The National Association of Presbyterian Scouters

SCOUT SUNDAY SERVICE
For 1999; by Rev. George Hupp, Montgomery Presbyterian Church

THE PREPARATION

The Presentation of the Colors
The Prelude

The Call to Worship
L. Raise up a child in the way he should go.
P. And when he is old he will not depart from it.
L. Raise up a child in the way he should go.
P. And we will fulfill our Baptismal vows.
L. Raise up a child in the way he should go.
P. And we will joyfully worship God together.

The Hymn With Grateful Hearts our Faith Professing No. 497
(The Presbyterian Hymnal)

The Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Lord of life, we confess we have not met our obligation to make the world a safe place for our children. We have disappointed you and fallen short of your charge to us to overcome evil with good. In humble submission we ask your forgiveness and beg to be renewed in energy and enthusiasm for the building of your kingdom on earth. Hear our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Assurance of Pardon
L. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone; a new life has begun. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace.
P. Thanks be to God who gives us life.

The Gloria Patri (The Presbyterian Hymnal) No. 577

THE WORD OF GOD

The Children's Sermon
The Old Testament Lesson Train up a child Proverbs 22:1-11
The New Testament Lesson Wisdom of Youth Luke 2:41-52

The Sermon "CHARACTER COUNTS"

THE RESPONSE TO THE WORD

The Hartounian Creed (Unison)
We believe that we know no love of God for us without out love for one another; no faith or hope fro God except as we have faith toward one another or hope in one another. We hear no good news from God nor from His Son except as we speak it to one another. Such is the Church, and the Spirit of God is in it, and in us. Amen.

The Presentation of Religious Awards (available through P.R.A.Y.)

The Pastoral Prayer
L. Heavenly Father, we lift to you our children. For their brave play, for their natural curiosity, for the joy of childhood. O Lord, we pray for the children.
P. Gracious God, help us mold their character after the Lord Jesus.
L. God of Nurture, we lift to you our youth. For their search for meaning, for their quest for identity, for their endless energy. O Lord, we pray for our teenagers.
P. Gracious God, help us mold their character after the Lord Jesus.
L. Holy Spirit, our comforter and sustainer, we pray for parents, grandparents, and siblings. As our children grow, may they be wise in their counsel; May they be patient and understanding; May they provide the right challenge and support. O Lord, we pray for family.
P. Gracious God, help us mold their character after the Lord Jesus. Amen.

The Offertory
The Collection
The Doxology (The Presbyterian Hymnal) No. 593
The Prayer of Dedication (Unison)
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to be your tools to shape the character of our children, our Church, and our nation. Accept, we pray, these tokens of our commitment to the mission of establishing your kingdom on earth. Amen.

The Hymn Lift High The Cross No. 371
(The Presbyterian Hymnal)

The Benediction
L. Go in the sure knowledge that Christ is raised and dies no more.
P. We share by water in his saving death as living members of a living Christ.
L. May the Father's splendor clothe the children with life and the Spirit's power shape our world.
P. May we be a new creation come to life as Christ's new body takes on flesh and blood. Amen.


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