Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sunday Worship podcast links and other news Feb 28

Feb 28th     Lent 2

Morning Worship podcast   Morning service sheet       Hymn words (both services)

Evensong podcast  Evensong service sheet

In Church
No services in church until March 14 (See below)

On Zoom this week  email for links

Zoffee - Sunday morning chat11:15 AM 

Wednesday Zoom Church 11 am. An informal service including Bible reading, prayer and a short talk.
Zoom Children's Choir - Wednesday 5pm Fun songs, led by Anne Le Bas and Rosemary Pattullo

Zoom Adult choir  Wednesday 7.15 pm contact for the link.

ZOOM LENT GROUPS email for the links
You are welcome to join either group, and to swap between them if you need to. You will also be able to catch up with recorded presentations of the same material from Tuesday morning. 

Monday March 1 Morning 11 am

Monday March 1  Evening  7.30 pm

Lent 2
Today’s readings call us to think about who we are, and whose we are. Abram and Sarai have their names changed to Abraham and Sarah by God, and Peter, who has just been given that nickname (Rock, in Greek) by Jesus doesn’t quite live up to his new identity…

This painting, by James Tissot, captures the moment when Peter argues with Jesus, telling him that God surely wouldn’t let him be crucified if he is God’s Messiah. “Get behind me, Satan!” is Jesus answer. “Satan” literally meant “the accuser” – like the prosecuting counsel in a trial – whose job it was to try to undermine and find fault. Peter’s belief that God wouldn’t let his Messiah suffer is going to cause problems for him, and for those who look to him for that “rock-like” lead, when they have to watch Jesus die on the cross. 

Today's stories, especially the Old Testament story, tell us about names and why they matter.

  • What are your names and how do you feel about them? Make a name sign by drawing your name in big letters, and decorating the letters with things about you – what you are like, what you like to do, your favourite things, your family. 
  • Here is the story of Abram and Sarai, and their name change, told by children, with a little help from some older folk!
Would you like us to pray for you?
Email your prayer requests to:
Your email will be read by Anne Le Bas and Kevin Bright, the Vicar and Reader of Seal Church who will hold you in their prayers. 

Resuming worship in church – March 14
With the Bishop’s permission, we suspended public worship in the church building in January, as Covid case numbers were so high. As they are now falling in this area, and many of the older and more vulnerable members of the congregation have now received their first dose of the vaccine, we will be resuming worship in church from March 14, with a 10am Holy Communion and 6.30pm said Evensong. I have decided to wait to restart the 4pm Story/Outdoor church until after Easter, as numbers were very low when we last met, and I would like to see what might be possible by then in the way of worship, as the situation is rapidly evolving. Although March 14 will be Mothering Sunday, it obviously won’t be possible to do our “normal” Mothering Sunday service, as numbers will still be very restricted, and we need to avoid multiple people handling things like posies, or getting too close to each other. The services that day, will therefore be low key, but I hope will provide time for people to give thanks for all who have "mothered" them, whoever that might be.
LENT COURSE – “What do you think?” Our Lent course, looking at questions Jesus asked people,  started well last week, but there is still time to join in. You are welcome to join the Monday Zoom sessions – links are above, or email me so I can put you on the list to receive them by email. Alternatively you can catch up by watching the slide presentations online. Last Monday’s session is on the website, or you can find it here. 
This week’s question is “Do you know what I have done to you?” (John 12) the question Jesus asked his disciples after he has washed their feet. 

Some community news from Marion - email to be added to her newsletter email list.

This coming Friday, sees the third of our fun quizzes, organised by Frances and Annie Fish. The first two have proved great fun, and we look forward to being joined by more of you, should you wish. Please contact Frances by emailing her -

Chris and Rosemary still have some beautiful Mothers' Day and Easter cards and gifts, and Frances is still making her Easter chicks bearing small Easter eggs. For Frances' chicks, please email me, and for the cards and gifts, please email

The AGM for both Know Your Neighbours and the Seal Village Fund, will be held by Zoom on the morning of Friday March 12th at 11.15am. We will be discussing the purchase of an item or items, with which to enhance our village, and commemorate the community's (inevitable) recovery from  this horrendous pandemic. Please join us by emailing me at this address, to receive your Zoom invitation. If you cannot 'attend', but have ideas, please send them to me by email, and I will make sure they reach the agenda.

The Parish Council Annual Assembly, will also be held by Zoom. This will take place on May 5th at 7.30pm. To join the throng, please email the Parish Clerk, Clare Boland to receive your Zoom invitation

2021, as we know, is a Census Year. For full information on how to report your details, please go to
This is apparently, very easy to use.

