Psalm 126 opens with the line: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” What does it look like to live as those who dream? The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They received, discovered, and responded to God’s dreams for the world. In Advent, we step into the mystery and awe of God’s dreams and pray they shape our reality.

These resources are for the dreamers in all of us—those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream of a better world. They’re for those who dream of comfort and for those who have given up on their dreams. They’re for those whose dreams have been crushed and for those who show us that dreams take time. Join us this Advent as we dream alongside prophets and angels, Mary and the Magi. Join us as we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world.

ABOUT THE BUNDLE:

This is a bundle of 10 ministry resources for the season of Advent–Epiphany, following the RCL for Year B. Download our free theme infographic to learn more about our theme, Those Who Dream. We bundle our resources because they often overlap in use, and because we want to equip you with comprehensive materials for a whole season. Each resource is also available separately. Scroll down this page & click the “Resource Details” buttons to learn more about each individual resource.

Note: All resources are digital files.


We consider your purchase a form of patronage to support our work and ministry. To make our resources accessible to congregations of all sizes, we offer tiered pricing on our bundles. Please choose the bundle price you are able to give. Your support makes our ministry possible!

$324 TOTAL BUNDLE VALUE (96 digital files)



What’s included in the bundle:

(All of the following resources are included in the bundle, but each resource is also available separately for individual purchase)

1.Those Who Dream Advent Devotional

(Individual Price: $18-$85)

Beginning with the first Sunday in Advent, this daily devotional follows the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B) through Epiphany. Each day offers something new: commentary, poetry, visual art, written reflections, coloring pages, journaling and Sabbath prompts. The devotional features biblical commentary by our guest contributor, Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs. NOTE: If you are unable to print and distribute copies of the journal due to COVID-19, email us at contact@sanctifiedart.org after you place your order and we’ll send you a version for use on tablets and computers.


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(Individual Price: $20)

A collection of over 35 liturgies, this resource provides fresh language for worship inspired by the RCL scriptures and our Advent theme, Those Who Dream. For each Sunday in Advent through Epiphany, we provide a Call to Worship, Candle Lighting Liturgy, a Prayer of Confession, a Prayer for Illumination, and an Affirmation of Faith.

We hope you will copy/paste or adapt these prayers for your corporate worship (with credit).


(Individual Price: $15)

Known also as “Blue Christmas,” a Longest Night Gathering is a safe and sacred space to mourn the losses and griefs of the year, to let the tears flow for the hurting places in our own lives, as well as for our country and our world. This full order of worship was crafted by Lenora & Gary Rand of Plural Guild and includes lots of original music by The Many, including sheet music for the the song The Many wrote for our Advent theme, Those Who Dream.

The service provides an option for worshipers to write prayers of lament on pieces of cloth and then rend them to form a beautiful “rag wreath” of laments, and also includes adaptation ideas for socially distanced and/or online worship.


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(Individual Price: $15)

For the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for Advent–Epiphany (Year B), this guide offers you biblical commentary, theme connections, guiding questions, and links to further reading. This guide features biblical commentary on the weekly gospel scriptures by Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs, J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA.

NOTE: We are intentional about including diverse voices, authors, speakers, and theologians in this guide to offer deeper insight into each scripture. This particular guide features the work and scholarship of: Howard Thurman, Emilie M. Townes, Mihee Kim-Kort, Traci Blackmon, Kelly Brown Douglas, Wilda Gafney, Emily Heath, Ruby Sales, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Fred Craddock, Otis Moss III, John Lewis, Richard Rohr, and more.


(Individual Price: $80)

This is a collection of 17 visuals inspired by the RCL scripture texts for Advent–Epiphany, Year B. In addition to the visuals, we include artist reflections and scripture references for each image (you may wish to print this doc to add to your scripture study and worship prep for the season), as well as a visio divina bible study guide for you to use these images in a group study session that incorporates the ancient Benedictine practice of "divine seeing."


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(Individual Price: $12)

During any lectionary year, the first Sunday after Christmas can create an exhausting week for clergy and church staff. Therefore, this liturgy is designed to offer rest for church leadership so they can be present with their families and loved ones throughout the Christmas season, while also providing meaningful worship for your community.

Centered around the story of Simeon and Anna blessing young Jesus in the temple, this interactive liturgy is designed for either an intimate in-person service, or a worship service via Zoom. We’ve also provided an At-Home Liturgy version of the service that is especially great for young families with children to walk through together, screen-free.


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(Individual Price: $20)

This Advent, project & trace these designs to create painted or paper lace banners for your sanctuary or sacred space. We hope these designs (and our instructional materials) can simply be a starting point for you to create art and beauty that is uniquely your own. Read this blog post for a number of creative ways to bring these designs to life (that are COVID-safe). The download includes a large, color file for printing the designs as one 6’x8’ vinyl banner (through a company such as Got Print) to install and display the banner art on the exterior of your church building throughout the Advent and Christmas season.

