Dear Pastor, I liked your sermon on Sunday. Especially when it was finished. Ralph, Age 11.
Many American churches are bringing back an old Easter custom begun by Greek theologians in the early centuries of Christianity-“Holy Humor Sunday”
Churchgoers and pastors play practical jokes on each other, drench each other with water, tell jokes, sing, and dance.
The custom was rooted in the early church that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead.
We spend so much time in church feeling sad, bad, or mad. We should feel glad! We should laugh more than we do…and we actually do a lot more than most. Laughter is good for us.
God raised Jesus to life so that we would have ALL the blessings of life. Piety should be joyful not dour. A picture of Jesus laughing should be on an icon for all to see.
In 1988 the Fellowship of Merry Christians began encouraging churches and prayer groups to resurrect “Holy Humor Sunday,” with the theme: “Jesus is the LIFE of the party.”
So, in that light…here we go.
An inexperienced preacher was conducting his first funeral. He solemnly pointed to the body in the coffin and declared: “What we have here is only a shell. The nut is already gone.”
Little known facts about the Catholic Church in Las Vegas :
There are more churches in Las Vegas than casinos. During Sunday services at the offertory, some worshipers contribute casino chips instead of cash. Some are sharing their winnings – some are hoping to win. Since they get chips from so many different casinos, and they are worth money, the Catholic churches are required to send all the chips into the diocese for sorting. Once sorted into the respective casino chips, one junior priest takes the chips and makes the rounds to the casinos turning chips into cash. And he, of course, is known as The Chip Monk.
A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. “Mama, look what I found”, the boy called out.” What have you got there, dear?” With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered, “I think it’s Adam’s underwear.
Two Trouble Makers
A couple had two little mischievous boys, ages 8 and 10. They were always getting into trouble, and their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons would get the blame.
The boys’ mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed and asked to see them individually.
So, the mother sent her 8-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon.
The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, “Where is God?”
They boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open.
The clergyman repeated the question. “Where is God?”
Again, the boy made no attempt to answer.
So, the clergyman raised his voice some more and shook his finger in the boy’s face and bellowed, “Where is God!?”
The boy screamed and bolted from the room. He ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.
When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, “What happened?”
The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied: “We are in real BIG trouble this time! God is missing, and they think we did it!”
God was missing for the disciples and they were hiding out in a closet of sorts in the Upper Room. They had abandoned Jesus and they were terrified of their own fate and ashamed of what they had done. And the joke is on them. Jesus shows up to offer them peace. They should have been dancing in the streets, but they are still locked in the same closet a week later when Thomas is with them this time. “Peace” he says. “All is well. God is having the last laugh!” They don’t get it yet.
If the bible were written today I think that phrase would have been, “Lighten up guys (and gals), we got him good!”
These Great 50 days are a time to laugh and sing and dance and have a good time. The banquet is for us, not a wake for us after the nut is gone!
One last joke because I thought it was hilarious. It has nothing to do with God or Church or Thomas for that matter, except maybe it does because sometimes you have to show up to get the prize.
Two little old ladies were sitting on a park bench outside the local town hall where a flower show was in progress. The thin one leaned over and said, “Life is so darned boring. We never have any fun anymore. For $10.00 I’d take my clothes off and streak through that stupid flower show.
“You’re on!” said the other old lady, holding up a $10.00 bill. The first little old lady slowly fumbled her way out of her clothes and, completely naked, streaked as fast as an old lady can through the front door of the flower show.
Waiting outside, her friend soon heard a huge commotion inside the hall, followed by loud applause and shrill whistling. The smiling and naked old lady came through the exit door surrounded by a cheering crowd.
“What happened?” asked her astonished friend.
“I won 1st prize as Best Dried Arrangement.”
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
The Lord is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!