Baby Jesus with his mother, Mary, and father, Joseph

Advent: Joy to the World!




Hope Candle

1st Sunday of Advent

The Promise of Joy

Joy is a lovely, festive word. It has become a holiday word for many people, intimately associated with Christmas. Driving to work in the morning, I pass holiday banners proclaiming: “Peace.” “Hope.” “Joy.” They are nice, seasonal greetings.

Read Devotion


Faith Candle

2nd Sunday of Advent

The Lord is Come

What is with the words of “Joy to the World”? Shouldn’t it say, “the Lord has come?” So ask the grammarians who seek linguistic consistency.

Read Devotion


Joy Candle

3rd Sunday of Advent


Peace Candle

4th Sunday of Advent


Christ Candle

Christmas Day

Joy to the World

Concordia Christmas Concerts 2019

December 7, 8, 13, & 14

Joy to the World! The Lord is come, let earth receive her king. The music of this year’s Christmas concerts invites us to hear the prophecy of Jesus’ birth and respond with joy to the gift of the Savior.

Purchase Tickets

Advent Reflections

Joy to the World!

The weeks leading up to Christmas can be busy and stressful. It is easy to spend our time and energy getting ready for certain aspects of the season and not take the time to reflect and contemplate Christ’s coming. When we do this, we miss a great blessing.

The season of Advent calls us to prepare. We prepare to celebrate his coming at Bethlehem long ago, we recognize his coming to us each day, and we faithfully anticipate his coming again. We invite you to join us in preparing for all of Jesus’ comings in our Advent reflections.

Following the theme, “Joy to the World,” we will post reflections each Sunday in Advent, featuring written word and beautiful music from our Concordia musicians. We will post a final reflection on Christmas day.

Our prayer is that these materials bless you, enhance your Advent, and prepare you for a joyful, blessed Christmas.

If you would like to receive email reminders as these weekly reflections are posted, you can subscribe to our email list that is dedicated solely to these Advent devotions.

Blessed Advent,

Steve Mueller
Chief Mission Officer

Walk With Us

Sign up to receive weekly devotions from December 1st through Christmas day directly to your email.
Your email address will be used for no other purposes than these Advent devotions.

Back to top