HOPE AT THE MOVIES // “Coco” and Remember

All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) & All Saints Day
– All Saints Day falls on November 1
– All Hallow’s Eve is the night before when it was believed the souls roamed the Earth for one last hoorah
– People would wear costumes and light fires to disguise themselves from nasty spirits
– Trick-or-Treating originated because of what was known as, “souling,” where the costumed people would pull pranks on others, and goodies were passed out to protect from the tricks.

– 1 Chronicles 16:12 (NIRV) | Remember the wonderful things he has done. Remember his miracles and how he judged our enemies.
– We get caught up in recency bias and forget about who and what came before us

– Deuteronomy 4:9 (NLT) | But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.
– Our children are especially impressionable and we must share our stories to help shape their heritage,
both in our family and in God’s forever family.

Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gf59aOB1OI

– 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NLT) | For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
– Jesus told the Disciples to take even ordinary things like eating and drinking as cues to remember
who He is and what He did for us.

Reflection Questions

  1. What is the connection between All Hallow’s Eve and the Christian calendar?
  2. What are we asked to do for God and our loved ones in such a time as this?
  3. To whom are we called to share the stories of our memories? Why?
  4. What did we see in the clip from the movie, “Coco”?
  5. What rhythms of remembering can you employ in your own life?