The First Scrutiny: Water. Immersion in the font of baptism brings much more than cleansing from sin. The water of baptism slakes our thirst for God and unites us to Christ, making us, like him, "living water."

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Exodus 17:3-7. By God's mercy, using Moses as the divine instrument, water gushes from a barren rock at Horeb. The miracle is two-edged, however, because the people doubt that God could provide water in the desert, so it goes down in memory as a kind of edgy blessing. (Tradition held that because Moses hesitated and doubted God at Horeb/Massah/Meribah, he was denied entrance to the Promised Land; he was only allowed to view it from a distance, from the top of Mount Nebo.)

Psalm of the Day: Ps (94) 95
Though this psalm praises God as savior and creator, it also retains the “downside” memory of Horeb. Used by the Church as the daily “invitatory” to begin the liturgy of the hours, Psalm 95 encourages us to use “today” to hear God's voice and not to doubt as the people did “at Meribah/as in the day of Massah in the desert.”

If Today You Hear God=s Voice (Farrell)   JS 73
If Today You Hear God's Voice (Honoré)  WC 421/SO 32/PMB 160/WS
If Today You Hear His Voice (Colgan)  GP 235/SP4 42
If Today You Hear His Voice (Cooney)  PCY4 43
If Today You Hear His Voice (Guimont)  RS 127/GC 960/LPMG 28
If Today You Hear His Voice (Haas)  GC 89/GC2 51/PCY1 70/RS 129
If Today You Hear His Voice (Harbor)  LMGM 532
If Today You Hear His Voice (Hunstiger)   SS
If Today You Hear His Voice (Isele)  LMGM 533
If Today You Hear His Voice (Johnson)   PMB 586/WS/PRM A18
If Today You Hear His Voice (Kreutz)  PSC 49/JS 72
If Today You Hear His Voice (Proulx/Gelineau)   LPGG 797
If Today You Hear His Voice (Schiavone)   JS 909/LP 40
If Today You Hear His Voice (Smith)  GP 233/MI‑BB
If Today You Hear His Voice (Soper)   MI-BB
If Today You Hear His Voice (Stewart)  RS 128/PCY5 23
If Today You Hear the Voice of God (Bolduc)   WS
If Today You Hear the Voice of God (Chepponis)   SS
If You Hear the Voice of God (MacAller)   GP 234
Listen! Listen! Open Your Hearts!   PSL A-36/SS
O That Today You Would Listen (Smith/Young)  CBW 50
Ojalá Escuchen Hoy la Voz del Señor (Grajeda)  GP 236
Ojalá Escuchen Hoy la Voz del Señor/If Today You Hear (Reza)  FYC 235
Ojalá Escuchen Hoy Su Voz (Montgomery)  FYC 234

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8. God provided water in the desert, but Christ laid down his life for us. “God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” There is no greater love.

John 4:5-42. The story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman is used by John to make several points. The Samaritan (who is also a woman) believes and gives witness to Jesus when even his followers don't understand who he is. He is “living water” which comes alive in believers as the source of eternal life. Jesus’ disciples do not need to go to a particular place to worship, because they worship “in Spirit and truth.” Finally, the Church is on mission in the world, sent to reap the harvest that has been planted without our involvement.

