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Humor and Joy Call to Worship Call to Worship for Holy Humor Sunday calls for the playing of instruments and dancing, praising God in unlikely and silly ways. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Worship Resources for Holy Humor Sunday 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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Call to Worship for Holy Humor Sunday A call to worship suitable for Holy Humor Sunday focusing on joy and laughter. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship The Lord's Prayer: Holy Humor Version 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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Benedictions: Humor and Joy 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). Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Call to Worship Referencing Humor and Joy Five scriptural calls to worship from 1 Chronicles 16 and Psalms 30, 66, 68, 98 suitable for use on Holy Humor or Laughter Sunday (the first Sunday after Easter) or other occasions of joy and levity. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Pastoral Prayer: Holy Humor Sunday 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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: April Fiet Prayers of the People: Holy Humor Sunday 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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Is a Sense of Humor Necessary for Salvation? 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). Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Basil Cole Holy Humor Affirmation of Faith Christine Longhurst presents an affirmation of faith for Holy Humor/ Laughter Sunday. This triune creed includes belief in Jesus Christ who "had the last laugh on the devil when He rose from the dead." Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Holy Humor An illustrative statement about questioning why itsi considered derogatory to suppose the creator has a sense of humor. This is appropriate for Psalm 2:4, Psalm 59:8, and Jonah 4:10-11. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: William R. Inge Younger Generations are Fighting Cancer with Humor In this resource, Brian Lowery shares several sermon illustrations that can be used for messages on the theme of youth, life, death, humor, temptation, and media. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Brian Lowery Full Text Hymns on Humor Who would think that what was needed©
Take My Gifts and Let Me Love YouPD
Be Present, Lord, with Those You CallPD
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“So This Guy Walks Into a Bar....” Humor, when used appropriately, can be a powerful tool in preaching. Resource type: Article | Source: Working Preacher | Author: Nathan Aaseng God, What Can I Do?: Shaping Creative Worship on a Budget 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. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Dottie Escobedo-Frank A quote illustrating humor of fly "fishermen" A short quote from "A River Runs Through It and Other Stories" by Norman Maclean about the humor of fishermen vs. fly fishermen. Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Norman Maclean The Problem with Making Fun of Everything 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. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Jeff Munroe For just such a time as this Commenting on Esther 7:1-6, 9-10 and 9:20-22, Kathryn M. Schifferdecker observes that "preaching from the book of Esther is not for the faint-hearted." Several examples of humor from the book are noted. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week | Author: Kathryn M. Schifferdecker Opening Prayer celebrating joy and humor Opening prayer for Laughter/Holy Humor Sunday, in which God ai smiling and laughing when overcoming death and evil. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Don't be afraid to be funny Jewish comedian Bob Alper and Muslim comedian Mo Amer come together to seek to offer peace and dissolve tensions through humor. In this interview, Alper and Amer talk comedy and faith, leadership and humor. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Bob Alper The Humor of Creation The creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 are a frontal assault on competing theologies, writes Todd L. Lake, and not a scientific account of the world's origins. The ancient author even inserts a little humor. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Biologos | Author: Todd L. Lake
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