The Penn-Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Parish is a Word and Sacrament ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The parish consists of two congregations, Penn Lutheran on Harrison Avenue in Penn Borough and Zion’s Lutheran at 3417 Route 130 in Harrison City. Both congregations work together to provide a full-time ministry to the people of our area. We would like to welcome you into our church family and invite you to worship the risen Lord with us. Please contact our pastor if you have any questions or need more information.
PENN-ZION’S LUTHERAN PARISH
Rev. Roger L. Steiner, Pastor
P.O. Box 351 (Church mailing address)
Harrison City, PA 15636
Church 724-744-3151 (Main Office)
“What Is a Lutheran?”
“Jesus said to the crowd, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” — John 6:35
A Lutheran is a Christian who believes that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and that through his death and resurrection to eternal life has healed the rift between humans and God caused by sin and evil. Thus, based on Romans 3:28, a Lutheran believes that a person is “justified by faith (in Christ Jesus) alone, apart from works of the law.” That is to say, we do not obtain or earn salvation on our own Faith in the saving work of Christ leads one to redemption and eternal life, and also leads one to do works of mercy and love in the world as a response to God’s first loving us. A Lutheran believes that one is saved by the gift of God’s grace, which is another way of saying Gospel, or Good News.
The Bible is a Lutheran’s norm and guide for living a life of faith. It is God’s Word. In it, God reveals His plan for the world and gives us hope through the fulfillment of His promises, centered in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“Lutheran” is a historical term naming the confessional movement begun by a Roman Catholic monk by the name of Martin Luther in the early 1500’s. Most people remember this period as the Reformation. “Confessional” means that our teachings are proposed in a definitive body of writings, specifically the Augsburg Confession along with others collected in the Book of Concord.
The Lutheran movement continues to offer to the whole church this confessional understanding of Scripture, centered in the saving work of Christ, and how that informs our lives in the Church and in the world.