"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.

Bach Cantata Vespers

Sunday, June 3rd, 5:00pm will feature music from Bach Cantata 29 “Wir Danken Dir, Gott (We Give You Thanks, Dear God)” will feature soloists Anna Haagerson (soprano), Hannah Penn (alto), Les Green (tenor), and Kevin Walsh (baritone), St. James Bach Choir and orchestra of strings, oboes, three trumpets, and tympani.

The Cantata’s Virtuoso Organ Obbligato will be played by guest organist, Paul Tegels, music faculty of Pacific Lutheran University. Free will offering. Come with friends!

NOTE: We are now in the process of hiring a new Minister of Music. Please click here for more information.

Reception for Nancy Nickel

Reception for Nancy Nickel

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 4-6:00pm, in the Pioneer Chapel. Mark your calendars for this special event when we say “Goodbye” to our very special Minister of Music. On the eve of Nancy’s last Bach Cantata we will gather to wish her well, and send her off with love and thanksgiving for the music ministry […]

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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
May 27 @ 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
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30 am service and coffee.
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
May 27 @ 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[...]
4:00 pm The Flame
The Flame
May 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
12:00 pm Midweek Eucharist
Midweek Eucharist
May 30 @ 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[...]
12:45 pm Bible Study
Bible Study
May 30 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Pastor Parker leads a Bible Study following Midweek Eucharist.