An unusual early December snowfall added to the holiday mood as members of the School community gathered for the annual Service of Lessons and Carols on Monday, December 11. Held at the Pennington Presbyterian Church to accommodate the students, faculty, and families who want to attend, the service combines scripture and other readings with music for Advent and Christmas.
The congregation was invited to sing several familiar carols, and the Middle School Singers, Upper School Chorus, and Pennington Singers provided other selections ranging from the ninth-century plainsong "Creator of the Stars of Night" to a gospel version of "Away in a Manger." The Orchestra and Jazz Band played the prelude and postlude, respectively. Jonathan Lai '19, William Thompson '21, and Mina Shokoufandeh '19 performed a piano trio based on "The First Noel" as offertory music.
Diamond Christian '19, Ziqi Lei '18, Kristen Weeder '18, and Gracen Ward '23 were among the readers, and School Chaplain Aaron Twitchell's sermon was entitled "Prophecy and the Hope of Christmas: A Story in Paradox."
As has been the custom in recent years, a free-will offering was taken to benefit HomeFront, the organization working to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in Central New Jersey.