Calendar

Oct
6
Fri
St Michael’s Mass
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Oct
7
Sat
Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church
Oct 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

 

prayer-picture

Contemplative Prayer at St. James meets twice a month.  Weather permitting, we will include a time of walking meditation with the new labyrinth as part of the morning.

Anyone interested in contemplative listening to God is invited to join us. We spend time in silence, in reading sacred texts, and praying for the world, each other and ourselves.

Oct
8
Sun
Worship
Oct 8 @ 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.

 

Open Space
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education hour following the 9:30 am service and coffee.

Eco-Reformation Series, Part IV: Eco-Reformation at St. James

500 years ago, Martin Luther lit the fuse leading to the Protestant Reformation, centered on the revolutionary idea that God’s grace was not for sale. Now, Lutherans around the world are calling for an “Eco-Reformation,” centered on the revolutionary idea that Creation is not for sale. What does “Eco-Reformation” mean, and why is it important? Join us for this 4-part series and find out!

Sunday School
Oct 8 @ 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 to the large classroom on the second floor which faces Park Ave. Registration forms are available by the front desk.

Lesson: Be good to others

Jazz Vespers @ St. James Lutheran Church
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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 from the broad jazz repertoire precede and follow the service. Families and children are welcome!

Reformation 500 Artist Reception
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

ST. JAMES ART GALLERY EXHIBIT

“Interpretations of Reformation Art:
Original works inspired by art work of Reformation artists”

The St. James Artist Group
Artists’ Reception: Sunday, October 8 at 6:00pm, following 5:00pm Jazz Vespers with guest jazz vocalist Marilyn Keller.
St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR 97201

The St. James Artist Group explores the works of the three Reformation artists: Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer and Matthias Grünewald as inspiration in creating new works. What do the works of these Reformation artists suggest to us today? In various media, photography, print, paint, and drawing materials the St. James Artist group attempts to answer this question in individual styles from abstraction to expressionism to realism. The display pairs the artists’ works in reference to the Reformation art pieces whose images and themes that inspired them. Works are on display in Pioneer Chapel Art Gallery during the month of October. Viewing times Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday 9am-3pm, Wednesdays 9-11am & 1-3pm, Sundays 11am-12pm, and by appointment. (Chelsea: 503-227-2439)

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Artist Group Reformation Exhibit flyer.

Oct
9
Mon
Columbus Day
Oct 9 all-day
St Michael’s Mass
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Oct
10
Tue
St Michael’s Mass
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Oct
11
Wed
Centering Prayer
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Every Wednesday, 8:30-9:00am. Coffee afterward!

Midweek Eucharist
Oct 11 @ 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 Daily Lectionary or may reflect the Calendar of Saints and Commemorations available to the wider Christian community.

 

 

Bible Study
Oct 11 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Pastor Parker leads a Bible Study following Midweek Eucharist.

 

Oct
12
Thu
St Michael’s Mass
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Oct
13
Fri
St Michael’s Mass
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Susan Karant-Nunn Lecture
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

LECTURE

“Why in 2017 Should We Be Interested in the 500th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Protestant Reformation?”

Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Reformation Scholar
Emerita Director and Emerita Regents’ Professor, University of Arizona

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:30pm, free event
St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, St. James Lutheran Church welcomes Dr. Susan Karant-Nunn to illuminate the relevance of Luther’s protest in the modern era.

Dr. Karant-Nunn will explore some of the rich traditions and events of the 16th century and how they relate to the modern world. Her evening lecture, “Why in 2017 Should We Be Interested in the 500th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Protestant Reformation?” on Friday, October 13th at 7:30pm is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the Sanctuary of St. James Lutheran Church. A renowned scholar, Dr. Karant-Nunn is the author of several books including The Reformation of Ritual: an Interpretation of Early Modern Germany, 1997 and Zwickau in Transition, 1500-1547: The Reformation As an Agent of Change, and The Reformation of Feeling: Shaping the Religious Emotions in Early Modern Germany (Oxford, 2010). She received her Ph.D. in Early Modern European History from Indiana University, her M.A. in Medieval & Early Modern European History from University. She is a graduate of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa in Religion.

Karant-Nunn’s books have influenced the field of Reformation history — so much so that a leading French early modernist, Professor Bernard Roussel of the Sorbonne, in 1997 entitled a plenary lecture: “A la manière de Susan Karant-Nunn: réflexions sur la réforme du rituel dans l’espace francophone” [“In the Manner of Susan Karant-Nunn: Reflections on the Reformation of Ritual in the Francophone Lands”]. Her newest book, THE PERSONAL LUTHER: ESSAYS ON THE REFORMER FROM A CULTURAL HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, will be published on October 17, 2017.

This Friday night lecture is the keynote presentation for a weekend of events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation at St. James Lutheran Church. A wine and cheese reception with Susan Karant-Nunn follows her presentation.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Susan Karant-Nunn Lecture flyer.

