Introduction
We are beginning this series in a time where we can feel in the air and in our bones that we are in a new season. The traditional people of this land, the people of the Kulin (koolin) nations, call this season in September-October ‘Poorneet tadpole season.’ Temperatures are rising but the rain continues. Pied currawongs call loudly and often, flax lilies are in flower, the tubers of the yam daisy are ready for eating. Days and nights are of equal length. The Lyrebird in the Dandenongs has finished its dancing, the baby koalas are growing in secret.
Information about seasons from http://museumvictoria.com.au/forest/climate/kulin.html
Play Itunes track – ‘into the Australian Bush: Australian Magpies’ 
I read this poem by Christine Sine this week.
Every season has its beauty,
Fresh from the hand of God.
Look for it.
Listen to it.
Savour its goodness.
Every season has its beauty.
Remember what is past,
With joy and not regret.
Anticipate what is to come,
With hope and not with dread.
Every season has its beauty.
Embrace the new gifts of God,
And live into their blessings,
Full measure, pressed down,
Running out all over.
Christine Sine http://godspace-msa.com
Seeds Reflection
Hand around bowls of pumpkin seeds.
At the entrance into a new season, it is good to remember the gifts God has given us in this past season. The relationships, the learning, the dreams, the changes, the provision. Take a seed representing the gifts of the last season and as you hold it thank God for these.
 Play Itunes track ‘Il Postino:Theme’
Deuteronomy 1:29-33 says:
I tried to relieve your fears: “Don’t be terrified of them. God, your God, is leading the way; he’s fighting for you. You saw with your own eyes what he did for you in Egypt; you saw what he did in the wilderness, how God, your God, carried you as a father carries his child, carried you the whole way until you arrived here.
 
By Emma Morgan