Karen Murray-Hopf
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Well hello friends! It’s time to buckle up, and get ready for a Holy Humour Sunday!

I don’t know about you, but with yet another lockdown, the changing of the seasons, and another holiday away from loved ones….I can feel pretty low some days. We’re so close, and yet so far. I am strong but I am tired. Perhaps you’re in the same boat.

Well good people, I come bearing good news! It just so happens that traditionally the Sunday following Easter is HOLY HUMOUR SUNDAY!

I think we could all use a laugh. I can’t tell you the number of times Spirit comes to me in the form of a much needed belly laugh, when I didn’t even realize I needed it.

So come prepared to worship, sing, pray, and have some extra fun this Sunday. I’ll certainly have some favouriteholy humour jokes to share, and you’re welcome to bring holy humour to share as well!

If it’s a spoken joke, they’ll be an opportunity for an “open mic” (so to speak), and if you’d like me to put up a photo or cartoon, or comic strip, just send it my way before Sunday and I’ll add a slide just for you!

Still not really sure what I mean by Holy Humour?

Here’s a fun little example I came upon this week:

“The secret to a good sermon is to have a good beginning and ending; and to have the two as close together as possible”. –George Burns (It’s okay! You’re allowed to laugh at that one!!)

May this small collection of laugher and joy found in our Holy Scriptures touch your tired soul today.

Proverbs 17:22  - A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Psalm 126:2 - Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Job 8:21 - He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 - A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Genesis 21:6 - And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.”

Proverbs 15:13 - A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

Proverbs 14:13 - Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.

Psalm 2:4 - He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

I’m really looking forward sharing in worship and laughter through the community of Zoom, as we offer gratitude to the gift of technology for keeping us connected.

I’ll keep the Kleenex box nearby, should I laugh until I cry, and you just might hear your Minister let out a ‘snort’ or two! Time will tell!

Be well, stay safe, and know that I am praying for you.

I thank my God every time I think of you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy… because of your partnership in the gospel, from the first day, until now. –Phil.1:3