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The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley hymn devotions for Advent and Christmas

Charles Wesley, one of Methodism's founders, wrote several hymns for Advent and Christmas. Four devotions drawing on his hymns help us reflect upon the miracle of Christmas. Read More

A Christmas song teaches that peace comes when we live for Jesus. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“Peace upon earth be restored!” A Christmas hymn devotion

A lesser-known Charles Wesley song teaches us the peace we desire in a world of division is experienced only when we allow Christmas to happen within us. Read More

United Methodist Hymnal. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Musical hospitality on Christmas Eve

When expectations and emotions are high, people want to sing the familiar carols that are such an important part of their Christmas experience. Read More

The published and unpublished verse of Charles Wesley teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Musical devotions: Hearing familiar hymns with new ears

You can do more with a hymn than just sing it. The words written by Charles Wesley are meant to instruct and inspire us. More

Author and professor Paul Chilcote has written a devotional using the Advent and Christmas hymns of Charles Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Get Your Spirit in Shape: Singing our Faith at Christmas

We celebrate Christmas with singing. In this podcast episode, we look at Wesley’s hymns for the season with United Methodist scholar Paul Chilcote. Listen

In his hymns, Charles Wesley highlights many of the aspects of Jesus’ birth. Infographic by Trevor Scruggs, United Methodist Communications.

Christmas in the Hymns of Charles Wesley Infographic

This beautiful infographic highlights some of the Advent and Christmas hymns of Charles Wesley. View

In beautiful poetry, Charles Wesley describes how Jesus was fully God and fully human. Image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

“And God himself is born:” A Christmas hymn devotion

How is Jesus both fully God and fully human? Charles Wesley explains the mystery of the incarnation in beautiful poems for Advent and Christmas. Read More

Advent postcard from RETHINK Church.

Advent and Christmas Resources from ReThink Church

Attract more people to your church services with these direct mail postcards, door hangers, etc., available in either English or Spanish. Read More

The Shining Light Advent Calendar is one of many Advent and Christmas resources for sale at Cokesbury. Artwork courtesy of the Vermont Christmas Company.

Advent and Christmas resources at Cokesbury

Cokesbury.com has a large inventory of books, studies, bulletins, calendars, candles and other supplies for your congregation and your home. Read More

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

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

Snow covered cars in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.

When you must cancel Christmas

When safety issues during inclement weather necessitate cancelling Christmas services, here are three back-up plans for your congregation. Read More

A Christmas Table Liturgy

Set the table for your family dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with this short, prayerful liturgy. Read More

Christmas decorations, like this simple nativity scene, help us celebrate the season. Photo by Freely Photos.

Celebrate the season: 12 ideas for the 12 days of Christmas

December 25th is not the end, but the time to begin celebrating Jesus' birth. Make the season more meaningful with creative, yet simple, ideas. Read More

Geoffrey Booker, 6, prays before mealtime at his home in Brentwood, Tenn. File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Counting your day-to-day blessings

Get ideas for family conversation starters to use leading up to Advent. Two weeks of suggested topics help you start or end your day with gratitude. More

Advent Meditation: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail. View

Advent is a time of preparation as children light the second candle of the family advent wreath. A UMNS file photo illustration by Ronny Perry.

Advent Home Worship

These suggestions will help you prepare yourself and your family for celebrating Jesus’ birth. Read More

Advent wreath with one lit candle. Courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

2015 Advent Wreath Candlelighting Meditations for Yr C

This set of brief meditations and scripture may be used in lighting the candles of the Advent wreath in worship at church or home. Read More

Reclaim the spiritual dimensions of the Advent season this year with the Society of St. Andrew devotional booklet, My Soul Magnifies the Lord. Courtesy of the Society of St. Andrew.

Advent Devotions from the Society of St. Andrew

Reclaim the spiritual dimensions of the Advent season this year with the Society of St. Andrew devotional booklet, My Soul Magnifies the Lord. Read More