Several years ago, I asked our associate pastor at the time, who happened to be a young single woman, to give the invocation and benediction at an Eagle court of honor. She was more than happy to do so, but she admitted that she didn’t know very much about Scouting or exactly what an Eagle court of honor was all about.
To reduce her anxiety level—and to make sure her prayers fit the texture of the ceremony—I gave her a draft of the ceremony script a week or so before the event. The resulting prayers were beautiful; they echoed the theme of the court of honor (“The Eagle Mountain”) and brought the ceremony up to a higher level.
When you recruit someone to offer the invocation and benediction at a court of honor–or to offer any other unscripted comments–give them a copy of your script or take the time to explain what an Eagle court of honor is all about. You (and they) will be glad you did.
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