An ancient prophet. An astonished shepherd. A busy innkeeper. A faithful young mother.

Each had an uncommon vantage point for the birth of our Savior. So also each of us today finds ourselves within an individual life and circumstance, awaiting the coming of our Lord in Advent.

Yet we have many things in common. None of us can escape the shackles of sin on our own. All of us have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Each of us has been given a distinct opportunity to share our story of grace and redemption through our Lord and Savior by the power of the Holy Spirit.

“An uncommon Advent: the arrival of a Savior in our lives” is a sampling of such stories, composed by members of the Concordia University Wisconsin community. It is our prayer that you will spend time during the Advent season to read and reflect on God’s Word and await the coming of Jesus with newfound anticipation and zeal through the Holy Spirit. That same anticipation and zeal is found in the mission of Concordia University Wisconsin and is what drives the work of the university each and every day.


Foreword| Uncommon Stillness Gretchen Jameson, Senior Vice President of Strategy and University Affairs 

Dec. 1| Isaiah 7:10-8:8; 1 Peter 3:1-22 Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry, President

Dec. 2| Isaiah 8:9-9:7 and 1 Peter 4:1-19 Aaron Wentzel, CUW Campus Ministry Student

Dec. 3| Isaiah 9:8-10:11 and 1 Peter 5:1-14 Dr. Cindy Fenske, Campus Dean, Nursing

Dec. 4| Isaiah 10:12-27a, 33-34 and 2 Peter 1:1-21 Payton Lovins, CUAA Student Athlete

Dec. 5| Isaiah 11:1-12:6 and 2 Peter 2:1-22 Dr. Charneta Gadling-Cole, School of Health Professions

Dec. 6| Isaiah 14:1-23 and 2 Peter 3:1-18 Dr. Michael Uden, Vice Provost

Dec. 7| Isaiah 24:1-13 and 1 John 1:1-2:14 Allison Wolf, Lead Student Success Advisor

Dec. 8| Isaiah 24:14-25:12, Obadiah 1-21, 1 John 2:15-29 Ali Ross, Director of Counseling Services, CUAA

Dec. 9| Isaiah 26:1-19 and 1 John 3:1-24Dr. Erin Laverick, Campus Dean, Arts & Sciences

Dec. 10| Isaiah 26:20-27:13 and 1 John 4:1-21 Gideon Cain, CUW Student Athlete

Dec. 11|Isaiah 28:14-29, 1 John 5:1-21, 2 John 1-13, 3 John 1-15 Dr. Georgia Kreiger, Assistant Vice President of Academics, CUAA

Dec. 12| Isaiah 29:1-14 and Jude 1-25 Writer’s Aviary of Concordia

Dec. 13| Isaiah 29:15-30:14 and Revelation 1:1-20 Lonnie Pries, Athletic Director, CUAA

Dec. 14| Isaiah 30:15-26 and Revelation 2:1-29 Dr. Dan Sem, University Dean, School of Business Administration

Dec. 15| Isaiah 30:27-31:9 and Revelation 3:1-22 Dr. Michael Brown, Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy

Dec. 16| Isaiah 32:1-20 and Revelation 4:1-11 Cheryl Weber, Human Resources

Savior of the nations, come, virgin's Son, make here you home! Marvel now, o heaven and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth. God the Father was His source, back to God He ran His course. Into hell His road went down, back then to His throne and crown. From the manager newborn light shines in glory through the night. Darkness there no more resides; in this light faith now abides. — Martin Luther, translated by F. Samuel Janzow; Lutheran Service Book, #332

Dec. 17| Isaiah 33:1-24 and Revelation 5:1-14 Dean Rennicke, Vice President of Advancement

Dec. 18|Isaiah 34:1-2, 8-35:10, Micah 1:1-7:20, and Revelation 6:1-17 Dr. Sandra Harris, Campus Dean, School of Education

Dec. 19| Isaiah 40:1-17 and Revelation 7:1-17 Amanda Ressler, CUAA Campus Ministry Student

Dec. 20| Isaiah 40:18-41:10 and Revelation 8:1-13 Stephen Hibbard, CUW Director of Buildings and Grounds

Dec. 21| Isaiah 42:1-25 and Revelation 9:1-12 Faith Stanley, CUW Black Student Union

Dec. 22| Isaiah 43:1-24 and Revelation 9:13-10:11 Sarah Pecor, Assistant Vice President, Extended Campus Operations

Dec. 23| Isaiah 43:25-44:20 and Revelation 11:1-19 Dr. Tori Negash, Director, Academic Resource Center, CUAA

Dec. 24|Isaiah 44:21-45:13, 20-25, Daniel 10:1-12:13,Isaiah 48:1-22, and Revelation 12:1-17Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson, Vice President of Administration, CUAA

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