"We share God's inclusive and eternal love with everyone!"
Welcome to the “front door” of St. James! This website will tell you that we are an over 300 member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a Reconciling In Christ church, we celebrate and welcome all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. Each Sunday we gather at 9:30am around a classic Lutheran liturgy, beautiful music and warm hospitality. We believe God is present as we gather and serve those in need beyond our doors.
Here’s how we share “God’s Inclusive Love:”
- Providing 122 units of low-income housing to those in need at our St. James Apartments
- Serving though our St. James Foot Care Ministry
- 130 children find a welcoming learning environment in our St. James Child Development Center
- Kids and adults explore Biblical stories that relate to daily life
- Bach Cantata Vespers, Jazz Vespers and Lutheran liturgy fill the air with music
- Pastoral care touches those at times of baptism, weddings, funerals and transition
- Feeding those on our streets each Tuesday and supporting Lutheran World Relief
- Following Christ on this site since 1890.
Join us, not to visit, but to be touched by God’s love.
Pastor David Knapp
Sunday Morning Worship with Holy CommunionEvery 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 EucharistEvery Wednesday, 12:00 Noon
We gather each Wednesday at Noon in the Pioneer Chapel for a half-hour Service of the Eucharist with Chrisse Roccaro (Pianist), Rose Clementi (Assisting Minister) and Pastor David. Then, join Pastor David each Wednesday for Bible Study in the St. James Library at 12:30pm. So, remember to gather each Wednesday: at Noon for Eucharist Worship in Pioneer Chapel; and then at 12:30pm in the Library for Pastor’s Bible Study.
Jazz VespersSunday, February 16th, 5:00pm will feature Renato Caranto on tenor saxophone.
Arrive at 4:50 for pre-Vespers music when Renato will be joined by our St. James house band: Mike Horsfall, piano; Laurent Nickel, bass; Brent Follis, drums; and Valarie Brown, cantor. Vespers service starts at 5:00pm. Freewill offering welcome. Reception for St. James Artist-of-the-Month follows the service, in the Pioneer Chapel. Come with friends!
Weather and WorshipSt. James will not cancel worship services due to inclement weather. If the streets look too bad, please don’t risk it. But if you come, we’ll be here with the doors open.
Sunday, February 2nd, 11:00am
Islam with Dr. Peter Bechtold
Dr. Peter Bechtold is an award-winning professor of Political Science at PSU. He has done field research in 25 Mid-East countries. Peter enjoys attending our monthly Jazz Vespers services.
Sunday, February 9th, 11:00am
Islam with Dr. Peter Bechtold
Sunday, February 16th, 11:00am
Judaism with Stephen Portnoy
Stephen Portnoy is the spouse of Esther Portnoy and is a current member of All Saints Episcopal Church. He was raised in a Jewish household and attended Hillel services while he was a student at MIT. He was baptized in 2010 and brings his multifaceted outlook to us.
Sunday, February 23rd, 11:00am
Buddhism with Timothy Ros
Timothy Ros is a member of Portland Dharma Center in SW Portland, a Buddhist community. They are part of Dzogchen Shri Singha of Portland.
We have invited our February guests to join us on Sunday, February 23rd for a Celebration Meal in Pioneer Chapel immediately following worship. The meal is a gift from Verde Cocina Restaurant.
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes
We gather Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30 pm for a traditional pancake meal. Since 1439 Christians have gathered to use up eggs and fats before the 40 day Lenten journey. Shrove is an old English word meaning absolution.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Lent begins on Wednesday, February 26th with the Imposition of Ash upon our foreheads and the celebration of the Eucharist. Invite a friend to join you as we gather for worship at Noon and 7:00pm.
New Member Sunday: March 15th
In mid-March we will welcome new members into our St. James family. If you too would like to make St. James your spiritual home, please contact Pastor David.