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November 3, 2012

Local pastor: Films offer lessons in faith

Woodward, Okla. — This November a local church is hosting a "Faith in Film Festival."

Each Sunday this month, Becky Pierson, pastor of New Horizon United Methodist Church, will be presenting a sermon based off a different major motion picture.

This Sunday, Pierson will begin with a sermon on "Finding Our New Way of Life" based on the Disney-Pixar animated movie "Up."

"In the movie, Carl, who is the main character, has to learn how to let go because his wife just passed on.  He goes on a journey in which he realize he can either hold on to the old way or embrace a new life," Pierson said.  "It's the same in Christianity, where you leave the hurt and brokenness of your old life behind and embrace a new life in Christ."

On Nov. 11, Pierson's sermon will focus on passing judgement as it examines themes from the classic movie "12 Angry Men," in which a jury is forced to face its own biases when trying to decide whether to convict a man accused of murder.

"I'll be talking about what kind of times that we've passed judgement on others and even as Christian's passed judgement on Christ, and comparing that to the movie where the jurors are passing judgement on the guy, assuming he did it because he's Puerto Rican and back then they didn't like Puerto Ricans.

On Nov. 18, she said she will discuss "the sin of racism," using examples from "The Help," in which a white woman in the civil rights era of the 1960s seeks to write a book from the perspective of African-American maids, including what they think about the white families they served as well as the hardships they faced.

"As Christ's followers, we believe that no one should ever be considered unequal or less than another and you should never judge someone by the color of their skin or ethnicity," Pierson said.

The pastor plans on wrapping up the festival with a "knockout" sermon based off of the 2006-release "Rocky Balboa."

"With the Rocky movie, I'll be sharing how even when you think you're down and out, you can fight your way back," she said.

The public is invited to attend the cinematic sermon series, with services beginning at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

"We want to make sure everyone knows they are welcomed and accepted here," Pierson said, inviting everyone to "show up at 10:30, grab your cup of coffee, find a seat and join us."

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