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This July, RUMC “goes to the movies” in worship. We open our minds and hearts to stories from popular culture to find where they intersect with themes in our Scriptures. Contemporary perspectives can give us new insight and avenues for living our faith. You do not have to watch the movie in order to enjoy worship- simply come with an appetite for spiritual growth, pop-culture, and perhaps, popcorn! Spoiler Alert: While we won’t be showing the movies in worship, we will be talking about them before they are shown at Marymoor.   

  • A Hero With Purpose

    Movie at Marymoor: Wonder Woman, July 5

    Scripture: Romans 8:28-38

    As RUMC is gearing up to honor our Hometown Heroes, we take some time to reflect on what it means to be a hero. In this epic hero tale, Wonder Woman is created to destroy Ares, the god of war. Her power to defeat him is discovered from her belief in love. In Wonder Woman, as in our apostle Paul, we find a purity and clarity of purpose.

  • We Survive the Jungle Together

    Movie at Marymoor: Jumanji, July 11

    Scripture: Romans 12:3-9, 1 Samuel 16:1-7

    When four high school students become adult avatars in a jungle video game, they learn a valuable lesson about believing in themselves and trusting that others are doing their best. Paul offers a similar message in his letter to the Romans using the metaphor of the body to emphasize that it takes all of our gifts to create a community.

  • Free from the Past

    Movie at Marymoor: Coco, July 18

    Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-14

    Coco tells the story of young Miguel who goes on a journey into his past and discovers the truth about his ancestors which frees him to pursue the music he knows lives inside of him. In our Scripture, young Timothy is reminded by Paul of the faith of his ancestors and encouraged to use the gifts given him to live his faith boldly for Christ. We are invited to do the same.

  • Accepted and Rejected?

    Movie at Marymoor: The Greatest Showman, July 25

    Scripture: Matthew 5:1-11

    In the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, a life in God is described in what is known as the Beatitudes. The last Beatitude depicts rejection, being ridiculed and harassed for following Jesus. In this movie based on PT Barnum’s life, we follow a group of people accepted for their differences in order to entertain others and rejected for those same differences. We are invited to confront what it means to be live accepted and rejected for our differences.  

  • Removing the Log from our Eyes

    Movie at Marymoor: 10 Things I Hate About You

    Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6

    Kat is an unpopular high school girl who is misjudged by others, even her own sister, until someone was willing to see her beyond her behavior. Jesus is always inviting us into deeper self -discovery, teaching us not to judge others without first looking at our own misguided behavior.