July 10, 2022
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Christians Unite to Pray for Seafarers

The Welcome: "They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed." Psalm 107:28-29

St Andrews Cathedral Sydney CBD celebrated a special Sea Sunday Service to pray for seafarers after a dramatic week which had highlighted the dangers faced by the men and women who bring the goods we need to our island shores.

Board, Chaplains and staff from Mission to Seafarers Sydney (MtS) contributed to the Sea Sunday Service on July 10 at St Andrew’s Cathedral at 10.30am. Newcastle and other Anglican churches around the state also held Sea Sunday services.

The St Andrews Service, led by Rev Canon Christopher Allan with Very Rev Sandy Grant as Preacher, was streamed via Youtube so those seafarers still not allowed to leave their ships because of covid concerns, could still join in the celebrations.

Rev Allan said Sea Sunday was an opportunity to pray for those who work on the ocean and those who served their basic needs, especially their spiritual needs. He said Mission to Seafarers work caring for seafarers, who were usually from poor nations, far away from their families for many months and facing stressful situations, was an excellent Christian witness.

This was the first Sea Sunday service in Sydney in eight years and was very timely coming at the end of the week which saw the port community work together to prevent the bulk carrier MV Portland Bay from crashing into the cliffs south of Sydney after her engine failed during the storms. The seafarers manning the tugboats have been hailed as heroes.

Mission to Seafarers’ Chaplains visited the vessel at Port Botany to offer counselling and practical support to the 23 crew. Especially appreciated was the Chaplains’ delivery of SIM cards so the crew could reassure and reconnect with their concerned families.

St Andrews’ Maritime themed service included Readings in Mandarin and Tagalog, languages spoken by many seafarers. Those who still wish to experience the St Andrews service can do so at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjE0Ra-XOM8

MORE INFORMATION - about MtS, Sydney – see our website www.missiontoseafarers.org.au Or about Sea Sunday in general – see: https://www.missiontoseafarers.org/sea-sunday - MtS global office.

Attachment: The Prayer – Rev Christopher Allan: