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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

To Launch or not to Launch

To Launch or not to Launch

On the day of Pentecost, the Christian church experienced a successful launch.  It escaped the gravitational pull of a skeptical crowd and achieved an orbit that it continues on today.  But we each have a role to play in keeping the church from crashing and burning.  Today we read our annual board reports on the ministry we’ve accomplished in the past year. We elect new board members at our congregational meeting who will help keep our ministries and our church in the orbit of Jesus Christ....
Sun, May 19, 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.

May 22, 2024

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The Festival of Homiletics has become one of the standards for many clergy in their continuing education (as if we didn’t get everything quite figured out by commencement day at the end of seminary). Homiletics is just a fancy word for preaching, and even though I only participated online, I could tell there was a bit of fanciness, to say the least, in the two beautiful sanctuaries used in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to host the hundreds who gathered in-person. From the pulpits of East Liberty Presbyterian and Calvary Episcopal, emerged some preachers who have some vibrant prophetic game, to put it mildly.
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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

Digest articles are due at the beginning of the previous month. Today is Monday, December 3, two weeks after Thanksgiving and three weeks before Christmas. I’m thinking about all the people crying in our sanctuary on Saturday. We especially feel the pain of our grief during our first holidays without the person we love.

Winter might be the best time to let the inevitable waves of grief come over us. This is the time when we have “permission” to do less because the weather is working against us. Most of us no longer have to “do chores and feed the animals” before school or carry in wood to keep the fires burning to heat the house.

 

Instead, we have time to take a long walk as the sun reflects on the sparkling snow, peek behind naked trees, and see something new. It’s time to take a much needed nap or go to bed early and let our body rest from the emotional upheaval we have experienced.

Winter can be the time to sit in the space of grief and allow ourselves to feel and heal. But it’s not always a peaceful sitting. We feel the aches and pains in our own body. We notice the shorter days that can still seem so long. We may sit anxiously and then realize that our anxiety is grief in its truest form. It never looks, acts, or feels the way we think it will. Sometimes it’s peaceful, sometimes it’s sorrowful, sometimes it’s gut-wrenching, and most times it’s unexpected.

The absence of light is a necessary part of our earth’s time of rest and renewal. Can you allow yourself the same luxury of rest and renewal this winter?

She sits, she waits, she is grief. A poem…

She Waits

She’s everywhere, waiting
for her moment.

The moment when you
are most vulnerable.

She lurks in the
shadows and waits.

She hides in every fiber,
every cell of your being.

In the mind she caresses
the landscape of every peak and valley.

She waits.

She calls on you when you
least expect it and without a
moments thought you respond.

The tears flow, the heart
aches, the body remembers.

You sit, numb, tired, exhausted
unaware of her presence.

You wonder.

You question your sanity.

Your mind has lost its memory.

Tasks seem more complicated.

Your body acts as if you’ve just
Gotten off a roller coaster…
Spinning, heart racing, confused.

She sits.

She waits.

She knows there’s more.

She is grief.

- JoDee Coulter