Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. What is Holy Humor Sunday? The custom of Bright Sunday, as it was called, came from the idea of some early church theologians that God played a joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. So on the Sunday after Easter, parishioners and pastors played practical jokes on each other, drenched each other with water, sang, and danced. It was a time for clergy and people to tell jokes and to have fun. Funny skits, costumes, silly hats, and all manner of frivolity festooned the worship service. Leah D.
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Jesus loves a good party!
Yesterday was Holy Humour Sunday. Did you miss it? We have grown up with an authoritarian God who is always serious and never playful. It came from the idea of some early church theologians that at Easter, God played a joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. So on the Sunday after Easter, clergy and their congregations played practical jokes on each other, sang, danced and had fun.
Last year I first learned about Holy Humor Sunday when colleagues of mine began sharing pictures of the fun things their congregations had done to celebrate. Even though I think most Christians would agree that joy and laughter are important things, many people grow up worshiping in sanctuaries where laughter is frowned upon. For some reason, many of us have equated devout spirituality with seriousness, which is tragic. Joy and laughter can lead us to healing. And so, we decided to bring Holy Humor Sunday to our congregation this year. There are all kinds of resources online for planning a Holy Humor service. For jokes and for stories of how other congregations have done Holy Humor Sunday, the Joyful Noiseletter has great things, too. So much planning and creativity goes into Easter Sunday that very little energy is left for the Sunday after. I wanted to share some of what we did in our congregation for Holy Humor Sunday for anyone who might be interested in doing Holy Humor in their churches as well.