Oct 11, 2012

Scripture Litany: Proper 26 B

Here’s a litany combining Deuteronomy 6:1-9 with Psalm 119:1-8, two of the suggested alternate scripture readings for Proper 26 B (the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost).


Scripture Litany

(Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Psalm 119:1-8)


 Listen, O Israel!

The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.

And you must love the Lord your God

with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 


Happy are the people who walk with integrity,

who live according to the instructions of the LORD.


You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly

to these commands that I am giving you today.

Repeat them again and again to your children.

Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road,

when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 

Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 

Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.


Happy are the people who keep God’s decrees,

who search for Him with all their hearts—

who do not compromise with evil,

but faithfully follow His ways.


These are the commands, decrees, and regulations

that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you.

You must obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy, 

and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the Lord your God

as long as you live.

If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life. 


You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.

Oh, that our actions would consistently reflect your decrees!

Then we would never feel ashamed

to compare our lives with your commands.


We will give thanks to You by following your decrees,

by living as we should.

Please don’t give up on us!