First Scrutiny
In communities where there are elect preparing for baptism, the first scrutiny is celebrated today. For appropriate musical settings, see RS 232/GC 98/JS 127/PMB 19/WC 218, 219, 220/WS.
Songs for the Liturgy
A Living Hope (G)  CBW 613
All You Who Are Thirsty (G)  RS 644/GC 501
Amazing Grace (2)  WOR 583/WC 662/CBW 480/GP 615/MI‑BB/LMGM 173/GC 612/GC2 586/JS 713/RS 737/PMB 323/WS/SS
Because the Lord Is My Shepherd (1,G)  JS 725/MI‑BB/GP 627
Broken Cisterns Walled in Stone (1,G)   JS 385
*Change Our Hearts, v 3 (1,G)  GP 349/GC 394/GC2 414/MI‑BB
Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power (1,Ps)  WOR 616/RS 777
*Church of God, v. 4 (1,G)  MI‑BB/GP 45/CBW 581/RS 783/GP 571/PMB 381
Come and Let Us Drink of That New River (1,2,G)  WOR 723/GC 807/RS 902
Come, Taste and See (1,G)   JS 818/GP 526
*Come to Me ‑‑ Dufner (G)   PMB 451/WC 856
*Come to the House (Ps)  GP 531
Come to the River (1,G)   JS 538/MI-BB
Come to the Water B Foley (1,G)  GP 706/GC 502/GC2 502/MI‑BB/JS 253, 650
Come to the Waters (1,G)  CBW 359
*Deep Within (E)   GC 399/GC2 419
Dust and Ashes (1,G)  GC 381/GC2 392/RS 539/SS
Eternal Lord of Love (1,2,G)  RS 554/JS 390
*Fill My Cup, Lord (G)  MI‑BB
*Flow River Flow, v 3 (G)  JS 541/MI‑BB/GP 455
*From Ashes to the Living Font (G)  WC 220, 522/RS 561/GC2 402/PMB 236/WS/SS
Gentle Shepherd/Jesús, Pastor Tan Dulce (1,G)  JS 737/CBW 598/GP 512
*Give Us Living Water (C)   PSL A-37/SS
Glory and Praise to Our God, v 4 (1,G)  GP 671/GC 522/GC2 537/MI‑BB/WC 898/JS 596/RS 696/WS
*God Alone May Lead (1,G)  JS 736/GP 636
Healing River (1,G)  GC 584/GC2 564/RS 715
I Am the Living Bread, v 3 (G)  CBW 605/JS 822/MI‑BB
*I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (G)  WOR 607/MI‑BB/LMGM 41,160/GC 646/GC2 622/WC 852/JS 7296/RS 768/GP 633/PMB 452/WS/SS
I Will Be Your God (1,G)    JS 383
I Will Lift Up My Eyes (G)  JS 646/MI‑BB/GC 500/GP 709
I've Just Come from the Fountain (G)  LMGM 110/GC2 802
*Led by the Spirit, v 3 (G)   BB
Lift High the Cross (2)  WOR 704/CBW 435/GP 444/WC 748/MI‑BB/GC 791/GC2 785/JS 522/RS 884/PMB 393/WS/SS
Mercy, O God, v 4 (G)   GC2 417/SS
*My Eyes Are Always on the Lord (E)   BFW 71/SS
*My Eyes Are Fixed on God (E)   IH 17
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (1,G)  WOR 606/WC 847/RS 761/JS 732
*My Soul in Stillness Waits, vss 5‑6 (Ps)  GC 328/GC2 336/RS 495/SS
*O Come and Sing (Ps)  GP 154/CBW 74/MI-BB
O for a Heart to Praise My God (Ps)  WOR 591
O God, for You I Long (1,G)   JS 688
O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts, v 3 (G)  CBW 654/WOR 605/RS 759/SS
*Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, v 2 (1,G)  CBW 582
Praise to You, O Christ, Our Savior (2,G)  JS 674/MI‑BB/GC 515/GC2 517/CBW 442/RS 652/GP 662
*Priestly People, v 12 (G)   PMB 383/WC 740/WS
Remember Your Mercies (E)   GC2 27
Ps 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd (1,G)
Ps 42: As the Deer Longs (1,G)
Shall We Gather at the River (1,G)  LMGM 103/GC 774/GC2 761/JS 786/WC 806/PMB 422/WS/MI-BB
*Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless (1)  WOR 728/WC 643/MI‑BB/GC 840/GC2 818/JS 825/GP 501/PMB 296/WS/SS
*Sing Praise to God (Ps)  WC 917/WOR 528/GC 539/RS 683/JS 610/PMB 498/SS
Song of the Body of Christ, vss 3‑4 (1,2,G)  RS 924/GC 847/GC2 807/MI‑BB/WC 631/WS
The King of Love My Shepherd Is (1,G)  WOR 609/MI‑BB/GC 635/GC2 631/WC 815/JS 733/RS 766/GP 632/PMB 427/WS/SS
The Living God My Shepherd Is (1,G)  WOR 612
The Lord Jesus Christ (G)  CBW 436
The Lord, the Lord, the Lord Is My Shepherd (1,G)  WOR 613
The Lord's My Shepherd (1,G)  CBW 488
The Thirsty Cry for Water, Lord (1,Ps,G)   HG 157/SS
There Is a River (1,G)   JS 656/GP 718
There Is a Well (G)  GP 452
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (2,G)  WOR 595, 596/MI‑BB/GC 626/GC2 603/CBW 443/WC 660/JS 748/RS 742/GP 639/PMB 322/WS/SS
*Tree of Life (G)  GC 397/GC2 401/CBW 373/RS 541/SS
Wade in the Water (1,G)  LMGM 107/GC 812/GC2 793/MI‑BB/GP 456/JS 544
You Are the Voice (1,G)  GC 549/GC2 538/CBW 576/RS 659


