Pastor's Pen April 2013.


Knock knock,

Who's there?


Lettuce who?

Lettuce us pray.


Knock knock,

Who's there?


Rita who?

Read a Bible if you want to hear the good news.


Laughter is a wonderful thing.


Whenever I go to a Synod function people know I am in the room from the roar of my laugh. A little known fact, is that in 2006, I was the presenter at the Eastern Synod Lay Retreat under the theme Fools For Christ. The scripture passage that I used for discussion was from 1 Corinthians 1: 18, "For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." At one of my sessions, I shared an article written by Donna L. Watkins titled, Laughter as Medicine, where she cites, "People, doctors and health care workers find that laughter may be indeed the best medicine." She also wrote, "laughing removes stress hormones, and boosts immune function by raising levels of T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon, and B-cells, which produce disease destroying antibodies," and laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, and produces a general sense of well being." Merriment and worship was an integral part of our sessions as we studied how God laughs with us in our journey of life and how happiness is healthy.


From the retreat , I noted that the first Sunday after Easter is called Holy Humor Sunday. It is also known as Laughter Sunday, Hilarity Sunday, God's Laughter Sunday, Bright Sunday or Holy Fools Sunday having its roots in a number of different Christian traditions.


The Fellowship of Merry Christmas, the Joyful Noiseletter identifies that, "the custom was rooted in the musings of early theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead-'Risus paschalis- the Easter laugh,' the early theologians called it." The article also cites, "Holy Humor Sunday services not only give Christians an opportunity for ongoing celebrations of the greatest miracle in human history- Jesus' resurrection - it also gives each of us an opportunity to celebrate, and give thanks for, our own smaller resurrections in this world and this life. From time to time in our earthly lives, many of us have been dead - from illness, depression, physical injuries, emotional wounds, the loss of loved ones, financial losses- and yet have come alive and endured while looking forward to the Great Resurrection." Laughter is a good thing.


To celebrate this exciting occasion in the life of the church, the worship on Sunday, April 7, will recognize "Holy Humor Sunday". As part of our festivities we will say farewell and Godspeed to our field placement student Sylvia Swiatoschik as she completes her second year at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Sylvia will be preaching and promises to have a few surprises in her sermon.


Pastor Jeff