More Indian Service stuff
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 5 Nov 1993 16:44:53 CST
AN INDIAN PRAYER
O great spirit, make me sufficient to my own personal necessities.
Give me the strength to mind my own business at all times, and to lose no good
opportunity for holding my tongue.
When it is appointed for me to suffer, let me take example from the dear
well-bred beasts and go away in solitude to bear my suffering by myself, not
troubling others with my complaints.
Help me to win, if win I may, but -- O Great Spirit -- if it not be that I
may win, make me at least a good loser.
ANOTHER SHORT INDIAN PRAYER
O Great Spirit, show me the way of wisdom, and give me strength to follow it
AN INDIAN INTERPRETAT^ION OF PSALM 19
The Great Father above has shown His power by making the stars
of the heavens; and the brightness of the lights in the sky is wonderful.
His voice is the voice of all nature, and His wisdom shows even in the darkness
of the night. The whole earth is filled with the melody of God.
In the days of creation He sent forth the great sun shining like the brightness
of the face of a lover, and His strength warms all the world.
The law of the Great Father can do all good things and His words bring wisdom to
POEM for INDIAN SERVICE (This is a song called Pass It On)
It only takes a spark to get a fire going,
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing,
That's how it is with God's love once you'v experience it;
You spread His love to everyone: you want to pass it on.
What a wondrous time is Spring when all the trees are budding,
The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming.
That's how it is with God's love once you'v experienced it:
You want to sing, it's fresh like Spring: you want to pass it on.
I wish for you, my friend, this happiness that I've found.
You can depend on Him, it matters not where you're bound.
I'll shout it from the mountain top -- I want my world to know:
The Lord of Love has come to me: I want to pass it on.
I'll shout it from the mountain top - I want my world to know:
The Lord of Love has come to me!
(slowly) I want ...to pass...it on.
THE LEGACY OF OUR EARLY FATHERS
The history of the American people, both in the Church and State, is the
story of a ceaseless battle or struggle for freedom and constitutional
liberty. Liberty, which has always been our national watchword, and which
was esteemed above all values because it had to be fought for and protected,
is gravely in danger of becoming a mere platitude. The fault is not that we
love liberty less, but that we apparently love other things more and are
prone to take liberty for granted.
The chief danger confronting liberty in our land is not that we are fearfull
that it will betaken from us by our foes from without, but rather that it may
be wrested from us by un-American practices within our own land. If we lose
our priceless heritage of liberty, both personal and social, it will not be
in the manner of the brave but defeated general who surrenders his sword, but
rather of the prodigal who carelessly lets slip his patrimony.
In giving thanks for our heritage, we wish to think of the ideals and
principles of the Pilgrim fathers whose little colony at Plymouth evoked as
with holy fire, the finest blessings we have enjoyed upon the continent.
There were three dominant ideals which led and directed our Early Fathers
and, in turn, created the Pilgrim character.
Among these ideals was the pilgrim's faith in liberty. They passionately
believed in the sovereignty of free men in a free country and in a free
Church. Liberty is a priceless heritage. We can be thankful for the liberty
with which we can gather for worship and Bible reading and study. "Enter
into His gates with thanksgiving". It is amazing the we receive spiritual
blessings from the Word of God and can remain silent about them. We walk down
a graden path, as it were, enjoing the beautiful blossoms and do not even thank
the gardener for his hard work or the blessing we receive doesn't get expressed
We can be grateful and express our thanks for the liberty that is ours in jsut
being able to read the BIble in our home. All thanksgiving for mercies great
or small are a test of men's relation to the Giver of all benefits.
A second ideal was faith in Democracy. The Plymouth Colony was a unique
manifestation of a government by the people, of the people, and for the people.
It was promoted neither by capitalists, politicians or kings. The town
meeting which was instituted had become the foundation stone of American
democracy. Faith in democracy was the natural corollary of faith in liberty,
and like liberty its pulse is rather feeble. Democracy is the best but also
the most difficult form of government. Lord Bryce has reminded us: "No form of
government demands so much from its citizen". By the same token, none gives so
We thank God for the legacy of democracy, for the rights for a free people, and
because it gives us the right to express our religious freedoms openly, and we
must be accountable to our Maker for our actions and moral condition as well as
The third ideal which led and supported th Pilgrim charcters was a hearty and
healthy faith in God. This ideal formed both the foundation and canopy of the
Pilgrim's greatness. Before departing from the "good and pleasant city of
Leycen," to journey in a rude and ill-found ship across the dark and heaving
waves of the Atlantic Ocean, they knew that they were pilgrims, and lifted up
their eyes to heaven. In the Plymouth Colony the family altar was the heart
and center of the home even as the church was the heart and center of the
community. The fathers believed that the soul of all improvement is in the
improvement of the soul.
What better place to find this improvement than in the reading of God's Word,
the Bible. It is well to remember that the Early Fathers worshipped God rather
than gold, adored principles more than power and dedicated themselves to the
proposition that man's chief business in the sworld is to achieve a good life
and not merely to have a good time. We give thanks for the Pilgrim
character-faith in Liberty, in Democracy and in God.
Thanksgiving is more than a mood, more than a sentiment, deeper than
reminiscence. It is essentially a relationship between persons. Christian
thanksgiving is avertical relationship between the believer and God. It
belongs to the mnoble family of prayer. It is the twin brother of Praise. It
recognizes that a blessing is a gift, and then it raises its attention from the
gift to the Giver. Thanksgiving is, therefore, always a response, for the
Giver of every good and perfect gift takes the initiative.
LEADER: "The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established
"My son, keep sound wisdom and discreation; let them not escape from your
EVERYONE: Learning is not easy, and wisdom is a far goal. May I appreciate the
blessing I have in education. May all my learning opportunities lead me toward
understanding and wisdom.
LEADER: "The beginning of wisdom is this; Get wisdom; and whatever you get, get
EVERYONE: Wisdom is the climax of my learning along the way. It is the
completion of th jigsaw puzzle of learning. May I put together the pieces of
information and knowledge well, so that wisdom may result.
LEADR: "Keep hold of instruction, do not let go."
EVERYONE: May I not be tempted to quit even when things are rough. May I
realize, deep inside me, th value of education in all forms.
LEADER: "Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before
you. Take heed to the path of your feet, then all your ways will be sure."
EVERYONE: May my learing help me be a better person, upright, able to fulfill
my purposes and use my abilities. May I find joy in education and strength in
my tasks of learning. I am thankful for all who aid me in the learning
May my delight in learning never aend as long as I live.
Prov. 3:19,21; 4:7, 13, 25-26.
Finally got this document finished for you all. Hope this helps some with our
"Reverence to God".
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City