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Welcome to Divinity Lutheran Church

A People and Place of Hope, Healing and Welcome

Divinity Lutheran in Parma Heights, Ohio is a place where you can nurture your relationship with God and his people. Established in 1948 with 73 parishioners, we’ve grown into a faith community of over 1,300 people of all ages, engaged in a wide spectrum of community service, fellowship and ministry.

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2024 Lenten Devotional

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Worship Services

Saturday 5:30pm
Saturday 5:30pm

This service is traditional with liturgy used from Evangelical Book of Worship (ELW). While it follows the same order as Sunday morning, it is laid-back and casual, and is usually held in our chapel.

Sunday 9am
Sunday 9am

This service is a traditional service with liturgy used from Evangelical Book of Worship (ELW).

Sunday 11am
Sunday 11am

This is a liturgical contemporary service that is led by our praise band, Chosen, which includes vocals, keyboard, guitars and drums.

Latest Sermon

The Way of Jesus

The Way of Jesus

When I was serving St. John in Beatrice, NE., the county jail was across the street from the church.  The sheriff – Jerry DeWitt – was a parishioner and friend.  He would let me know if a parishioner or another person could use a visit from the pastor....
Sun, Feb 25, 2024

Wednesday Wanderings

Read the latest from Pastor Brad's blog, Wednesday Wanderings.
A little journey through this topsy-turvy journey of joys and sorrows and hopes and dreams with plenty of grace from God along the way.

February 21, 2024

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This past Sunday, some casual curiosity might have peeked over my hometown after a miracle was pulled off to rival that of walking on water or feeding thousands with a few loves of bread and some fish. The Ohio State basketball team has been struggling, to put it rather mildly, in recent weeks to the point of their head coach being fired with less than a month remaining on the schedule. The first game after those departure proceedings was hosting the #2 ranked team in the country in the Purdue Boilermakers. Somehow, someway, they pulled it off. Perhaps just the chaos of the sport, perhaps divine intervention. Regardless, the new guy at the helm was a graduate of Upper Sandusky High School in Jake Diebler. Whether he will be staying much past March remains to be seen.
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Our Ministries

Youth Ministry

We have an active and vibrant youth group here at Divinity Lutheran Church. Students who are in grades 9-12 are welcome to join our group.

Music Ministry

Divinity's music ministry features vocal and instrumental groups for all ages, and a variety of musical styles. Come and use your talents to lift beautiful praises to God!

Outreach Ministries

Divinity Lutheran Church provides support to the community in the way of community meals, donations, and volunteering at other social service and faith-based organizations.

Handmade Ministries

Some members of Divinity Lutheran use their time and talents to create handmade items such as prayer shawls, clothing and wooden baptismal boxes.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay caregivers who provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people. It's not a ministry to be taken lightly, but is deeply rewarding and fills a critical need for additional ministers.

Parish Health Ministry

The mission of the Parish Health Ministry is to positively impact the lives of individuals in our congregation by supporting activities that promote the health of body, mind, and spirit.

Divinity Warmline

The Warmline is a recorded daily message to help us cope with life. We don’t always need a “hotline” geared for crisis and traumatic moments. But we all need a "warmline” somewhere to help us get in touch with ourselves, the church, and God. Goethe said, “One should, each day, try to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it is possible, speak a few reasonable words.” The Warmline helps us do just that! Each day’s offering includes an opening greeting, a devotional, poem, or scripture reading, Divinity prayer concerns, Divinity birthdays and anniversaries, and a closing prayer.

Warmline

Enclosed in every January Digest is a “time and talent” sheet or a “commitment of my spiritual gifts” sheet to be filled out and brought back to our office or be brought to the altar on time and talent Sunday – January 28th.

This year I raise up ushers as our examples of using their time and talent to serve.

Back when I was growing up during the “brown hymnal” years, an usher had to be a member of the church, a confirmed male, and know exactly when to pull the rope to ring the bell at three different points during the Lord’s Prayer.

Today, “red hymnal” ushers need to be present or have lined up a replacement. Other than that, anything goes.

 

Whether it be back in my high school days of being a brown hymnal usher or today’s red hymnal ushers, their functions can be roughly divided up into being a gatekeeper, part of the Welcome Wagon, and money changers. These functions can be broken down into four main categories:

  1. Welcoming (handing out bulletins, seating strangers in a non-reserved pew, and lighting the altar candles when the acolyte is late or does not show up)
  2. Offering (collecting it and taking it to the altar)
  3. Communion (directing people with the choir always going first and the band always last)
  4. Post Worship Clean-Up (straightening hymnbooks, picking up leftover Cheerios, stray cell phones, etc.)

Depending on the church calendar, weather, attendance, and other circumstances, a Lutheran usher should be prepared to handle the following: finding hearing aids, adjusting the thermostat in response to complaints, pointing out where the nursery is and then doing it again when a parent won’t bring out a screaming baby, putting up the proper hymn numbers on the wall, and what to do with a kid that’s dropped off for Sunday School when there isn’t any.

Being an usher is an honor which is why they get to wear the badges identifying them as God’s servants. The highest honor is that of Usher Coordinator, which was filled by Ed Pabst for decades, then Dave Boxler, and now, Dave Bemer. Dave will call you if you check the “usher box” under “Worship Ministry”.

May we all love and support our Divine ushers ~~ Pastor Doug