Advent, Year A


The Institute for Worship and Outreach is providing this seasonal resource to aid parish pastors in their worship planning. Many other worship planning resources are available, including, but not limited to, what can be found at the Synod’s Commission on Worship home page and the Advent resources made available as part of the Commission on Congregational Counseling’s C13 Program. So why add one more? The specific purpose of this resource is to give parish pastors ideas and resources that are:

  • Accessible. We aim to provide musical suggestions with which just about any congregation with any level of musical talent can work.
  • Supplemental. We don’t aim to reinvent the wheel or duplicate what’s being done elsewhere. For example, you won’t find a full array of hymn suggestions, since those can be found in the recently-revised Planning Christian Worship series. Most often, suggestions for musical settings of the psalm of the day will not mention any of the Christian Worship resources (hymnal, new service settings booklet, supplement), since we assume pastors are aware of those.
  • Practical. We aim to give you ideas, resources, even bulletin material that you can easily use. Feel free to copy and paste as much as you want.


    Advent is a season of urgency. Paul pleads with us to “wake from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” However, the urgency of Advent does not lead to doubt or worry. Instead, the promises God gives us fill us with confidence as we await our Savior’s return. His commands (Wake up! Repent! Be patient! Don’t be afraid!) are connected to his certain promises. As a result, we prepare for Immanuel’s coming both urgently and eagerly.

    Click here for the full PDF of the Advent worship planning document.

  • Rev. Jonathan P. Bauer

    Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

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