Today would have been our patronal service, celebrated with a sung mass by the Pegasus Choir. Under the circumstances this has not been possible but we have been asked by Bishop Martin to provide an online service which will be available to the whole diocese. It has enabled us to harness the different gifts and talents of as many people as possible and I’m especially grateful to Jonathan Murphy who has helped with much of the filming and editing. It reminds how we are all called to use our gifts in different ways to the glory of God.
Here is another story recorded for the school. The healing of Naaman was one of my favourites and somewhere I think I still have a picture I did of him emerging from the Jordan cleansed of his leprosy – Hallelujah
It is now permitted for organists to practice in church although they are still not permitted to play for a service. As you can see David has used lockdown to hone his skills and this is light-hearted medley recorded while we prepared the Parish Eucharist for the Diocese.
You will notice that today our service comes from Icklesham as next Sunday the service will come from St Thomas the Martyr in Winchelsea as a celebration of our patronal festival. It will be a longer service than usual as we have been asked to make it available as the Parish Eucharist for the whole diocese. Bishop Martin has asked different parishes around the diocese to prepare a Sunday service that can be accessed from the Diocesan website and Facebook page and we are privileged to have been asked to prepare a service, which will coincide with our patronal celebrations. Jonathan Murphy has helped coordinate much of the filming and we will have contributions from a number of people. The Pegasus Choir, which would have been with us has kindly agreed for us to use part of their virtual recording of the Bach Mass. It will be available on this page as well.