You still have time to sponsor Annie Fish for her memory walk, in aid of Alzheimer's Disease. Just go to
I cannot tell
We sang this hymn together last week at our Choir Zoom, and enjoyed it so much that I thought I should choose it for the Hymn of the Week this week.
It was written by Baptist preacher and author, William Young Fullerton (1857-1932). He was born in Belfast, into a Presbyterian family, but later became a Baptist mainly due to the influence of renowned Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who became a close friend. Fullerton was pastor of a Baptist church in Leicester but also travelled widely, especially in China, and wrote biographies of a number of prominent Evangelical theologians and preachers, including Spurgeon. He was known as a kindly man, which can perhaps be seen in his photograph.
"I cannot tell" has always been sung, it would seem, to the Londonderry Air, often better known as the tune for the early twentieth century song Danny Boy. The Londonderry Air was collected, not surprisingly in Londonderry, by the Northern Irish folk song collector Jane Ross. There’s some dispute about how much she altered what she heard but that is the nature of folk music! It has a very large range for a hymn, over an octave and a half, which makes it quite a challenge – some of the congregation can’t get the low notes each verse begins with, and a great many of them can’t get the high note it rises to near the end! (That shouldn’t stop us all trying, though, and I am sure that God can adjust the tuning as it ascends to the heavenly realms.)  It is one of those hymns you just have to throw yourself into…
Thy hymn takes us through the whole of the Christian story - Fullerton may have said that "I cannot tell", but he has a pretty good attempt at trying to! It takes us from Jesus birth in Bethlehem, through his ministry, death and resurrection, and looks forward to his second coming, when “myriad, myriad human voices” will sing. All of creation – earthly and heavenly – will join in. That’s a vision that might help us to cope with this time when we can’t sing together in person at all. (In the meantime, if you enjoy singing and want to join in with our Zoom choir – which sings five or six hymns each Wednesday evening – do email Philip for the zoom code and come and join us!)
The video below doesn't include all the verses, but I have put them here, so you can read them, as they are all great!
I cannot tell why he, whom angels worship,
Should set his love upon the sons of men,
Or why, as Shepherd, he should seek the wanderers,
To bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that he was born of Mary
When Bethl’em’s manger was his only home,
And that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
And so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.
I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
As with his peace he graced this place of tears,
Or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted
And stays our sin and calms our lurking fear
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden;
For still the Saviour, Saviour of the world is here.
I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
How he will claim his earthly heritage,
How satisfy the needs and aspirations
Of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
And he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
And some glad day his sun will shine in splendour
When he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.
I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
When at his bidding every storm is stilled,
Or who can say how great the jubilation
When every heart with love and joy is filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
And myriad myriad human voices sing,
And earth to heav’n, and heav’n to earth, will answer,
‘At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!’


Dear God, be good to me; the sea is so wide and my boat is so small.
The origins of this tiny prayer are obscure. Even the all-knowing Google came up with thin pickings about it. Whether it actually came from Brittany, or was ever uttered by a fisherman is unclear. Breton fisherman's prayer - plaque from the Oval OfficeA plaque with part of it on was given to US President J.F. Kennedy by Admiral Hyman Rickover, who apparently used to present it to new submarine captains. President Kennedy kept it on his desk in the Oval Office and referred to it in his dedication of the East Coast Memorial to the Missing at Sea on May 23 1963. 

However vague our knowledge about it, though, the sentiments are clear, and powerful. We don’t have to be in a literal small boat on a literal vast expanse of water to know what it feels like to be all at sea, out of our depth. Life can be overwhelming, trouble on trouble, with no end in sight. Even when the “overwhelm” seems good – lots of opportunities and choices – it can still feel like we might drown in it.
The prayer reminds us that it is ok to feel like this – our boats are small and the sea is big – but we are held in God’s hands, which are infinite. The oceans which swamp us are no bigger than a raindrop to him.
The prayer was evidently an influence on the 20th Century poet Robert Armstrong , who used it as the first line of his poem of the same name.

Robert Armstrong
Prayer of the Breton FishermanRembrandt. Storm on the Sea of Galilee
This boat of mine, oh Lord, is how so small;
This sail, oh master, scarce your winds can hold.
Weak are my arms to trim, to tack, to haul
Before grim waves that bludgeon, then to enfold.
These eyes of mine, oh Lord, cannot discern
Cliff, dune or harbour over high flung seas;
The angered skies deny my sure return
To cottage waiting by the sea-girt leas.
Your mercy, Lord, is kind and how so great,
To my inconsequence made manifest;
So for your servant may your winds abate;
Send home his boat to safe and certain rest.
As small my soul before the raging tide;
Your mercy, as your ocean, Lord, is wide.
I know we probably all need some dancing nuns right now,
so here they are.
And here is the story behind the song.

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