"Chuck, why don't you grab hold of the horns of the altar and ring the bell for us!"*
It was a magnificent celebration of Boy Scout Sunday at EFUMC today. Many Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and their families participated. In addition, many people beyond the usual were involved in the service.
1) Jordan, our Chaplain's Aide, was liturgist.
2) Mitch, who was in my confirmation class last year, offered the prayers.
3) Cub Scout Marshall played the offertory (and a wow it was) on piano.
4) Kevin led the congregation in singing On My Honor
as the benediction response.
5) Matthew, in my current confirmation class, helped serve communion.
6) We introduced Dean as our new Scoutmaster, then honored retiring SM Lloyd with the God and Service Award (major big deal -- and a total surprise to him).
7) Handed out this year's patch from P.R.A.Y. to all the Scouts and Scouters, as we counted this as promoting the religious emblems of the God and Country
8) Scouts and Scouters acted as greeters, ushers, and acolytes.
9) The usual fellowship time's doughnuts were supplemented by the sausage and cheese of a traditional Scout crackerbarrel -- and I had other Scouts making s'mores, which were a BIG hit.
10) And on top of this, there were the usual gang of worshipers and leaders doing what we always do: singing great hymns, playing up a storm on the organ, singing anthems, preaching/teaching, celebrating communion. I think God was very pleased with our offering of worship.
*The title of this piece requires some clarification. Back when newly-retired Professor Charles Killian of Asbury Theological Seminary was a student, his advisor -- the legendary Evangelism professor, Robert Coleman -- only kept office hours at his 6:00 a.m. office prayer meeting. So, one morning, Killian dragged himself off to the fervent gathering in order to claim some of Dr. Coleman's attention afterwards, whereupon he was immediately called upon to lead the group in prayer through the enthusiastic invitation given in quotes, above.
||S'more than meets the eye
Fellowship time, Scout Sunday 2008
||God and Service Award
Scoutmaster Lloyd was presented the highest award we could nominate him for, Scout Sunday 2008