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Advent and Christmas Resources

Advent, the beginning of the church year, starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It is a time of preparation, anticipation, and hope.

Global Ministries is collaborating with other United Methodist Agencies in directing individuals and congregations to Advent and Christmas worship resources.

A selection of materials for Advent Wreath Liturgies and Christmas observances is available online at:
http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/archives-advent-christmas-resources

Discipleship Resources offers an Advent liturgy for 2017 at:
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/advent-candlelighting-liturgy

Information on the history of the Advent wreath and instructions on making one are at:
https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/the-advent-wreath-revisited

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the "Light of the World." Epiphany, also called "Three Kings Day," is the climax of the Christmas season for Protestants.

2017-2017 Dates for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany:

  • 1st Sunday of Advent    December 3, 2018
  • 2nd Sunday of Advent   December 10, 2018
  • 3rd Sunday of Advent    December 17, 2018
  • 4th Sunday of Advent    December 24, 2018
  • Christmas Eve    December 24, 2018
  • Christmas Day    December 25, 2018
  • Epiphany January 6, 2018

Several years of back copies (2009 thru 2016) of global Advent Wreath Liturgies from Global Ministries can be accessed below.

Liturgies and Music:

  • Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgies, updated annually, include ideas for making an Advent wreath, devotions from missionaries and Global Ministries staff, song choices, and musical arrangements. Each article includes downloadable Advent Devotions for each Sunday in Advent and for Christmas Eve.

Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2016
Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2015

Explore and make use of these previous annual liturgies:

Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2014 (Year B)
Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2013 (Year A)
Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2012 (Year C)
Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2011 (Year B)
Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2010 (Year A)
Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2009 (Year C)

    • For Christmas, read "Sing the World Round at Christmas" for more global song choices including the French song "Glorie à Dieu" and a song in a language spoken in southern Mozambique.

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