Call to Worship, Prayer: Laughter Sunday

Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer for Laughter Sunday (aka Holy Humor Sunday)—traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.  It comes from the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.

Call to Worship

Sing a new song!
A joyful melody of springtime glory and rebirth

Sing praise to our Still-Laughing Easter God
Who has rolled away the bindings of yesterday

Immerse your anxiety and despair in the fountain of new birth.
We place our visions and hopes on the table of wine and wheat.

For God has taken ordinary things.
And made them extraordinary.

Sing a new song!

Opening Prayer

Holy God, 
as you have taken what we call an absurdity 
and turned it into possibility…..
as you have coaxed us to sing springtime alleluias 
where once there was a gray dawn, 
as you have called us out of the tombs we inhabit 
into an undreamed of tomorrow, 
we praise you for this day! 
Come, Risen Christ, 
in newness and hope on this Eastertide day. Amen.

~ from Still Laughing God: Service Prayers for the Second Sunday of Easter, posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.