SCOUT SUNDAY SERVICE 2000
by The Reverend Dr. George Hupp, Chaplain, NAPS
Presentation of Colors
The Call to Worship
L: We gather to hear God's Word to us.
P: Speak to us, O Lord, of those who lived for you.
L: We eagerly wait to be inspired.
P: Show us, O Lord, examples we are to follow.
L: We offer ourselves to be molded by your Spirit.
P: That we may be your people in word and deed.
The Hymn I Sing A Song of the Saints of God #364
(The Presbyterian Hymnal)
The Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Merciful God, we have not turned from the ways of evil to follow where you
rightly lead us, nor have we been faithful in nurturing those trusted in our
care. We confess our shortcomings and ask your forgiveness and beg to be renewed
in energy and enthusiasm for the building of your kingdom on earth. This we ask
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 at peace.
P: Thanks be to God who gives us life.
The Gloria Patri (The Presbyterian Hymnal) #577
THE WORD OF GOD
The Children's Sermon
The Old Testament Lesson The Death of Samson Judges 16:23-31
The New Testament Lesson Growing Up Ephesians 4:1-17
The Sermon "SAMSON: GOD'S MAN"
THE RESPONSE TO THE WORD
The Pnuematic Creed (Unison)
The Holy Spirit is active in the world.
By the Holy Spirit God raised up leaders and prophets in Israel.
By the Spirit Jesus was conceived, baptized, and empowered.
By the Spirit the risen Christ is present in His church.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life, the Renewer and
God's people, The one who makes real in us what God has done for us.
We affirm the unity of God's being and work.
We may not separate the work of God as Creator from the work of God as Redeemer.
We may not set the Son's love against the Father's justice.
We may not value the Holy Spirit's work above the work of the Father and Son.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one God. Amen.
The Presentation of Religious Awards
The Pastoral Prayer
L: Almighty God; You built Your church on the rock of human faith and trust; we
praise you for Jesus Christ, the foundation and cornerstone of all we believe.
P: Gracious God, help us to mold our lives after the Lord Jesus.
L: We praise You, O God, for the faith of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca,
Jacob and Rachel, our forebears, and Moses who led your people out of slavery,
and established your Law in their hearts.
P: Gracious God, help us to be faithful as were our forebears.
L: We give thanks for the gifts of prophets who listened for Your Word and
called Your people back from disobedience and the worship of gods made by
P: Gracious God, may we hear Your Word and be shaped by it.
L: Holy God, we acknowledge our redemption through Jesus Christ our Lord, and
give You thanks for apostles, martyrs and saints for the Church who placed Him
first in their lives.
P: Gracious God, make anew in the Lord Jesus that we might be like those who
have gone before, giving our lives to serve Him. Amen.
The Doxology (The Presbyterian Hymnal) #593
The Prayer of Dedication (Unison)
Accept O Lord, these our gifts as sign and seal of our commitment to the mission
of establishing your kingdom on earth. And accept our pledge to work to shape
the character of our children, our Church, and our nation on the model of Lord
Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
The Closing Hymn I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use me #369
(The Presbyterian Hymnal)
L: Go forth to serve the Lord. Keep ever before you the divine commission to be
His arms and legs, carrying His compassion and mercy to all who are in need.
Above all, take to the lost and lonely His bequest of love and acceptance.
P: May we be equipped by the Holy Spirit to forge a new life in Christ. Amen.