“Christmas Sweater”

“Christmas Sweater”

Date: December 26, 2021

by Marcia Mount Shoop
Colossians 3:12-17

“Christmas sweaters are iconography for the ways we project things onto each other.  The ways we try to camouflage our own identities in the uniforms others want us to wear.  They are iconography for the ways we guard our hearts even when it comes to the gifts God gives us in the Incarnation.

This beautiful and powerful passage in Colossians is about the new outfit God gives us at Christmas–the new way we present ourselves to the world.

But it’s also about a new way of understanding ourselves underneath all the clothes–underneath the new outfit, the new way we present ourselves.

Our hearts and souls and spirits and bodies are changed by the incarnation–Christ consciousness changes us–its most radical impact is that it changes the way we are in relationship with each other and with ourselves.”

Watch the full GCPC service on 12/26/21 here
(Scripture and sermon begin at 35:50)