Seasons by Step series In the Name of the Master Teaching Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany through a Della Robbia Wreath

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Teaching Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany through a Della Robbia Wreath
Seasons by Step series
In the Name of the Master

An interesting and engaging way to begin your faith formation sessions through Advent-Christmas

In the Name of the Master will challenge people of all ages to use a Della Robbia Wreath during the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, to explore the meanings of the many names of God's Masterpiece, Jesus. 

In the Name of the Master offers congregations a thematic approach for communicating the stories of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.  It uses a variation of the Advent wreath that incorporates fruit as symbols to explore the meanings of the many names of God's Masterpiece, Jesus.

To make the worship theme visible and to reinforce the message, each candle of an Advent wreath is assigned a phrase that also serves as the focus for a children's message and/or at-home activities. These include:

  • First Sunday in Advent - A Masterpiece Bears the Name of Its Creator (Della Robia Wreath)
  • Second Sunday in Advent - Isaiah Foretells Everlasting Love (Circle of evergreen)
  • Third Sunday in Advent - Mary and Joseph Accept Jesus, the Savior (Apple)
  • Fourth Sunday in Advent - The Angel Proclaims Christ, the Lord (Cherries)
  • Christmas Eve or Christmas Day - God's Son Names Us as His Own (Grapes)
  • Epiphany Sunday - Wise Men Honor the King of Kings (Pomegranate)

The resource includes:

  • History and background on Della Robbia wreaths
  • Instructions for making or purchasing wreaths
  • Instructions for making a candy centerpiece and fruit float (for holiday punch)
  • Details on how to incorporate this approach to group settings/worship
  • Children's messages, which can be used in faith formation settings or as the basis for children's homilies
  • Family devotions handouts, which offer families a way to reflect, pray, and act each week
  • Beautiful woodblock-style illustrations/patterns for each week
  • List of additional resources

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Format: eResource
Product code: LR108
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 70 pages
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Written by Anna L. Liechty and Phyllis Vos Wezeman


As a religious educator, Phyllis Wezeman has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana, Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana, and Program Coordinator for ecumenical and interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.

In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an Honorary Professor of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she taught methods courses. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.

As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in nearly 200 villages in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/Empowering Girls.”

Author or co-author of over 1,950 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.

Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc. and as a consultant or board member to numerous organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a youth exchange program to Russia and the Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilly Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three Distinguished Alumni Awards and recipient of the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association.

Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.

Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

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