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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 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 Prayers of the People: Holy Humor Sunday 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." Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst 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 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 Holy Humor: Prayer of Petition Here’s a prayer of petition for Holy Humor Sunday (the Sunday after Easter). "Help us," it says, "to laugh when the world presses in around us and we are afraid." 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 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 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 Humor and Life-giving 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.... Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: C. Kavin Rowe 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 Patch Adams: Clowning Around This clip from the movie "Patch Adams" depicts the main character using humor and playfulness to make sick children feel better. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: WingClips | Author: WingClips Full Text Hymns on Humor Who would think that what was needed©
Take My Gifts and Let Me Love YouPD
O Lord, the Holy InnocentsPD
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Patch Adams: Need A Doctor In this clip from the movie "Patch Adams" the main character responds to being scolded for using humor and playfulness with patients by pointing out the physical benefits of laughter. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: WingClips 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 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 “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 Humor: Standard Illustrations An illustration by Michael E. Phillips, published by Christianity Today, appropriate for 2 Corinthians 4:5. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Michael E. Phillips Opening Prayer for Holy Humor Sunday Christine Longworth presents an opening prayer for Holy Humour (or Laughter) Sunday, traditionally the Sunday after Easter. The author is unknown. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst Inheriting the mantle This sermon on 2 Kings 2:1-14 focuses on picking up the mantle of ministry through the wonder of God’s miracles, the glory of God’s goodness, the joy of God’s humor. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Samuel Wells Humor: You're on PK Camera An illustration by Mary Chambers, published by Christianity Today, appropriate for James 3:1. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Mary Chambers
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