Commemorating Boy Scout Sunday in Song and Scripture

February 12, 2016


by Len Lathrop

What started in England in 1908 –the Boy Scouts movement– was celebrated on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Litchfield Presbyterian Church, where the morning service was dedicated to and involved the Scouts in every aspect of the worship. The movement first began in England with the publication of the first installment of Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys.

As the colors were presented, the opening hymn “Morning Has Broken” was sung, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.  Reverend Doctor Lori Wiley masterfully worked the service, leading and directing through their Scout laws as the Scouts recited the scripture lessons and did the gospel readings.  “On Eagles Wings” was sung by the congregation.  Rev Dr. Wiley had mentioned it was chosen as it is the music at most Eagle Court of Honor ceremonies.

When it was time for the children’s message, the children came forward and were able to ask Scout Ryan about the badges on his uniform and what they meant.

David Franklin, church elder and Scout chaplain, gave the morning message speaking about the history of Scouting and how Scouts can interact in today’s world.

After the offering, the service ended with the Scoutmasters’ Prayer and a benediction:  “May the great Scoutmaster of all Scouts be with you until we meet again.”

The Litchfield Presbyterian Church sponsors the Scouts and holds the charter for the Cubs, Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Venture Scouts.