Weekend Teaching Series: Hollywood Jesus (series finale, week 3 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: Our identity must be in Christ or we will feel alone, fall and believe the lies of the world.
Service Length: 62 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend we wrapped up the Hollywood Jesus series – using clips from a movie to help illustrate biblical concepts. This week Travis Prouty spoke in HSM, and chose Muppets in Space as his movie. He used several clips of the movie and weaved a talked about our identity in Christ throughout. My favorite moment was when he talked about how insecure he was growing up as a missionary kid in China and on top of that being home-schooled as a kid. Great vulnerability and helped students easily relate to their own insecurities and identity issues. It was his first time speaking to that many students, and he did a great job.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: We played a fun video we made last year called Parker Don’t Shoot and had a great new game using the Nerf Bazooka. Students had to shoot at cup targets around the room and win a gift card. As a surprise bonus, students who sat around the targets (risking getting hit by the bazooka) got to keep the cups at the end of the game and get a free Coke after the service!

Music Playlist: Man ha Man ha Man ha (Muppets cover), The Earth is Yours, Christ in Me, Avalanche, What Would I Have Done

Favorite Moment: For sure this weekend’s highlight (and lowlight, honestly) was saying goodbye to Hope – a bittersweet goodbye to such an incredible part of our team. She served as an intern for the past 2 years and has grown dramatically as a pastor and woman of God. I am SO proud of her – at each service we laid hands on her and prayed for her future as she wraps up her internship.

Up next: Worship Together Weekend #3

Weekend Teaching Series: Hollywood Jesus (week 2 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: Be careful which way you lean and be careful where you compromise.
Service Length: 66 minutes

Understandable Message: Hope Shoen ends her 2-year HSM internship next week so I wanted her to get the chance to speak to HSM for a whole weekend message. She did a great job of walking students through some of the main themes of the movie The Lorax and following those up with Scripture. I loved her personal admissions and stories to help students see she was teaching this from an authentic place. She played the clip of the film where Once-ler became greedy and began to cut down all of the trees – it was a 7-minute clip that was chock full of lessons about life, the influence of others and the desperate search for filling the emptiness inside all of us. I’m so proud of Hope- she has had a great run as an intern and grown so much – I’m so excited to see where God takes her from here!

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This week we had a fun announcement video we filmed at the beach and a funny music video parody some of our students made of Krispy Kreme. For an end of summer weekend, there was a good amount of energy left in the crowd and students stayed long after the service was over.

Music Playlist: Let It Grow (Esther Dean cover), Love Came Down, Jesus Paid It All, All I Am, Majesty

Favorite Moment: This weekend we said goodbye to our 5 summer interns – it was a GREAT night to celebrate them and all of their hard work. We took the time to bring them up on stage, give them gifts and pray over them. So blessed to have such incredible former students serving as youth workers this summer. Cory, Bree, Kyle, Rachel and Heather you guys are incredible.

Up next: Hollywood Jesus (series finale, week 3 of 3)

Weekend Teaching Series: Hollywood Jesus (series premiere, week 1 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: Building our own empires vs building God’s Kingdom.
Service Length: 75 minutes

Understandable Message: This week Justin Knowles spoke for the first time in HSM  – kicked off the Hollywood Jesus series. The idea behind the series is that we take a film and look at the Biblical principles found in it. This week was The Lion King which gave a great illustration of how each one of us “wants to be king” but the Bible calls us to live a life to honor the King of Kings. Justin did a great job of communicating that truth through Scripture and a big failure story from his own teenage life as well.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we had fun with the announcements (doing the tennis ball video I posted earlier this week) and had clips from the Lion King as well as an epic cover song up front.

Music Playlist: Circle of Life (Elton John cover), Yours Forever, Here For You, From the Inside Out, Grace

Favorite Moment: Each student got a paper crown when they came into service – part of the application at the end of the talk was to”lay down our crowns” so students came up during the last song and did just that as a symbol of them putting aside their kingdoms for God’s work to be done in His Kingdom. Powerful, memorable moment!

Up next: Hollywood Jesus (week 2 of 3)