Advent by Candlelight and Lent by Candlelight

New for 2019! 
Dr. Kristi Meyer has been writing Advent services at St. John’s, Wauwatosa, WI for many years and we thank her for sharing these gems with us! They’ll be posted by October 1st! Advent by Candlelight services are available on the resource center.

Moments with the Savior 

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Five Little Words

This Changes Everything

Signposts to the Savior

Advent by Candlelight is an event to help women focus on Christ during the busy holiday season.
It can be designed as an outreach to the community or an opportunity to encourage believers.
Through narration, readings, prayer, and music, Christ will shine as the Savior.
Flexibility makes this an excellent ministry tool!

How do you start?
Talk to your pastor! Gather a few ladies to help with music, narration, decorating or hosting tables and set a date.
Download the Complete Planning Guide for Advent by Candlelight by Paula Sulzle

Trust that God will always bless the proclamation of His Word
Enjoy creating a beautiful ambiance, but know that the power is in the message of the Gospel.

Services and Programs

Advent Prayer Service
This service is a celebration of Advent in lessons and songs. The narrative explains the traditional candles of the Advent wreath (Prophecy, Bethlehem, Angel, Shepherd, Christ) and includes readings, music and prayers. Written by Marilyn Miller.

Let Your Lights Appear  –
This service includes the traditional candles of the Advent Wreath and then includes new, alternative ways to think about the candles with a focus on letting the light of our faith shine at home, work, in our community and at church. Submitted by St. John’s, Wauwatosa.

Prepare My  Heart, Lord Jesus
Follow the traditional candles of the Advent Wreath (Prophecy, Bethlehem, Angel, Shepherd and Christ candle) and closes with a Gathering Rite on Holy Baptism. Written by Su Hanson.

Lent by Candlelight provides another opportunity to encourage your sisters in Christ with the Word of God! Or might this be a chance to reach out into your communities to people who don’t know about the message of the Savior? Share Christ with those around you!

The Women of Lent by Mollie Schairer is now available for download!

What Does It Look Like? Do What Works For You!

Download the Complete Planning Guide for Advent by Candlelight by Paula Sulzle!

Here’s a note about tables and seating –
Some groups do all the decorating while others have hostesses who each decorate one table and provide refreshments for those guests. We suggest an RSVP when there is general seating; but if hostesses provides tables they may invite specific guests. However, be sure to leave space at individual tables for unassigned guests! (If a table for 8 only has 6 guests, you can assume two additional guests can join you!). Just make sure everyone feels welcome!

Visit the Resource Center for a complete alphabetical list of all our services!


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