Resources on Humor

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Topical Study on Humor Humor is the amusing perception of life's absurdities -- a delightful recognition of its incongruities that can provoke both laugher and insight. Contrary to Charles Baudelaire's assertion that "holy books never laugh," the Bible at times presents its serious message using tools of humor such as satire, sarcasm, verbal and... Humor and Joy Call to Worship Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/04/holy-humor-sunday-call-to-worship.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Humor , Praise , Joy Source: Re-Worship Call to Worship for Holy Humor Sunday calls for the playing of instruments and dancing, praising God in unlikely and silly ways. Worship Resources for Holy Humor Sunday Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/04/worship-resources-for-laughter-holy.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Humor , Joy , Love , Worship Source: Re-Worship If your church is celebrating Laughter Sunday (aka Holy Humor Sunday, Bright Sunday) this year, here are a few readings, prayers, and litanies you might consider using in worship. Pastoral Prayer: Holy Humor Sunday Element of Worship by April Fiet https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2016/03/pastoral-prayer-holy-humor-sunday.html Element of Worship by April Fiet Topics: Humor , Joy , Prayer , Worship Planning Source: Re-Worship Holy Humor Sunday is often celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Here is a thoughtful pastoral prayer/prayer of thanksgiving for Holy Humor Sunday. 3 Ways Humor Can Help in Hard Times Article by Rachel Jones https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/humor-in-hard-times/ Article by Rachel Jones Topics: Humor Source: The Gospel Coalition In this article, Rachel Jones offers three reasons that believers can gladly enjoy humor in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and use it as a way to help ourselves and others survive a crisis. Prayers of the People: Holy Humor Sunday Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2015/04/prayers-of-people-holy-humor-sunday.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Humor , Joy , Prayer , Holiness Source: Re-Worship Christine Longhurst presents April Fiet's pastoral prayer/prayer of thanksgiving for Holy Humor Sunday, often celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. The prayer features surprising aspects of the gospel. Is a Sense of Humor Necessary for Salvation? Article by Basil Cole http://www.hprweb.com/2017/12/is-a-sense-of-humor-necessary-for-salvation/ Article by Basil Cole Topics: Humor , Salvation , Virtue , Humility Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review This article makes a case for humor as a means of supporting the virtuous life, even saying that humor IS a virtue (albeit a small one). 5 Guidelines For Using Humor In A Time Of Crisis (Or Not) Practical How-To by Karl Vaters https://www.christianitytoday.com/karl-vaters/2020/march/humor-in-time-of-crisis.html Practical How-To by Karl Vaters Topics: Humor , Community , Care Source: Christianity Today Laughter can be a way of sharing relief during a crisis. In this blog post, Karl Vaters shares practical guidelines for how we can share humor in a helpful way during the COVID-19 pandemic. Humor in the Bible Article by Charles Kestermeier https://churchlifejournal.nd.edu/articles/humor-in-the-bible/ Article by Charles Kestermeier Topics: Humor , Bible , Scripture , Word of God Source: Church Life Journal Charles Kestermeier highlights many humorous passages in the scriptures. "Do we get a sense here of a God who can be simply affectionate and playful at times?" Humor, Warmth, Care and Generosity Sermon Starter/Outline by Callie Plunket-Brewton https://www.workingpreacher.org/commentaries/revised-common-lectionary/second-sunday-after-epiphany-3/commentary-on-isaiah-621-5-3 Sermon Starter/Outline by Callie Plunket-Brewton Topics: Prophets , Isaiah , Ministry , God's Presence Source: Working Preacher In Isaiah 62:1, the prophet promises to keep talking until Zion is filled with the presence of God. Similarly, Christians must speak God's word and now allow hopelessness to have the last word in people’s lives.... Benedictions: Humor and Joy Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/04/benedictions-for-laughter-holy-humor.