Join us this Sunday at 10 am for
Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary
Bach Cantata Series continues with John Harbison conducting  
BWV 114 - "Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost"

SUNDAY PARKING - the Back Bay Garage on Clarendon Street – address: 500 Boylston St., Boston 02116. Tickets are available during coffee hour. Your ticket is good for a 3 hour period on Sunday beginning at 8:00am. The price for 3 hours is $5. Beyond that the regular rate applies. 
Stewardship 2018
Living within a vision of God’s justice

The Rev. Winnie Varghese
“The kingdom of God will be taken away from you. - Matthew 21:43

When I hear these words about tenant farmers, stewards, scheming to get more than their fair, legal share, I can’t help but think of sharecroppers, serfs, peasants, landless laborers, migrants on every continent through the ages, wondering what it might take to create some security and stability in their lives. Surely the first people who heard this story were more likely to be like the tenants than a landowner. 
Where is the kingdom of God in that? And what is this kingdom of God that we have already that can be taken from us?
In this reading from Matthew, and in all of the readings, it is clear that there is a law and also a parallel or critique, a law from the tradition, that is the way of the kingdom of God, the world as God intends it.
What does the Bible tell us are the attributes of a society living within a vision of God’s justice? 
In your context, does the law support you if you wish to live within that vision?
The virtues of the reign of God’s justice, the world as God intends it to be, are clear in the Hebrew Scripture: The love and awe of God are illustrated by a just society. A just society has God at the center. A just society is marked by law that enshrine fairness toward one another; compassion and generosity to those who cannot fend for themselves; and right stewardship of the earth.
These are clearly difficult values to apply in real living. In 2017, as in the time of the Hebrew prophets, we can feel like wackos at the gates of the palace as we try to proclaim these values. 
As Christians, living as though the law of God is the law of our hearts is the work of our lives. We listen and bring the breadth of our experience to these texts, and we are convicted by them. 

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Director of Community Outreach for Trinity Church, Wall Street. She has been a priest for 17 years in parishes and as a college chaplain. Before joining Trinity, Winnie served as rector of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery, a vibrant and diverse church in Manhattan that tripled in size under her leadership.

Emmanuel Center hosts: The Lindsey Legacy: A Celebration in Music - October 19, 7 pm, Lindsey Chapel
Newcomer's Brunch soon!
Join us on Sunday, October 29th!  If you been coming to Emmanuel Church since last fall, we would love to invite you to a Brunch following the 10 a.m. Eucharist in the Music Room on the second floor of the parish house (above the Parish Hall). Whether you first came last fall or just this past Sunday, let’s share a simple meal and get to know each other better. Perhaps you may have questions? There’s nothing to bring. Please let me know by Wednesday, October 25th. I’m Deacon Bob and so you can let me know at church or if more convenient you can call my cell phone (617-429-1545) or email me ( We’re looking forward to seeing you!

A Word from the Episcopal Bishops of Massachusetts regarding DACA
The bishops of the Episcopal dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts issued this statement on Tuesday regarding the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Take action today to support the Dream Act and protect immigrant youth.
Watch Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: "Walk and Don't Give Up"
Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers and financial contributions for all who are dealing with the impact of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma . Please visit the organization's website for more information about relief and recovery efforts and donate at .  
Rector's Bible Study resumes in November
Tuesday morning Bible Study meets from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Emmanuel Room during in odd-numbered months. Come whenever you are able to join us for this lively conversation with the Rector.
Morning Prayer in the Lindsey Chapel
At 8:00am on Tuesdays during even numbered months, gather with us in the Lindsey Chapel for Morning Prayer Rite II. Services will begin in October and will continue throughout the year on even numbered months. Join us in deepening our connection to God and one another through common prayer.
Get involved!
Ecclesia Ministries
Thank you for your response to the call for BostonWarm sandwiches!  Hanna Bartlett has let us know that she is all set with volunteers for this sandwich –making service that she organizes to benefit BostonWarm, a day center for people without shelter on Mondays and Fridays at Emmanuel. This community is very appreciative! 
Support Ecclesia Ministries and common cathedral’s programs : Click on the link below that will take you to a new way to support the programs. Please consider checking out our wish list by clicking the green button below. Click on an item and help out! 
Thank you!
Amanda Grant-Rose
Universal Worship
All are invited to a Universal Worship Service in the Lindsey Chapel on Saturday, October 21st at 3:00 PM. Universal Worship celebrates the one human family of which we are all a part.  Readings, chants, and prayers from the world’s major religions are offered for learning about and developing tolerance for our brothers and sisters of different faiths, and perhaps to discover one Wisdom behind them all. The service will be conducted by Pauline Medice and Hermione Garland, Cherags of the Sufi Order International of Boston. Information about the service and local Meditation classes can be found at .