Oct
14
Sat
Reformation Artists Lecture
Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ILLUSTRATED LECTURE

“Three Artists of the Reformation Era: Matthias Grünewald (+1528), Albrecht Dürer (+1528), Lucas Cranach (+1553)”

Presenter: Joel Nickel, artist and theologian

Saturday, October 14 at 4:00 pm, Free event
St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97201

In conjunction with the 500th anniversary of Luther’s act, posting the 95 theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg, presenter Joel Nickel proposes that Christians today consider the implications for visual art that this event suggested. The Lutheran tradition has within it a mixed history of iconoclasm that persisted out of fear of idolatry associated with the worship/veneration of saints. But Luther’s “theology of the cross” suggested that we find God, not in philosophical speculation (about beauty or perfection or whimsical spirituality) but in those places where God promises to show up: in the life of Christ, especially on the cross and from the empty tomb. Visual communication is prominent in the 21st century, so the Lutheran style which appeals to the mind and ear must find a way to attract the eye and heart.

The place to begin is with the three prominent artists of the early 16th century, Grünewald, Durer, and Cranach, who knew each other and worked on similar issues/images both classical (Greek) & medieval (ecclesial). All three artists have something to teach Lutherans and other Christians in our own time.

The presentation will focus on the Grünewald Isenheim altarpiece, Dürer etchings, and Cranach paintings highlighting the “social reformation.” There are bridges of comparison between all three artists: crucifixion/resurrection art, Adam & Eve images, and the artists’ contemporary world outlooks.

Reception to follow the lecture.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Reformation Artists Lecture flyer.

Oregon Renaissance Band Concert
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

CONCERT

by the Oregon Renaissance Band
Directed by Phil and Gayle Neuman

“Sounds of the Reformation: Music of Martin Luther and his Contemporaries”

Saturday, October 14 at 7:30pm, $10 admission at the door
St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97201

About the Concert: The repertoire, guaranteed to transport the listener back to the soundscape of music and instruments familiar to Luther, includes the earliest settings of Lutheran hymns by Johann Walther and Caspar Othmayr, as well as music by King Henry VIII with whom Luther corresponded, and other early 16th century dances and instrumental works.

The Oregon Renaissance Band, formed in 1991 and directed by Phil and Gayle Neuman, is a 12 member ensemble that performs on a wide variety of historical instruments including early violin, viola da gamba, recorders, sackbutts, serpent, cornamusen, krummhorns, racketts, tartold, schreierpfeiffen, bagpipes, cittern, spinettino, tabor and other percussion. The group has performed for numerous concert series in the U.S., Canada, and Germany. The ensemble specializes in performances with rhythmic precision, lively ornamentation, precise intonation, and great variety. The members are David Bryan, Sharon Cheney, Daphne Clifton, Ben Fitch, Lori Fitch, Polly Gibson, Andy Harris, Laura Kuhlman, Cindy Markham, Gayle Neuman, Phil Neuman, Kathryn Richer, and Esther Saulle. The Oregon Renaissance Band appears in the 2016 movie “Buddymoon” directed by Alex Simmons and distributed by Orion.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Oregon Renaissance Band Concert flyer.

Oct
15
Sun
Worship
Oct 15 @ 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.

 

Open Space
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education hour following the 9:30 am service and coffee.

Rick Steeves video, part 1

Sunday School
Oct 15 @ 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 to the large classroom on the second floor which faces Park Ave. Registration forms are available by the front desk.

Lesson: God’s never too busy for us.

Bach Cantata Vespers
Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Click here to download a PDF copy of the 2017-2018 Bach Cantata Vespers schedule.

BACH CANTATA VESPERS AT ST. JAMES

Cantata 80
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
(Our God is a secure fortress)
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at 5:00pm
With St. James Bach choir, orchestra, and guest organist Mark Brombaugh.

Free will offering

St. James Lutheran Church (at the corner of SW Park Blocks and Jefferson)
1315 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

For more information: call the Church Office at 503-227-2439.

Oct
16
Mon
St Michael’s Mass
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Oct
17
Tue
WELCA Meeting @ St. James Lutheran Church
Oct 17 @ 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.

St Michael’s Mass
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Oct
18
Wed
Centering Prayer
Oct 18 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am

Every Wednesday, 8:30-9:00am. Coffee afterward!

Midweek Eucharist
Oct 18 @ 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 Daily Lectionary or may reflect the Calendar of Saints and Commemorations available to the wider Christian community.

 

 

Oct
19
Thu
St Michael’s Mass
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Oct
20
Fri
St Michael’s Mass
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Private Confession begins 1/2 hour before Mass

Oct
21
Sat
Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

prayer-picture

Contemplative Prayer at St. James meets twice a month.  Weather permitting, we will include a time of walking meditation with the new labyrinth as part of the morning.

Anyone interested in contemplative listening to God is invited to join us. We spend time in silence, in reading sacred texts, and praying for the world, each other and ourselves.