Worship Resource: Deep Waters

The following worship resource was inspired by an 8/1/11 post by Suzanne Guthrie on her blog the Edge of the Enclosure. This is a fantastic weekly blog based on the Gospel Reading from the Revised Common Lectionary.**

In her post, Suzanne drew together two scriptures, Psalm 69: 1-2 and Matthew 14:22-33 (Peter attempting to walk on water), which both use the metaphor of drowning to portray being overwhelmed by circumstance. She then placed these cries of being “in too deep” or “in over our head” next to the promises of God found Isaiah 43:1-2a– Do not be afraid. God is near. God will protect you and rescue you.

If you are finding yourself today in deep waters, don’t panic. Breathe…trust… relax into your rescue… your Savior is near. – Lisa <><

For a PDF of this worship resource, click here Canticle: Deep Waters

Canticle: Deep Waters
Traditional: Stand by Me (United Methodist Hymnal #512, verse 1)
Contemporary: Come to my Rescue (CCLI #4705190, verse 1 and chorus)

ALL SPEAKING (Psalm 69:1-2, NIV)
Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.

ONE VOICE (Isaiah 43:1-2a, NIV adapted)
But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you,
he who formed you,
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.

Traditional: Stand by Me (United Methodist Hymnal #512, verse 2)
Contemporary: Come to my Rescue (CCLI #4705190, verse 1 and chorus)

NARRATOR (Matthew 14:22-33, NIV)
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.

TWO OR THREE VOICES (including Peter)
Speaking the line over one another and crying out in fear
It’s a ghost

But Jesus immediately said to them,

Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.

Peter replied,

Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.


Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink

Lord, save me!

Stand by Me (United Methodist Hymnal #512, verse 3)
Contemporary: no singing, continue reading

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

You of little faith, why did you doubt?

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him.

ALL SPEAKING (including the congregation)
Truly you are the Son of God.

Traditional: My Hope is Built (United Methodist Hymnal #368)
Contemporary: Come to my Rescue (CCLI #4705190, verse 2, chorus, bridge, chorus)

The song Oceans (Where Feet May Fall) is also wonderful companion to the Matthew passage. CCLI Song #6428767 by Joel Houston, Matt Crocker and Salomon Ligthelm. © 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Compilation © 2011 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

PS- For more information on the scripture translation, art and the use of this resource in other settings, please refer to the copyright information page.

**Get your Geek on- The Revised Common Lectionary is a three year cycle of weekly Bible readings. Each weekly reading contains four Scripture readings: one from the Old Testament, one from the Book of Psalms, one from the Gospels (the first four books of the New Testament), and one from the Epistles (basically the rest of the New Testament).

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