May The Force Be With You

May The Force Be With You

First of all, let me just reassure those of you who are not fans of Star Wars, these next four weeks will still be meaningful for you. So what I’m saying is, please do not let the fact that our upcoming worship series is about the theology of Star Wars keep you from coming to church. I know you’d just as soon kiss a Wookie, but I promise you will get something out of this series.

And with that said, let me just take a minute to geek out with those of you who are Star Wars fans and say, “Woo-hoo!” These next four weeks are going to be more fun than bullseye-ing womp rats in your T-16 back home!

Seriously though, when we do a worship series that highlights an aspect of pop culture, it’s okay to wonder why. I really like to think about the theological themes in movies, or books, or poetry, or Broadway musicals, or … just about any aspect of the world around us. And why? I mean, shouldn’t everything we do be guided by the Bible? Why pull in all these other aspects of “secular” life into our “sacred” space?

Well, my answer to those very good questions is actually rather simple:
I believe that God is everywhere.

I believe that God is present both in and outside of the church. I believe that God is present in the Bible, in the teachings of the tradition and in our real-life experiences with the Spirit in the world around us. I believe that God is speaking to us in the sacred word and in our daily interactions.

And of course we will be reading scripture in worship, so don’t worry about that. In fact, this week’s sermon will feature several different scripture passages – Psalm 139, Ephesians 4, and Romans 12 are already in the mix, and the sermon isn’t even done yet! So it’s not like we are foregoing the Bible altogether.

And as for Star Wars specifically, well the theological and spiritual themes in this fictional universe are many. Good and evil. Eternal life. Fear and love. Service to others. Unity. These and other spiritual themes are all there in these stories. And it just so happens that there are light sabers, too!

It is going to be fun for those of us who are fans, and meaningful for those of us who are not. And so please, try to come to worship this week to see what it’s all about. Actually no. Try not. Do. There is no try.

See y’all in church I will.