"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

We gather each Wednesday at Noon in the Pioneer Chapel for a half-hour Service of the Eucharist. We will resume Bible Study when we gather again, in the Library, at 12:40pm on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 to examine a six session Bible Study titled “Out of the Waters” from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

Jazz Vespers

Sunday, Jan. 20th, 5:00pm will feature Dan Balmer on guitar and Tim Nickel on piano.

Arrive at 4:50 for pre-Vespers music when Dan and Tim will be joined by our St. James house band: 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!

Weather and Worship

St. James does 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.


January 2019 Spotlight:

January 2019 Spotlight:

Sunday, January 13th: Jewish Museum Field Trip, 12:00 Noon (rescheduled from October). All are invited to join the Young Families for a field trip to the Jewish Museum, as part of a new series, “Our Neighbors’ Faith.” Contact Paula Veseth for more information: psveseth@yahoo.com. Sunday, January 20th: Our Mission Partners in Faith, 11:00am. We are […]

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Prayer Request

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Upcoming Events

12:15 pm Bach’s Lunch
Bach’s Lunch
Jan 18 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Bach's Lunch
Friday Organ Recitals at 12:15pm St. James will present a short organ recital every Friday, 12:15-12:45pm. Our new Cantor Joseph Pettit will play most of the recitals; there will occasionally be guest organists, or he[...]
9:30 am Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church
Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church | Portland | Oregon | United States
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[...]
all-day USA: Martin Luther King Day @ Washington DC
USA: Martin Luther King Day @ Washington DC
Jan 20 all-day
For more information on this national holiday, visit http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/usa/mlk.asp
9:30 am Worship
Jan 20 @ 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
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30 am service and coffee.
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Christian Education Committee is 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[...]
5:00 pm Jazz Vespers
Jazz Vespers
Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jazz Vespers
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[...]
6:00 pm Artist Reception
Artist Reception
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
7:00 pm Bach Rehearsal
Bach Rehearsal
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm