Beginning on April Fool's Day, April 1, our Pastors will begin "Laughing With God." A sermon series written by our very own, Rev. Pastor Doug, Rev. Johnathan Kollman and Rev. Jim Stauffer.
This sermon series includes a five-week small group study for the month of April. Beginning Sunday, March 25 booklets and DVD’s will be available in the lobby for your Wesley Group or Sunday School Class. Also consider starting with a small group with some friends or family for the month of April. All resources are free!
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The small group guide is currently availble to download & print at home, here.
The origins for April Fool’s Day is murky to say the least. Where and how did this annual day for “pranks,” “hoaxes,” and sending people on “fool’s errands” begin?
Some say across the world, across cultures, and across religions, a day for laughter was tied with the arrival of spring. The Greeks, Romans, and Hindi all marked the arrival of April showers with parades, feasts, and hijinks. Newness brings joy, and laughter is its fruit.
Others contend it has a more definite beginning point. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the use of a new calendar, known as the Gregorian calendar which celebrated New Year's Day on January 1. According to legend, many people refused to recognize the new calendar or simply didn't know about it. These people continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1.
Regardless of how April Fool’s Day came into being, Easter can be seen as the original and best April Fools moment of all time. On resurrection Sunday, an empire, a religious power structure, along with despair, fear and death became objects of God’s laughter with the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb. All that threatens to diminish our lives, freedoms and joy are found to be wanting in the light of the NEW God created that morning in a garden outside of Jerusalem.
We explore what God laughs at and receive an invitation to laugh deeply at all which seeks to diminish our lives as people who follow and are filled with the Living Jesus. May this April Fools be one you never forget!