Saturday, April 6, 2013

Funny Jesus Songs for Bright Sunday

According to tradition in some parts of the Church, the Sunday after Easter is called “Bright Sunday” and in in some times and places it has been the custom to tell jokes on that Sunday as a means of celebrating the mirth that is ours in light of the Resurrection. As the Psalmist sang,

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, 
we were like those who dream. 
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
"The Lord has done great things for them."  
The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
(Psalm 126:1-3)

We have reason to laugh and rejoice. But, instead of jokes, I am offering for your amusement some funny songs that mention Jesus.

Earlier this week on the opening day of baseball season, our organist/choir director sent around this old song by Sister Winona Carr

Life is a Ball Game – Sister Winona Carr
Life is a ballgame
Bein' played each day
Life is a ballgame
Everybody can play

Jesus is standin' at home plate
Waitin' for you there
Life is a ballgame, but
You've got to play it fair.

That reminded me of another classic. I don’t know if there are any songs about Jesus and soccer (football to everyone but Americans).

Drop Kick Me Jesus – Bobby Bare
Drop kick me, Jesus through the goal posts of life
End over end, neither left nor to right
Straight through the heart of them righteous uprights
Drop kick me, Jesus through the goal posts of life

And maybe after the game, you might want to have a beer with Jesus.

Beer With Jesus – Thomas Rhett
If I could have a beer with Jesus
Heaven knows I'd sip it nice and slow
I'd try to pick a place that ain't too crowded
Or gladly go wherever he wants to go

Or chocolate?

Chocolate Jesus – Tom Waits
Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

After all, maybe God is just one of us.

One of Us – Joan Osborne
If God had a face what would it look like
And would you want to see if, seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin' to make his way home?

And here is my all time favorite funny Jesus song:
If Jesus Drove a Motor Home – Jim White
If Jesus drove a motor home,
I wonder would he drive
pedal to the metal, or real slow?
Checking out the stereo.
Cassette playing Bob Dylan, motivation tapes.
Tricked up Winnebago, with the tie-dye drapes.

Christ is risen! Alleluia!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Be glad.
And laugh.

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