The Divine Service: A Parable in Leviticus

Jesus often spoke in parables. Our Lord uses everyday illustrations such as sheep (Luke 15:1–7), sons (Luke 15:11–32), and coins (Luke 15:8–10) to paint pictures of God’s kingdom. Through [...]

Catechism: Liturgical Catechesis – Introit

Rev. Cwirla continues to demonstrate that there is not a single wasted moment in the historic liturgy. Everything has a purpose, and that includes the Introit, which helps to set the scene for [...]

The Divine Service: The Gospel of Leviticus

Seven miles they walked with Him. And, in that journey, the incarnate Word of God opened their eyes to the One of whom the Law and the prophets spoke. The Key of David unlocked the Scriptures and [...]

The Divine Service: The Hidden Glory of God

Look around when you enter the sanctuary of your church. What catches your eye? If you were to walk with one of the saints from the Old Testament and go to the divine service in the tabernacle [...]

The Divine Service: Our Ascended High Priest

Jesus is ascended, He is ascended indeed. We proclaim the ascension of Christ when confessing the creed. But, why did Jesus ascend into heaven? What does Jesus’ ascension mean for us? In His [...]

The Divine Service: Amen

If you want to read about the good news of Jesus’ work for you, where do you turn? Your first thought may be to open to one of the Gospel accounts. Maybe you page to one of Paul’s epistles. In [...]

The Divine Service: Absolution in the Wilderness

Leviticus. It’s a messy book. Open up to Leviticus and you’ll find pages bleeding with words of bloody sacrifices. Goats, bulls, and rams all give their lives for the sins of Israel. Leviticus [...]

The Divine Service: Baptized

“And Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing that the LORD has commanded to be done.” And Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water” (Leviticus 8:5–6). Leviticus is [...]

The Divine Service: The Liturgy of Leviticus

Leviticus can be intimidating. Chances are, if you’ve tried to read through the Bible beginning with Genesis and ending in Revelation, you’ve noticed something different already in the third [...]

Catechism: Invocation

Let’s start at the very beginning…of the Divine Service liturgy, that is! Rev. Cwirla gets the ball rolling with the liturgy/catechism connection by examining the very first words we [...]