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Finding God at the Movies

Written by Alyssa Shibata

As the Digital Strategist at Trietsch, I often get to participate in worship planning meetings to give input on worship series and how I can support the team's goals digitally. When we started "At the Movies" last year, it captivated my imagination in ways I didn't expect.

Movies are a huge part of my life. My husband and I subscribe to Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and we're members of the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas. Almost every night the question, "What movie do you want to watch?" comes up after dinner, and almost every date night is a trip to the movies. Junji prefers macho action movies that get your adrenaline pumping, while I prefer mind-melting movies that make me question my entire reality. We are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Sometimes we argue about what to watch, but we always come to some sort of compromise.

The premise of At The Movies has invaded my movie-watching ritual for over a year now. I catch myself trying to find God in every movie I watch. Is there a kernel of knowledge that I can extract from this movie? How can this movie help me grow deeper in my relationship with God? I've even been more willing to watch the macho action movies because it's like a fun scavenger hunt to find God.

I was surprised by some of the movies and shows that made me feel connected to God: The Accountant, Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Sully, and the list goes on. Maybe it's one line, a theme, or a specific character, but there always seems to be something that brings me back to God.

My husband and I went on a date to Alamo Drafthouse last weekend to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and of course there were no surprises. Every Jurassic Park/ World is basically the same. Science inspires man to find answers, scientists seeking good are overpowered by greed and the government, and all havoc breaks loose because we tried to outsmart mother nature with selfish intentions. But I still have to see it for myself! Every time I see one of the Jurassic movies, it makes me think about Adam and Eve, God's relationship with mankind, and how we just love to be in control and mess everything up. It's like God is at the movies with me! 

I can't wait to see how Daniel, Doug and Clay will continue to help us find God in Black Panther, E.T., Wonder Woman, and Moana. Maybe it will change the way you go to the movies, too. This year, we're also hosting free Friday night screenings of each movie before we discuss it on Sunday morning. Join us every Friday at 6 pm in room 311! Learn all about it at TMUMC.ORG/movies.

 

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