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation


Publisher & edition  #

As Panting Deer (SATB) White Selah 410-842 G
As Pants the Hart (SATB) Tye/Simkins Concordia 98-2297* G
As the Deer Longs for the Waterbrooks (SATB)
As the Hart Longs for the Running Waters (SATB)
Selah 410-851
E. C. Schirmer/MSM 1.2476
Asperges Casciolini, C. CPDL G

Cantate Domino (SATB)

Croce, Giovanni/ed. Klein, M.

G. Schirmer (11419)


Comfort Ye All My People

Fauré, Gabriel

Carl Fischer (CM 8017)


Come and Taste (SATB) Parker Lawson Gould 51342 G
Come to Me, All Pilgrims Thirsty Highben Augburg (G)
Come to the Water (SATB) Foley/Helvey Alliance Music Publications AMP 0812 G

Festival Psalm (SATB)

Hopson, Hal H.

Agape (Hope) (HH 3911)


For My Soul Thirsteth for God (SATB) Medelssohn Colla Voce 55-48134 G

God Is a Spirit

Bennett, John

Oxford New Anthems, p. 142


Greater Love Hath No Man

Ireland, John

Galaxy Music (1.5030.1)


Hour Cometh, The (SATBB)

Sateren, Leland

Summy Birchard (5182)


I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (2 pt)
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (SAB)
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Unison or SATB)
Selah 420-451
Concordia 982619WEB
Paraclete PPM00413

Lead Me, Lord (SATB)

Wesley, Samuel

G. Schirmer (4913)


Like As A Hart (SATB)
Like as the Hart (SATB)

Howells, Herbert

Oxford (42.066)


Lord Is A Mighty God, The (2-part, mixed)




O Come, Let Us Sing (SSATBB)

Kirk, Theron

Summy Birchard (5295)


O Come Let us Sing (SATB)

Carter, John

Broadman (4545-94)


O Come, Let Us Sing Unto the Lord (SATB)

Englert, Eugene

GIA (G-2342)


O Come, Let Us Sing Unto the Lord (SATB)

Gibbons, Orlando/Simkins, C.F.

Concordia (98-2233) *


O Come, Let Us Sing Unto the Lord (SATB)

Berger, Jean

Broude Bros. (BB 1027)


O Come, Let Us Worship (SATB)

Palestrina, G.P.

E.C. Schirmer (145)


O Jesus Joy of Loving Hearts (SATB) Powell GIA G-3405 G

Psalm 95 (SA)

Hunnicutt, Judy

Augsburg (11-0674) *


Psalm 95 (SATB)

Pote, Allen

Choristers Guild (CGA 189)


Ransom of a Soul, The DAW ECS (G)

Rejoice, Be Glad in the Lord (2-part)

Leaf, Robert

Augsburg (11-9285) *


Restless Is the Heart

Farrell, Bernadette

OCP (9283)


Restore My Soul (SATB) Powell St. James Press PS
Secret of Christ, The (SATB) Shepherd RSCM, GIA G4186 G

Sicut Cervus (SATB)

Palestrina, G. P.

GIA (G-2141) & CPDL


Surely It Is God Who Saves Me (2 part)

White, David Ashley

Augsburg (11-2357)


There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (Unison)
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (SATB)
GIA G5638
Selah 420-243

To God, Let Us Sing Our Praises (SATB)


Harold Flammer (A-6365)


Venite, Exultemus Domino (SSATB)

Sweelinck, J.P./ Colton, D.

Concordia (98-1938) *


Venite, Exultemus Domino (SSATB)

Sweelinck, J.P./ Kudlawiec, D.

Summy Birchard (5517)