The Old Testament lesson and responding Psalm for the third Sunday in Lent, Year B (RCL) work well when woven together as a responsive reading. First UMC New Ulm, MN will use this Litany, taken from Exodus 20 and Psalm 19, in worship on March 4, 2018.
ONE: God spoke from the mountain and said: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.”
ALL: The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart.
“You shall not make for yourself an idol.”
The commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes.
“You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God.”
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.
“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.”
The decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple.
“Honor your father and your mother.”
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
“You shall not murder.”
The ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
“You shall not commit adultery.”
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
“You shall not steal.”
Moreover by your commands is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
“You shall not bear false witness.”
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
“You shall not covet … anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.