This fall, I invite you to join me in taking a look at the Gospels via the medium of popular movies. It's amazing how we can see a representation of the very same point Jesus made, when watching a movie, yet it goes right over our heads because there is no one to yell into our ear, "That's just like what it says in the Gospel of...."
We're going to have a movie mini-festival, watching three different movies on Saturdays in three different months. Like the theaters of old, we'll have an afternoon showing and an evening. The afternoon showing will run from 2:00 to 4:00. We'll discuss the movie from 4:00 to 4:30, after which we will have a dinner (probably pizza) until 5:45. Meanwhile, those who want to come to the evening showing are invited to come any time between 4:30 and 5:45 to eat. The evening showing will begin at 5:45 and go to 7:45. We'll discuss the movie between 7:45 and 8:15, at which time we'll all go home. The movies will be shown in the Chapel, and the meal will be served in the Heritage Room.
Our first movie, to be shown on Saturday, September 11, is As Good As It Gets, a 1997-released PG-13 movie starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding, Jr. This is a movie that talks about the Biblical themes of "compassion" and of "loving one's neighbor." Nicholson won an Oscar for best actor, and Helen Hunt won an Oscar for best supporting actress, in this movie.
On October 9, we'll see Groundhog Day, a PG movie starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, Chris Elliott, and Stephen Tobolowsky. This is a fantasy movie that lifts up the Biblical themes of "Redemption."
November 20, we'll watch a charming PG-13, Thanksgiving Day movie that few saw in theaters, entitled What's Cooking? Though little known then, the main actors in it are all very well known: African-American actress, Alfre Woodard, who has played heroine and wife roles in many TV movies; Mercedes Ruehl, a Latina actress who also has starred in a number of TV movies; Kyra Sedgwick, who just won the Emmy for Best Actress in a TV Drama, "The Closer," Julianna Margulies, who now stars in the TV show, "The Good Wife," and Dennis Haysbert, the African-American actor with a deep bass voice, who starred in the TV show, "The Unit." This movie looks at the themes of relationship, thanksgiving, and self-giving, mostly from the perspective of the wives in the family.
I hope you'll save those dates and join us as we look at Christ's teachings as they get revealed to us in our own day, on our own terms.
See you in worship!
Tom Griffith, Lead Pastor