"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 prayer, readings, sermons and music each week on our “Worship & Sermons” page (click on “Communications > Worship & Sermons” above.)
- 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 on “E-Giving” above or drop a check in the mail.)
- Be inspired by the poetry and prayers listed on our “Reflections” page (click on “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
Worship ServicesWELCOME TO WORSHIP AT ST. JAMES!
NOTE: We may safely hold 50 people per service (six feet apart, masked.) It is helpful if you sign up online.
Sunday Morning WorshipEvery Sunday, 9:30am and 11:00am
During this pandemic, St. James is pleased to provide these Sunday Worship options:
1.) In-person Sunday Worship in our beautiful sanctuary at 9:30am and 11:00am.
- Maximum of 50 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. Seating will be six feet apart.
Whether you sign-up online to physically attend in-person at St. James -- or you watch our video recording on your computer at home -- we invite you to join us for worship!
Jazz VespersThis month, the video of our Jazz Vespers Service is now available starting on Sunday, January 17th, when we welcome our featured guest vocalist Marilyn Keller.
Musical accompaniment by Mike Horsfall on piano, Laurent Nichol on bass, and Brent Follis on drums. Pastor David Knapp is the liturgist, and Valarie Griffiths Brown is the vocalist. 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 all of our Jazz Vespers 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.
The seasons of Advent and Christmas have found our church building adorned in light. Now as we move to the Epiphany season, a banner will soon announce from our tower: “Let Justice Flow Like Water.” Justice is the hard work of infusing love into the structures of our society. Our thanks to our Open Space participants on Racial Reckoning who are helping us hear God’s call to live justly.
“January is Justice Month at St. James …
Theologian Richard Rohr describes our call to justice this way. Imagine a river flowing out of control — overflowing its banks and bringing suffering.
We help in three ways:
1. We rescue people, dealing with their immediate social problem. This is direct-service ministry, like feeding the houseless.
2. We create ministries/agencies to help people not fall into the river. Thus we build hospitals and schools, and start jobs programs.
3. We build and maintain a dam to prevent flooding in the first place.
This requires expense and new thinking. Most of us never get to #3. This is structural change; systemic change. Often it looks like protesting, boycotting, and non-violent acts. Sometimes that’s what it takes to build a dam to prevent flooding and suffering. Amos the prophet calls us to all three of these justice tasks.
Now think on how our St. James ministry fits this scenario:
1. We provide food five days a week for immediate needs.
2. We created the St. James Apartments for people of low income.
3. We push ourselves to voice the need for systemic changes.
As this new year begins, let’s devote ourselves again to this justice work.”