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Mary and Joseph journey to Bethlehem. Illustration by Cindy Caldwell.

Advent and Christmas Worship Planning Resources

Find liturgies, prayers, music and more for your Advent and Christmas worship planning. Read More

Marcia McFee directs an evening of prayer and song held at the West End United Methodist Church in Nashville as part of the Rethinking Worship and Song Conference. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Christmas carols: “Above all sing spiritually”

They feature lyrics you've sung all your life, but do you know the real story behind your favorite Christmas hymns? Read More

The Rev. David Fison interprets the Christmas story through a 12-foot Tsimshian Indian-style totem pole he designed and carved from yellow cedar at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Christmas Totem Pole

A United Methodist pastor carved the Christmas story into a totem pole. A raven represents the angels, and Mary and Joseph journey to Nazareth in a dugout canoe. View

A shopper leaves with gifts from 61st Avenue United Methodist Church's Last Minute Toy Store. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Last Minute Toy Store

A United Methodist church helps parents make their children's dreams come true on Christmas morning. View

An Advent wreath with four lit candles represents the fourth week of Advent.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communciations

A Prayer for the Advent Season

"Let something wonderful begin in us." Video reflection offers inspiration and words to share during this Advent season. View

The Star of Bethlehem, a watercolor by Edward Burne-Jones, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Advent and Christmas

Find stories, worship resources, prayers, videos and links about how The United Methodist Church celebrates the season of Christ’s birth. More

The magi follow the star in this sixth-century mosaic at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare near Ravenna, Italy. Photo by Nina-no, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

What was the star of Bethlehem?

Some astronomers have speculated it was a planetary conjunction, a nova or some other celestial body. Nick Strobel has his own ideas. Read More

Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

What are the 12 days of Christmas?

Do you know the dates the Christmas season begins and ends? Read More

The image of Mary, the mother of Jesus, has resonance around the world. From left, here are Persian, Byzantine and Kenyan depictions of the woman who has lessons for disciples today. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Words of wisdom from mother Mary

With great faith, Christ’s mother challenged social expectations. She offers lessons for our Christian witness today. Read More

The Rev. James Howell drew on Christmas carol texts for his new Advent devotional book “Why This Jubilee?” Photo by Mark Hames, courtesy The Charlotte Observer.

Going deeper with Advent, by way of Christmas carols

The Rev. James Howell’s Advent book `Why This Jubilee’ prompts discussion, caroling. Read More

2015 Advent Calendar for families

Each day of this printable calendar has something for your family to do or think about for the Advent and Christmas season. Read More

What makes a meaning-full gift? It’s care, not cost

Want ideas for an unforgettable present this Christmas? United Methodists talk about their most memorable gifts. Read More

Screen grab from video. Nativity figure courtesy of First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, TN.

Nativity scenes: More than meets the eye

The figures in that familiar Christmas decoration offer faith lessons, too. Learn about the symbolism in the creche. Read More

The archangel Gabriel kneels, raising his right hand in greeting to Mary and indicating her divine pregnancy. Painting of The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1472.  Painting by Leonardo da Vinci (public domain), courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Angels among us: God’s heavenly messengers for the world

Angels are prominent in the Christmas story, and elsewhere in scripture. Their example shows us how to live on earth as they do in heaven. Read More

A Nativity set featuring a coconut stable or shelter and figures hand-made from clay, purchased during JoAnn Hall’s first mission trip to Haiti. Photo by JoAnn Hall.

Ready for Christmas? Tips to keep the holiday season holy

Advent can be a busy time, but there are things you can do to keep your heart and mind on Christ. Read More

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