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Berlin church plans 'Star Wars' Christmas service

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Berlin's Zionskirche (l) and a fan dressed up as Star Wars villain Darth Vader in Hamburg (r). Photos: Wikimedia Commons/DPA
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The newest Star Wars film may hit German cinemas on Thursday, but Episode VI is about to take centre stage at one Berlin church - and all in the name of Christmas.

Christmas and Star Wars aren't two things that often go hand in hand - especially in Advent church services.

But  at 10am on Sunday 20th December, a special service is set to take place in the Zion Church in Berlin Mitte.

The theme? Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

The service will include scenes from the film with music to match, Berlin Stadtmitte Evangelical Church told DPA on Monday.

Trainee pastors Lucas Ludewig and Ulrike Garve came up with the idea.

"We are holding a Star Wars worship service on the 4th Sunday of Advent in Berlin Mitte... #lovestrangersyoumust #starwars"

But what links Star Wars to the Christmas celebration?

"In the decisive scene of Episode VI, Luke Skywalker is being persuaded to join the Emperor's side - the evil side," Ludewig explained.

"Luke resists, with the words: I will never turn to the Dark Side."

This corresponds with the Bible verse:  "Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good."

But it's likely that most die-hard Star Wars fans may miss the service, as it comes just two days after the release of the newest episode in the series on December 17th.

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By then, the truest Force followers may well be curled up in bed recovering from marathon queueing sessions to get into the earliest showings.

 

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