"We share God's inclusive and eternal love with everyone!"

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Welcome to the website for St. James Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. St. James has served downtown Portland, the city and the larger region for more than 120 years. In the central city, St. James welcomes all and celebrates God’s grace and inclusive love with the gifts of Word, music, classic Lutheran liturgy, hospitality and service. As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, St. James welcomes people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Worship Services

Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion

Every Sunday, 9:30am

Holy Communion in the Main Sanctuary with refreshments served in the Pioneer Chapel immediately following. Childcare provided 9:15am-12:15pm

Midweek Eucharist

Every Wednesday, 12:00 Noon

in the Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Parker leads Bible Study following the Midweek Eucharist.

Jazz Vespers

Sunday, Nov. 19th, 5-6:00pm

Featuring Dan Balmer on guitar & Mike Horsfall on vibes. Music begins at 4:50 with jazz standards, 5:00 for Vespers.

Stewardship at St. James

Stewardship at St. James

The Annual St. James Pledge Drive begins this month on Sunday, November 5th. Carl Cottingham will introduce the drive in a Temple Talk at the 9:30am service. A letter and pledge cards will be mailed to church members the following week. The theme of this year’s drive is “Ask, Thank, Tell.” Members of the Stewardship […]

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Prayer Request

Prayer requests may be sent to Pastor Parker using our secure online form. Click below!

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Upcoming Events

9:30 am Worship
Nov 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Sunday Morning Worship with Holy Communion Every Sunday, 9:30am Holy Communion is celebrated at each Sunday liturgy.  Refreshments and community time follow the worship service.  Childcare available from 9:15AM-12:15PM.  
11:00 am Open Space
Open Space
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30 am service and coffee. An introduction to the new e-giving program at St. James.
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pastor Janet and the Christian Education Committee are excited to announce the return of Sunday School to St. James! The class serves children ages 4 through second grade. Parents, bring your children at 11:00 am[...]
5:00 pm Jazz Vespers
Jazz Vespers
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jazz Vespers
This 45 minute jazz musical setting of the Evening Prayer liturgy is held once a month. Professional jazz musicians and vocalists lead this reflective service with scriptural reading, psalms, hymns, and prayer. Preludes and postludes[...]
6:00 pm Artist Reception
Artist Reception
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
12:00 pm St Michael’s Mass
St Michael’s Mass
Nov 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass
11:00 am WELCA Meeting @ St. James Lutheran Church
WELCA Meeting @ St. James Lutheran Church
Nov 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join the St. James Women of the Evangelical Church in America group as they meet and discuss various topics.
12:00 pm St Michael’s Mass
St Michael’s Mass
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass
8:30 am Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer
Nov 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Every Wednesday, 8:30-9:00am. Coffee afterward!
12:00 pm Midweek Eucharist
Midweek Eucharist
Nov 22 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
A thirty-minute liturgy of Holy Communion takes place in the intimate setting of the Pioneer Chapel. This service provides an opportunity for communal prayer, a brief sermon and reflection. Scriptures may be used from the[...]