31 Maple Street
Bristol, Connecticut USA
April 24, 2022
Rev. Kristen J. Kleiman
Of all the traditions we have in this 275 year old church, one of my favorite is Holy Humor Sunday. I had never heard of it before one of our members gave me these books.
The tradition of Holy Humor is based on early church writings about “Risus paschalis ~ the Easter laugh,” how God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. For centuries, this tradition was celebrated in Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant countries as a “Day of Joy and Laughter”. Thank goodness it was “resurrected” in 1986 by a group of Christian humorists who called themselves the Fellowship of Merry Christians.
This wonderful tradition reminds us that the good news of Easter and God’s unconditional love should fill us with joy and make us smile and laugh out loud. I hope you will laugh, and I hope this silliness will help you let go of some of the stress of life and embrace God’s good news and joy.
We are going to begin with the wonderful funny animal pictures that members of our community shared. I think it is really humorous that they are almost all cats!
After the slideshow, I invite you to share your all ages appropriate joke. We have a microphone for those in the Sanctuary and those online are invited to type yours into the comment section.
GRANDPA’S FACE (contributed by Dick Alden)
A little girl was sitting next to her grandfather as he read her a bed time story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up and touch his wrinkled cheek. She touched her own cheek after she touched his.
After a little while of thinking she asked “Grandpa, did God make you?”
He looked at her and said. “ Yes sweetheart, God made me a long time ago.”
She paused for a few seconds and then asked “ Grandpa, did God make me too?”
He replied, “ Yes, indeed Pumpkin, God made you just a little while ago”
Feeling their respective faces again, she whispered to him “ God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”
What do you call a sword that doesn’t weigh much? A light saber
You know what’s really odd? Numbers not divisible by 2.
Why can’t a Tyrannosaurus Rex clap? They’re extinct.
How do you plan for a space picnic? You planet
Courtesy of my sister the teacher,
What’s the difference between broccoli and a booger?
Kids won’t eat broccoli.
Why shouldn’t you play hide and seek with a leopard?
You’ll always be spotted.
Why did the orange lose the race?
Because it ran out of juice.
How do you put an astronaut baby to sleep? You rocket
Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.
What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.
Writing my name in cursive is my signature move.
Why do bees stay in their hives during winter? Swarm.
How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.
Why is ‘dark’ spelled with a k and not c? Because you can’t see in the dark.
I’m trying to organize a hide and seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.
I got over my addiction to chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. I won’t lie, it was a rocky road.
What do you say to comfort a friend who’s struggling with grammar? There, their, they’re.
I’ve started telling everyone about the benefits of eating dried grapes. It’s all about raisin awareness.