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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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Worship Services

Summer worship: Beginning May 26, we will have one service at 10am on Sundays. Our Saturday night service will continue at 5:30pm in the chapel.

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 10am
Sunday 10am

Traditional service for the summer. On certain Sundays the music will also include christian contemporary music led by our praise band, Chosen.

Latest Sermon

Healing of the Heart

Healing of the Heart

Some would say seminary is where us clergy learn how to be better agents of healing, or something: where we grow in crafting prayers or how to fine-tune the spoken blessings over water and oil to be used in worship or individual pastoral care visits. But, for me, there was something about deepening my own awareness of where the most beautiful healing can emerge in the places and people we least expect it....
Sun, Jun 09, 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.

June 12, 2024

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A couple days ago (June 10), marked the anniversary of the deceased Prince Phillip’s birthday, which brings me back to the Netflix series, The Crown , which Sarah and I spent way too much time consuming. In Episode 7 of Season 3, entitled “Moondust,” Prince Philip is fascinated…no, obsessed , with the American astronauts’ mission to the moon in the summer of 1969. However, as he’s hanging on every word of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in a televised press conference leading up to the launch, the Queen reminds him of worship the next morning, leading to the Duke scoffing under his breath, knowing he’s about to endure yet another Sunday listening to a rather…veteran priest, the Dean of Windsor. As Prince Philip is sitting next to the Queen in their usual front pew, he remarks, “It’s not a sermon, it’s a general anesthetic” (of course, whether he said such a thing is up for debate, but it’s wonderful writing by the people behind the scenes, nonetheless!).
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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

Do you have a child or grandchild in the third through eighth grade? If so, they could come with me to Camp Mowana this summer. Pathfinders Camp is for third through fifth graders and Confirmation Camp is for sixth through eighth graders. We will depart on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15th, and return on the afternoon of Friday, July 20th.

Unfortunately, less youth are going to summer camps these days primarily because of the competition of sports and other camps and because of the cost. In the good, old days we could send our kids to Bible camp and enjoy a summer week of peace and quiet! Today camp costs $460 if you register before MARCH 31ST. For those youth who participate in our fundraisers (like the silent auction and meal on February 3rd), or have a well endowed grandparent, or talk to me about a need for financial assistance, there is help in paying the $460. We don’t want any youth not going to camp because of finances.

 

I strongly encourage our confirmands to experience camp at least once during their confirmation years.

Many of you know Danette and I met while working on a camp staff together during the summer of 1982 at Sky Ranch in Colorado. Some of Divinity’s high school youth have been blessed to backpack out of Sky Ranch. I was very impressed with a letter I received from Emily Keys who served on staff at Sky Ranch last summer…

My name is Emily Keys, and I am a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Missouri’s nursing program. It is with great joy that I write to you about our beloved Sky Ranch. Last summer God called me to be a counselor at Sky Ranch and I am so glad I chose to follow that call.

Sky Ranch does more than minister to the many campers and adults who visit the holy place in the mountains; it inspires and raises up young adults, such as myself, to be leaders in the church. Through staff training and the unique experiences Sky Ranch offers, I was given the tools to lead and be a role model in faith. Because of Sky Ranch, I was not only able to serve youth this summer, but I am empowered to share my faith with students I serve in confirmation and the college students I serve through campus ministry.

According to The Atlantic, 35% of millennials in the US reject religious affiliations. Luckily, outdoor ministry is an answer to this unfortunate decline. Over 75% of people in their 20’s and 30’s who are involved in a congregation relate their current participation directly back to experiences at an outdoor ministry like Sky Ranch. 50% of all seminarians and 75% of youth directors attribute answering their leadership call to experiences with outdoor ministry.

This speaks volumes to the importance of Sky Ranch in the future of our church. Camp is where the leaders of our church are shaped, and training provided to the summer staffs is the largest leadership development program within the ELCA.

Encourage your child to come with me to Camp Mowana in July. You can register online at www.lomocamps.org or get a registration form from Tricia or myself. Let me know if you register online.

In Christ – Pastor Doug