Welcome to Augustana
Christmas Eve Candlelight Jazz/Gospel Service
Where we are
Augustana Lutheran Church
2710 NE 14th Street, Portland, Oregon 97212
Q: What can I expect to hear?
A: You will hear that God loves you. You will hear that you are a Child of God and a special and valuable person. You will hear that Augustana wants to include you in our community of people who love and follow Jesus. You will hear that we are not perfect and don’t pretend to be.
Q: Do I have to dress up?
A: No. Come as you are and be comfortable.
Q: Will my children be welcome?
A: Yes, we enjoy having a lot of children in our worship service. We love the sound of children’s laughter, we include children in our service and we love it when they dance in the aisles. Crying is a way of affirming life and will bother you as parents a lot more than it will us. We offer Sunday School for preschoolers through High School youth. This takes place from 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. (between the morning services).
Q: Will there be people there like me?
A: With four services, we welcome young/old, straight/gay, working/retired, happy/sad, people of any ethnicity or culture. We have over 50 countries of birth worshiping together, from five continents.
Q: What is expected of me?
A: You can feel free to participate in the service by following the printed prayers and songs, or you can just watch and observe.
Q: What are each of the different services? How are they different?
A: Contemporary Service is held at 8:30 am. We sing current worship songs as well as those from different cultures and traditions, accompanied by a band with keyboard, guitars and drums. This service celebrates the Lord’s Supper each Sunday.
A: Classical Lutheran Service is held at 11 am, using the Evangelical Lutheran Worship songs and liturgy. This service celebrates the Lord’s Supper each Sunday.
A: The Jazz Service is held at 6 pm on Sunday in the main church. This service features the Augustana Jazz Quartet, a group of professional musicians who share their talents with us. They are some of the finest musicians in the city and weave their songs together with the preaching from Pastor Mark into a remarkable worship experience. The Lord’s Supper is celebrated the first Sunday of the month.
A: Open Circle is led by Native American worship leaders and incorporates Native traditions including smudging, flute and drums. Open Circle travels to various locations during the summer.