.


We need volunteers for many roles: greeters, readers, intercessors, servers, communion administrators and especially sidespeople/ushers. If you have participated in these roles in the past, we need you and we hope you will come back! Please let us know your availability by contacting Sherrie Dagg: 

Once you see the safety of our worship practices, we hope you will be interested in joining one of these volunteer roles. Please contact Gary+ for a conversation about your interests: 

Walk with St John’s and friends as we enjoy the changing colours in Gatineau Park. This hike includes a celebration of the Eucharist in the woods. Bring your camera, appropriate weather jacket, and picnic lunch snacks to share. The hike will conclude by warming up in a pub.

Meet at St John’s at 9:00 a.m. to share rides, departure at 9:15. Saturday, October 2.

In addition to this hike, please join us for discovery walks in the geographic St John’s parish:

Saturday, 23 October – Discover Elgin Street
Saturday, 6 November – Discover Somerset Street
Saturday, 20 November – Discover Bank Street
Each walk will conclude with coffee and conversation: What did we see? What did we hear? What did we learn?
Meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. to start walking at 9:15


We have wonderful news to share! St John's Choir is returning this fall. The first rehearsal took place on Thursday, September 9th at 7:30pm. Do you know someone who might like to join the choir? Now would be the perfect time to do a little scouting around and invite new people. The choir will be taking a few weeks to get back in vocal shape (which will be perfect for new members) and they plan to sing at services beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Please contact our Choirmaster, Dr. Gordon Johnston at 613-232-4500 ext. 11 or by email at
Synagogue Visit and Tour
Please join us for a tour of Temple Israel hosted by Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg. This is an opportunity for shared interfaith learning and growing friendship.
Wednesday, 13 October, 10:00 a.m.
Book Study
Please join us this fall as we read together and welcome guest speakers about what we are reading. We are starting with White Fragility by Robin Diangelo.
The book’s subtitle helps us to know what to expect:
“Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism.”

Please join us on Zoom:
Opening Session: Starting to Read, Key Concepts, and What to Expect. Wednesday 20 October, 7:30 p.m.
Concluding Session: Discussion of Challenging Sections and What we have Learned.
Wednesday 10 November, 7:30 p.m.
Looking ahead in November we plan to read Courage & Complicity, a story from the Residential Schools by St John’s parishioner Claudette Languedoc. In December, we look forward to welcoming Dr Herbert O’Driscoll, former rector of St John’s, for a discussion of his book “I Will Arise and Go Now: Reflection on the Meaning of Places and People.”

We look forward to welcoming Claudette Languedoc and Herbert O’Driscoll for these sessions.
For the Centretown Emergency Food Centre
October 3rd 1pm-4pm

The Centretown Churches Social Action Committee (CCSAC) is holding a virtual Walk-a-thon on October 3rd from 1pm to 4pm to raise money for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre located at 507 Bank Street. Last year’s event raised a record $34,000 for the food centre.  

The food centre continues to serve our community during the pandemic, serving over 6,000 people in 2020. For more information about the food centre, please check out their website at

You can participate in the Walk-a-thon as an individual or support the St John’s team, set up by Emmy Verdun who is our representative on CCSAC. Check out the Walk-a-thon website at for information on teams, contests, photos, and online donations.  

If you have any questions about the Walk-a-thon or the Emergency Food Centre, please contact Emmy at
Training on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm
(September 22 to October 20)

Are you 21 years of age or older and able to commit to approximately 2 hours a week for at least one year to help protect your community? It takes a village and CoSA Ottawa needs you! 

CoSA is a reintegration program, operating on restorative justice principles, focused on assisting people who have been incarcerated for sexual offenses, in their effort to develop a meaningful and safe life in the community. We are looking for new volunteers to fill vacancies in new and current circles. Our virtual volunteer training runs on Wednesdays, 6pm to 8pm, September 22nd to October 20th. Criteria to be considered as a CoSA volunteer is simple - possess a non-judgmental attitude, an open mind and be available! 

CoSA Ottawa is very appreciative of the hospitality offered by St John's Church staff and parishioners for over 20 years. We particularly welcome parishioners to attend the training.
Contact Susan Love at  for details and to register, and visit us on Facebook!

Help St John's inspire and engage our Church Community, the Community of Centretown, and the greater Ottawa Community. Our goal is to grow St John's' online presence in the hopes to attract new members and to build stronger relationships with people, organizations, and businesses within our community. And we also want to celebrate submissions from you, our parishioners!

For those of you who are new to social media, we recommend that you sign up for a facebook and/or instagram account and follow us by clicking the icons below. If you already have an account, please check our pages each day and "like" our posts!

The more "likes," "shares" and comments we receive, the more our posts will be shared with the wider community.

Ideas for submissions:
  • Fall Harvest
  • Photographs taken on walks in the area
  • Cooking/Baking photos
  • Artwork
  • Recipes
  • Inspirational Scripture & Quotes
  • Christian Jokes
  • Travel Pictures
  • Pictures of Past Events/Occasions
  • Pets & Animals

Let's flood our social media with a rainbow of colour and inspiration from St John's!

If you have a photo/submission you wish to share, please send it to Kerry at

Submissions will be featured in future newsletters and on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thank you for "liking" and "sharing" our posts!

Please click the icons to link to our social media pages.
(From Top Left): Old Growth Forest Galilee Arnprior ON - Edwin Stretch;
LGD Livestock Guardian Dog "Boomer"- Kerry Bradley.
Centre: September Sunset - Alex Bissett
(From Bottom Left) Hawthorn Berries, Hog's Back Park - Rev. Gary van der Meer.

Title Photo - Rev. Gary van der Meer

To see more submissions, check out our Facebook & Instagram pages!


 154 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON K2P 0H8

The Reverend Gary van der Meer, Rector
The Reverend Dr Caroline Ducros, Transitional Deacon 
Dr Gordon Johnston, FRCCO, Organist and Choirmaster  
Detlef Dransch, Rector’s Warden 
Stephen Giles, People's Warden
Anishinabe aking ate awaso kikinawadjichigan.
This land we are upon is the traditional territory of the Algonquin people.