This time of the year can be chaotic, hectic, and the people!? Downright rude at times. I find it helpful to take a step back and really think about the true meaning of Christmas. Acts of selfless love, charity, and the giving of gifts can bring us to a proper understanding of the season and help us combat the stresses and anxieties of the holidays.

Credit: St. Peter Lutheran Office
Credit: St. Peter Lutheran Office

In fact, St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dubuque is giving you a great opportunity to do just that. They have extended a warm invitation to celebrate the joyous Christmas season through a series of festive worship services and events. The church's Christmas/Advent Worship Schedule promises a meaningful and memorable experience for the community, with an animal or two thrown in for some added fun.

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Credit: Google Maps

Commencing with the Third Sunday of Advent on December 16th, the schedule kicks off with a 4:30 pm service followed by the much-anticipated Annual Live Nativity from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The following day, there are services at 8:15 am and a special 10:30 am service featuring a Children’s Christmas Message, which will be livestreamed.

St. Peter Lutheran Church's Live Nativity features:

  • Live Nativity scene with live animals
  • Baby Jesus portrayal
  • Music performances
  • Church members portraying biblical characters
  • Luminary trail leading to an inside gathering space
  • Hot and cold beverages
  • Holiday treats

As the holiday approaches, the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 23rd features a 4:30 pm service, while Christmas Eve on December 24th offers services at 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7:30 pm—all of which will be livestreamed. Christmas Day itself will be celebrated with a 10:00 am service.

The Christmas festivities continue into the following week with a Christmas Hymn Sing and Worship Services on December 30th at 4:30 pm and December 31st at 10:00 am.

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All services include the offering of Holy Communion, and for those unable to attend in person, St. Peter Lutheran Church provides livestreams via their YouTube page, which are also available for viewing afterward. Stay updated on events through their Facebook page and find additional information on their website at For any queries, contact the St. Peter church office at 563-583-0860. Join in the festivities and embrace the spirit of Christmas with St. Peter Lutheran Church this holiday season and make sure to check out their live nativity for added holiday family fun!

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