156 Trouble the waters
(Tune: Blessed Assurance 99 99 and refrain)
Use with John 5, making sure you use versions which include the ancient, though not universally transmitted words about the angel who ‘troubled’ the waters, leading to healing. If it’s too long a sing, omit verse 2.
1) Trouble the waters when they are tame:
Send out the angels: hot-foot the lame!
Turn all the tables, wake up the Church:
Ears to the ground, and minds to research.
Soaring with stories, feet on the ground
Mystic, realistic, God’s flesh and bone:
Christ for all creatures, eager to heal;
Urgent, inclusive, with us, and real.
[2) Crisis, our homeland?, faith shines our way!
Christ is our wild one: loves come what may
Preaching of hope, though disaster may loom
Never denying danger of doom.]
3) Business as usual’s killing the earth.
Jesus transforms: gives alternative worth:
Life and compassion, creatures diverse
Joy love and hope healing apathy’s curse.
4) Trouble the waters, set the Earth free:
Damage is done to the air and the sea
Yesterday’s deadline silently passed:
Light in the dark days : this is our task!