St Peter's Episcopal Church Lessons & Carols 2003


St Peter's Episcopal Church

Perth Amboy, New Jersey

The Rev. J. Rodney Croes, Rector

The Rev. Paul M. Tanis II, Associate

The Rev. Kathleen DeJohn, Deacon


A Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 10:30 a.m.


St. Peter's Choir

R. Douglas Sheldon, Music Director & Conductor

Cleveland Kersh, Organist

Laura Baldasano, Conductor



St: Peter's Choir: Cherrill Garoniak, Andrea Japinga, Emily Kwan,

Ellen Nemeth, Adeline Parker, Dee Parker, Thelma Rey, Viola Rey,

Alexandra Sheldon-Anan, Janet Sojka, Melissa Stass,


Friends of St. Peter's Choir: Naomi Blumenthal, Debbie Keith,

Denise Pineau


St. Peter's Choir: Michelle Cusson, Mitzi Ferlita, Erika Hennings, Eileen Sheldon


Friends of St. Peter's Choir: Laura Baldasano, Limarie Cabrera,

Vivian Chiu, Mary Hurley, Kristin Rothfuss,

Betty Satterwhite


St. Peter's Choir: Austin Gumbs, Jonathan Gonazalez,

Alan Hunt, Roy MacMath, Cedric Richardson


Friend of St. Peter's Choir: Graham Parker


St. Peter's Choir: Butch Bryson, Samuel Hazell,

Robin Lee, David Rey


Friend of St. Peter's Choir: Robert Berretta, Ross DeBardelaben, Bob Kay,

Laurence Sutter, Nathan Scalzone,


Organ Prelude: Pastorale J. S. Bach

Opening Hymn O come, O come Emmanuel arr. Andrew Carter

Choir & Congregation (Congregation sings Verse 5)

O come, O come, thou Lord of Might, Who to thy tribes on Sinai's height

In ancient times did give the law in cloud and majesty and awe:

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Opening Sentences

Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and blessed be His kingdom now and forever. Amen.

Bidding Prayer Fr. Croes


Lessons and Carols


First Lesson Genesis III

God declareth in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent's head.

Diane Biniewicz

Ring out, Wild Bells C.G. Gounod/arr. Root

Second Lesson Genesis XXII

God promiseth to Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

Mary Jane Seeman

Gesu Bambino Pietro Yon

Robin Lee, baritone & Jonathan Gonzalez, tenor

Third Lesson Isaiah IX

Christ's birth and kingdom are foretold by the prophet Isaiah.

Paula O' Neil

This Christmastide (Jessye's Carol) Donald Fraser

Fourth Lesson Isaiah XI

The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

Richard Japinga

O Holy, Night A. Adam/arr. D. Pippin

Kristin Rothfuss, mezzo soprano & Jonathan Gonzalez, tenor

Fifth Lesson Luke I

The Angel Gabriel visiteth the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Eileen Sheldon

Ave Maria Franz Biebl

Antiphonal Trio: Denise Pineau, soprano; Kristin Rothfuss, mezzo-soprano;

Jonathan Gonzalez, tenor

Sixth Lesson Matthew I

St. Matthew telleth of Christ's nativity.

Ronald Sprague

Candelight Carol forWomen's Chorus John Rutter

Seventh Lesson Luke II

The Shepherds go unto the manger.

Ellen Torres

Go where I send thee for Men's Chorus arr. Maurice Gardiner

Eighth Lesson Matthew II

The Wise Men are led by a star to Jesus.

Cherrill Garoniak

African Noel (1994) arr. André J. Thomas

Ninth Lesson John I

St. John unfoldeth the mystery of the Incarnation.

The Reverend Paul M. Tanis, II

Praise His Holy Name Keith Hampton


Announcements Fr. Croes

Offertory Hymn 83, O come, all ye faithful (verses 1, 3 & 6) Congregation

Doxology Congregation

Final Blessing Fr. Croes

Recessional Hymn 87, Hark! the herald angels sing Congregation

Postlude: In dulci jubilo J. S. Bach


The flowers on the altar are in memory of

Ernest Varga given by Doris, Scott, Brenda & Ryan Varga

Audrey Nowak given by her family


Memorial Service for

Ernest Varga given by Doris, Scott, Brenda & Ryan Varga

Audrey Nowak given by her family

Judith Arron, John L. Baldwin given by R. Douglas & Eileen Sheldon,

Patrick & Alexandra Anan, Bob Kay, Mary Jo Connealy

Ray D. Sheldon given by R. Douglas, Eileen, R. Douglas Jr., Kirsten and Alexandra and their families


The Congregation is invited to attend a reception in the Parish House following the service.

Posted: Mar-25-2013
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