Readings

This page includes a number of narratives and responsive readings.

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Servants

The true servants of the Gracious GOD are the following:
Those who walk upon earth with humility and when they are tempted by the evil ones, they respond: Peace;
Those who pass the hours of the night in prayers and standing before the Lord;
Those who pray: Lord turn away from us the punishments of hell, for it is a heavy torment, it is indeed an evil dwelling place;
Those who are neither extravagant nor stingy in spending, but keep a balance between the two;
Those who repent and believe and do good deeds.

--From the Koran, Al-Furquan, Part 19, Chapter 25

The Scout Oath

Leader: Our honor is a quality we possess because of our dignity as human beings and children of GOD. Our 'best' means to give all we have. It means to keep striving to do what we know is right, and in the Oath it means we will try to be good Scouts by fulfilling our Scout duties as expressed in the Scout Law.

Congregation: ON MY HONOR I WILL DO MY BEST.

Leader: Our duty to GOD and country means chiefly two things: obedience and loyalty. The duties we owe to the House of GOD, to our country, to parents, to one another, and to ourselves come from some command of GOD. the Scout Law sums up all the qualities a Scout should have and without which he can not be a good Scout.

Congregation: TO DO MY DUTY TO GOD AND MY COUNTRY AND TO

OBEY THE SCOUT LAW.

Leader: Our Lord told us that love of our neighbor was like the first law of love of GOD. The first children of GOD were known by the love they had for one another. Real human charity or love prompts us to want to help others at all times. Our Scout training will give us skills and knowledge that will put us in a better position to do this.

Congregation: TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES.

Leader: Scouting offers us many opportunities to grow strong physically. To be alert and ready requires us to give special care to those gifts of soul - intellect and will - that make us unto GOD. 'Morally straight' means we must try to know what is right and true, and to love what is good and choose it.

Congregation: TO KEEP MYSELF PHYSICALLY STRONG, MENTALLY AWAKE, AND MORALLY STRAIGHT.

The Boy Scout Law I

Leader: "The person who is dishonest shall not live in My house; the person who is untruthful shall not stand before My eyes."
Psalms 101:7

People: A SCOUT IS TRUSTWORTHY

Leader: And Ruth said: "Do not beg me to leave you or to return from following after you, for where you go I will go; and where you stay, I will stay."
Ruth 1: 16

People: A SCOUT IS LOYAL,

Leader: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself"
Leviticus 19:18

People: A SCOUT IS HELPFUL

Leader: "Can two walk together unless they agree?"

People: A SCOUT IS FRIENDLY

Leader: "Honor your Father and your Mother."
Exodus 20:12

People: A SCOUT IS COURTEOUS

Leader: "Withhold not good from the person to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it"
Proverbs 3:27

People: A SCOUT IS KIND

Leader: "Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge."
Proverbs 23:12

People: A SCOUT IS OBEDIENT

Leader: "A glad heart is good medicine."
Proverbs 17:22

People: A SCOUT IS CHEERFUL

Leader: "Precious treasure remains in a wise person's dwelling, but a foolish person uses it up."
Proverbs 20:12

People: A SCOUT IS THRIFTY

Leader: "Be strong and of good courage."
First Chronicles 28:20

People: A SCOUT IS BRAVE

Leader: "Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? 'Me person who has clean hands and a pure heart.
Psalms 24:3-4

People: A SCOUT IS CLEAN

Leader: "It has been told to you what is good, and what the Lord requires of you; Only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."
Micah 6:8

People: A SCOUT IS REVERENT

The Boy Scout Law II

A Responsive Reading based on the Twelve Points of the [Boy] Scout Law

A Scout is Trustworthy

No one who practices deceit shall remain in my house;
no one who utters lies shall continue in my presence.
Psalm 101:7

A Scout is Loyal

It is a loyal thing you do when you render any service
to the friends, even though they are strangers to you.
3 John 1:5

A Scout is Helpful

In all this I have given you an example that by such work
we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord
Jesus, for he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give
than to receive.'
Acts 20:35

A Scout is Friendly

Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks
close than one's nearest kin.
Proverbs 18:24

A Scout is Courteous

Remind them to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling,
to be gentle, and to show courtesy to everyone.
Titus 3:2

A Scout is Kind

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32

A Scout is Obedient

So, Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient
to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
Luke 2:51

A Scout is Cheerful

In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

A Scout is Thrifty

Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise,
but the fool devours it.
Proverbs 21:20

A Scout is Brave

Be strong and of good courage.
1 Chronicles 28:20

A Scout is Clean

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in
his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts.
Psalm 24:3

A Scout is Reverent

And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

--Thanks to Alan Houser, troop24@emf.net

The Boy Scout Law III

Leader: A true and worthy person recognizes his obligations and does them without being watched or compelled.
People: A SCOUT IS TRUSTWORTHY.

Leader: We owe much to many - to home, school, community, nation, and to God.
People: A SCOUT IS LOYAL.

Leader: The good Samaritan showed the spirit of doing a Good Turn.
People: A SCOUT IS HELPFUL.

Leader: Courtesy is the mark of all faiths. It is shown in thoughtful acts and kindly respect for everyone.
People: A SCOUT IS COURTEOUS.

Leader: Kindliness is the way people show respect for others.
People: A SCOUT IS KIND.

Leader: Life is filled with things that we must do whether we like them or not. One of the marks of growing up is our readiness to accept responsibilities willingly.
People: A SCOUT IS OBEDIENT.

Leader: Our moods make our days. If we are grouchy, our day is gloomy. If we are happy, our day is always happier.
People: A SCOUT IS CHEERFUL.

Leader: The world offers many gifts. a wise person uses them with care.
People: A SCOUT IS THRIFTY.

Leader: To each of us comes danger, difficult tasks, and temptations. In choice of courage or cowardice, may we be brave.
People: A SCOUT IS BRAVE.

Leader: Cleanliness is next to Godliness. To have a clean body, a clean mind, and a clean record is a rewarding achievement.
People: A SCOUT IS CLEAN.

Leader: Character is determined by the things we worship. If we respect ourselves and our brothers and sisters, and see them as gifts of the goodness of God, we live on a high plane.
People: A SCOUT IS REVERENT.

All: GIVE US CLEAN HANDS, CLEAN WORDS, AND CLEAN THOUGHTS, O GOD. TEACH US TO WORK HARD AND PLAY FAIRLY. FORGIVE US WHEN WE ARE UNKIND AND HELP US TO HELP OTHERS. SEND US STRENGTH TO DO A GOOD TURN EACH DAY AND SO LIVE AFTER THY WILL.

The Girl Scout Law

A Responsive Reading Based on the Girl Scout Law

I will do my best...

To be honest
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16
To be fair
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Luke 6:31
To help where I am needed
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.
Matthew 5:16
To be cheerful
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship
the Lord with gladness.
Psalm 100
To be friendly and considerate
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1
To be a sister to every Girl Scout
Then the prophet Miriam took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing.
Exodus 15:20

To respect authority
Listen to advice and accept instruction that you may gain wisdom for the future.
Proverbs 19:20
To use resources wisely
Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise.
Proverbs 21:20
To protect and improve the world around me
The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it.
Psalm 24:1
To show respect for myself and others through my words and actions.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:39
--Thanks to Alan Houser

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