Advent resources for your home and congregation

These resources were created by LEAD featuring liturgies by Lynn Willis, Spiritual Director, and original art by Vonda Drees, Director of the Grunewald Guild.

Vonda writes, It all began with a question: What if during Advent, we began with four lit candles and each week lit one less, quieting/stilling our way toward the center Christ candle? How could a question like that be imaged? Read her reflection.

FREE videos and print-ready resources for worship & reflection

Sample video – Week 1

Using readings from the Psalm and Second readings of the Revised Common Lectionary, the resources include:

  • Weekly bulletins with liturgy and prayers (in both color and black & white versions)
  • Weekly images to color
  • Weekly guided spiritual practices
  • Special music, Listen in the Silence, shared with permission of singer / songwriter Linnea Good
  • Four contemplative videos, one for each week of Advent, featuring Listen in the Silence

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We pray that they are a blessing to you this Advent season.

What’s included?

Four contemplative prayer liturgies and accompanying coloring pages as well as full color and black & white images for use during Advent.  “Like” the LEAD Facebook page to receive occasional posts with photos, artwork, prayers, and reflections.

Each of the print-ready 2-page liturgies, written by Lynn Willis, include:

– Invocation
– Confession
– Scripture Readings
– Prayer
– Time of Silence
– Blessing

These resources are designed for use by individuals, congregations or small groups during Advent. Each week’s liturgy is illustrated with original art by Vonda Drees. The images are available in a variety of styles allowing you to customize them for your personal use or for your congregation.

The sheet music for Listen in the Silence (featured in the weekly bulletins) is also shared with permission of singer / songwriter Linnea Good.

Coloring together in CA

How to Use

Congregations
  • As part of Sunday worship during Advent
  • For special mid-week Advent services
  • Worshipers can be invited to create short poems and / or color the black and white images during a period of quiet reflection
Individuals
  • As personal devotions during Advent
  • Daily prayer and poetry creation
  • Coloring the black and white versions provides time to reflect on the messages

Sample bulletin – Week 1 (also available in color)

Resources from previous years are also available:

Advent 2016

Advent 2015

Following the Star

Advent Prayer

We started this time of inner stillness at our mid-week service at St John in Moosup. We began with a soup & bread dinner and then a time of devotion and adult coloring. It was great. Come join us on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm.No artistic talent needed – just the ability to color. All are welcome.

Catherine Nurmi St. John, Moosuop

We are using this in place of our usual midweek Bible Study during Advent. A time of stillness, prayer and silence.

Lara Martin

We are giving these out for personal and family devotions during Advent.

Carolyn Hellerich

Amazing Grace Lutheran in Aberdeen, WA is using your artwork and theme during Advent. They have been great inspiration for our narrative lectionary readings.

Val Metropoulos Amazing Grace in Aberdeen, WA

Every Sunday our youth director put out a panel for members to draw on during coffee hour. The stories of welcoming, belonging and story sharing – among all ages – were amazing. Thank you for sharing this gift! I know of at least 3 churches in our synod who used these resources this advent.

Catherine AndersonFirst Lutheran in Duluth, MN

Last year, over 600 individuals and congregations from 14 different countries and more than 40 denominations signed up for LEAD’s Advent resources. Here are some of the creative ways they found to use the resources:

  • A coloring table in the entryway for kids and adults
  • With confirmation students for devotion time
  • During a 3-hour silent retreat
  • In prison ministry settings
  • Small group bible study at a local restaurant
  • Conference clergy meeting
  • Coloring pages provided as take-home resources
  • For an ecumenical bible study
  • At a local senior residence
  • Combined into a devotional booklet
  • Images enlarged as posters for group, collaborative coloring or hung as banners
  • Blessings sent out in weekly emails and posted on Facebook