"We share God's inclusive and eternal love with everyone!"
Welcome to the “front door” of St. James! This website will tell you that we are 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. Each Sunday we gather at 9:30am around a classic Lutheran liturgy, beautiful music and warm hospitality. We believe God is present as we gather and serve those in need beyond our doors.
Here’s how we share “God’s Inclusive Love:”
- Providing 122 units of low-income housing to those in need at our St. James Apartments
- Serving though our St. James Foot Care Ministry
- 130 children find a welcoming learning environment in our St. James Child Development Center
- Kids and adults explore Biblical stories that relate to daily life
- Bach Cantata Vespers, Jazz Vespers and Lutheran liturgy fill the air with music
- Pastoral care touches those at times of baptism, weddings, funerals and transition
- Feeding those on our streets each Tuesday and supporting Lutheran World Relief
- Following Christ on this site since 1890.
Join us, not to visit, but to be touched by God’s love.
Pastor David Knapp
Sunday Morning Worship with Holy CommunionEvery 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 EucharistEvery Wednesday, 12:00 Noon
We gather each Wednesday at Noon in the Pioneer Chapel for a half-hour Service of the Eucharist with Chrisse Roccaro (Pianist), Rose Clementi (Assisting Minister) and Pastor David. Then, join Pastor David each Wednesday for Bible Study in the St. James Library at 12:30pm. So, remember to gather each Wednesday: at Noon for Eucharist Worship in Pioneer Chapel; and then at 12:30pm in the Library for Pastor’s Bible Study.
Jazz VespersSunday, January 19th, 5:00pm will feature Attila Csikos on guitar.
Arrive at 4:50 for pre-Vespers music when Attila 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 WorshipSt. James will 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.
Sunday, January 5th, 11:00am, Open Space: Community Suppers for a Cause hosted by Mandy Ellertson.
Sunday, January 12th, 11:00am, Open Space: Young Families Wine and Cheese hosted by Pastor David.
Wine, cheese, and sparkling water will help our St. James Young Family group usher in the season of Epiphany. We will step into the Community Room of the St. James Apartments for a get-to-know-you event. New families have recently joined St. James and this will be a chance to get to know them. Our children will be involved in Sunday School that hour.
Sunday, January 19th, 11:00am, Open Space: Lutheran Young Adults in Global Mission hosted by Hannah Johnsrud.
Hannah, from Mt. View Lutheran Church near Tacoma, spent a year in Israel and Palestine with our Lutheran ministry Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). She will share stories of how we are changing the lives of those in that area.
Sunday, January 19th, 5:00pm, Jazz Vespers with Attila Csikos on guitar, and guest poet Emmett Wheatfall.
Sunday, January 19th, 6:00pm, Artist’s Reception for Bonnie Wilson’s exhibition, titled “Close to Home”.
Saturday, January 25th, Community Supper for a Cause to support PCC Foundation Rainy Day Rainbow Fund.
Sunday, January 26th, 10:45am, Help Us Make Ministry Decisions: Annual Meeting
Our annual St. James Congregational Meeting and Meal will be held on Sunday, January 26th immediately following worship. We will gather in the sanctuary to review 2019 ministry, elect new leaders, and pass a ministry spending plan for 2020. An Annual Report will be available on our website (stjamespdx.org) prior to the meeting.