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

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

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

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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? More

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

Poinsettia image courtesy iStockphoto.com.

Global Ministries Advent and Christmas Resources

Find resources to help your congregation prepare for Advent and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Read More

Imagine No Malaria Advent Resources

Free worship resources, liturgies, prayers, videos and graphics will inspire your congregation to share a message of hope and help end malaria. View

Artwork for Rethink Church's Advent campaign,

Free Advent Resources

Rethink Church has door hangers, sermon starters, graphics and a video to help your church share the true meaning of Christmas. Read More

Receive this 2015 Alternative Christmas card from Society of St. Andrew as thanks for a gift to feed  hungry families in America. Courtesy of Society of St. Andrew.

Alternative Christmas Card from Society of St. Andrew

Your $12 donation provides about 600 servings of fresh, nutritious food to America’s hungry families. This card announces your gift in the name of your chosen honoree(s). Read More

Figures of the three kings or Magi from Nativity setting. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Epiphany Worship Planning Resources

Find liturgies, prayers, and articles about the arrival of the Magi and the revelation of Jesus as 'God with us.' Read More

Christmas decorations, Throckmorton Church (Worcestershire, England) Christmas decorations on a window sill beside a stone corbel in Throckmorton church. Photo by Phillip Halling, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

‘Hanging of the Greens’ Service of Worship

Evergreens, traditionally associated with everlasting life, are used to decorate churches during Advent in preparation for the coming of Christ. Read More

Blue candles. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Blue Christmas service for those who mourn

Christmas can be a time of loneliness for those who are grieving. Special service creates sacred space for people 'where they are' and offers hope. Read More