MORRISTOWN, N.J. — An unusual parallel on the Christmas story was part of the service at one church today. But it didn't happen in a galaxy far far away. It happened in Morristown, New Jersey.
It may seem like an odd combination, but Storm Troopers and the Catholic Savior may have more in common than you realize.
Which is why pastor Tim Lucas and Liquid Church, used the George Lucas, no relation, classic to tell the story of Cosmic Christmas this year.
"Star Wars is a multi-generational story and we have a multi-generational faith" said Lucas the pastor. "So we're going to use the epic story of Star Wars to tell the greatest story ever told, the birth of Jesus at Christmas."
Instead of the traditional tale of the birth of Jesus, Lucas, Tim not George, read the version from the book of Revelations, which looks at the battle of good and evil taking place in heaven as the Son of God was born.
"I like the fact that it was unique in that it was from heaven's perspective." said parishioner Mary Muller. "We always hear it from Earth's perspective. So I thought that perspective was phenomenal."
"Perfect combination," said parishioner Kim Taylor. "You got the message and you got a little of the movie in there too."
Pastor Lucas says the goal of the non-traditional tale is to help relate the age old stories to a younger generation.
Which is why the service included dancing storm troopers and Jedi version of Joseph.
"I think it's always important in the church to have the same message, but to have new methods of telling it. And so at Liquid we're always looking for creative ways to build a bridge to our culture. And we thought what better moment than "The Force Awakens". All the hysteria around "The Force Awakens" we want to channel some of that and tell people "The Force" we call faith."
More than 8,000 people were expected to attended about a dozen services across the state. At least at the service we attended, the younger parishioners were engaged.
Some showed up in costumes and even brought their own light sabers, even though mini versions were provided for the entire congregation.
And as Yoda would say: transcend generations, the service did.
"I mean we've been coming to Liquid for about a year-and-a-half now. We had high expectations and they did a good job," said Dean Taylor.
"Not a huge Star Wars fan, but it really hit home because it really is about a battle in heaven and the Star Wars theme really kind of brings that home," said Ray Muller.
The best part about Cosmic Christmas is after the service you get a chance to meet with some of the characters. So may the faith and the force be with you this Christmas.