An Interfaith Service

As presented at Wood Badge Course EC 462 W
Sunday, September 27, 1992

CALL TO WORSHIP

A PSALM FOR THE THANK OFFERING

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!

Know that the Lord is GOD!
It is He that made us, and we are His;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!

For the Lord is good;
His steadfast love endures for ever,
And His faithfulness to all generations.

>From the Book of Psalms, Psalm 100

PRAYER

READ IN UNISON

O Great Spirit of the North,
O Great Spirit of the South,
O Great Spirit of the East,
O Great Spirit of the West.
O Great Spirit, you are one.

You have given us our house,
Where there is food,
Where there is drink,
Where there are clothes.

You have given us our house,
Where there is fellowship,
Where there is companionship,
Where there is friendship.

You have given us our house,
Where we can grow,
Where we can learn,
Where we can know you.

O Great Spirit:
You are One,
Our house is One,
We are One!

A Native American Prayer

INVOCATION

May the time be not too distant, O LORD, when all your children will understand that they are brothers and sisters, so that, one in spirit and one in fellowship, they may be for ever united before you. Then shall your kingdom be established on earth, and the word of your prophet shall be fulfilled: "The Lord will reign for ever and ever." Amen

>From the Jewish Sabbath Service

READING

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

SILENT OBSERVANCE

May we observe a moment of silent prayer, each in his own faith.

RESPONSIVE READING - I

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.

HYMN

MICHAEL, ROW THE BOAT ASHORE

Michael, row the boat ashore, Alleluia,
Michael, row the boat ashore, Alleluia.

Jordan's River is chilly and cold, Alleluia,
Kills the body but not the soul, Alleluia.

Jordan's River is deep and wide, Alleluia,
Meet my mother on the other side, Alleluia.

Gabriel, blow the trumpet horn, Alleluia,
Blow the trumpet loud and long, Alleluia.

Brother, lend a helping hand, Alleluia,
Brother, lend a helping hand, Alleluia.

Michael's boat's a gospel boat, Alleluia,
Michael's boat's a gospel boat, Alleluia.

Michael, row the boat ashore, Alleluia,
Michael, row the boat ashore, Alleluia.

RESPONSIVE READING - II

THE SCOUT LAW

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

Congregation: 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

Congregation: A SCOUT IS LOYAL,


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

Congregation: A SCOUT IS HELPFUL

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

Congregation: A SCOUT IS FRIENDLY

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

Congregation: 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

Congregation: A SCOUT IS KIND

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

Congregation: A SCOUT IS OBEDIENT

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

Congregation: A SCOUT IS CHEERFUL

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

Congregation: A SCOUT IS THRIFTY

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

Congregation: 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

Congregation: 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

Congregation: A SCOUT IS REVERENT

OFFERING

HYMN

AMAZING GRACE

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I'm found;
Was blind, but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fear relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
'Me hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come.
'Twas grace that brought us safe this far,
And grace will bring us home.

PRAYER

Master of the universe
Grant me the ability to be alone;
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
Among the trees and grass, among all living things.
And there may I be alone, and enter into prayer,
To talk with the one to whom I belong.
May I express there everything in my heart,
And may all the foliage of the field
(All grasses, trees and plants)
May they all awake at my coming,
To send the powers of their life into the words of my prayer
So that my prayer and speech are made whole
Through the life and the spirit of all growing things,
Which are made as one by their transcendent source.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772-1811)

BENEDICTION

May we all remain fast and firm in faith, that the glory of glories may rest upon us. Thou art Gracious, the Bountiful, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

-- From the Bahai faith, Abdul Bahai.


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