If your church is celebrating Laughter Sunday (aka Holy Humor Sunday, Bright Sunday) this year, here are a few readings, prayers and litanies you might consider using in worship. All of them come from the Joyful Noiseletter – check their site for many more ideas!
Confession and Creed for Bright Sunday
We believe in God,
who made us in His image.
We live, we love, we laugh,
because we are like Him.
We believe in Jesus Christ,
the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.
He had the last laugh on the devil
when He rose from the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son.
Our counselor, our guide, our motivator –
He is our joy!
Forgive us, Lord, when we take ourselves too seriously,
when we don't claim the happiness that is rightfully ours
as your children,
when we forget that you will have the last laugh in this world.
Restore to us the joy of our salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ Rev. Robert M. Thompson
Closing Prayer for Holy Humor Sunday
Lord, grant me a joyful heart and a holy sense of humor.
Please give me the gift of faith,
to be renewed and shared with others each day.
Teach me to live this moment only,
looking neither to the past with regret,
nor to the future with apprehension.
Let love be my guide, and my life a prayer.
Go in laughter; go in grace.
Keep the Lord in your heart
and a smile on your face.
~ from Holy Humor Sunday celebrations at Roscoe United Methodist Church, Illinios
Closing Responses for Holy Humor Sunday
on Easter the thunder of your voice
caused the stone to roll away from Christ's tomb.
Make the ground shake beneath us,
so that our feet shall dance,
so that we shall leap up and run out the door,
and carry love to a waiting world.
~ Rev. Barbara L. Housley, from Holy Humor Sunday celebrations at the Mountainhome United Methodist Church, Pennsylvania
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.