Weekly E-mail – April 1/16

By SMRUC_admin
April 1, 2016

In the Name of the Risen One,

(I promise the following is not an April Fool’s joke…no seriously)

We will be celebrating Holy Humour Sunday this Sunday in both the Journey and Tree of Life Worship Spaces.
The idea of setting aside one Sunday each year to celebrate God’s gift of laughter and joy may be new to some of us, but it’s got a long and rich history in many congregations around the world.
Holy Humor Sunday (also known as Laughter Sunday, God’s Laughter Sunday, Bright Sunday and others) has its roots in a number of different Christian traditions. Churches in 15th century Bavaria used to celebrate the Sunday after Easter as Risus Paschalis (‘God’s Joke,’ or ‘the Easter laugh’). Clergy would deliberately include amusing stories and jokes in their sermons in an attempt to make the faithful laugh. After the service, people would gather together to play practical jokes on one another and tell funny stories. It was their way of celebrating the resurrection of Christ – the supreme joke God played on the World by raising Jesus from the dead. Life, not death, becomes the final word and this is indeed something to celebrate with laughter and joy.
Sadly the observance of Risus Paschalis was officially outlawed in the Roman Catholic faith by Pope Clement X in the 17th century. Perhaps people were having too much fun.
In the Orthodox tradition, people would gather on Easter Monday to tell jokes and funny stories, and to dance and eat together.
In 1988, the Fellowship of Merry Christians began encouraging churches to resurrect some of these Christian traditions—to celebrate the grace and mercy of God through the gift of laughter and joy.

To get you inspired…

A minister was sharing the story of Lazarus with her congregation. “After Lazarus’ death, many people gathered to console Mary and Martha,” I said. “Those gathered helped prepare Lazarus’s body for burial, wrapped him, and laid him in the tomb. After four days of mourning, Lazarus stood up and walked out of the tomb. Now, what do you think those people were thinking then?”
One of the congregants spoke up: “All that work for nothing!”

This week Young People’s Worship at St. Mary’s Road United Church has Nursery, Tots, Elementary Kids, Jr. Cafe, and Sr. Youth Group. We’re encouraging children in our young people’s worship to bring a non-perishable food item as their “offering.” Food items donated go to Harvest, West Broadway Community Ministry, and the SMRUC Emergency Food.

Worship starts at 10:15 and all are welcome! Or come a bit earlier for Fair Trade Coffee.

We look forward to seeing you!

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Béke, Peace,
Debbie & Philip

SO MANY Reminders:

Saturday April 2nd 9am-noon “live close to HOME” with Peter Denton

THIS Sunday April 3rd @ 7:30pm
Carlos and the Suspiroes
La Maison des Artistes
219 Provencher
See Chuck about tickets or email: carlos@suspiroes.com

Saturday April 9th 9am-noon
Used baby and Kids To and Clothing Sale
In support of the Post Partum Depression Association of Manitoba
More info: loewensharon@gmail.com

April 10th, 2016 after worship
Congregational Meeting –
The JNAC Committee report will be presented.

Saturday April 16th @ 7:30
The Fly and Camel Café
Singer-song writer:
Jeffery Straker

The Godly Play outlines that Tim had left are soon to run out so I was hoping that we might be able to gather as a group to look at future planning and also delve a little more into the ways that Godly Play can be adapted to our specific congregational use.

For those of you who are available, I hope to gather on Saturday, April 9th from 1:30pm-3:30pm here at the church. I know that Saturdays aren’t ideal for those with other commitments but I’m not sure there would be another convenient time for us all to gather.

Please let me know if you can be there. I promise some snacky food for the body and intellectual/spiritual fodder for the mind and soul.

Looking forward to discussion and input on both planning for the next few weeks and then into the fall.