Laughing Jesus

Holy Hilarity Sunday (Online Worship)

To join the service, click HERE.

Did you hear the one about the shortest sermon in history?
It was titled: “Killing Jesus.” The content: “Didn’t work.”

For centuries in Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant countries, the week following Easter Sunday, culminated in “Bright Sunday” (the 2nd Sunday of the Easter season). It was observed by the faithful as “days of joy and laughter” with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

The custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. Early theologians called it “Risus paschalis – the Easter laugh.” Lately we call it Holy Humor or Holy Hilarity Sunday.

This Sunday we will join the parade of this joyful tradition and CELEBRATE!
If you would like to bring ritual objects together into your remote worship space…you might bring a candle, a sacred stone or object, a plant or leaf or flower, a goblet of beautiful water. And – THIS WEEK – you might add a clown nose or something equally silly. Let’s make a joyful noise as we worship together!

For those without internet access or a smartphone, you can listen to the service. For those wishing to dial in by phone, the number to call is 1-301-715-8592; follow the prompts by entering the meeting ID: 200 490 023, then press the # key.  

For those with internet access, computer and/or smartphone, here are the webcast login instructions:
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., you can click on the following link to join worship through ZOOM on your computer or smartphone:
The site will connect you directly to the worship service with others attending online, and you will have the ability to participate through your computer’s camera and microphone.  Even if you have a computer that doesn’t include a camera or microphone, you can still join the service in watch-only mode. In case you need it, the meeting ID is: 200 490 023.

Cathy Velasquez Eberhart is available to assist with any questions related to the webcast at 651-587-5356, and by email:

We look forward to seeing you ONLINE for worship this Sunday!