"We share God's inclusive and eternal love with everyone!"“Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” -Isaiah 41:10
From Pastor David:
Welcome to this expression of St. James Lutheran Church. During this time when the pandemic limits the extent to which we can meet physically, I hope you will:
- Gain hope through the readings, sermons and music each week on our “Sermons” page (click “Communications > Sermons” above.)
- Feel connected to others via our St. James Daily Email Devotions and “Let’s Stay Connected” phone ministry.
- Feed those in need who live on our streets. Each weekday at Noon we offer needed items to the 50-70 individuals who gather in the Park Blocks outside our building. Through your donations (both money and in-kind) we provide: bottled water, fresh fruit, protein or fruit bars, Ensure drink, cup-a-soup, hygiene products, new socks, used books, etc.
- Stay healthy and pray for others. Check on your neighbors. Support our weekday meals for the houseless.
- Continue your financial support of our St. James ministry (click “E-Giving” above or drop a check in the mail.)
- Be inspired by the poetry and prayers listed on our “Reflections” page (click “Communications > Reflections” above.)
We want you to REMAIN HEALTHY during these uncertain times. We hope that by restricting group activities we will be able to REACH OUT IN LOVE to those near our homes.
-Pastor David Knapp
WELCOME TO WORSHIP AT ST. JAMES
During this pandemic, St. James is pleased to provide these Sunday Worship options (beginning August 2nd):
1.) In-person Sunday Worship in our outdoor courtyard at 9:30am and 11:00am.
- Maximum of 25 people. Online sign-up required via our online form: https://signup.com/go/JVKxRwx. Contact Karin Hatch if you have difficulty with the online form.
- Masks and social distancing will be required. Chairs will be placed six feet apart.
3.) Wednesday Noon Eucharist Worship will be available in mid-September.
Sunday Morning WorshipEvery Sunday, 9:30am and 11:00am (beginning August 2nd)
Whether you sign-up online to physically attend in-person at St. James -- or you listen online to our audio-worship recordings on your digital device -- we invite you to join us for worship! Please find Pastor David's current Sermon by navigating to Communications > Sermons on the main navigation menu at the top of the page. Or you can click here to be linked directly to the Sermons page.
Midweek EucharistWednesdays, 12:00 Noon (beginning in mid-September)
Until we resume our Midweek Service of the Eucharist in mid-September -- we invite you to feel inspired and connected to others via our St. James Daily Email Devotions and our "Let’s Stay Connected" phone and email ministry.
Jazz VespersOn Sunday, July 19th Jazz Vespers returned virtually with the beautiful tones of Devin Phillip’s tenor sax. This month, the video for Jazz Vespers will be available on Sunday, August 16th when we will welcome our guest musician Stan Bock on trombone. The August Jazz Vespers will be dedicated to St. James member Carol Wallis who died at age 66 in June. She delighted in the music and worship and was present for every Jazz event. She will be laid to rest this month in Lincoln Memorial Park.
Musical accompaniment by Mike Horsfall on piano, Laurent Nickel on bass, and Brent Follis on drums. Pastor David Knapp is the liturgist, and Valarie Brown is the cantor. We invite you to send a donation (offering) to help support our musicians during this pandemic. Until we resume our Jazz Vespers series in-person at St. James -- we hope you enjoy Jazz Vespers on video.
You can find links to these recordings by navigating to Communications > Music on the main navigation menu at the top of the page. Or you can click here to be linked directly to the Music page.
St. James is 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. We hope that you will take this opportunity to explore our website to learn how we share “God’s Inclusive Love” with all.
Our ministries and groups:
- Service of Healing and Wholeness
- Daily Email Devotions
- Contemplative Prayer
- Artists’ Group
- Book Club
- Sunday School at Home
- Jazz Vespers video worship
- Scholarship ministry
- Daily meals for the houseless
- Provide food for migrant camps in the Willamette Valley who are hit hard by COVID-19
- Provide food to low-income students at Portland Community College (Rock Creek campus)
- St. James Low-Income Apartment ministry
- St. James – Let’s Stay Connected phone and email ministry
- St. James Child Development Center is now open.