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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

Our annual fall stewardship emphasis will be entitled, “Live Courageously.” There will be the much anticipated Divinity made videos to illustrate each Sunday’s theme. I’m sure we’ll be getting our annual update on the Worgull family and see what our seminarian, Mark Knauss is up to.

The schedule and themes are as follows…

  • Oct. 7 – “Reflecting Generosity” – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
  • Oct. 14 – “Courageous Conversations” – Mark 10:17-24
  • Oct. 21 – “Wait for the Lord” – Psalm 31:21-24
  • Oct. 28 – Commitment Sunday – Pastor Connie Sassanella preaching

We will receive a 2019 commitment card in the mail with our 3rd quarter contribution statement that we can return to the church office or bring to the altar on October. 28.

“Live Courageously!” The word “courage” or “courageous” appears only a few times in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, we find some variations of “Be strong and be of good courage” twelve times. This suggests to me that life is not easy or carefree. The best food is made from scratch and not cooked in a microwave. Come in one Monday morning and check out how our nut rolls are made. You will be struck by how labor intensive the process of preparing good food really is. The same is true of the spirit, of living well; there is no labor-saving machinery.

When Paul writes his first letter to his student, Timothy, he reminds him that there are no short-cuts in our relationships with God and one another. We need to do the work and live courageously.

1 Timothy 6:18-19 – “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.”

So what is Christian stewardship? It is simply our courageous attempt, having experienced the generosity and hospitality of the God we know in Jesus, to live a life that reflects that generosity, the life that really is life.

In Christ – Pastor Doug