Advent: A Journey to Bethlehem




Hope Candle

1st Sunday of Advent

A Journey to Bethlehem

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child."

Luke 2:5

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Faith Candle

2nd Sunday of Advent

No Room at the Inn

"She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."

Luke 2:7

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Joy Candle

3rd Sunday of Advent

People Still Come Knocking

"When did we see you?"

Matthew 25:40

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Peace Candle

4th Sunday of Advent


"Welcome one another as God has welcomed you for the glory or God."

Romans 15:7



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Christ Candle

Christmas Day

A Journey to Bethlehem: Devotions for Advent

The Advent and Christmas seasons are filled with many different traditions. You probably have some unique family traditions or stories that you tell. Some traditions are shared by people in many communities, while other celebrations of the season reflect different cultures.  At their best, these traditions can help us to remember what Christmas is all about, and help us to remember and relive the Christmas story, applying it to our lives.

As we prepare for Christmas this year, we’ve been thinking about a custom from Central and South America known as Las Posadas. This is a festive reenactment of the journey to Bethlehem where the holy family seeks shelter and a place for Christ to be born. Since there was no room in the inns (las posadas), they take shelter in a stable.

This Advent, we invite you to join us, in weekly devotions, on a journey to Bethlehem with the holy family. As we remember their journey, we see our own journeys and, ultimately, are welcomed by God’s gracious hospitality.

And we invite you to tune in to our Las Posadas inspired PBS special, “Navidad!: A Concordia Christmas.”

God be with you as you journey in this holy season.

Steve Mueller
Vice President, Chief Mission Officer


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