I'm finalizing my bulletin for Sunday, and my text for preaching is Exodus 20, the ten commandments. In good (but often lost) Reformed fashion I want to have the congregation recite/read responsively the law instead of having me just drone them on and on. It'll be a little break from the story-telling I've been doing, but it might be time for that.
I'm struggling with the text. Surprise, surprise. I don't think most of us, myself included, actually read these from the actual Bible very often. There's some tough stuff in the actual Bible - some stuff about a jealous God, a punishing God, a God who will not acquit. I didn't intend to make this the subject of my sermon, but I don't want to ignore it. I don't want to cut it out and not be faithful to the text, but I also don't want it to be a stumbling block when we're reading and worshiping this Sunday.
The Presby Book of Common Worship has "The Law of God" listed in its Preparation for Worship section, but it's not the whole thing. In the citation column it says Ex. 20:1-17, but it really sticks just to the commandments and not the "editorial" pieces where there are tough pieces.
Not sure what I'm going to do about this, but I'm wondering how to be faithful to the text, and responsible in leading worship, and a teaching pastor, and a preacher with integrity all at the same time. Hmmm.....