The National Association of Presbyterian Scouters

Scout Sunday Service Examples

Below are links to examples of services designed for use on Scout Sunday.  Some are by our own NAPS Chaplains, while others have been developed by local troops who have kindly offered to share their efforts with us. 

Wanted: New multi-media Scout Sunday Service programs requested by a member.

Note:Other new programs created by members may be submitted as well for inclusion on the site. If you have created a program that worked really well for your church, send us a copy to share. Send to: amandatarbell@yahoo.com.

Recommendations
for Scout Sunday Worship Service


When planning a worship service for Scout Sunday, strive to involve Scouts who are church members. Youth members should be used to sing, usher, greet, pray, and read. Occasionally a youth is allowed to prepare the sermon for this service.

At the very least, have the worship committee and the pastor select a date and announce that all members involved in Scouting should wear their uniforms. In turn, each member should be recognized for leadership to others.

Most churches plan worship services in advance, so requesting consideration for a Scout Sunday observance far ahead of time might be more successful. If this is a first-time effort, start small and build from there. For those experienced in preparing Scout Sunday functions, try to add something new (for example, using youth speakers or youth Sunday school teachers).


Suggested Hymns:

"For the Beauty of the Earth"
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
"God Bless Our Native Land"
"God, Who Touchest Earth with Beauty"
"Am I a Soldier of the Cross?"
"Standing On the Promises"
"All Glory, Laud and Honor"
"All Creatures of Our God and King"
"All Beautiful the March of Days"
"All Things Bright and Beautiful"
"In the Stars His Handiwork I See"
"Shepherd of Eager Youth"
"I'll Be a Sunbeam"
"Praise Him, All Ye Little Children"
"Jesus Loves Me"
"Father, Let Me Dedicate"
"Make Me a Blessing"
"Arise All Youth of God"

(NOTE; These materials courtesy of the Relationships Division, BSA)

Suggested Scout Sunday Service of Worship

Processional with U.S. flag, unit flag(s), and Christian flag.

Call to worship
(Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer)

Invocation

Opening hymn

Prayer
(Composed and delivered by a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer)

Hymn

Responsive reading

Offering
(Suggest that money collected be used to support the local council camp chaplaincy program.)

Offertory prayers
(Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer)

Hymn Scripture
(Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer)

Meditation

Lord's Prayer

Hymn

God and Country program
(Give a brief explanation; pass out fliers, cards, and envelopes for the pastor. Present awards to youth who have earned them.)

Benediction
(Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer)

Suggestions for Worship Elements

Call to Worship

1. (Opening sentences)

1. Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever! (Psalm 106:1)

2. The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)

3. But they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

4. God calls us together to worship this morning. From our work and play within the world, God gathers us to give thanks for creation's goodness, for the strength to labor, for the wisdom to relax.

From amidst our friends and family, God brings us here to participate in a community of faith, Christ's people, a new family. From everyday conversations, talks, and chatter, God invites us to engage one another in dialogue, to speak in truth from the depths of heart and mind, to pray freely. Let us heed God's call and rejoice in what God enables. Let us pray together.

Responsive Reading

Responsive Reading One: The Scout Law

1. Leader:
The Scout Law is a guiding light to millions of boys and young adults throughout the world today, but the principles of the law have been brought to us from ancient days.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)

Scouts:
A Scout is trustworthy.

Leader:
He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. (Luke 16:10)

Scouts:
A Scout is loyal.

Leader:
You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. ... (Leviticus 19:18)
For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to thy needy and to the poor, in the land. (Deuteronomy 15:11)

Scouts:
A Scout is helpful.

Leader:
Love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:10)
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! (Psalm 133)

Scouts:
A Scout is friendly.

Leader:
Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)

Scouts:
A Scout is courteous. Leader: A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. (Proverbs 12:10)

Scouts:
A Scout is kind.

Leader:
Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor thy first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long on the earth. (Ephesians 6:1-3)

Scouts:
A Scout is obedient.

Leader:
A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. All the days of the afflicted are evil, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast. (Proverbs 15:13-15)

Scouts: A Scout is cheerful.

Leader:
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer or ruler, she prepares her food in summer, and gathers her sustenance in harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8)

Scouts:
A Scout is thrifty.

Leader:
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Scouts:
A Scout is brave.

Leader: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of his salvation. (Psalm 24:3-5)

Scouts:
A Scout is clean.

Leader:
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30)

Scouts:
A Scout is reverent, he is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

Responsive Reading Two: On My Honor

1. Leader:
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalm 25:10)

Scouts:
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country.

Leader:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord the people whom he has chosen as his heritance. (Psalm 33:12)
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you. (Proverbs 3:1-2)

Scouts:
On my honor I will do my best to obey the Scout Law—and the Law is this: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Leader:
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Scouts:
On my honor I will do my best to help other people at other times.

Leader:
Remember also the Golden Text: And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. (Luke 6:31)
Do you know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and that temple you are. (I Corinthians 3:16-17)

Scouts:
On my honor, I will do my best to keep myself mentally awake.

