We celebrated Scout Sunday this morning, the first Sunday in February. I know that The UMC designates the second Sunday in February as the primary Sunday. Nobody knows why, though I've heard that maybe it has to do with the first Sunday being a communion Sunday in many churches.
Well, I don't know why we need to avoid communion on a Sunday when there are likely to be many guests. Other charter partners who celebrate communion every Sunday certainly don't NOT do it just because guests are likely to be present. As for the official denominational designation, I've found that all the non-UM Scouts and Scouters are going to show up on the first Sunday anyway, since they get their info from BSA, not The UMC. So, it's just easier to go with the flow.
We usually try to make things special for that day. Some years we emphasize Scouting Ministry more, some years less. This year, I used a Great Thanksgiving I wrote for the United Methodist service at the 1997 National Scout Jamboree. If you'd like to use it in your church, here it is (please give proper credit).
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia!
Not to us, O Lord, but to thy Name be glory.
Blessed are those who are invited
to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
God has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
Blessed are you, Lord God, King of the universe,
who brings forth bread from the earth,
and who satisfies our deepest longings
with the bread of heaven.
You made all things for our joy.
Even when we misused your gifts
and rejected your messengers,
you did not abandon us to our misery.
You are ever faithful, and the depth of your love for us
is the wonder of all creation.
Therefore, with angels and archangels,
the whole company of heaven
and all your people on earth,
we join in their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might:
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
In the fulness of time, you sent your Son to us.
He is the Bread of Life.
He wandered many a dusty trail
looking for his lost sheep.
They heard his voice with joy, as he said,
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."
He healed the sick, ate with sinners,
and proclaimed the good news of your kingdom.
Lord, I am not worthy
to have you come under my roof;
but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.
On the night that he was betrayed
into the power of his enemies,
he sat at table with his disciples.
He broke bread, gave thanks to you, and said,
"Take, eat: this is my body, given for you."
After supper, he took the cup,
gave thanks to you and said,
"This cup is the New Covenant in my blood,
poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins."
He gave us a new commandment,
that we should love one another as he had loved us.
He called us his friends.
He told us to remember him this way
until he comes again to gather us together
in the kingdom of heaven.
And so we proclaim the mystery of our faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Send down your Holy Spirit to bless this Table
and all who gather about it.
Through the sharing of this bread and this wine
make us one with Christ, one with each other,
and one with the whole Church
in all lands and from all generations.
Send forth your Spirit,
and you shall renew the face of the earth.
Father, accept our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with the Holy spirit lives and reigns
with you forever, one God everlasting,
and who in his days on earth
gathered about him his friends
and taught them to pray together like this:
Here may be said or sung The Lord's Prayer. . . .
Afterward, the Celebrant breaks the bread and presents
the cup with these words, the People responding:
The gifts of God are for the people of God.
Let us keep the feast with joy.
Come, for all things are now ready.
Copyright 1997, 2002 Arthur W. Collins, published in My Lord Knows the Way Through the Wilderness