A Sunday without tradition
To celebrate the end of the Sunday School year, the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church held a Silly Sunday service on June 13, breaking with tradition in every possible way.
There were silly hats, silly shirts, kazoos, jokes, skits, and much more as a light way of welcoming summer while worshipping God with a sense of humor and lightness of spirit.
“Why did Jesus spend 40 days and nights in the desert?” was one of the thought-provoking questions asked during the service. And the answer: “Because he was a man and he wouldn’t ask for directions.”
“How many animals did Moses take on the Ark?” was another. And the answer: “None, it was Noah.”
“Where is the first math problem in the Bible?” was a question asked of the congregation by Katie Connelly. The answer: “When God told Adam and Eve to go forth and multiply.”
And so it went in a most-unusal service, in large part choreographed by our children and often carried out by our children at heart. There were funny stories and rekindled moments by Bill Wadman, Stephen Bither, Judith Hill and Faith York. Steve Hill relayed some “unusual moments” members of the congregation might have missed on the web site — and perhaps for a good reason.
It was a morning that provided everyone with a break from being too serious, too traditional and too predictable. When the service began with “I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle and praise the Lord,” you had to expect that most everything else would be unexpected.
And you were right!
A church picnic followed the Silly Sunday service at the parsonage. Photos from the picnic will be this web site on Monday.
Here are some highlights from Silly Sunday:
How do we know that Jesus raised vegetables? Because he said, “Peas be upon you.”
Which animal in Noah’s Ark had the highest level of intelligence? The giraffe.
Why did Cinderella’s soccer team always lose? Because her coach was a pumpkin.
Why did Cinderella’s coach sit her on the bench? Because she ran away from the ball.
Why do elephants paint their toenails red? So they can hide in the strawberry patch.
What has 6 legs, 3 ears, 4 tusks, and 2 trunks? An elephant with spare parts.
What do elephants do for laughs? Tell people jokes.
What do lazy dogs do for fun? Chase parked cars.
What building has the most stories? The library.
Why was the baby ant confused? Because all his uncles were ants.
What 7 letters did Old Mother Hubbard say when she opened the cupboard? OICURMT
It was a Silly Sunday, enjoyed by all . . . and even Jesus must be laughing!