For years films and filmstrips have been viewed by the church as novelty items—attractions to enliven a sagging evening service or substitute for an absent teacher. Learning from experience (if nowhere else), the church is beginning to respond to communications media tools as resources that can be used rather than merely shown.
Some of the more creative resources to assist in the teaching and preaching ministry are short films or other audio-visual media presentations. These can be placed within the service or teaching hour in order to provide a valuable backdrop against which the rest of the service can be played.
Of course, the more familiar uses of these resources—such as films as discussion starters and training tools—are increasing in sophistication as well. The following might provide ideas on some of the better software currently available.
In Remembrance (distributed by Evangelical Films, 2848 W. Kingsley, Garland. Texas 75041, 214-278-3531) presents a moving interpretation of the Last Supper and the Jewish customs behind it. Using a comfortable blend of narration, vignettes, and monologues, E.C.R.F. Productions captured much of the emotion the disciples may have experienced as they faced the demands of discipleship.
Though the sound is somewhat uneven at times and twentieth-century customs may have been imposed upon biblical culture as Philip talks with his girlfriend, “Beca,” the film provides a beautiful and sensitive interpretation of Communion and its depth of meaning for those who would follow the Savior. In Remembrance could effectively facilitate a worship experience prior to a Communion service, provide the basis for discussion of discipleship in a class or on a retreat, or serve as a vital part of the Lenten ...1
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