The National Association of Presbyterian Scouters

Scout Sunday Service 2002
By Rev. Rusty Cowden, National Chaplain

Prelude
Call to Worship
L: Lord, your graciousness is always to be trusted.
P: Help us to be disciples who are loyal and true.
L: Lord, you are an ever present help to all who seek you.
P: Help us to reach out in friendship and courtesy with the good news of your love.
L: Lord, your kindness extends to all generations.
P: Help us to be obedient and cheerful followers in the paths where you lead us.
L: Lord, not wanting or wasting you rule the world in power and might
P: Give us the courage to be your people in a hostile world. Give us hearts that are clean and pure with your love. Give us a true reverence for you, O God of all that is.

Hymn Presbyterian Hymnal # 469 “Morning Has Broken”

Prayer of Confession
Lord, we have seen your promise in each rainbow, and in every sunrise, but we have not kept our promises to you. You have called us in a still, small voice, but we have listened only to the babble of the world. Your steadfast love has never departed from us, but we have run away at the slightest distraction. Forgive us. Call us into closer communion with you. Help us to be, and to do, better. 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 2-10-02)

Exodus 24:12-18 Moses going up the mountain for forty days and nights

Matthew 17:1-9 The Transfiguration of the Lord

2 Peter 1:16-21 We were eyewitnesses of Christ’s majesty

Psalm 2 or Psalm 99 God’s power and majesty

Sermon thoughts
A theme of “mountain top experiences” could easily be tied to campouts, seeing God in Nature, or other scouting strengths.

The outdoors could also be used to emphasize God’s majesty: Dominion over the stars in the sky as well as the hearts of women and men.

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 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, 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 Father…


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 Vision”

Benediction

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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