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Advent Paper Chain - 2023
Countdown To Christmas
Here's a decoration, and a free activity, all rolled into one. It's all the pieces you need to make a decorative paper chain to count down the days of Advent leading up to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of our Savior. You can add a ring each day together with the whole family.
Advent Music and Hymns
Songs of the Season
Advent hymns? You bet! Amidst the rush of activities around us, the beautiful hymns of Advent express our longing and desire for Christ. They put into music the waiting and welcome that prepares our hearts and leads us to Christmas – the celebration of the birth of our Savior.
Watch The Holiday Classic
"Red Boots For Christmas"
Enjoy the animated television classic, "Red Boots For Christmas," from Lutheran Hour Ministries. It tells the story of grumpy Hans the shoemaker who is visited by an angel who promises him a special gift for Christmas. You can enjoy it here with your family free.
What Is Advent?
A Three-Minute Introduction
Advent is a time for waiting, hope, and anticipation. We pray that this video will help you understand the meaning of Advent as we celebrate Jesus' birth and look forward to a second advent, which Jesus comes again. Explore the story of our Savior and God's plan for us.
Watch the Moving Film
"My Son, My Savior"
The coming, life and ministry of Jesus told from the perspective of His mother Mary. It portrays Mary experiencing and pondering the miracles of Jesus' coming and humbly growing in her understanding that her son is also her Savior. You can watch this engaging film free here.
Christmas eCards & Paper
For Your Family And Friends
Here's a free and easy way to send Christmas greetings. You are welcome to copy and paste eCards from our selection into your text messages, email, or social media. You can also print out a PDF on your color printer for a foldable paper card which you can mail.
Joseph: Carpenter of Steel
Video Bible Study
The man driving the Christmas story in this Bible Study is none other than Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus. Join us as host Dr. Gregory Seltz sheds light on one of the New Testament's unsung heroes. Watch this excellent four-part video series presented by Lutheran Hour Ministries.
The Real St. Nick
A Single-Session Video
This single-session Bible study is hosted by past Lutheran Hour Speaker Dr. Ken Klaus. The fascinating study examines a man who, next to Jesus Christ, is the most visible figure during the holidays–Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus–as we know him in Western Culture.
Life This Side of Heaven
"We walk by faith not by sight”
(2 Corinthians 5:7)
Jesus gives us life with Him now and eternal life in heaven. Real life. But where is it?
You and I experience sin, shame and suffering in this world every day. Where is this life that Jesus talks about? It's easy to get bogged down by the weight of all that we experience on this side of heaven.
It's into the midst of all of this that Jesus has come and has rescued us. When we look for evidence of God's love He directs our focus to His Son, to Jesus, on the cross.
In love, Jesus took our sin and shame upon Himself. By His suffering and death on the cross you have the forgiveness of all of your sins. And Jesus is with us now and brings that comfort and mercy to us every day in His Word, in Holy Baptism, and in the Lord's Supper.
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday these audio devotions will take us into God's Word and to the cross so that we may rejoice – not just when the day comes when we are standing before His throne, but even now. In Lamentations 3:21-24 we hear, "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.'” Here's Good News to hear every day of our life on this side of heaven.
Rev. David Tannahill
Retired LCMS Lutheran Pastor
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