The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg

Many of the Symbols of the Season become precious and sacred for us because they’re central to the Biblical Nativity Narratives—a manger, a creche, shepherds, angels, and kings from the east.  

But Christianity is at its cleverest when it moves out from its indigenous origins to foreign climes and unfamiliar symbolic matrices. For instance, when the story of Jesus’ birth moved out of arid rocky Palestine into the boreal forests of Europe, the pioneer evangelists simply colonized what was already sacred to the local denizens and baptized them as sacred. Why do pine trees and snow make us think of Christmas?  Well, that sounds like a sermon series. 

Semi-Sacred Symbols of the Season
Sunday Title Lesson
November 28 Evergreen Isaiah 41:17–20
December 5 Candles John 1:1–5, 14; Matthew 5:13–14
December 12 Candy Canes Psalm 23:1–4; John 10:11–18
December 19 Snow Job 23, Selected Verses
December 24 London Isaiah 11:1–9
December 26 Donkey Luke 2:1–4; Matthew 2:13–15
January 2 Gifts Matthew 2:1–12