Emmanuel Music News
Central Reform Temple
  Central Reform Temple has a monthly e-newsletter, Kol Nefesh (Every Voice). To keep abreast of their upcoming events you can read it by clicking the button below to visit their website . If you are interested in receiving CRT's monthly bulletin, Kol Nefesh, please send an email request to: 
Becoming Beloved Community: the
Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment
Becoming Beloved Community : the Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. Churchwide discussion and webinars have begun. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies are inviting Episcopalians to study and commit to using Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. Leaders say Becoming Beloved Community is designed as a strategic path through distinct phases that lead to personal and structural change.

  • Telling the Truth about the Church and Race, via a census to determine church demographics and a Racial Justice Audit to study the impact of racism on the Church’s leadership, organizations and bodies
  • Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community, via a series of regional public listening and learning engagements, starting with a partnership at Washington National Cathedral
  • Practicing the Way of Love, via a churchwide Beloved Community story-sharing campaign, multilingual and multigenerational formation and training, pilgrimages and liturgical resources
  • Repairing the Breach in Institutions and Society, via advocacy for criminal justice reform, re-entry collaboratives shaped by people moving from prison back to community, and partnership with Saint Augustine’s University and Voorhees College (the historically black university and college associated with the Episcopal Church)

For more information go to  
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Name Tags for All - Because it's always nice to be able to attach a name to a face, we encourage you to wear a name tag. You may find them along the wall in the Parish Hall, alphabetized by FIRST name. We encourage you to put your pronouns (he/him, she/her, etc.) on your name tag. By doing this, we help make Emmanuel Church a more welcoming place for transgender worshippers. If you don't see a name tag along the wall in the Parish Hall, and would like to have one, please find Penny Lane at church or email her at with your name and pronouns.

Small Wonders ! This is our program for young children and meets the 1st Sunday of each month during the sermon and prayers of the 10:00 service. We are using the Godly Play curriculum, based on Montessori principles. Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, gain religious language and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. A simple seasonal/ lectionary appropriate story will be told. Curiosity and imagination will be encouraged as the children experience the mystery, joy, and love of God! The program is led by Jaime Bonney and Linnea Massie. Please escort children to the back of the chapel during the end of the Gospel hymn. From there they will follow Jaime and Linnea into the Sanctuary for Small Wonders.

Emmanuel Church Photography and Social Media   Communicating through social media helps our efforts to build community and expand our reach to people who are new to Emmanuel, as well as to Emmanuelites around the world. Volunteers help spread the Word by taking photos before, during and after services, posting and sharing online. We value the sanctity of our worship and aim to strike a balance between sharing life at Emmanuel and creating a sacred space for all, filled with wonder, love, thanksgiving and praise. No one will be tagged or identified by name in a photo without their permission and other privacy wishes will be respected on request. If you are interested in helping in these efforts or have concerns please see a vestry member after the service.

Care Commission If you can write notes or make visits, we would love to have your help. Do you know someone who is in the hospital, or confined at home? Know someone who needs a ride to or from a medical appointment, or would just appreciate a visit? The Care Commission wants to help. Contact Pauline Ratta (617-469-2232) or Walter Jonas (617-696-8020) and we will see that a pastoral response is provided.
Reminder of Sanctuary
In a typical week, Emmanuel Church provides sanctuary and hospitality for as many as 1500 people who are living on the various margins of our society because of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, addiction, immigration status, religion, and so on. Coming together to help lift heavy hearts and carry heavy burdens is what we do, and many hands make light work. Every single one of us has some capacity to join in this vital mission, thanks to Love. – plw

Emmanuel Church supports the mission of religious, social service, and artistic organizations by providing space and some staff support for meetings, concerts, events and functions. As our mission states, Emmanuel Church strives for justice and peace. Your financial contributions help us continue to support these organizations vital to the health and spiritual wellness of the City of Boston. We are proud to support the mission of: 

  • AA and Al-Anon Meetings
  • Artists-in-Residence: Sara Peattie, Puppeteer & Ted Southwick, Woodcarver
  • Back Alley Puppet Theater & Free Lending Library
  • Back Bay Chorale: weekly rehearsals
  • Boston Gay Men’s Chorus: weekly rehearsals
  • Boston Early Music Festival
  • BostonWarm (see Ecclesia Ministries below)
  • Calliope: weekly rehearsals
  • Central Reform Temple
  • Ecclesia Ministries: BostonWarm day center for people without shelter; and the common art studio program for unhoused and marginally housed people
  • Eliot Center: Safe Haven, a shelter for women
  • Emmanuel Music, Inc.
  • Ethos: weekly GLBT Senior luncheon
  • Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
  • Onnuri I:um Chapel Korean Presbyterian Campus Ministry
  • Universal Worship in Boston: A Celebration of One Human Family
Musings from the our new intern!
  The Episcopal Church welcomes you! Come and see...
watch the video below and learn more.   

Contact: The Rev. Amanda March,
Parish Operations Manager
Learn more by clicking the links below.

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