Written by Justin Berkobien
Above: Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in DC/Warner Bros.’ new hit super hero film (now in theaters).
I grew up loving Superman and Batman: cartoons, movies, toys, costumes. My brother and cousins and I would dream up make-believe comic book worlds for hours during summer vacation. Today, super hero stuff is bigger than ever; as demonstrated by the new hit film Wonder Woman* which is topping box office sales and is the topic of countless social media news feeds… what is it about super heroes that has the world so enamored?
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Perhaps it has something to do with purpose. Every great super hero’s origin story involves some sort of struggle to understand the reason for the abilities that she/he was born with (or later given). Somehow we can relate to the idea of longing to become the person we’re supposed to be. We want to realize our purpose!
In preparation for seeing Wonder Woman (tomorrow afternoon-yay!), Julie and I re-watched a bit of the most recent Superman origin story: Man of Steel. One line from the movie really stuck out: Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman’s adopted father says,
“You are my son. But somewhere out there you have another father too, who gave you another name. And he sent you here for a reason, Clark. And even if it takes you the rest of your life you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.”
Woah! I heard that and couldn’t help but think of our relationship with God.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” — Ephesians 2:10
We are here for a reason, a God-given purpose. And even if it takes us the rest of our lives we owe it to ourselves, and to God, to find out how we can use our abilities and resources to glorify Him. This is why I’m so thrilled that our theme for VBS 2017 is HERO CENTRAL: Discover Your Strength In God! It is our profound honor to guide children as they explore a world in which they were created by a loving heavenly Father, rescued by His heroic Son, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do good!
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Oneonta Congregational Church
1515 Garfield Ave
South Pasadena CA 91030
VBS or Vacation Bible School is a week-long educational adventure! Children learn about the unconditional love of Jesus Christ through play, exploration, music, crafts, and even snack time. VBS 2017 @ Oneonta in South Pasadena is an interdenominational program led by Pasadena Lord’s Church and Oneonta Congregational Church, both located at 1515 Garfield Ave South Pasadena 91030 across the street from the South Pasadena / San Marino YMCA. The dates will be July 24th through 28th with a morning program beginning at 8:30am and ending at 11:30am each day. There will also be an optional special service on the morning of Sunday, July 30th that will serve as a closing assembly featuring the children. Parents, relatives, and friends are welcome and invited to attend the special service. For more information about VBS (Vacation Bible School) @ Oneonta in South Pasadena, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Wonder Woman photo (above) is utilized on this blog for strictly educational/illustrative purposes. Justin Berkobien, Oneonta Congregational Church and Pasadena Lord’s Church are not affiliated with DC Comics or Warner Bros. Studios.