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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

Divinity is blessed with gifted volunteers who so strengthen our ministry together. This time I lift up two women, Rachel McDonnell and Linda Grand who have supported myself and Divinity in our response to opioid addiction and death in our congregation and county.

Rachel just finished doing a wonderful job of teaching our 5 week winter interim on Monday nights and Wednesday mornings. Her textbook was entitled “Mental Health First Aid USA” with the subtitle, “For Adults Assisting Young People”. Class members were of all ages from young teachers in our school system to retired grandparents helping with grandchildren.

 

In the chapter on substance use, we were told to listen non-judgmentally and to do the following…

  1. Express your concerns open and honestly.
  2. Interact with the person in a supportive way rather than threatening, confronting, or lecturing.
  3. Avoid expressing moral judgments about the substance use.
  4. Be assertive, but do not blame or be aggressive.
  5. Do not label the young person, for example, by calling them a “pothead” or a “drunk”.
  6. Respect the youth’s culture by exhibiting verbal and nonverbal behaviors that demonstrate this respect.

Some of the same skills are taught in our Stephen Ministry Training and in the 3 day GCC (Greater Cleveland Congregations) Training that Linda and I just completed at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights.

Thirty very diverse Christians, Jews, and Universalists came together to learn how to organize ourselves, our churches, and synagogues to effect change in Cuyahoga County. Linda became connected with the GCC through her volunteering every Monday in the Lakeside Homeless Shelter for men.

I became interested when the GCC got enough signatures to put the renovation of the Q on the ballet because half of it was being funded with our tax dollars. The only concession the GCC asked for was for Dan Gilbert to build two mental health centers so firemen and police had a third alternative besides an emergency room or jail. When Gilbert withdrew his half of the funding to get it off the ballot, he promised to instead renovate some rec center basketball courts! I decided it was time to get involved. We certainly need mental health centers both in response to the opioid epidemic and the mental illness that Linda experiences at the Lakeside Shelter.

At the training, I met Sonja from the “Hispanic Alliance” that operates in the same area as the Redeemer Crisis Center. She deals a lot with slumlord housing on the near west side. We had a lot to talk about!

If you’d like to learn more about GCC, the local director, James Pearlstein will be at 10:00 Adult Forum on Feb. 25th.

In a recent sermon you heard the pain in my voice as I talked about how opioids have affected our Divinity families. Unfortunately, I know there will be more funerals for our brothers and sisters who overdose. We can do better. Lord, when did we see you addicted?

In Christ – Pastor Doug