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) PMB 160/WC 457/WS 366

If Today You Hear His Voice (Colgan) GP 235

If Today You Hear His Voice (Guimont) GC 960/RS 127

If Today You Hear His Voice (Haas) BB-MI 781/GC 89/GC2 51/RS 129

If Today You Hear His Voice (Harbor) LMGM 532

If Today You Hear His Voice (Hunstiger) SS 521

If Today You Hear His Voice (Isele) LMGM 533

If Today You Hear His Voice (Johnson) PMB 586

If Today You Hear His Voice (Kreutz) JS 72

If Today You Hear His Voice (Manibusan)SPS 81

If Today You Hear His Voice (Schiavone) JS 909

If Today You Hear His Voice (Smith) GP 233

If Today You Hear His Voice (Soper) BB-MI 782

If Today You Hear His Voice (Stewart) RS 128

If Today You Hear the Voice of God (Bolduc) WS 367

If Today You Hear the Voice of God (Chepponis) SS 574

If You Hear the Voice of God (MacAller) GP 234

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/FYC3 201
Ojalá Escuchen Hoy Su Voz (Montgomery) FYC 234/FYC3 202


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) GC 501/RS 644

Amazing Grace (2) BB-MI 431/CBW 480/ GC 612/GC2586 /G3 645 /GP 615/GP3 614/JS 713/JS3 680/LMGM 173/LMGM2 495/ OFUV 639/OIF 330/PMB 323/RS 737/SS 847/SPS 265/WC 217,707/WS 26, 586 /WOR 583/WOR4 650

Because the Lord Is My Shepherd (1,G) BB-MI 464/GP 627/GP3 641/JS 725/JS3 697

Broken Cisterns Walled in Stone (1,G) JS 385

*Change Our Hearts vs.3 (1,G) BB-MI 657/GC 394/GC2 414/G3 493/GP 349/GP3 264/JS3 535/ OFUV 310

Christ's Church Shall Glory in His Power (1,Ps) RS 777/WOR 616

*Church of God, v. 4 (1,G) BB-MI 414/CBW 581/GP 45,571/JS3 508/OIF 663/PMB 381/RS 783/SS 881/WOR4 733

Come and Let Us Drink of That New River (1,2,G) GC 807/RS 902/WOR 723

Come, Taste and See (1,G)   GP 526/JS 818

*Come to Me ‑‑ Dufner (G) PMB 451

Come to Me – Norbet (G)  BB-MI 358/GP3 644/J3 695/OFUV 730/OIF 791/WC 880/WS 717/WOR4 716

*Come to the House (Ps) GP 531

Come to the River (1,G) BB-MI 653/GP3 407/JS 538/J3 242

Come to the Water Foley (1,G) BB-MI 601/GC 502/GC2 502/G3 584 /GP 706/GP3 770 /JS 253,650/JS3 626/OFUV 613OIF /SS 746

Come to the Waters (1,G) CBW 359

*Deep Within, v 3 (E) GC 399/G3 486/GP 399/RS 546

Dust and Ashes  (1,G) GC 381/GC2 392/G3 468/RS 539 /SS 707 

Eternal Lord of Love (1,2,G)  CBW 360/GC 385/JS 390/RS 554

*Fill My Cup, Lord (G) BB-MI 396

*Flow River Flow, v 3 (G) BB-MI 645/GP 455/GP3 398/JS 541/JS3 515/OFUV 295

From Ashes to the Living Font  G3 474/OIF 427/ PMB 236/RS 561/SS 727/WC 558/WS 466/WOR4 463

Glory and Praise to Our God, v 4 (1,G) BB-MI 545/GC 522/GC2 537/G3 606/GP 671/GP3 723/JS 596/JS3 574OFUV 576/OIF 836 /RS 596/WC 936/WS 758/WOR4 597

