Scout Sunday Service 2003
by Rev. Rusty Cowden, National
Call to Worship
L: The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those
who live in it.
P: He has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.
L: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy
P: Those who have clean hands
and pure hearts. Let us worship you O God.
Hymnal # 469 “Morning Has Broken”
Prayer of Confession
Lord you have loved us, but we have taken you for
granted. We see your love in each sunrise, in your Word to us, in signs of the
faithful everywhere. Evidence of our love for you is far too often not to be
found anywhere. Help us to be your people in word and in deed. Let our light
shine out as a beacon for you. We pray humbly before you, Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Our hope is in the name of the Lord. Thanks be for the love
of our savior, Jesus, the Christ, in whose name we find forgiveness.
Scripture (lectionary for
Isaiah 40:21-31 To
whom will you compare me? says the Holy One Psalm 147:1-11, 20c Praise for God’s care for Jerusalem
1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Free from all, but slave to all
Mark -39 Jesus heals many and preaches
From the gospel passage a parallel could be made between
healing (as a good work) and “do a good turn daily”. The notion of Jesus
constantly traveling, experiencing the outdoors might also be tied scouting
hikes and campouts.
From the epistle, Scouting’s teamwork and the concept of
older scouts sharing skills with younger scouts might be used as an example of
Paul’s point here
Hymn Presbyterian Hymnal #387“Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
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Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Dearest Lord, we come before you this morning, in this time
of corporate quiet and corporate prayer, to give you thanks. We thank you Lord,
for the incomparable way in which you have shown your love to us. You have given
us food and raiment (you can say clothing or even shelter here if you want. I
used raiment because I am quoting the Philmont grace) and life and
opportunity. You have led us into green pastures and beside still waters.
Help us Lord, to be a people who are prepared to be your
disciples. Help us to be a people who are prepared to hear your voice, to listen
to your call, and to follow in your way.
Lord we lift up to you those for whom we should pray this
day: The sick, the lonely, the fearful, and the estranged. Be with them Lord.
Show your love and your grace to them. Lead us to them, that we might share your
love as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Lord, all of these prayers we lift up to you both humbly
and boldly, for we pray them in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, Our
Prayer of Dedication
Gracious God, may that which is given here, and that which
remains with us, be used to further your Good News. Amen.
Hymn Presbyterian Hymnal #339 “Be Thou My
Benediction(2 Peter )
So grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
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Association of Presbyterian Scouters