Life at St. James

Interior panoramic view of the Sanctuary from the Balcony.

St. James is a church community comprised of diverse members who worship and gather regularly in our historic buildings in downtown Portland, OR. But life isn’t just happening around St. James. In the past 100 years our humble corner of downtown Portland has seen much change, and St. James has changed and adapted with it.

Established in 1890, St. James was the first church in the area to provide English speaking services so all people could attend and worship together, regardless of background, ethnicity, or race. Today, that tradition of inclusivity continues. Though we are blessed to still gather in our historic structures, our attitudes are anything but! We strive to provide meaningful programs, develop and deepen relationships with those around us, care for our neighbors, and live in the world around us as an active congregation of faith. All are welcome!

Upcoming Events

8:30 am Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer
Nov 13 @ 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
Nov 13 @ 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[...]
12:30 pm Bible Study
Bible Study
Nov 13 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Pastor David’s Wednesday Bible Study starts September 11th. The first few books of your Bible contain inspiring stories of Sarah, Abraham, Joseph, Rahab, Noah, Miriam and Moses. Join Pastor David as we explore the life[...]
9:30 am Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church
Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church
Nov 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Contemplative Prayer @ St. James Lutheran Church | Portland | Oregon | United States
NOTE: Contemplative Prayer takes a summer break in August! No Saturday morning prayer/labyrinth until September. (That means you can “Be Still and Know” without driving to St. James!) Notice when there is a blanket of[...]
9:30 am Worship
Nov 17 @ 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
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education hour following the 9:30am service and coffee.  
11:00 am Sunday School
Sunday School
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Christian Education Committee is 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 to the large[...]
1:00 pm The Flame
The Flame
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm Jazz Vespers @ St. James Lutheran Church
Jazz Vespers @ St. James Lutheran Church
Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jazz Vespers @ St. James Lutheran Church | Portland | Oregon | United States
This 45 minute jazz musical setting of the Evening Prayer liturgy is held on the third Sunday of each month at 5:00pm. Professional jazz musicians and vocalists lead this reflective service with scriptural reading, psalms,[...]