Responsive Reading: Psalm 18:20-22
Leader: The Lord rewarded me for doing right;
he restored me because of my innocence.
People: For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
All: I have followed all his regulations;
I have never abandoned his decrees.
Scriptures: Daniel 1: 8-10
8 But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. 9 Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. 10 But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.”