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Looking for a more light hearted, comedic anthem

Can anyone suggest a more lighthearted, comedic anthem or hymn to anthem or inspirational song   that is fairly easy to administer in a week or so?
Our minister is interested in providing a comedic Sunday after Easter and would like to come up with something light hearted.
Any suggestions?  KC UCC Berkshires
Replies (12): Threaded | Chronological
on March 15, 2016 4:07am
I have a suggestion, Kathy.   My cousin Meg, who though English lives on the Isle of Skye, wrote a lovely song, Beautiful flowers, as a thankyou to a friend who helped her through a difficult time.   She asked me if I could arrange it, and it seemed to be asking for a flute part (she being a flautist) which I included, as well as a guitar accompaniment throughout.   Both these could be moved to piano or organ accompaniment (which I'd be happy to do).
I think the piece, which extols the beauties of Nature, meets your requirements, my only hesitation being her philosophy, exemplified by the words "to nature we belong" in verse 2, but perhaps your Minister would be OK with that.
I am new to this website and have not yet been approved to upload scores.   This anywayis not my own work!   I will send you a separate message as well, and try to include a score (pdf).  If this doesn't work, please reply to me.
Philip Thicknes
on March 15, 2016 5:44am
Saint James Music Press,, has the "Weasel Cantata", which references the dietary laws of Leviticus, so there is a scripture reference, and it includes a Kyrie Eleison. Very fun to sing, with a musical reference to "Pop Goes the Weasel". The website says it's not intended for worship use, but we did it recently for our Holy Humor Sunday and it went over very well. Probably important to put the words in the bulletin. The greatest difficulty in adminstering is for the choir to get used to the words so they don't break out laughing while they are singing.
 And there are a couple of versions of "God of Grace and God of Laughter", notably a hymn and a choral arrangement by K. Lee Scott. Not really humorous in itself, but the reference is there.
Enjoy the search! I'll be interested in other responses, thinking ahead to next year.
Risë Kagan-Erickson
Newtown United Methodist Church, PA
on March 15, 2016 3:51pm
 Great idea!!!Thanks!
on March 15, 2016 6:38am
Googling "holy humor Sunday" brings up a number of resources for such a service.  Best wishes!
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on March 15, 2016 10:00am
HI Kathy,
Check out "The Garlic Blessing" on my website here:
Let me know off-list if it is of use.
David Avshalomov
Composer, Singer, Conductor
Santa Monica, CA
Winner, American Prize 2015 for Band Composition (First Place)
Winner, Mountainside Master Chorale Composition Contest 2016 (2nd Place)
Winner, TheC7Prize (Canada) 2014 (2 choral works)
4 Awards, VoxNova 15 Minutes of Fame Series, 2014-15 (solo pieces for clarinet, tuba, oboe, organ)
American Prize 2012, Orchestral Composition--Special Judges' Citation for Unique Artistic Achievement and Distinctive Merit
Winner, “Polifonija” Sacred Choral Music Competition 2013, Siauliai State Chamber Choir, Lithuania
ACDA Silver Platter Award 2012 for Choral Repertoire of Outstanding Quality
Project : Encore, Schola Cantorum/Hudson, Recommended Choral Work of Exceptional Merit 2012
on March 15, 2016 1:06pm
In the RISE UP SINGING songbook there is a song by Charlie King and others called SOLAR CAROL.
With Earth Day coming, it makes a lovely parody.
Nick Page
on March 15, 2016 3:42pm
Thanks so much. Will come in handy!!!
on March 16, 2016 8:48am
There's always the "Missa Hilarious" by P.D.Q. Bach - although much of that may be either too obscure or too off-color for what you need.  Nonetheless, I mention it because it's hugely funny and you might want to check it out.
on March 17, 2016 5:57am
She goes Shopping for Gucci by Larry Nickel quotes Paul: "Be not anxious, be not proud."
on March 18, 2016 9:13am
Possibly a little long for the situation, but "First Came Aardvarks" by Allen Pote is defintely fun and light-hearted.
on March 18, 2016 3:05pm
Dear Kathy, you write about "in a week or so". But fast only cats are born. OK?
on March 19, 2016 8:17pm
"All God's Creatures Got a Place in the Choir"  [while not overly-sophisticated] is cute, and might double-function as a recruitment tool...
There are lines for your high sopranos, low basses, etc. that could be played up.  {Soprano soloist on a ladder w/ boa-birdie wings, bass down the nearby stairs...whatever your worship space facilitates..} And the "some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they got now" might get a laugh, depending on where you focus your eyes... or not, since this is church....but you could have them swing a foot up sideways just a bit and tap the ankle...
Kids could participate.  Also songs like "Father Abraham" and "Rise and Shine" lend themselves to comic exaggeration and/or movement - either on your normal riser/loft area, or marching enthusiastically about the sacntuary....,
"Turn Back, O Man' , or "All for the Best" from Godspell are rich with possibilities ... soloists... whole choir... a verse of each..... down the aisle/process .... plant congregation members to respond like the "church lady", as if "slain in the spirit" - for some of the lines "...all your wrongs will be re-dressed.."
Ed Kilbourne (has a website) includes a delightfully funny song about "The day the squirrel went beserk ... in the ?? self-righteous church in the sleepy little town of Pascagoula"
Ask the pastor and others what announcements will be made.  Possibly a secular song can be a "commercial" for an activity.  My choir, years ago, when we were headed toward a baseball tournament, kept the caps, gloves,  and [plastic] bats hidden under chairs until keyboardist started the intro to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".  We all sang it, and mimed pitching, catching, a similar vein to the Baseball Game number in " You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
You could do "i"m Gonna Sing when the Spirit Says Sing" and do it really poorly at first...out of tune, mixed-up entrances... then you go about as the Good Music Angel-Fairy, handing out folders largely labeled , "Good Technique" while someone narrates, "...then they opened their hearts to God's gift of music ... " and finish it grandly, including a congregational verse.
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