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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

A man called me this morning who is friends with several of our members. He grew up Catholic while his wife grew up Lutheran. Neither have been active worshipers as adults. She passed away 3 weeks ago. Worried about her salvation, he was told by a Catholic friend that he could pray her way out of purgatory and into heaven. He called me to ask if that was possible according to Lutheran theology.

It took a little time, but a synopsis of the 16th century reformation during which Luther proclaimed there is no biblical basis for purgatory helped him rethink what he believed. As a priest and monk, Luther pointed out that the church was telling people they could buy and pray their dead relatives out of purgatory and into heaven through a nice donation to help build St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. You received a nice certificate called an “indulgence” which made it so.

 I assured him that both St. Paul in his New Testament letters and Luther struggled with not being good enough. They both realized they could never be good enough to climb the ladder to heaven. That’s when they came to believe that “we are saved by God’s grace through our faith in Christ.”

He thought that salvation through faith in Christ was too easy and so asked questions about personal confession with the priest and other requirements he had grown up with. I assured him that Lutherans confess our sins during every worship service, on our own, and sometimes with the pastor. I explained our only having two sacraments because Christ specifically instituted baptism and communion.

It was a good conversation with a grieving husband. I assured him that even though it may appear to him that being Lutheran is too easy, his wife most assuredly through her faith in Christ is awaiting him in heaven. He seemed relieved.

This month we celebrate and give thanks for the gift of eternal life when Christ conquers death and the grave on Easter morning. There is no purgatory. There is no holding cell. There is no stopping off place to wait and see if relatives and friends pray enough or give enough to the church to get us on to heaven. Thanks be to God!

On the direct flight with no stopovers – Pastor Doug