St. Peter's Episcopal Parish, Seattle

We are a resilient Episcopal community working together to build the kingdom of God in our neighborhood and city. Join us as we practice our faith in Jesus

At St. Peter’s, our story is one of our most precious gifts. It’s a story about a community of people who have strived to follow Jesus in good times and difficult times. It’s a story about perseverance, courage, hope, love and resilience.

Our story began in the late nineteenth century, when early Japanese pioneers immigrated Washington. Among them were a small number of Japanese Anglicans who eventually formed the Japanese Mission of the Episcopal Church in Seattle. In 1932, despite the Great Depression, a new church building was completed on South King Street, our present location.

St. Peter’s continued to grow and thrive until the onset of World War II. During the War, the church closed, and members of St. Peter’s were forcibly moved and incarcerated in desolate camps away from the West Coast. They found their faith in God and the United States sorely tested. Despite the oppressive conditions, pervasive racism, and badly impaired morale, church members and clergy worked through these challenges the best they could.

After the war, the mission for St. Peter’s was rebuilding and reclaiming damaged lives. The church became a refuge and center for the community, offering comfort and support for members who had been painfully scarred by their wartime experiences and continuing oppression. In 1962, a new church was built next to the original one, which was converted into a multi-purpose gymnasium.

By the 1980s, most parishioners had successfully created post-war lives. Some Nisei, and even more Sansei—second and third generations in America—found employment in mainstream positions, rather than in the ethnic economy. During this time, St. Peter’s discerned a more diverse and inclusive vision of church. While reverencing their history, members opened their doors and hearts to new people, including people from many different backgrounds.

Today at St. Peter’s, we strive to welcome people from all walks of life. Our community is diverse. It includes Japanese Americans and other Asian Americans, as well as African Americans and Anglo-Americans, LGBTQ people, people who do not have homes and people who do, refugees, people who struggle with addiction and live with mental illness, and many more. Week after week, we come to be nourished by holy food at God’s table, and then to be sent out as Jesus’ Body in the world.

What are you looking for?

"What are you looking for?" That's the question Jesus asks those who would become his disciples in this Sunday's Gospel story. It's also the question he asks us. Join us at St. Peter's this weekend. See what's happening in this week's Key! The Key The weekly guide to life at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish

You Are Accepted | St. Peter's Episcopal Parish

“This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well-pleased.”

It’s this moment, and these words, that kick off Jesus’ entire public ministry. It all starts here. With Jesus being reminded that he is God’s Beloved Son. Reminded that God is pleased with him. Reminded that he is loved, unconditionally, and beautiful in his Father’s eyes. This has nothing to do with anything Jesus has done—with any of his accomplishments. It’s not something he has had to earn or prove himself worthy of. It’s simply the way it is. He is and always will be loved. Period. Matthew 3: 13-17 This morning, we celebrate two events in Jesus’ life separated by more than thirty years: the Epiphany, which commemorates the coming of the ma...

Statement of Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Curry regarding prayers for the President | Episcopal Church Rating 1 2 3 4 5 Total votes: 0 January 12, 2017 The following is a statement from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry. This past week, Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, in the tradition of Presidents dating back to George Washington, gave his farewell address to th...

A Quiet Pillar: Funeral Sermon for Dan Matsumoto | St. Peter's Episcopal Parish

Today at St. Peter's, we commended Dan Matsumoto to God. Dan and his wife Yohko, who died in 2015, were pillars of our church. We will miss them greatly, yet we give thanks that they are now at home with God. Isaiah 61:1-3 John 10: 11-16 It always feels humbling and also slightly intimidating preaching at a funeral for someone practically everyone else in the room kn...

The best New Year's resolution

Check out this week's Key here. Be sure to join us on Sunday for our annual New Year's brunch following church! The Key The weekly guide to life at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish

Calling God By Name

What's in a name? Check out last week's sermon for the feast of the Holy Name, as well as other recent sermons on St. Peter's webpage! Psalm 8 Luke 2: 15-21 It was Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliette who once asked, “What’s in a name?” In a way, this is also the question we ask this morning as we...

[12/31/16]   Our Christmas celebration continues tomorrow morning at 10:30 at St. Peter's with the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Do join us! The best part about celebrating Christmas in church is that it's twelve days long!




1610 S King St
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 3pm
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