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Finally, Jesus shows up

The parents were leaving for Palm Sunday worship, but their little boy had to stay home due to illness. When they returned carrying palm branches, he asked what they were for. They told him they were to hold over Jesus’ head when he passed by. The boy replied, “Well, what do you know? The first time I didn’t go and he shows up.”

Louise Benson
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

jean sorensenHoly week massage?

During Holy Week most pastors could use a massage, not give one. The area newspaper printed a notice about the community Good Friday service at which “Pastor Renee Ahern will give the massage.”

Chris Seiter
Waldo, Ohio


When a retired pastor received communion on Maundy Thursday at Calvary Lutheran Church, Richland Hills, Texas, he reported receiving both bread and wine with the appropriate words. Then the acolyte came carrying a tray to receive the empty glasses. But the tray also had some filled glasses. As the pastor put his empty glass on the tray the acolyte whispered, “You may have another if you wish.”

Chuck Pegg
Justin, Texas



From the Maundy Thursday bulletin at Calvary Lutheran Church, Green Bay, Wis.:

First reading: Exodus 12:1-14 (“When I see the blood, I will pass over you”).

Music: “Pass Me Not.”

Gail Sowell
Green Bay, Wis.

“This year instead of Easter eggs,
“This year instead of Easter eggs, you’ll be hunting for my sunglasses, checkbook and the green bracelet Grandma gave me.”
Which came first?

Jonathan Sansgaard, then-pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, Tacoma, Wash., asked the children about the Easter egg hunt they’d had before worship. The eggs had been filled with things related to Jesus’ journey, death and resurrection. When he asked what was in the last egg they found, they all replied, “Nothing!” When he asked why, one child replied, “Because Jesus rose from the egg!”

Karen Claire
Tacoma, Wash.

Anthem struggle

At Stockholm Lutheran Church, Cokato, Minn., the choir struggled to master the new Easter anthem. After many futile attempts, a member finally quipped, “Check the words of the last three measures: ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’ ”

Stanley Dahlman (deceased)
Cokato, Minn.

Easter observance

My four children all married Roman Catholics, so when I visit them I worship at their churches. On Easter they — and all 12 grandchildren — attend worship with me. One Easter, one of my 5-year-old granddaughters was making her first visit with me. She sat quietly for several minutes before pulling my head down so she could whisper in my ear: “Grandma, how come you have a girl father?”

Lynn Cookinham
Oshkosh, Wis.


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