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Special ThanksVivianna Gerges, VP of Program, Crew F 201 Bobby Harraka, Chaplain Aide, Troop B 241 Austin Walcher, Chaplain Aide, Troop B 315 Matt Jensen, Chaplain Aide, Troop D 233 Chaplain Aide --, Troop C 342 Chaplain Aide ---, Troop B 135 Kevin Blum, Chaplain Aide, Troop D 224 Nico Damschen, Chaplain Aide, Troop D 104 Seth Watkins, Chaplain Aide, Troop C 127 Chaplain Aide ---, Troop B 306 Chaplain Aide ---, Troop B 241 Noel Wyatt, Chaplain Aide, Troop A 219 Ryan Heppy, Chaplain Aide, Troop C 202
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Reverence: noun: a feeling or attitude of deep respect tingedwith awe; veneration, and often love. Verb: to regard or treat with reverence. One should revere God and His laws.Origin: 12501300; Middle English < Latin reverentia respect, fear, awe.
And any Participants, Chaplain Aides or Venture Scout units not listed here. Thank you. Research: http://www.jewfaq.org, Wikipedia, www.answer.yahoo.com, www.urbandharma.org www.religionfacts.com, http://online.sfsu.edu/rone/Buddhism/footsteps.htm, http://www.lds.org, http://mormon.org and The Worlds Religions by Huston Smith, HarperCollins, New York.
Synonyms: Honor, esteem.
On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God There are over 20 distinct religions in the world. Three of them, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, trace their origins to the patriarch Abraham (born approximately 2000 B.C. or B.C.E. before common era) and together they account of about half of the worlds population. Other faiths represented at the 2013 Jamboree Shakedown include Buddhism, which traces its beginnings to almost 600 B.C. or B.C.E. and the person of Prince Siddhartha Gautama of Northern India.Some people identify themselves as agnostics from the Greek word agn stos, which, in terms of knowledge, means not known or capable of being known, or capable of being disproven. The term was coined in the late 1860s. Some additional religious facts are below. These are not exhaustive or complete but hopefully will provide enough information to foster further research, dialogue, understanding and respect. Judaism as a religion believes in one G-d. The most sacred text in Judaism is the Torah which consists of the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) given to Moses by G-d. There are different branches of Judaism, most notably Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform. Jews celebrate the Sabbath from sundown Friday night to sundown on Saturday. Jews worship in a synagogue. Most Jewish prayers are not spoken but are sung, in Hebrew not in English. Jews believe a Messiah is still to come. Christianity believes that God is one, but composed of three distinct persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (somewhat as time and space are one but have three distinct attributes). Christians believe that the historic Jesus (the Son) was the prophesized Jewish Messiah who then suffered an atoning death to pay for the sins of humankind and that He then rose from the dead proving his divinity. The title Christ is derived from the Greek word for Messiah. There are many branches of Christianity including Coptic (originating in Egypt), Roman Catholic, Eastern (Oriental) Orthodox Church, Anglican and many Protestant denominations including Lutheran, AME (African Methodist Episcopal), Baptist, Presbyterian, Quaker (Friends) and many more. Some, like LDS (Latter-day Saints) rely on other books such as the Book of Mormon, published in 1830. The sacred texts of the Bible are divided by the Old Testament (which are the Jewish scriptures or Tanakh) and the New Testament.
A SCOUT'S PRAYER Lead: Ryan Heppy, C 202We have hiked along life's pathway, Our packs upon our backs, We have pitched our tents and rested Here and there along the tracks. We have used our compass wisely To guide us on our way And hope to reach the campsite Of our Great Chief Scout some day. We have tried to be trustworthy Kept our honor high and clean, We have done our best at all times Kept our Promise - been prepared, And hope our good deeds please Him When at last our souls are bared. We have lightened others' burdens, With our smiles along the way, We have kept our hand in God's hand, Walked beside Him day by day. And when our span of life runs out, We'll make this gentle plea May we sit around His Campfire At the Final Jamboree.
Closing (Benediction) Lead: Matt Jensen, D 233. 09:55 a.m. Proceed in an orderly fashion to the 50 foot refrigerated trailer for group photograph (Please sing on way to trailer):Amazing GraceAmazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me.... I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see. Through many dangers, toils and snares... we have already come. T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far... and Grace will lead us home.
Buddhism. While the Buddha was theistic (belief in god or gods), his teachings are non-theistic. Some Buddhists believe in god, some do not. Buddhism generally believes that after death one is either reborn into another body (reincarnated) or achieves enlightenment, like the Buddha, ending the cycle of death and rebirth. This is called nirvana (meaning to extinguish). There are several major branches of, or ways to enlightenment in Buddhism, Mah y na (meaning "Great Vehicle), Therav da (the oldest, meaning "the Teaching of the Elders") and Vajrayana . The teachings of Buddhism include Three Universal Truths, Four Nobel Truths and The Nobel Eightfold Path which includes Right Thought (we are what we think), Right Speech (by speaking kind and helpful words, we are respected and trusted) and Right Effort (a worthwhile life means doing our best at all times). Hinduism, which encompasses a wide spectrum of intellectual and philosophical thought, is sometimes referred to as the worlds oldest religion. While it can be considered a polytheistic religion (poly = many + theos = gods) many Hindus worship a particular god and believe that there is one supreme god. Hindu religious texts include the Vedas, Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, a poem encompassing a conversation between prince Arjuna and Krishna discussing philosophy, theology (theos = god, ology = study of), wisdom and the doctrine of selfless action. Islam: Islams most holy book is the Qur'an. According to the Quran all Muslims must believe in God, His revelations, angels, messengers and a day of judgment. The Quran was revealed to Mohamed, considered by Muslims to be the last prophet sent by God, between 610 and 632 A.D. (or C.E). Muslims also believe that Moses, King David (who wrote many of the Psalms) and Jesus were great prophets. There are several sects, most notably Sunni and Shia. Muslims pray five times a day facing towards Mecca, or Makkah, the birthplace of Mohamed and location of the Kaaba (sacred house), one of the most holy sites in Islam. There are five tenets to Islam and they include prayer and alms giving. Other world religions include Confucianism (Kung Fu-tzu or Kung the Master) and Taoism (pronounced Dowism). Additionally, there are Oral Tribal or Primal Religions (those practiced from early history within localized people groups and without written scriptures).
Interfaith Worship ServiceFirestone Scout Reservation May 5, 2013
Lead: Kevin Blum, Troop D 224Baruch atah adonay, elohenu melech haolam. [Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, Ruler of the Universe.]
9:30 a.m. Welcome, Introduction, Moment of SilenceLead: Seth Watkins, C 127
Psalm 15 (excerpt)(To be recited as a group)
Prayer of a Founding FatherThomas Jefferson[From A National Prayer for Peace, An Address Given in Washington D.C., March 4, 1801]
Lord, who may sojourn in Your Tent? Who may dwell on Your Holy Mountain? One who walks in perfect innocence, and does what is right, and speaks the truth from his heart. Song My Country, 'Tis of Thee[Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to "My Country 'Tis of Thee" in 1831, while a student at the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts.]
Lead: Austin Walcher (To be recited by group) Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail Amen.Page 3
My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From ev'ry mountainside Let freedom ring! Our fathers' God to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, With freedom's holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King.
Messages / Stories / Testimonials Leads: Vivianna Gerges, F 201; Bobby Harraka, B 241; Noel Wyatt, A 219 and Nico Damschen, D 104.Page 4