Apr 21, 2011

Easter carols for Holy Humor (Laughter) Sunday


Easter Carols

Planning worship for Laughter Sunday (aka Holy Humor Sunday, Bright Sunday)?  Here are a number of new song texts—set to traditional Christmas carol tunes—written by Paul Lintern, a Lutheran pastor, humorist and motivational speaker. 

According to the Joyful Noiseletter, (the site on which these Easter carols originally appear), these texts are free to use in worship.


God Bless You Merry Sinner
(Tune: God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen)

God bless you merry sinner,
you're forgiven it is true;
Remember Christ your Savior
has lived and died for you,
and lives again as King of Kings,
of saint and sinner, too.
Oh, tidings of Easter peace and joy,
peace and joy.
Oh, tidings of Easter peace and joy.

In Jerusalem at Calvary
that dismal Friday morn,
amid the pain and suffering
eternal life was born.
It came with arms outstretched to us,
right through the curtain torn.
Oh, tidings of Easter peace and joy,
peace and joy.
Oh, tidings of Easter peace and joy.

So sing an alleluia,
for our Savior's victory,
and shout to all “Hosanna!”
that we have been set free
from sin and death and devil's grip
throughout eternity.
We'll have tidings of Easter peace and joy,
peace and joy.
Glad tidings of Easter peace and joy.


Hark The Herald Angel Said
(Tune: Hark the Herald Angels Sing)

Hark the herald angel said,
“Why seek Jesus with the dead?
He's not here, as you can see,
gravecloths lie where he would be.
On your way now, tell the others,
Jesus will be with his brothers.
Sisters, too, he wants to see
on the hills of Galilee.”
Hark the herald angel said,
“He is risen from the dead!”


Go tell it on the Mountain

Chorus:
Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere,
Go tell it on the mountain
that Jesus is alive.

While soldiers watched the gravesite
that quiet Sunday dawn
there came a big commotion
and then the storm was gone.

The women found no body
their spices to anoint;
instead they found an angel,
God's message to appoint.

Go from where He isn't
to where He said He'd be.
An Easter-time reunion:
the hills of Galilee.

For more ideas about how to celebrate Laughter Sunday/Holy Humor Sunday, visit the Joyful Noiseletter site. 

The wonderful image at the top of this post is titled Rejoice, by artist Robert Ashley

(For more Holy Humor / Laughter Sunday worship resources, click on “Laughter/Holy Humor” under the list of “Labels” on the right side of the page.)