Today people around the world will be celebrating Sea Sunday. In this, our tenth birthday month, we are celebrating Sea Sunday for the fifth time. As Epiphany is an island, surrounded by sea (though I accept it’s virtual sea), and has a mermaid for a churchwarden, it seems appropriate that we should dedicate one Sunday a year to thinking about those who spend their time at sea.
There are many organisations which support seafarers and in previous years I have drawn on their resources to create our worship and sermon. This year Dr Hugh Osgood, Moderator of the Free Churches in England, has supplied a sermon outline on the Sailors’ Society website. Also, the Apostles of the Sea have published a message from the Vatican by Cardinal Peter Turkson. I’m indebted to these two for what follows. Continue reading