"We share God's inclusive and eternal love with everyone!"

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Welcome

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. Afterwards, please join Pastor David for Wednesday Bible Study at 12:30pm … Feb. 13th – May 22nd: McLaren’s book “We Make The Road By Walking”

Bach Cantata Vespers

Good Friday, Apr. 19th, 7:00pm will feature excerpts from Johannes-Passion BWV 245: “Feast of Pentecost” …

… excerpts from the St. John Passion of J. S. Bach with St. James Bach Choir and Orchestra, featuring five St. James soloists along with special guests Lisa Neher, mezzosoprano, and Richard Zeller, bass.

Jazz Vespers

Easter Sunday, Apr. 21st, 5:00pm will feature Devin Phillips on tenor saxophone.

Arrive at 4:50 for pre-Vespers music when Devin 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 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.

 

Holy Week at St. James 2019

Journey through Holy Week with us … Join us during Holy Week and then celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter … Sun, April 14 9:30AM Palm/Passion Sunday Worship … Weds, April 17 Noon Eucharist … Thurs, April 18 Noon and 7:00PM Maundy Thursday Worship … Fri, April 19 Noon Good Friday Worship … 7:00PM Bach Cantata […]

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Upcoming Events

Apr
23
Tue
7:10 pm St. James Book Club
St. James Book Club
Apr 23 @ 7:10 pm – 8:10 pm
NOTE: BOOK CLUB POSTPONED … The March 26th Book Club meeting has been rescheduled for April 23rd to allow more time to read “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood. Questions? Ask Linda Rickert, 503-224-9353. St.[...]
Apr
24
Wed
8:30 am Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer
Apr 24 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Centering Prayer: Wednesdays at 8:30 am, Pioneer Chapel There is a weekly opportunity to practice this simple form of contemplative prayer weekly at St. James. Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a small gathering takes place in[...]
12:00 pm Midweek Eucharist
Midweek Eucharist
Apr 24 @ 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
Apr 24 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Bible Study following Midweek Eucharist.  
Apr
26
Fri
12:15 pm Bach’s Lunch
Bach’s Lunch
Apr 26 @ 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[...]
Apr
28
Sun
9:30 am Worship
Worship
Apr 28 @ 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
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30 am service and coffee.