This important service on the maritime calendar was once again celebrated in the heart of the Port of Durban at N Shed Passenger Terminal, Ocean Terminal on 24 July 2016. The reason for commemorating Sea Sunday is to pay tribute to those who work on ships, large or small, in ports and also those organisations who ensure safety at sea.
Extremely cold weather with a wind blowing off the sea, this day also heralded the start of heavy downpours causing much destruction in Durban and surrounding areas. Despite these inclement conditions a good crowd with warm hearts attended.
Fr .German Giraldo led the worship with a most insightful sermon with representatives of the various Missions – Boet Van Schalkwyk, Chris Viljoen, Paul Richardson, Thami Tembe, Jessie John, Marietjie Visser and Duncan Starke participating by way of prayers and scripture readings.
A highlight each year is the participation of the SA Army Band under the baton of Col. Mkhize who provided the ‘full-bodied’ sound of brass and wind instruments to accompany the well-loved hymns.
The vast passenger terminal resounded. A surprise was the beautiful singing of one of the musicians, Ms Princess Malinga and we were happy to host the youth group from the Christ the King in Wentworth. Their enthusiasm and young voices added to the enjoyment of the service.
Members of the Navy and MOTHS organisation also attended but the VIP’S were actually the group of seafarers, some from an arrested ship in port who attended. These seafarers often experience dangerous situations – far from home and loved ones. Our seafarer guests wore beanies and scarves and the extreme weather conditions experienced made one realise the situations they often have to contend with; tumultuous seas and being on deck in bad weather.
Seafarers, we salute you!