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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eagle Scout Seth Lee Stramel Invocation and Benediction


03252012 Eagle Scout Seth Lee Stramel Invocation Benediction
Invocation
Under the care of and in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN.
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” and this afternoon we gather in Your House of worship in recognition of the Eagle Court of Honor for Seth Lee Stramel, a child of Your creation, a son whom You have redeemed by the blood o f the lamb and by the work of the Holy Spirit have kept in the one true faith.
You, heavenly Father forged the mountains Seth has walked, filled the seas, rivers and lakes he has earned his merit badges upon and provided all the places for we Your children and these and all scouts to enjoy Your creation, whether paddling, backpacking, orienteering, swimming or climbing.  Enable each of us here today as we have been protected from the elements to understand that You have sharpened our minds, bodies and spirits and have been an example for all of us how to lead and to follow.
For it was through Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ Who provided for us the ultimate and perfect example of servant hood and sacrifice that is embodied in the Scout Oath and Promise.
We ask for Your eternal presence to be with all of us today.  Especially may Your divine hand be upon Seth as he attains Eagle.  Continue to walk with Seth and etch this time upon his mind, heart and spirit and enable him and all of us to truly understand that we are models for our community, our nation and our world of what scouting can and has done, especially as we celebrate today in the life of Seth Lee Stramel his Eagle Court of Honor.
May the trails we have walked to get here and the ones we blaze upon our departure be lit by Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ.  For we ask this trusting in divine grace offered to each of us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  AMEN.

Benediction
Gracious Heavenly Father, enable us to always remember that You are the one Who gives strength to the weary. 
May we who have witnessed this Court of Honor of Eagle Scout Seth Lee Stramel, be emboldened to ‘be prepared’ no matter the situation and trust in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to divinely guide our days and our deeds in His peace. 
May we be loyal and be lifted up on Eagles wings and soar with the knowledge, wisdom and divine favor as helpful role models for our community, nation and world. 
May You enable us to be friendly, courteous and kind to others we may not agree with, but obedient to Your will and cheerful in our lives with what You have entrusted to us. 
May we be thrifty with our time, talents and treasure and be brave to model for others what a clean and reverent scout is mentored to become! 
May You through our model guide other young men—future Eagles—to be honorable and do their duty to God, country, other people and unto themselves by keeping them physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
May You guide us to lead not by title, but by modeling humility, strength and compassion as was modeled for us by Jesus Christ life, death and resurrection.
For we ask this trusting in Your promise to us, of “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to be with you all.”  AMEN.
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