Over in the 4th of July discussion, I made a comment this morning to the effect that rather than viewing patriotic songs in worship as the world pushing its way into the church's territory, we view them as the church recognizing what is going on in the popular culture and trying to use that to attract some new visitors.
It turns out that Halloween
falls on a Sunday this year, and Halloween is maybe the least "Christian" of the holidays:Other
Christians feel concerned about Halloween, and reject the holiday because they feel it trivializes - or celebrates - paganism, the occult, or other practices and cultural phenomena deemed incompatible with their beliefs. A response among some fundamentalists in recent years has been to use of "Hell Houses", themed pamphlets, or comic-style tracts such as those created by Jack T. Chick in order to make use of Halloween's popularity as an opportunity for evangelism.
Some consider Halloween to be completely incompatible with the Christian faith because of its origin as a pagan "Festival of the Dead"
At the church I
attend, I think that what has happened is that the pastor has used the Children's Sermon time to switch the focus from Halloween to All Saints Day (the following day). One thing we usually do is to read the names of church members (or family of members) who have passed away in the prior year; since we got going with a projector and mediashout, we project photos of those people while the names are being read.
So, anyway, let's say you're the worship
leader and the pastor asks you to think about ways you could incorporate Halloween into your October 31st worship service. How would that sit with you? How do you think it would sit with your congregation? Or would your pastor be the one to squish any such idea before it got started?