Associated Press “German church celebrates Star Wars with sci-fi Sunday service” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/20/german-church-celebrates-star-wars-with-sci-fi-sunday-service
About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying lightsaber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to Zion church on a Sunday.
“We were very happy to see so many people in the church today,” said the Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig after the service. “It’s great that there are subjects that people are interested in. They trust us to make them part of the church service without making it too Christian or too Star Wars, but to find a good compromise.”
“Star Wars picks up religious images, including Christian images and maybe some from other religions,” said Ludewig. “In doing so, it shows that the Bible and the church are part of our culture that keeps being reworked and reinterpreted.”
Churchgoer Jonathan Wonneberger, dressed as a Jawa trader, said the service was a welcome change from tradition. “You don’t have to take everything that’s religious too seriously. Of course you have to treat it with respect, but when there’s a global event like Star Wars, it’s OK to jump on the bandwagon,” he said.
Scott McGuire, sporting a Chewbacca costume, said he planned to see the movie later. “I think the whole question of God is very interesting, but getting up early on a Sunday is one of those things. But for something like this, I’ll go,” he said.
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