Welcome to St. Peter's Anglican Church, Oshawa

Sunday Services

In-person worship Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Masks must be worn. All worshippers may be admitted and seated where they are most comfortable. Greeters will make provision for those who would like increased personal space.  If you have been exposed to COVID, or if you have developed a cough, cold, headache or any other symptom, do not enter the building.  Please be aware of the many symptoms of COVID. As announced by the Diocese of Toronto, as of June 5 we will see the removal of all COVID-19 restrictions, except the vaccine policy for staff and volunteers.

See the Diocese of Toronto's Facebook page where they will livestream a Sunday service from the Cathedral each Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m.

No matter where you’ve been in life, no matter where you’re going, no matter where you are on your journey with God or do not believe; know that at St. Peter’s, you are welcome at our church.

Weekly Art and Reflection

15 May 2022

The Fifth Sunday Of Easter

Readings: Acts 11.1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21.1-6.

John 13.31-25.

Artwork: Bengie In The Candy Store (1959). Bruce Davidson

(b. 1933). Gelatin silver print. Private collection.

Given the subject of today’s gospel reading, love, Davidson’s photograph of a teenage boy sitting alone, and apparently in some emotional distress, may strike one as an odd choice. Among the words we normally associate with love—romance, affection, care, tenderness—alienation, the word that comes to mind when I look at this photo, does not appear. But consider today’s reading in its context. The commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us is not one that’s expected to elicit warm fuzzy feelings in us, but to release love from the bonds of such emotion, such that it can be practised in relation to any person regardless of either their personal circumstances or the often unhelpful associated emotions we attach to it: possessiveness, jealousy, and neediness, to name just a few.

Though we are still in the season of Easter, the gospel takes us back to the evening before Jesus’ crucifixion. At supper with his friends, Jesus has taken a towel and washed the feet of his disciples. Very shortly after this act of love, Judas, who would betray him leaves the room. Later that same evening, Peter would also deny him. And yet these personal betrayals do not deter Jesus from acting in love towards his faulty disciples. In any one of us, such behaviour as Judas and Peter exhibit would likely elicit emotions of anger, rage, and abandonment. Our love in similar circumstances might be contingent on loving behaviour in kind—we would be likely to pay back the love of another with our own; our love would thus be contingent on the “love” of another, it would not be free. And a love that isn’t free isn’t one that respects Christ’s new commandment to love one another as we have been loved. Nor does it respect the much older dictum to love God and one’s neighbour as one’s self.

In his set of meditations on the Passion according to John, Love Set Free, Martin L. Smith points to the scene in which, from the cross, Jesus gives his mother and the beloved disciple into the care of the other, as an example of non-contingent love (Jn 19.26-27). Rather than a sweet way of making sure each of these people is taken care of, Martin points out that this is the nucleus of the Church, and that such mutual care without regard for whatever might ordinarily make us withhold love is to be the Church’s nature. Christ has come to draw all people to himself, we are reminded, without regard for any feeling that would compromise that.

Davidson’s photo draws us to consider those whom we might be slow to love. These might include those of a different race or economic status. Perhaps it’s someone who like this teen shows their distress in public, something many of us were raised not to do. Is the person before us enough like us that we will act in non-contingent love, and not in pitying largesse towards a perceived inferior? There’s much in us in need resurrection—that’s in part why this pre-Easter scene is presented in Easter season. It reminds us that resurrection is not a one-time event or annual commemoration. Nor is it all about death defying such as a medical device can pick up. Instead, Easter is the daily occupation of all who would love in the costly way Christ commands. RM+

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Why Come to St. Peter’s Anglican Church?

  • To celebrate what it means to be a child of God created in God’s own image and to be loved by God unconditionally.

  • To discover how our lives and our relationships have meaning.

  • To see God in the beauty of this world and in the lives of others.

  • To feel connected to something bigger than yourself.

  • To discover a sound and ancient wisdom and tradition.

  • To explore a relevant and modern Christian faith.

  • To become empowered by God to make a difference in our world.

  • To know God is love, Jesus is with us and the Spirit upholds us.

1175 Cedar Street

Oshawa, Ontario L1J 3R8

Telephone: 905-728-8080

Parish Priest: The Rev. Randy Murray 289-688-0987

How to find us: Click here for map and directions.

We are 45 minutes east of Toronto in Oshawa, Ontario

  • East of Park Road and Stevenson Road

  • West of Simcoe Street

  • North of Philip Murray Avenue

  • South of the 401 and Wentworth Street

Our Mission Statement

"Sharing God's love in our community and enriching lives in south Oshawa"