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Humor , Hope , Joy , Glory Source: Re-Worship Scriptural benedictions for Holy Humor/Laughter Sunday (Easter 2) using Romans 15:12-14 (NRSV & the Message); Phil. 4 (Common English Bible); Col. 1 and Jude 1 (NRSV). Humor and Life-giving Leadership Article by C Kavin Rowe https://www.faithandleadership.com/humor-mark-life-giving-leadership Article by C Kavin Rowe Topics: Humor , Joy , Leadership Source: Faith and Leadership C. Kavin Rowe reflects on Psalm 126:1-6 and Acts 20:7-9 to show how laughter is not simply an effort to make people happy but can also be a sign of refusal to give in to brokenness.... 2-D Love, Younger Generations are Fighting Cancer with Humor, and Not That Kind of Girl Sermon Illustration by Brian Lowery https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2009/august/8081009.html Sermon Illustration by Brian Lowery Topics: Humor , Temptation , Death , Youth Source: Preaching Today Highlighting themes of youth, life, death, humor, temptation and media, this is a collection of sermon illustrations made from news stories about the 2-D love phenomenon in Japan, using humor as medicine for cancer, and more. Full Text Hymns on Humor Take My Gifts and Let Me Love YouPD
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Holy Humor Sermon Illustration by William R Inge http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1997/march/3071.html Sermon Illustration by William R Inge Topics: Humor , God's Will , Holiness Source: Preaching Today A quote from William Inge: "I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that He has a sense of humor." Appropriate for Psalm 2:4, Psalm 59:8, and Jonah 4:10-11. The Lord's Prayer: Holy Humor Version Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/03/lords-prayer-holy-humor-version.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Humor , Lord’s Prayer , Forgiveness , Prayer Source: Re-Worship This version of the Lord’s Prayer is intended for use as a congregational prayer on Holy Humor Sunday (the first Sunday after Easter). Some modification is necessary given the particular church context of use. God, What Can I Do?: Shaping Creative Worship on a Budget Practical How-To by Dottie Escobedo-Frank https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/156/god-what-can-i-do-shaping-creative-worship-on-a-budget Practical How-To by Dottie Escobedo-Frank Topics: Humor , Creativity , Passion , Music Source: Ministry Matters Dottie Escobedo-Frank discusses her experience and offers suggestions for creativity and passion in worship using the examples of John Wesley and Whoopi Goldberg and emphasizing humor, surprise, interruptions, and layering. The Problem with Making Fun of Everything Article by Jeff Munroe https://blog.reformedjournal.com/2014/03/17/the-problem-with-making-fun-of-everything/ Article by Jeff Munroe Topics: Humor , Liturgy , Worship , Pain Source: The Twelve Humor can be therapeutic, but sometimes it’s used as a wall to separate us from confronting pain. In this reflection on comedy, Jeff Munroe talks about lament and suggests liturgy and worship help us lament. The Joy of Humor, the Humor of Joy Article by Earl Palmer https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/joy-humor-humor-joy Article by Earl Palmer Topics: Humor , Joy , Faith , Hope Source: Theology of Work: The High Calling Can joy rank alongside faith, hope, and love, the great three virtues of 1 Corinthians 13? Yes it can.The Bible teaches that joy is at the very core of God’s reality and our discipleship. Preaching Seminar on Humor and Joy Sermon (Complete) by Edmund A Steimle http://commons.ptsem.edu/id/1474 Sermon (Complete) by Edmund A Steimle Topics: Humor , Preaching , Exegesis , Homiletics Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) Reflecting on the humor present in the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10), this audio sermon by Edmund Steimie discusses how we can miss the joy of the gospel by becoming too serious in our scripture study. Prayers of the People: Holy Humor Sunday Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/03/prayers-of-people-holy-humor-sunday.html Element of Worship by Christine Longhurst Topics: Humor , Easter , Prayer , Fellowship Source: Re-Worship Here’s a prayer for Holy Humor Sunday (the first Sunday after Easter). It thanks God for laughter and fellowship, remembering those who are grieving, still "in the gloom of Good Friday." We Can’t Go Back, and We Shouldn’t Article by Eric Hollas https://www.praytellblog.com/index.php/2020/04/20/we-cant-go-back-and-we-shouldnt/ Article by Eric Hollas Topics: Humor , Creativity , Change Source: Pray Tell COVID-19 has spawned a lot of suffering and fear, but it’s also engendered some humor. Eric Hollas shares some of that creativity, and applies it to our faith and God's work.