How may I help you my brother? What wonderful words those are and how much they are needed and welcomed today Do you serve because someone asked you to? Or do you serve because you asked to? Or do you just serve? Masonic service - what does it truly mean?
For centuries brother Master Masons have set the example for outstanding and dutiful obedience to the service of God, family, and community. That service extends from merely lending a helping hand now and then, to thoughtless and giving acts of charity, to daily hard work for a Masonic cause.
With genuine service should come a deep sense of humility. Service for personal gain is met with false success and shameful pride. We are so blessed in the Scottish Rite to have some of the most ardent workers who place others before themselves to make certain that the necessary tasks of our fraternity are completed with the utmost care, courtesies, and kindness.
We ask our new brothers to get involved in the various aspects of the Scottish Rite: To do what they enjoy whether it be behind the scenes, on the stage, in the kitchen, at a desk, with our RiteCare clinics, or on the road, to name a few. A great example of Masonic service is being demonstrated through the brothers who belong to our Knights of St. Andrew. This is from the Administrator of the St. Louis Valley:
A Brief History of the Knights of St. Andrew
Tradition informs us that the medieval Order of the Knights of Saint Andrew was formed in 1314, by King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, to honor sixty-three Knights who, at the Battle of Bannockburn, with no prior notice appeared on the field of battle as a mounted unit, quickly turning the tide and defeating the English.
The modern Order was fashioned on the noble example of those sixty-three Knights who came to the service of Scotland when she was in dire need.
Ill. Weldon J. Good, 33°, of the Valley of Tulsa, Oklahoma, developed the first Chapter of the Knights of Saint Andrew in 1993 as a service organization comprised of "Black Hat" Scottish Rite Masons. Any member who receives the honor of KCCH subsequent to joining the KSA could no longer hold an office or vote but they could still work and assist. Its goal is to help them become more active in the Consistory as a whole and to provide selfless dedication to and the promotion of our Masonic Fraternity within the Scottish Rite, our community, our Jurisdiction, and the Orient.
Each Chapter is attached to a Valley within the Scottish Rite and is subordinate to that Valley; its purpose being a service organization to its Mother Consistory. There is no other higher governing body. Each Chapter adopts its own by-laws and determines its own membership requirements. The Knights of St. Andrew is open to all 32° "Black Hat" Scottish Rite Masons who are members in good standing of the Scottish Rite. Knights pledge to be active members in the Valley and to be of service to her as her need may require.
• You must be a 32° Mason to join. Our 32° KCCH and 33° members are not eligible to join, but subsequent to their advancement retain their KSA membership status.
• You must be a member in good standing in the Scottish Rite.
• You must desire to assist in the growth of the Fraternity.
• You must be committed to protecting the longevity of our Fraternity.
• You must, with firm dedication and will, desire to promote the work of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
If you meet all of the requirements above and desire to join the Order, you may request a petition from any Knight. You may also email the Secretary of the Order to request a petition. If your petition is accepted by the Order, you will be invited to join us and will be knighted by the Venerable Master, after which you will be permitted to wear the tartan of the Order at all Scottish Rite events.
I encourage you to become involved in the Knights of St. Andrew. It is an outstanding band of brothers dedicated to true service for the benefit of all brothers and to the glory of God.
God bless you and your families,
Robert W. Cockerham
Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Missouri
This article originally appeared in the Scottish Rite Journal, Valley of Missouri Insert.