This Advent marks our third year working our way through the cycle of the lectionary, which means we now have a large inventory of creative resources for Advent & Christmas. To save you time (and the hassle of searching your way through older resources in our shop), we thought we’d organize all we have to offer. Get your scrolling & clicking finger ready, because there’s a lot in here!
If you’re familiar with our work, you may know that we release new resources in bundles to make them a bit more affordable and to encourage you to try utilizing materials you may not purchase individually. Our newest resources for 2018 are our Draw Near Advent bundle and our Love Drawn Here Mini Christmas Bundle. Click below to check these out first!
Candle Lighting Liturgies
A new take on "hope, peace, love, and joy" liturgy, these words offer fresh language for Advent waiting in a world desperate for peace. What’s the difference between each of these liturgies? Sarah Are wrote one in 2016 and one in 2018, keeping the events of the time in mind.If you can’t decide, we encourage you to get both for the added inspiration!
Resources for a Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Service
Not everyone is lifted up by light and joy throughout the Christmas season. For many, the holiday season is a painful reminder of loved ones lost. Create sacred space for grief by hosting a Longest Night service on December 21st, the longest night of the year (for the Northern hemisphere). This full order of worship includes the option to show our “Let There Be” worship meditation film as a visual reflection. We also encourage you to download our “Let There Be” graphics to advertise the service to your community.
Poetic Advent Prayers
Personal and honest, these first-person prayers invite you into prayerful and intimate conversations with God. Use them to open group sessions, adapt them for corporate worship, or distribute them to community members.
These resources engage children in worship and can be used for Christmas Eve or any service throughout the Christmas season. Our 2016 Mini Christmas Bundle includes liturgy, narrative reflections (telling the Christmas story through the eyes of Mary, Joseph, and a shepherd), and an illustrated foldable for children to color in the narrative reflections as they hear them in the service.
Looking for thoughtful, creative Advent devotions for yourself or your congregation? These resources offer print-ready files for you to print your own devotional booklet and distribute as many copies as you need. Our “Let There Be Color” devo is a coloring book (with scripture readings, artist reflections, and journaling prompts) we originally created for 2017. We have revised the file so that it is now date-less and can be used any Advent! Our “Draw Near” devo is our newest work and offers something new for each day of the week, including visual art, written reflections, journaling prompts, poetry prayers and more!
We hope to empower you to create art with others in community. Advent is a perfect season to try something new and add even more beauty to your sacred space while telling the story of Christ’s birth in a visually compelling way. Each of these resources include designs for you to project, trace, and bring to life as paper lace cut out banners. We also provide written instructions and a video tutorial to guide you through the process—any willing group can do it! Pictured below are mock-ups of the banner designs.
These short films blend visual imagery with either spoken word poetry or scripture to offer meditative moments for reflection. Use these in worship or in a class or programming event.
Each year, we offer new original visual art inspired by the lectionary scriptures. Below are our Advent visual collections. You can also order your own customized collection of visuals if you want specific images from the different collections. We also include written reflections on our visuals (and the scripture that inspired them) and a visio divina bible study curriculum so that you can use our visuals in Sunday School or other group study contexts.
Coloring is a simple way to provide space for either intergenerational communal art-making or individual reflection. Incorporate them into your bible study, youth group, prayer stations, children’s church, fellowship events, etc. Like our visual art, we create new coloring pages each year based on the lectionary and include written reflections on the imagery. For all of our coloring posters, we provide digital files for printing them in three sizes (8.5x11, 11x17, 24x36).
One of the ways we aim to serve you is by offering you tools for quality graphic design. These materials not only help you effectively communicate announcements about your worship and seasonal themes; they also offer visual icons with deep theological meaning. Below are some of the themes you might use to shape your Advent season.