"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

In the Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Parker leads Bible Study following the Midweek Eucharist.

Bach Cantata Vespers

Sunday, Apr. 29th, 5:00pm will feature music from Bach Cantata 166 “Wo gehest du hin? (Where are you heading?)” with soloists Susan Hale, Les Green and Kevin Helppie and the St. James Bach Choir.

Guest organist will be Christopher Lynch, Fellow in Church Music at Trinity Cathedral. Young singers from Portland’s Trinity Cathedral Choir School will sing a new motet for children’s voices by Kenneth Kosche commissioned for the Bach Vespers. Organ prelude will begin at 4:50. Free will offering.

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

Mark Your Calendars!

Mark Your Calendars!

Sunday, April 15th and Sunday, April 22nd … These are two of the most important dates for St. James this year. On Sunday, April 15th our Pastoral Candidate, recommended and approved by Council, will preach at the 9:30am service (Pastor Janet will preside). There will be a Q&A session following the service to give members […]

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Prayer Request

Prayer requests may be sent to Pastor Parker using our secure online form. Click below!

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Upcoming Events

7:10 pm St. James Book Club
St. James Book Club
Apr 24 @ 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
Apr 25 @ 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 25 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Pastor Parker leads a Bible Study following Midweek Eucharist.  
6:30 pm Goose Hollow
Goose Hollow
Apr 25 @ 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[...]
9:30 am Worship
Apr 29 @ 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 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30 am service and coffee.
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Apr 29 @ 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[...]
4:00 pm The Flame
The Flame
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm