In July we will be exploring theological themes in the movies. The topic this month will be “redemption”: what it means and how we experience it. Each week, we will show the film on Friday evening (with popcorn!), with a sermon drawing on that film the following Sunday.
Film: July 3, 7 pm, Youth Room (206)
Sermon: July 5, Scriptures: Isaiah 43:1-7; 1 John 4:16b-19
Queen Elsa has power over ice and snow, but is trapped by her fear. Princess Anna is mortally injured by her sister’s action, and only an “act of true love” can save her life. Both sisters need and receive redemption in this modern fairy tale.
Film: July 10, 7 pm, Youth Room (206)
Sermon: July 12, Scriptures: Lamentations 3:22-24; Matthew 6:25-34
“Groundhog Day” explores the journey of a man trapped in an endlessly repeating day. It is a powerful invitation to step away from our endless planning and embrace the gift of living in the moment.
Film: July 17, 7 pm, Youth Room (206)
Sermon: July 19, Scriptures: Judges 6:11-16; I Corinthians 15:9-11
“Akeelah and the Bee” tells the story of an eleven year old girl with a gift. But she resists claiming that gift until a mentor challenges her. As she receives the support of her struggling community, she finds that her gift transforms them as well.
Film: July 24, 7 pm, Youth Room (206)
Sermon: July 26, Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 34:1-3, 29-32; 2 Timothy 1:5-7
In an interesting contrast to Akeelah, “The King’s Speech” explores the struggle of King George VI – a man with every conceivable privilege -- as he seeks to fill a role that he feels inadequate for, as he prepares to lead his country into WWII.