St. James is a church community comprised of diverse members who worship and gather regularly in our historic buildings in downtown Portland, OR. But life isn’t just happening around St. James. In the past 100 years our humble corner of downtown Portland has seen much change,...Read More
Lutherans in the United States had their organizational origins predominantly in the national churches of Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Many congregations retained in liturgy and fellowship the languages and social patterns of their ethnic background well into the twentieth...Read More
To see photos of the many architectural details of St. James, click here. Australian-born Portland architect Phillip Chappell Browne designed the first permanent chapel, sanctuary, and parsonage for St. James Lutheran Church on the present site in 1891. Browne specialized in...Read More
St. James has a number of opportunities to get involved both inside and outside our building’s walls. There are several groups that meet regularly to discuss books, art, and practice spiritual writing. We are also committed to serving those in need by providing many...Read More
Sundays Year-Round, 11:00am-12:00pm Open Space takes place most Sunday mornings in the Pioneer Chapel of St. James Lutheran Church. All are invited to attend and listen, participate, learn, grow, and share as we develop a stronger sense of our individual faith and also who we...Read More
As people of faith our lives are full of opportunities for celebration! From small intimate gatherings with a few close friends to large festive holidays that our community commemorates with the wider church, St. James is a wonderful place to participate in or plan a special...Read More
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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. Its sandstone walls and stained glass windows have sheltered and given light to the sacramental events of individual lives: baptisms, confirmations, weddings, anniversaries, and funerals.
Holy Communion in the Main Sanctuary with refreshments served in the Pioneer Chapel immediately following. Childcare provided 9:15am-12:15pm
Pioneer Chapel, followed by Bible study with Pastor Andersen. Current study: Book of Acts.
Be sure to wear red this Sunday and come celebrate Pentecost and the end of the Easter season on May 19. As we read Acts 2 and learn about the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles in a great rushing wind and tongues of flame, listen and find out how many languages you hear. Worship [...]
Prayer requests may be sent to Pastor Andersen using our secure online form. Click below!