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Dr. Seuss inspires liturgy

For you have given us this great time,
filled with laughter, humor and rhyme.
And you have shown us your holy love,
that you have sent from heaven high up above.

If you think that sounds like Dr. Seuss, you're as sharp as the Cat in the Hat. It's just part of a Dr. Seuss liturgy used at churches celebrating the life and work of Theodor Seuss Geisel, whose birthday is March 2 (he would be 108 this year).

Richard Klafehn and congregational
Richard Klafehn and congregational children during the Dr. Seuss liturgy.

Last year, when the famous Lutheran's birthday fell prior to Lent, two upstate New York congregations, Transfiguration (Rochester) and Bethlehem (Webster), treated worshipers to an unusual Sunday service of rhyming phrases. Children brought Dr. Seuss toys and adults wore playful hats. One congregation served — what else?: green eggs and ham.

Rick Klafehn was interim pastor at the time. He now serves a Lutheran-Episcopal partnership in Oswego and Fulton, N.Y. "Dr. Seuss' dad was Lutheran and his mom was Episcopalian, so I've suggested we make Dr. Seuss a symbol of our faith partnership," he said.

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