Welcome to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in the heart of the City of Stratford, Ontario and home of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the largest repertory theatre in North America.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church does not claim to be the only saving church, but it does endeavour to preserve and to pass on the saving truth in Jesus Christ as it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures. It teaches, not the opinions of men, but the truth of God’s Word. It does not reject and change the Bible by teaching and practicing only that which seems reasonable or what is socially acceptable and politically correct.
Dr. C. F. W. Walther, the founding father of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, once stated, “We Missourians do not consider ourselves to be perfect Lutherans, but we would fervently like to become perfect Lutherans.” So, too, our congregation would also like to be and remain a truly Lutheran congregation; that is:
- “confessional” – professing “that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11) by remaining faithful to the ancient Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions;
- “evangelical” – proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ that it is “by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works” (Ephesians 2:8-9);
- “catholic” – teaching and abiding by “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3); and
- “orthodox” – worshiping and teaching aright by letting “the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).
If you do not have a church home, we invite you to worship with us and become part of our St. Peter’s family. Our pastor will be glad to discuss any questions, concerns, or problems that you might have. Visitors to Stratford are cordially invited to join us for the Divine Service.
“Come with us, and we will do good to you”Numbers 10:29