Leader:
Wisdom is the principal thing: Do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Get wisdom; get insight. (Proverbs 4:5)
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word. (Psalm 119:9)

Scouts:
On my honor, I will do my best to keep myself morally straight.

Leader:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7)

Responsive Reading Three: Hear Our Prayer


1. Leader:
Let us pray for Scouts, for Scouters, and for all people. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Because we have failed in the trust others placed in us, we pray for forgiveness and for renewal to be trustworthy. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For strength to be loyal to our calling in baptism as his disciples in the world. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader: For forgiveness when we saw the need to help and passed that need by, when we failed to ask if we could be helpful to a friend or a stranger. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the spirit to be friendly to all people and even to those who are unfriendly to us. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the gift of courtesy to all people but especially to the elderly, the disabled, and little children. Lord in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For a heart that rejoices in being kind to people, to animals, and to earth on which we live. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the will to discipline ourselves to be obedient to the will of our God, and not to our selfish desires. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader: For a cheerful spirit to see us through disappointing events in our lives, for a faith that believes God will bring some good even from events that cause us pain and sadness. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For an appreciation that all that we have is the gift of our gracious God, for a mind and a heart that will be thrifty in managing the resources God has entrusted to our care. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the courage not to be afraid of doing what is right and to be brave in working for justice. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the will to work to keep clean our minds, our hearts, and our land. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
For the gift of reverence for God who values all that he has created; for reverence for people, for animal life, for the earth and all its resources—all precious in God's sight. Lord, in your mercy,

Scouts:
Hear our prayer.

Leader:
Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all the people and all the needs we bring before you in our prayers, trusting in your mercy, through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Scouts:
Amen.

Pastoral Prayer

Almighty God, creator of us all; grant us the patience to wait and listen to your voice. Help us not to seek the answers in the silence of prayer, but rather let your thoughts, God, travel to us and through us as we dare to ascend your mountain of law, your holy hill of truth.

O God, how thankful we are that you have come into our lives through the Holy Spirit. You know, Lord, that we're not perfect, that we want to improve. Show us where we can.

We pray today for God's children—all the children of the world. May they find peace and love in their families and schools and learn the love of Jesus Christ for each and every one of them through our lives as we interact with them on a daily basis. We also pray for our young people, who are seeking a cause which is worthy of their life's commitment and a leader who is deserving of their devotion. We know that our youth must deal with a host of options. So, we pray that they may choose Jesus Christ.

We pray you will be with our Scouts as they continue to follow the Scout law and work toward being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Offertory Prayers

1. Bless us O God, and these gifts which we bring. Use them to further the Scouting ministry. Amen.

2. May these gifts which we bring be merely an extension of our daily duty to you, O God. Amen.

3. May the gifts that we now offer up to God be a sign of our trust in God's promise of a new tomorrow, a better day, a sign that love and forgiveness have indeed found a way.

Scripture Readings

1. The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) The Salt of the Earth. The Light of the World. (Matthew 5:13-16)

2. Parable of the Sower. (Matthew 13:1-9)

3. The Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25-37)

4. The True Glory of Jesus. (Mark 9:2-9)

5. Moab Rebels Against Israel. (II Kings 2:1-12a)

Prayer of Dedication or Offertory

1. Your importance in our lives, O God, is reflected in our gifts. We return to you, through the ministry and outreach of this church, a portion of all that you have entrusted to us. We promise that these offerings will not be the end of our giving. We will also invest our time and abilities in your work of healing, comforting, teaching, guiding, and proclaiming good news. Bless each gift, whatever its size, and multiply the good to be done through our talents and treasure. Amen.

Meditations

1. Be Prepared (Read Matthew 25: 1-13)

Though the winter air was crisp, an early sun warmed our faces as we prepared to start a twenty-mile hike. We were properly dressed for the weather. We had our boots laced tightly to protect our feet from the cold water in the streams we knew we would have to ford. Our packs held our lunch, rain gear, dry socks, and first-aid supplies. We were prepared.

However, the sun soon faded from view as unexpected storm clouds covered the sky. Soon it was raining and our pace was slowed. The water in the streams was now too deep to ford, so we lost time finding better crossings. The rain changed to driving snow, and our footing became treacherous. We were losing time, and the day was slipping away.

The storm passed, but now it was getting dark and we still had several miles to go. It was at this point that we realized we were not prepared—we had no flashlights in our packs, not one. We stumbled along in the dark and finally, with great difficulty, finished the hike.

Some of the best training we receive comes as a result of our own mistakes, failures, omission—not being prepared.

If this is true, why must mankind persist in making the same mistakes over and over?

Prayer: Dear God, help us learn from our mistakes. Help us be prepared to serve others as Christ has served us. Amen.

Benedictions

1. Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time, now and forever. Amen.

2. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways.

3. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

4. May the Great Scoutmaster of all Scouts be with you until we meet again. Amen.

5. May the Lord bless you and take care of you; may the Lord be kind and gracious to you; may the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.


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