Sea Sunday

In a recent conversation with a group of relatively-newly-ordained clergy I happened to be talking about the Three Year/Revised Common Lectionary and how the readings, especially in Ordinary Time, run independently. One priest in particular found this very freeing. This person had been sweating week by week to try and find a theme or something that tied the readings and the psalm together.

I spoke of pebbles being thrown in a pond, intersecting ripples going out to meet the varying needs of those gathered.

By all means this coming Sunday sing, and pray, and preach, and colour in, and take a collection for “Sea Sunday” – but please do not abandon our commitment to the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Bonus: there’s even some diving off points from our agreed readings:

Psalm 65… By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas…
You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly,…

Matthew 13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach…

For those who want to press the rules about this: we in NZ have agreed to the Three Year/Revised Common Lectionary readings. FAS (For all the Saints) is not a formulary of our church – and we have just had our General Synod Te Hinota Whanui re-stress that only the formularies of our church are authorised. If you are abiding by our rules, agreements, vows, and signing then we use the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time at services where the appointed readings are required.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us wheresoever we go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

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