Advent resources for your home and congregation


These resources were created by LEAD featuring art by Vonda Drees, Director of the Grunewald Guild.

FREE print-ready resources for worship & reflection

Using texts from the Revised Common Lectionary, the resources include:

  • Weekly bulletin with liturgy and prayers (in both color and black & white versions)
  • Weekly images to color
  • Prayer prompts for praying with prayer beads

Video instructions are included for creating your own Protestant prayer beads. This simple project is ideal for individuals, families, small groups, Sunday School classes, or as part of a multi-generational event involving the entire congregation.

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Four contemplative prayer liturgies designed to be used with Protestant prayer beads (see video to make your own either individually or as a group project) and accompanying coloring pages for use during Advent.  “Like” the LEAD Facebook page to receive occasional posts with photos, artwork, prayers, and reflections. Each of the 2-page liturgies, written by Lynn Willis, include:

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

For use by individuals, congregations or small groups during Advent, each 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.

Resources from previous years are also available:

Advent Prayer

Following the Star

Advent 2015

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 prayer beads and coloring as spiritual practices on LEAD’s Tastes of Heaven webpage.

How to Use

  • As part of Sunday worship during Advent
  • For special mid-week Advent services
  • Worshipers can be invited to pray with their prayer beads and / or color the black and white images during a period of quiet reflection
  • As personal devotions during Advent
  • Daily prayer with the beads
  • Coloring the black and white versions provides time to reflect on the messages

Weekly liturgies

Print ready bulletins are available in black & white and color in both PDF and editable Publisher versions

Sample bulletin – Week 1