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A Service of Lessons and Carols

Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Savannah Sacred Harp Singers led a Service of Lessons and Carols at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church on December 13, 2014. Songs were chosen from The Sacred Harp, American Christmas Harp, the Cooper Book, Georgian Harmony, and Christian Harmony. Readings came from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Gene Pinion called the class to order and welcomed guests at 2:00 p.m.

Leaders and Readers: Tom Ivey “Angel’s Hymn” (ACH); Sharon Strong 223; Buck Lea “Boston” (ACH); John Gentry 144; Frank DeBolt “Lenox” (ACH); The Reverend Dr. Jeff Garrison Psalm 96; John Gentry 244 (CB); Diane Tracy Genesis 3:8-15 and 17-19; Ellen Lea 479; Lori Harris Genesis 22:15-18; Agnes Roberts 155; John Vergoz Isaiah 9:2 and 6-7; Tom Ivey “Rejoice” (ACH); Mary Cassady Isaiah 11:1-4a and 6-9; Gene Pinion 63; Grace Walter Luke 1:26-35 and 38 (t? b?); Sharon Strong 81b; Gail Vergoz Luke 2:1-7; Buck Lea 152; Sue Jones Luke 2:8-16; Frank DeBolt 146; Marcia Dodd Matthew 2:1-11; Donna Smith 276; Jeff Garrison John 1:1-14; Agnes Roberts 186.

Jeff Garrison led the Prayers of the People, giving thanks for the world-wide Sacred Harp community and remembering our nation’s elected officials, members of our Armed Forces, especially our own Thomas Smith, those sick and shut-in, including Lucile Gunnels, and those in grief, particularly friends and family of the late Raymond Hamrick. The Lord’s Prayer was recited. Gene Pinion led 137 (CH). Jeff Garrison delivered a Charge and Blessing.


Tom Ivey recalled the class by leading “Shiloh” (ACH). Leaders: John Gentry 1 (GH); Sharon Strong 90 (GH); Gene Pinion 121t (CB); Tom Ivey 306; Agnes Roberts 229 (CB); Joyce Heath 300; Ellen Foster 30t; Dana Savidge 463 (CB); Judy Gauthier 159; Annita Parmalee 154. John Gentry led 347 (in memory of Raymond Hamrick) as we took the parting hand. He then dismissed the class with prayer.

Secretary—Gene Pinion