Advent resources for your home and congregation

This year, Lord, come close and capture our attention,
create in us a vivid image of the crazy idea
that God is born to the poorest of poor.
Create in us the desire to pass our blessings forward.
Remind us that tonight you actually do come to us.

LEAD is grateful to all the congregations and individuals across the country who shared photos of their creative work using LEAD’s Advent Resources. 

Watch the progression as the finished piece appears!

Resources from previous years are also available:

Advent Prayer

Following the Star

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

The Resources and Ideas for Using Them

Explore coloring as a spiritual practice on LEAD’s Tastes of Heaven webpage.

Liturgies – print ready bulletins

Week 1 – Hope: Black & white or full color

Week 2 – Courage: Black & white or full color

Week 3 – Joy: Black & white or full color

Week 4 – Love: Black & white or full color

NEW for Christmas EveBlack & white or full color

Candle Lighting Liturgy from Ascension Lutheran Church in Shelby, NC


  • As part of Sunday worship during Advent
  • For special mid-week Advent services
  • Worshipers could be invited to color the black and white versions during a period of quiet reflection


  • As personal devotions during Advent
  • Coloring the black and white versions provides time to reflect on the messages


Black and White – print ready collage for coloring (8.5×11)  (11×17)

  • Encourage coloring as a spiritual practice throughout Advent
    • Youth groups
    • Children’s worship
    • Adult small groups
    • Handout at worship for use at home
  • As pieces are completed, combine them to create a collage

Color – high resolution image

  • Images for worship bulletins, newsletters, slides
  • Print individual pieces and add one each week to complete the collage

Short videos for reflection and meditation

To view the videos offline you must first download them to your computer.  Click on “Vimeo” in the lower right hand corner of the videos below then follow these instructions for downloading a video file.

Week 1 – Hope

Week 2 – Courage

Week 3 – Joy

Week 4 – Love

Image Gallery

Here is a print ready version of the full collage in black and white, suitable for coloring. It can be divided into 4 parts for use throughout Advent. To save an individual image for printing, click on the image to enlarge it then right click and choose “Save image as.”