This year, we're celebrating a *new* season in the church year. (I know, I know--it feels weird to be both turning to ancient habits of following church year seasons AND revising them...) The movement to add a new season into the mix started in Australia. We're calling it the Season of Creation.
For us, it will fit into this month--here at the end of the church year, before we start things anew with Advent, in December.
All this month, we'll celebrate the presence of God in creation. This world is an amazing, wondrous home.
This week, we celebrate Ocean Sunday.
In Psalm 104, we read an ancient song of praise for creation. This world is an amazing place, and gives us ways to know God.
In the Gospel lesson, we hear of how Jesus calls those first disciples while they're out fishing on the sea. He invites them to cast their nets into the deep, and they find more fish than they could have imagined catching.
I'm caught on this image, of casting out "into the deep." Maybe it's because I know more scuba divers than I ever have... Maybe it's because things get rich when you dare to "dive" deeper into the realities of the world and the presence of God.
In any case, I hope you'll come dive deep with us on Sunday.