Jesus was preaching, he stood in a boat
It was quite like a pulpit but this one could float.
It was borrowed from Simon who’d fished through the night
And was feeling depressed as he’d not got one bite.
He was cleaning his nets with two of his men
When Jesus said “go out again”
Simon said, “You’re a carpenter, that’s very good
And I’m sure you’re an expert at sawing up wood
And I couldn’t make you a neat dovetail joint
Or fit sturdy hinges, but that’s not the point.
We’re fishermen, Jesus, that’s what we do –
And frankly, we don’t need instructions from you
Look at these guys, they’re experienced men
And Jesus said, “Go out again”
They looked at each other, they looked at the skies
And then they looked straight into Jesus’ eyes
Then they pushed out their boat from the edge of the lake
And let down their nets – though it seemed a mistake.
John said, “We’ll catch water – that will be nice,
We can fry it or grill it and eat it with rice!”
James said “water won’t grill, mate, it’s always too wet”
Then Simon said “Hang on, I can’t move the net!
The catch was enormous, the boat almost sank
They only just got it back safe to the bank
And that was with help from a few other men
After Jesus said “Go out again”
Simon fell to his knees and said, “Lord, I’m a sinner
Please leave us alone – take some fish for your dinner!”
But Jesus said Simon, you’ve seen nothing yet
You’re still going fishing, but not with a net
I need disciples, go fishing for men
Get up, Simon, go out again.
So Simon went out, and the others went too
And made lots of disciples, like me and like you
And the work is continuing, year after year
Which is why, I suppose, we are all sitting here.
And Jesus still sends us on his great commission
You can still hear his voice if you try hard to listen
Above all the noise of two thousand and ten
You’ll hear Jesus say “Go out”
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