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“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!” Hymn 433, The New Century Hymnal
For centuries the week following Easter Sunday was observed by the faithful with days of joy and laughter, parties and picnics, practical jokes, singing, and dancing to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. The Sunday following Easter was known as “Bright Sunday”, “Laughter Sunday”, or “Holy Humor Sunday”. The custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. “Risus paschalis – the Easter laugh.”
Easter is the celebration of life. Laughing and a light-hearted spirit offer us the opportunity to share the joy of life and the many meanings of the resurrection.
You are invited to Holy Humor Sunday, April 7th at 10:30 a.m. Come to sing, laugh, and share testimonies of the resurrection experiences in your life. Spring forth from the cocoon and spread your colorful wings in a relaxed, fun service of worship.
Preparing for Holy Humor Sunday:
Plan to wear colorful cloths reflecting the colors of a butterfly – a symbol of the resurrection. Bring personal stories/testimonies to share how the resurrection has made a difference in your life; how you have come out of your cocoon and emerged as a beautiful butterfly!