SCOUT SERVICE IN THE ANGLICAN/EPISCOPAL TRADITION
all of you to this service. We welcome particularly the families and friends who
come to support our young people today Do join energetically in singing the
hymns and in saying the parts in heavy type where appropriate. Please stand as
the clergy enter and remain standing while the standards are paraded and
received by the Rector.
together today to worship God, to hear what he has to say to us, and to offer
him all that we have and are: so let us be quite and remember that we are in his
First HymN (All Stand)
The Confession (All Kneel)
God, our heavenly Father, We have sinned against you and against our fellow men,
in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our
own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and regret of all our sins. For the
sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us forgive us all that is past; and
grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your name. Amen.
The Absolution (All Stand):
open our lips:
mouth will proclaim your praise.
make speed to save us:
make haste to help us.
the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was
in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.
name be praised.
The Reading (Remain Standing)
A Canticle (Remain Standing)
The Apostles' Creed (Remain Standing):
in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus
Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will
come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the
holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Renewal of the Cub Scout Promise, Boy Scout Oath or Explorer Code (Remain
Prayer (Remain Standing)
us when we make our promise to mean what we say. It's a difficult Promise, Lord.
It's hard to keep. But help us to understand that if everyone in the world tried
to live their lives according to the Scout Promise, the world would be a much
happier place and there would be no wars and injustice. Help us to want to keep
it and help us to do our best to try. Amen.
The Peace (All):
be with you:
Let us pray (All Kneel):
The Lords Prayer (All):
Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be
done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive
us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not
into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen
Prayers of the People (All):
your mercy, O Lord;
us your salvation.
save the President;
our government wisdom.
ministers be clothed with righteousness;
your servants shout for joy.
save your people;
those whom you have chosen.
in our time, O Lord;
your glory be over all the earth.
make clean our hearts within us;
us by your Holy Spirit.
At Morning Prayer:
our heavenly Father, almighty and ever-living God, we give you thanks for
bringing us safely to this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into
danger, and in all things guide us to know and do your will, through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
At Evening Prayer:
our darkness, we beseech you, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all
the perils of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus
of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy
Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.
Occasional Prayers (All kneel)
Fourth Hymn (All stand. During this hymn collection will be taken up.)
The Dismissal and Blessing (All Kneel):
bless you in city and country, in home and street, in Church and cinema, in
suburb and downtown, in school and leisure, in work and play, in conversation
and prayer, The Lord bless your going out and coming in, now evermore. Amen.
into the world in peace. Be brave; keep hold of that which is good; never pay
back wrong for wrong; encourage the faint hearted; support the weak and
distressed; give due honor to everyone. Be always joyful; give thanks whatever
happens; for this is what God in Christ wills for you. Amen.
Final Hymn (All Stand - Cross & Flags Lead Procession Out):
honor, I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God, and to my
Country; to help other people and to keep the Scout Law.
Occasional Prayers That May Be Used With This Service:
Thank you, O God, for the
success which you have given us. Help us not to rest on our oars because we have
achieved something but to work harder, to aim still higher and to do still
better. Keep us from becoming conceited. Help us always to think, not what we
have done, but of what we still must do, not of the few things in which we have
succeeded, but of the many things in which we have failed. Help us to be happy
in the joy of achievement but save us from boastful and foolish pride. This we
ask for Jesus' sake. Amen.
A Prayer for Founders Day.
O God, be with us here today
as we remember the birthday of our Founder, Robert Baden-Powell. Accept our
humble thanks for his life and work. Help us to be worthy of his inspiration and
to carry out all that he hoped for in our Guiding and Scouting. Give us the joy
of keeping the promises and Laws he gave us, and accept our prayer that, by
dedicating ourselves to our Founder's Plan and by serving others, we may serve
you , and bring glory to Your great name. Amen.
The Prayer of Ignatius
Teach us, good Lord,
to serve Thee as Thou
to give and not to count the
to fight and not to heed the
to toil and not to seek for
to labor and to ask for any
save that of knowing that we
do Thy will.
Morning Prayer for hikes and
Lord, we shall be very busy
today. Even if we forget all about you, please don't forget about us. Amen
A Morning Prayer.
Thank you, Lord, for
keeping us safe through the past night; be with us also
through today. Help us to be
kind to one another; to be patient with one
another's mistakes; to work
hard and to enjoy our fun. Help us to have a happy
day together, remembering
that we are all your children. Amen.
An Evening Prayer.
Lord, bless all who sleep in
this camp tonight, and bless all whom we love at
home. Help us to feel that
because we are close to you we are also close to
A Prayer about Camp.
Lord, thank you for all
the camps we've enjoyed together. Thank you for all the wonderful memories we
have of them. Thank you for the many friends that we've made in camp and for
the freedom and happiness we found there. Thank you for the sunshine. Thank you
for the wind in the trees and the rain dripping on the tent. Thank you for
the trees that we climbed and the bridges that we built. Thank you for the food
that we cooked, the fires that we made and the songs that we sang. Thank
you, Lord, that in camp we became like brothers. Thank you, Lord, that in camp
you seemed so close to us all. Amen.
A Prayer for the Troop.
Lord, thank you for
bringing us together in the Brotherhood of Scouts. Bless our Troop and all its
members. Help us to be loyal to our Promise, to each other and to
ourselves, and in everything we do help us to put other people first. Amen
Closing Prayers - Daily.
Lord, don't give me tasks
equal to my strength - give me strength equal to my
When we go tramping over
hills that look towards the starlit sea, under a sea of windy clouds, Christ of
Emmaus, walk with us.
Closing Prayer - Evening.
Heavenly Father, we come to
the end of another day; a day full of interesting and exciting things; a day
when we have been so busy that we have had no time to think of you. But now,
in the quiet of the evening, we turn to you again, remembering that you have not
forgotten us. Thank you for being with us today. Keep us safe through the
coming night and help us to wake up refreshed and ready for all the new
adventures of tomorrow. Amen.
A Prayer for Christmas.
May the 'Glow' of Christmas
last throughout the year, to warm our hearts with kindness and fill our days
with cheer. Amen.
In mist and snow, in sunshine
and gusty winds and under all sorts of cloud, when the first cuckoo calls and
through the long summer days and when dusk comes early and the leaves fall, on
dark nights or when the moon is full, among our friends or alone, when we're
working for examin-ations - or our living, or scoring tries - or centuries, or
dreaming of the future or remembering the past, when we're Scouts in uniform and
when we're Scouts out of uniform, when we remember our Promise and when we
forget it, when we're on top of the world or down in the dumps, sleeping or
waking, our Lord Jesus, whose birthday once again we celebrate, bless us and
give us the wisdom and perseverance of the wise men and the humility and
understanding of the shepherds.
A Prayer for Peace (all link
Oh God, we join with Scouts
and Guides throughout the world to pray for Peace. Grant that through Scouting
and Guiding we may come to understand each other better and learn to live
together in harmony. Amen.
Almighty God, help us to
understand the troubles in so many areas of the world. Bless especially all
the children who are in the midst of these terrible happenings, so that when
they grow up they can learn to forgive and forget these troubles and live
Fathers and Sons in Camp
Lord, thank you for this
opportunity of sharing the joys of outdoor life. As we work and play together
draw us closer to one another and to you. Help us to understand one another
better, respect one another more and love one another fully.