Maybe that's where Holy Humor Sunday came from. I've heard it's about laughing at the great practical joke God pulled on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. I think it's the joke the lectionary committee pulled on all of us by putting Thomas on the second Sunday of Easter. Every. Year.
Now I love Thomas as much as the next gal or pal, but it's tough listening for a new word about a familiar story every single Easter season. What do you do about this? How do you keep from preaching the same sermon intentionally or unintentionally?
I have skipped Thomas a number of years, sometimes for other lectionary passages, sometimes for other resurrection appearances that are more fitting. I considered this year pulling Emmaus up to this week because of the feeding motif. We have communion this week, so it seemed like a good idea.
This year I kept myself from reading any of my previous sermons until I had a good lead on this year's. I think I'm heading in a different direction.
How about you? What are you preaching this week? Will worship be "traditional" or do you lighten things up somehow the Sunday after The Big Day? Is it typically a "Low Sunday" for your congregation? I usually try to plan something extra the Sunday after Easter to "encourage" (read: bribe) people to come who might otherwise "take the Sunday off."
As always, join us in the comments. I'm sure there will be lots of virtual goodies showing up. My husband will be baking bread a little later in the day, so I'll have some to share in the afternoon or evening. I look forward to spending this party with you! And for a little something to inspire your laughter: