3-fold emphasis + Diakonia Martyria Leiturgia Koinonia Artwork

Found on Pastor Al Collver’s blog, abc3miscellany:



When Bishop Voigt from the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) visited the International Center last week, he saw the Witness, Mercy, Life Together banner in chapel and in the cafeteria during lunch. Over lunch, Bishop Voigt said to me, “I really like the Witness, Mercy, Life Together banner. It reminds me of a sculpture we have in Germany.” He then went on to describe a hand that represented diakonia, martyria, leiturgia, and koinonia. It is pictured above. Bishop Voigt sent me the photograph today.

Leiturgia is the glue that binds the three fold emphasis together. In a sense,leiturgia is what flows out of witness (martyria), mercy (diakonia), and life together (koinonia). Leiturgia is the Lord at work through His church in the areas of witness, mercy, and life together. The three-fold emphasis is not really a new thing, but something the church has done ever since the Lord founded her; it simply describes what the church does.


About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.


3-fold emphasis + Diakonia Martyria Leiturgia Koinonia Artwork — 11 Comments

  1. In “Mission from the Cross,” Klaus Detlev Schulz also discusses this four-fold emphasis in the “Mission as Ethics” chapter.

    Interesting that, as a Synod, we are only focusing on three out of four. What happened to leiturgia?

    Mercy, Witness, Life Together, and… Liturgy.

  2. @Norm Fisher #5
    I presume the “ugly thing” mentioned by Boaz is the image in the post above .. the hand.

    That I can understand; I’m “underwhelmed” by the carving myself.

    I was wondering if someone had “tried to improve” the “venn”.
    [That “5 areas” topic spoiled my coffee!]

  3. I agree that the art piece is a tad odd, but what really struck me was the fact that it existed in the first place. Using Pastor Collver’s words: “The three-fold emphasis is not really a new thing, but something the church has done ever since the Lord founded her; it simply describes what the church does.”

  4. It would be a good prop for confirmation classes and Sunday school. Come on cph, when can I buy it?

  5. I had to look at it again.

    The person in the sheet isn’t really ‘hanging by distorted fingernails’ as I thought first; those are three more people… presumably the ones who let their friend down through the ceiling to be healed.

    The carving might “grow on” me? 🙂

  6. I understand the message the artist is trying to convey but that sculpture is rather disturbing. I would expect to see something of that design in Blizzard’s Diablo video games not in a church. Somethings should not be combined into a single image. (shivers and wishes to forget picture)

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