"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

NOTE: Don’t miss Worship the next two Sundays! There will be Minister of Music candidates as our guest organists the next two Sunday mornings (June 17th and June 24th.) Please join us to meet and hear them as we move toward the selection of a person to continue the wonderful tradition of music at St. James. This week and next we will have the opportunity for choir members to work with these candidates as well.

Midweek Eucharist

Every Wednesday, 12:00 Noon

In the Pioneer Chapel. Join us for Bible Study following the Midweek Eucharist.

Jazz Vespers

Sunday, June 17th, 5:00pm will feature Haley Horsfall on vocals & percussion.

Arrive at 4:50 for pre-Vespers music when Haley 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 Artists-of-the-Month follows the service, in the Pioneer Chapel. Come with friends!

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

A Note from Pastor David

A Note from Pastor David

What an honor it is to be your next pastor at St. James. I realize that I stand on the shoulders of pastoral leaders since 1890. Thank you for this opportunity to serve Christ with you. I will spend the month of June and a bit of July completing my ministry at St. Luke, spending […]

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Upcoming Events

9:30 am Worship
Jun 24 @ 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
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30 am service and coffee. E.L.C.A. Series, June 2018 Five Lutheran Theologians, an Agnostic, and an Anabaptist walk into a church. No, it’s not the opening line of a theological humorist’s stand-up[...]
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Jun 24 @ 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[...]
6:30 pm The Flame @ St. James Lutheran Church
The Flame @ St. James Lutheran Church
Jun 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
7:10 pm St. James Book Club
St. James Book Club
Jun 26 @ 7:10 pm – 8:10 pm
St. James Book Club meets on a monthly basis to discuss all kinds of books! In the past year we have read such titles as Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Cutting for Stone by Abraham[...]
12:00 pm Midweek Eucharist
Midweek Eucharist
Jun 27 @ 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
Jun 27 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Pastor Parker leads a Bible Study following Midweek Eucharist.  
6:30 pm Goose Hollow
Goose Hollow
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm
Help provide a meal at the Goose Hollow Homeless Shelter. Sign up on the board in the Pioneer Chapel with what you can provide. Overnight hosts needed. Contact St. James if you are able to[...]