Humor and Worship?

What do you think about the role of humor during the corporate worship service?  Is there ever a place for it?  How does one determine whether or not it’s appropriate or not?  When does it become overkill?  Is it possible to become so serious that we don’t allow people to express there joy?  What type of mood is most befitting a worship service?  What Scriptures would you turn to in effort to support your answers?

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3 responses to this post.

  1. I think humor should play a small role in a sermon. It helps make the person giving the sermon seem more like a normal person :) When listening, you want to be able to connect with the person in order to understand what he’s getting at better. Humor does that (for me at least).

    As for a verse, how about 1 Kings 18:27:
    ‘At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”‘

    Now that’s funny :)

  2. I’ve always enjoyed this one:

    21And Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you that you have brought such a great sin upon them?” 22And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. 23For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 24So I said to them, ‘Let any who have gold take it off.’ So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.”

  3. Posted by Jesse on February 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Humor in sermons is an important part of providing interest to the listener. However, it should be appropriate and relevant to the content and context at hand, not just humor for humor’s sake.

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