“Mary gazes off beyond the frame, dreaming of the future while simultaneously anchoring herself in this priceless moment. As she holds Jesus, Joseph holds Mary—delighting in the birth of their holy son, imagining the joyful personality that has just changed their lives and the world, forever. Doves dance through the fabric of Mary’s dress, representing the unexpected, exciting, and empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.”
—Hannah Garrity, banner design artist and Founding Creative Partner of SA


(Individual Price: $20)

We created our Those Who Dream star words to build on the contemporary tradition of passing out intention words on Epiphany—a tradition growing in popularity amongst many Protestant churches. Inspired by the Magi following the star to Jesus, selecting a star word to meditate on throughout the new year can deepen your self-reflection and prayer practices. To best serve your needs, we’ve provided multiple formats for printing and distributing the star words to your congregation, along with an accompanying liturgy for Epiphany Sunday. We’ve also provided ideas for how you might use the star words as a daily, child-friendly devotional throughout the season of Advent if you prefer to use them in that way. We’ve included 150 star words—a number of which are non-English words.


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(Individual Price: $12)

This collection of 10 poetic prayers explores the Those Who Dream weekly sub-themes in light of the RCL (Year B) scriptures for Advent–Epiphany. Honest and intimate, these poems offer meditations that might become prayers of your own.

To carry a dream
Is to plant trees in old age,
To be a part of a church,
That is human and frayed.
To carry a dream is foolish and wild.
It’s the faith of a child,
Wishing on stars.
But to carry a dream is also hopeful and wise
The faith of our elders,
Saying God will provide.

May they say
We are foolish and unwise,
And may we continue to dream;
May hope keep us alive.

—Sarah Are, from “To Carry a Dream”


(Individual Price: $45)

Whether you are a church with a full-time communications staff or one whose pastor handles all communications (on top of everything else), this branding bundle provides everything you need to effectively share the Those Who Dream theme with your community. Download includes beautifully-designed logos and theme graphics for print and web so you can use them for worship projection, bulletins, study materials, church publications, or for advertising events on your website and social media platforms.

We encourage you to use these branding materials in your communications throughout Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.


(Individual Price: $25)

Released after the initial launch of our Advent bundle, this bonus resource features our theme song, “Those Who Dream,” written and recorded by The Many. The visuals are designed to create a dreamscape of images emerging in and out of view, paralleling the music and lyrics. You are welcome to embed this video in your live-streamed or online worship.

Note: The un-watermarked video is now included with all Those Who Dream bundle purchases. If you previously purchased the bundle, no need to buy the video—navigate to the Patron Access Page to download it.


MEET OUR GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

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DR. MARCIA Y. RIGGS

J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA

Dr. Riggs (she/her) has an undergraduate degree in Religion from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School and a PhD in religion/ethics from Vanderbilt University. In April of 2006, Dr. Riggs was inaugurated as the first professor to hold the J. Erskine Love Chair in Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She teaches in the Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and the Master of Theology Programs at the seminary. Dr. Riggs was awarded a 2017-2018 Henry Luce III Fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Association of Theological Schools; her research project was entitled: “Envisioning and Practicing Beloved Community in the 21st Century.” She received the “Distinction in Theological Education” Award from Yale Divinity School in 2012 and the Alumnae Achievement Award from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2006. Dr. Riggs has served on the Editorial Boards for the Encyclopedia on Women and Religion in North America, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Feasting on the Word Lectionary Commentary Series. She has also chaired the Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group and has chaired or served on committees of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Theological Schools, and The Fund for Theological Education (currently, the Forum for Theological Exploration).

Dr. Riggs is currently writing a book on an ethical theory and practice called religious ethical mediation. Religious ethical mediation (REM) prepares leaders to address religion, conflict, and violence in a transformative manner. She is the founder of an educational non-profit: Still Waters: A Center for Ethical Formation and Practices that offers training in REM. Dr. Riggs is interested in the relationship between social oppression and socio-religious ethical praxis, ethical discourse that bridges the gap between womanist religious scholarship and the Church’s practice of ministry, the moral foundations for public policy, and the Church’s role in social justice ministry.  ctsnet.edu/faculty/riggs-marcia


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The many

Music Collective

The Many is an indie, intentionally diverse music collective from Chicago singing music of faith and doubt, hope and lament. The lead singers in The Many—Darren Calhoun, Leslie Michele, and singer/songwriter Hannah Rand—as well as writer Lenora Rand and musician/producer Gary Rand, come together around their shared love of music and commitment to honest expressions of faith, peace-making, economic and racial justice, and LGBTQ+ inclusion. The Many offer songs made for reflection, for protest, for healing, and worship. They are songs made for singing with each other, in churches, in living rooms, in basements, and in bars. . . anywhere and everywhere, in spirit and in truth. With lyrics born from scriptures, from headlines, and from their own experiences, this is not head-in-the-clouds “worship music.” These are not songs about a God who only loves some of us. These are feet-on-the-ground, heart-in-hands, scars-revealed, wild and holy songs of resistance and reconciliation and restoration. This unique group of musicians reminds us over and over again that we aren’t alone, that God so loves every one of us, and we all belong here. themanyarehere.com


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Plural guild

Liturgical Collective

The Plural Guild came together to create and curate music, poems, prayer, visual art, liturgy, experiences and community that embrace questions and doubts, as well as faith. To make work that can be used in worship gatherings that’s truly inclusive and helps everyone feel like they belong. That has eyes wide open to the pain of the world. That speaks of a God who came to this earth in Jesus to show us the way to love and live fully alive lives. Work that invites participation versus performance. For anyone…and everyone…who longs for a more loving, just, open, and abundant world. The Plural Guild is a collective led by the husband and wife team, Lenora and Gary Rand, as well as the members of The Many. pluralguild.com