Zion Lutheran Church (Waynesboro, Virginia) is a congregation of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Located three miles north of downtown Waynesboro in a setting that one visitor describes as "a little taste of Ireland," Zion is a small, lively, welcoming, family friendly, diverse congregation.
Our unity, of course, is in Jesus Christ and the good news of His holy gospel. Every Sunday we receive the promises of that gospel—forgiveness, life, and salvation—in a worship service known throughout Christian history as the "liturgy," God's divine "public service" on behalf of the whole world.
In the liturgy—through confession and absolution, the preaching of the Word of God, and in the sacrament of Holy Communion—people receive God's gifts of grace in Jesus Christ.
We extend to our Lord's invitation to receive those gifts at worship at Zion Lutheran Church. We look forward to seeing you!
James Pence, our pastor for twenty-four years, is retiring November 1, 2017.
A Statement from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stands against all forms of hatred and discrimination. The church believes that cultural, ethnic and racial differences should b seen and celebrated as what God intends them to be—blessings rather than means of oppression and discrimination.
The ELCA's social statement Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture states: "Racism—as mix of power, privilege and prejudice—is isn, a violation of God's intention for humanity. The resulting racial, ethnic, or cultural barriers deny the truth that all people are God's creatures and, therefore, persons of dignity. Racism fractures and fragments both church and society. Racism infects and affects everyone."
We recognize that the kind of violence we witnessed in Charlottesville last weekend is very real and affects all of us. We need to stand up firmly against racism and anti-Semitism, show up for and advocate with others. Jesus, who makes visible those who are invisible, is already there. We need to show up, and we need to listen in each of our communities.
"Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy city to which the nations of the world bring their glory. Look upon and visit the cities of the earth, particularly the city of Charlottesville. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Help us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from various cultures and with differing talents may find with one another fulfillment of their humanity. Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and, through our struggle and confusion, work to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."