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Holy Humor Sunday 2016

Holy Humor Sunday on Saturday, April 2
5:00pm-- Holy Humor Worship w/ Holy Communion

Holy Humor Sunday, April 3
8:30am-- Holy Humor Worship w/ Holy Communion
11:00am-- Holy Humor Worship w/ Holy Communion

A word about the Theme for the Day…especially if you are a visitor!

Holy Humor Sunday is a tradition that goes way back. The early Greek Christians started this Easter custom as a way of celebrating Christ’s resurrection.  The Bible tells us that “for every-thing there is a season… a time to weep and a time to laugh.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4)  Easter is a time of joy when we can even laugh in the face of death, because of Jesus’s victory over death.

History tells us that churches in 15th century Bavaria celebrated the Sunday after Easter as Risus Paschalis (“God’s Joke” or “the Easter Laugh”). Priests would tell jokes and funny stories to highlight the joy of the resurrection.  Following worship churchgoers and priests would play practical jokes on each other, drench each other with water, tell more jokes, sing and dance.  The celebration of Risus Paschalis was officially outlawed by Pope Clement X (also known as Pope Party-pooper) in the 17th century.  There wasn’t a theological problem with the tradition, it seems that revilers were just having a little too much fun. We hope today’s worship is a fun and reverent celebration of Easter. God raised Jesus from the dead, this is cause to celebrate and laugh. 

We hope you'll join us for this fun worship service full of jokes and humor!