*God Alone May Lead (1,G) GP 636/GP3 652/JS 736

Healing River (1,G) 686/GC 584/GC2 564/G3 643/JS3 /RS 715

Healing River of the Spirit  (1,G) BB 686/G3 665/GP3 422/J3 545

Healing Waters  SPS 294

I Am the Living Bread, v 3 (G) BB-MI 356/ CBW 605/GP3 495/JS 822/JS3 794

*I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (G) BB-MI 461/ GC 646/GC2 622/G3 724/GP 633/GP3 646/JS 726/JS3 692/LMGM 41,160/LMGM2 598/ OFUV 189/OIF 327,777/ PMB 452/RS 768/SS 865/WC 878/WS 712/WOR 607/WOR4 707

I Will Be Your God (1,G) JS 383/OIF 581

I Will Lift Up My Eyes (G)  GC 500/GP 709/JS 646

I've Just Come from the Fountain (G) GC2 802/LMGM 110/LMGM2 740/OIF 513

*Led by the Spirit (vs.3) BB-MI 122 /GP3 272/JS3 351/OFUV 423

Lift High the Cross (2) BB-MI 713/ CBW 435/ GC 791/GC2 785 /G3 881/GP 444/GP3 384/JS 522 /JS3 500/LMGM2 726/OIF 703/ PMB393/RS 884/SS 974/WC 792/WS 654/WOR 704/WOR4  885

*Mercy, O God v.4  (G) GC 417/G3 480/SS 712

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (1,G)   JS 732/JS3 699/OIF 785/RS 761/WC 886/WOR 606/WOR4 708

*My Soul in Stillness Waits, vss 5‑6 (Ps) GC 328/GC2 336/G3 415/RS 495/ SS 646/WOR4 404

*O Come and Sing (Ps) CBW 74/GP 154/GP3 710

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/RS 759/WOR 605/WOR4 705

*Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness, v 2 (1,G) CBW 582

Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior (2,G) BB-MI 589/ CBW 442/ GC 515/GC2 517/G3 596 /GP 662/GP3 691/JS 674/JS3 643/OFUV 651/RS 652/WOR4 690

*Priestly People v.12 (G)  OIF 669/PMB 383/WC 761/WS 637

Remember Your Mercy, Lord (E)  GC 885 /GC2 27/GP 476

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) BB-MI 610/GC 774/GC2 761/G3 873/GP3 773/JS 786/JS3 756/LMGM 103/LMGM2 716/OIF 737/ PMB 422/WC 845/WS 682/WOR4 866

*Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless (1) BB-MI 365/ GC 840/GC2 818/G3 910/GP 501 /GP3 475/JS 825/JS3 808/OIF 554/ PMB 296/SS 993/WC 665/WS 541/WOR 728/WOR4 941

*Sing Praise to God (Ps)  GC 539/G3 600 /JS 610/OIF 859/ PMB 498/RS 683/WOR 528

Song of the Body of Christ, vss 3‑4 (1,2,G) BB-MI 332/GC 847/GC2 807/G3 924/RS 924 /WC 668/WS 738

Table of Life   SPS 260

The King of Love My Shepherd Is (1,G) BB-MI 466/ GC 635/GC2 631/G3 712/GP 632 GP3 648/JS 733/JS3 690/LMGM2 601/ OFUV 724/OIF 749/ PMB 427

RS 766/SS 861/WC 854/WS 694/WOR 609/WOR4 712

The Living God My Shepherd Is (1,G) WOR 612/WOR4 709

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

There Is a River (1,G) GP 718/GP3 762/JS 656

There Is a Well (G) GP 452

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (2,G) BB-MI 475/CBW 443/ GC2 603/G3 644/GP 639/GP3 670/JS 748/JS3 712/LMGM2 511/OFUV 690/ OIF 585/PMB 322/RS 742/SS 855/WC 709/WOR 595, 596/WOR4 645/WS 584

Tree of Life (G)  CBW 373/ GC 397/GC2 401/G3 475/OIF 434/RS 541/SS 719/WC 578/WS 480

Wade in the Water (1,G) BB-MI 651/GC 812/GC2 793/G3 898/GP456 /GP3 396/JS 544 /JS3 519/LMGM 107/LMGM2 738/ OFUV 299

You Are the Voice (1,G)  CBW 576/ GC 549 /GC2 538/G3 609/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)