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God Goes to the Movies

06.15.20 | Sermon Series

    You're invited to be part of a fresh take on quarantine movie-watching, through our sermon series, "God Goes to the Movies." Interactive and impactful, we're taking well-loved movies and viewing them again with faith-filled eyes, listening for God's message. Here, we're sharing the movies each week (Tuesday is release day!), along with discussion questions to guide your viewing.

    Week 9 - August 16

    Wall-e (2008)

    WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE (Elissa Knight), a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy. (Synopsis from Google)

    Trailer

    Streaming:

    • Stream on Disney+
    • Rent/Buy on Amazon, iTunes, etc.

    Discussion Questions

    1. What did you see as the main theme/message of the movie?
    2. Which parts affirmed your faith? Which parts challenged your faith?
    3. Who was your favorite character? Least favorite?
    4. Did the movie or movie characters remind you of any biblical characters?


    Week 1 - June 21

    FIeld of dreams (1989)

    "When Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying 'If you build it, he will come,' he feels the need to act. Despite taunts of lunacy, Ray builds a baseball diamond on his land, supported by his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan). Afterward, the ghosts of great players start emerging from the crops to play ball, led by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. But, as Ray learns, this field of dreams is about much more than bringing former baseball greats out to play." (Synopsis via Google)

    Reflection on the movie from the Skinner family

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    Week 2 - June 28

     

    up (2009)

    Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. Unbeknownst to Carl, an overeager 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer Russell is on Carl's front porch! The world's most unlikely duo meet fantastic friends like Dug, a dog with a special collar that allows him to speak, and Kevin, a rare 13-foot tall flightless bird. Stuck together in the wilds of the jungle, Carl realizes that sometimes life's biggest adventures aren't the ones you set out looking for. (Synopsis from Disney)

    Reflections on the movie from the Pritchett family

    Trailer

     Streaming and Rental Resources:

    • Stream on Starz
    • Rent/Buy on Amazon, iTunes, etc.

    Week 3 - July 5

    Wonder woman (2017)

    "Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny." (Synopsis from Google)

    Trailer

    Streaming and Rental Resources

    • Stream on TNT and TBS
    • Rent/Buy on Amazon, iTunes, etc.

    Week 4 - JULY 12

    star wars: return of the jedi (1983)

    "Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) reaffirm their love and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), the Ewoks and the androids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil emperor." (Synopsis from Google)

    Reflection from Chris Durbin

     

    Trailer

    Stream and Rent:

    • Stream on Disney+
    • Rent/Buy on Amazon, iTunes, etc.

    Week 5 - July 19

    Places in the heart (1984)

    In 1935 rural Texas, recently widowed Edna Spaulding (Sally Field) struggles to survive with two small children, a farm to run and very little money in the bank -- not to mention a deadly tornado and the unwelcome presence of the Ku Klux Klan. Edna is aided by her beautician sister, Margaret (Lindsay Crouse) ; a blind boarder, Mr. Will (John Malkovich) ; and a would-be thief, Moze (Danny Glover), who decides to stick around to teach Edna how to plant and harvest cotton. (Synopsis from Google)

    Stream and Rent: 

    • Rent/Buy on Amazon, iTunes, etc.

    week 6 - july 26

    the iron giant (1999)

    In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes' Cold War fable, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.) must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine. (Synopsis from Google)

    Reflection from Sam Riedel

    Trailer

    Stream and Rent:

    • Rent/Buy on Amazon, iTunes, etc.

    Week 7 - August 1

    The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe (2005)

    During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter (William Moseley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and her sister, Susan (Anna Popplewell). There they join the magical lion, Aslan (Liam Neeson), in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton). (Synopsis from Google)

    Reflection from Giao Brewer

     

    Trailer

    Streaming:

    • Stream on Disney+
    • Rent/Buy on Amazon, iTunes, etc.

    Week 8 - August 9

    e.t.: The extra terrestrial

    After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. (Synopsis from Google)

    Reflections from the Horstman family

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    Streaming

    • Rent/Buy on Amazon, iTunes, etc.