In 1962 and 1963, I lived in Montgomery, Alabama. It was a year of many firsts for me; I began playing the trumpet and I was introduced to or at least became aware of the role of football in Southern culture. It was the beginning of my awareness that equality in this country was perhaps nothing more than words. It was also when I began to think that God was calling me. When we moved during the summer of 1963 to Denver, I began to explore how I would answer that call. And thus I began working towards earning the God and Country award in Boy Scouts.
As I worked on this award, I was also in confirmation class and during the spring of 1965 I would earn the God and Country award and be confirmed in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Thus I began my walk with the Lord. It has been a rough walk, done at times without acknowledging His presence in my life but perhaps more times than not knowing that His presence was a distinct part of my life.
There came a time around in 1984 when I began to think about that call and that I really hadn’t answered it completely. You have to realize that earning the God and Country award is more than simply answering some questions and do some exercises each week. It requires more than that, a commitment of heart and soul. And I needed to find a way to fulfill that commitment. So I made a covenant with God to be more active. In the churches where I was a member, I began to be a liturgist, specifically requesting that assignment on the 2nd Sunday in February, Boy Scout Sunday. And to the best of my ability, I have done so every year since then. Of course, from 1999 to 2005, on that Sunday, I was also the lay pastor of the church. And since 2005, if I was not somewhere in the district covering for a pastor, I have posted my thoughts on this blog.
The following is a summary of my sermons/messages/posts for the 2nd Sunday in February, Boy Scout Sunday.
February 14, 1999 – Neon (KY) UMC – “A Scout is Reverent”
February 13, 2000 – Walker Valley (NY) UMC – “Following Directions”
February 11, 2001 – Walker Valley (NY) UMC – “Two Roads”
February 10, 2002 – Walker Valley (NY) UMC – not on file
February 9, 2003 – Tompkins Corners (NY) UMC– “A Scout is Reverent”
February 8, 2004 – Tompkins Corners (NY) UMC – “A Scout is Reverent”
February 6, 2005 – Tompkins Corners (NY) UMC – “The Mountaintop Experience”
February 12, 2006 – “Seek The Truth”
February 11, 2007 – “A Brief Discourse”
February 10, 2008 – “What Have We Learned?”
February 8, 2009 – “The New Paradigm”
February 14, 2010 – “That Transforming Moment”
February 13, 2011 – “It’s about Commitment”
February 12, 2012 – “To Leave the World A Better Place”
February 3, 2013 – “Removing The Veil”
February 9, 2014 – Sloatsburg UMC – “The Master Lesson”
February 8, 2015 – did not post a blog for this Sunday
February 14, 2016 – “Where Are We Going?”
February 12, 2017 – “The Past Can Never Be Our Future”