Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister
I bet you've been this Moses .   Really. You didn't ask to be in charge. But everyone treated you as if you were.

Reluctantly, you agreed to drive the car, but someone else was in charge of the directions. When no one else volunteered, you bought the group tickets for the concert your group clamored to attend. But that doesn't mean you're the concert impresario, in charge of the act.

Still, you get blamed when your group gets lost, or the event doesn't meet expectations.

Totally unfair. Your patience flares. All you hear is: grumble, grumble, whine, whine, whine. You didn't ask for this.

For Moses out in the desert with a cranky people, all he heard were the protests and growls. The complaints and threat, fists in the air shaken at him.

It took Another Spirit to hear underneath to the real words:

Where can I find water for my child?  My aging father is perishing in this heat. The people were like those in the Florida nursing home two weeks ago, when it lost electricity and the air-conditioning failed. They needed help, but the overwhelmed staff couldn't perceive it in time.   

In the Moses story, water gushed out of a rock in the desert. A fanciful fable, or a possibility for you, too? For all who cry out now? What could make that water flow?

In hope and anticipation -

Spotlight On...
Spotlight On... Prayer 

In our hectic world it can be difficult to find time to  quiet down, re-center, and be with God (and ourselves) in silence. As part of our focus on prayer King's Chapel will be offering two 7 week prayer and meditation groups during the week for those interested. This is a time to experiment, deepen understanding, and try on a new spiritual  practice-- come and see how prayer and meditation can quiet the mind, center the soul, and reduce stress levels and anxiety. 

On Tuesdays at noon Joy will offer a meditation and prayer group designed for those able to commit to coming regularly. It will run for 7 weeks,  October 3rd- November 14th , meeting at 64 Beacon Street in Joy's office. Please email  to sign up ; feel free to email Joy with any questions 

On Thursdays at noon Amelia will be holding a drop in group around the practice of  Centering Prayer, a guided meditation developed from spiritual practices of  early Christianity. This group is geared to those who cannot commit to coming regularly, and those who would prefer a more structured  and guided meditation practice. This group will meet at the Little Chapel on 64 Beacon Street. RSVPs are not required but feel free to email with any questions. 

Continuing our focus on prayer, one Sunday a month we will spend time with timeless spiritual writers from the East and West. On October 8, we will read St. Francis. On November 12, we will read Rumi. Readings will be available in advance or at the class. Contact the Parish Administrator Gretchen for further details at

Upcoming Events...

Tuesday, October 3 | 5:30-7 PM | Conversations with Carl Scovel | Parish House | RSVP Required

Beacon Hill Village is sponsoring an evening with Carl Scovel, the Minister Emeritus at King's Chapel, where he will discuss A Prayer Book Companion, his recently completed book on the King's Chapel Prayer Book, an edited version of the Anglican Prayer Book first used by King's Chapel when it was founded in 1686. The book is a fascinating exploration of how the prayer book came to be and how and why it's been changed over the years. Carl will also offer reflections on other issues. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Meet at King's Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, at 5:30 p.m. for light hors d'oeuvres and wine; program begins at 6 p.m. The event is free to members of King's Chapel, but participants MUST register in advance as seats are limited. Register through the Beacon Hill Village website calendar by clicking on this event:

Tuesday, October 10 | 6-8 PM | Committees Gather for "Many Meetings" | Newcomers Welcome | Dinner included

On Tuesday, October 10th many  of the church's committees will meet simultaneously. These committees so far include Community Action, Membership, Adult Religious Education, Buildings and Grounds, and more. This is an excellent time to try out a committee if interested in joining one, for  our  committees to coordinate & work together, and to mingle with the members of King's Chapel.  Many  Meetings  begins with a short service in the Little Chapel at 6 PM, followed by a dinner on the second floor of the Parish House. After that, we will move into our respective committee meetings at 7 PM. 
Please RSVP to our Parish Administrator; Gretchen, via

For those interested, here is our itinerary for:
6 PM - Worship in Little Chapel
6:20 PM - Business Dinner in the Parlor
7 PM - Committee  Meetings  in Parish House 

Announcing "Bistro 64" Parish House Dinners - Beginning this Fall!

Because the Parish House kitchen is such a festive gathering place for King's Chapel members and friends, the Hospitality Committee is launching "Bistro 64" a series of participatory dinners at the Parish House. KC members and friends will bring or cook menu items in the kitchen and also provide beverages. This community building initiative is led by Gregg Sorensen and Anne Sexton. The first two dinners take place on Thursday, October 19 and Saturday, November 18. An Evite email will be sent next week with full details, including menu and RSVP instructions. Reach out to Gregg ( and Anne ( if you have any questions in advance of next week's notification. 

Save the date for the first Sunday Concert of the 60th Season | Sunday, October 29 | 5 PM

We open our 60th anniversary concert season on October 29 at 5 PM with a celebratory program, featuring J.S. Bach's beloved  Magnificat . This exuberant song of praise with moving words of the Virgin Mary does indeed magnify the Lord with trumpets, timpani, and all manners of festivity.

In addition to the masterpiece of the family patriarch, Johann Sebastian Bach, you will hear the 
festival cantata  Musik am Dankfeste wegen des fertigen Michaelisturms  by Bach's second son,   Carl Philipp Emanuel. W ritten for the dedication of the completed tower of St. Michael's Church in Hamburg on Reformation Sunday, October 31, 1786, the work  was only recovered in 1999 from the former Soviet Union, after being presumed lost in the Second World War as part of the library of the Berlin Sing-Akademie. O ur performance marks the US premiere of this historic gem. 

As always, advance tickets are available at a $5 discount:

King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity Boston build | November 11, 2017

Registration is open for the King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity Boston build in November.  The build runs from 9 AM to 3:30 PM with a one hour lunch break. 

The build will be at one of the HFH Boston sites now under construction in Roslindale, Mattapan, or Dorchester. The exact location will be selected by HFH Boston based upon the specific build site requirements. Work will be available for all skill levels, including none. For more information on HFH Boston and the site where they build go to  and

King's Chapel has supported HFH Boston both financially and with multiple volunteer efforts. If you haven't done this before, please consider joining now. The minimum age to participate is 16.  To enroll or for more information contact Emanuel Genovese at 617-738- 6367 or or Peter Sexton at 781-383- 9028 or Please RSVP early as Emanuel will be away in Italy during October.

From the Parish House
Fall fun this week: HillFest at King's Chapel

Fall HillFest was a big success and lots of fun! Special thanks to Amanda Cegielski, Christopher Allen, Cathy Price, Elliott Smith, Jacob Edson, and John Appleton who helped set up, run activities, and tell guests and visitors about the King's Chapel community and upcoming events. 

Social Justice News

1) Faith in Action | Sunday, October 8 | 
10-10:45 AM | Making Sandwiches at the 
Parish House

Join the Church School in making sandwiches for our
unhoused neighbors. We'll work from 10-10:45 AM between the two Sunday services making sandwiches at the Parish House Kitchen. All ages welcome!  Contact Ryan Harrison, if you can help at

2) The Peace Institute | Lobbying to Support Burial Costs | Important Note from Carol Genovese

The Louis D Brown Peace Institute (LDBP) with which we have been partnering for the annual Mother's Day
Walk for Peace, is sponsoring a bill in the state legislature (H.742) and asks for our support. The proposed legislation would amend the current victim compensation law to say that families of murder victims cannot be denied reimbursement for modest compensation because of the circumstances surrounding their loved ones death.

According to LDBP, "These funds are used to provide proper funeral and burial for families surviving homicide, final expenses that can be a nearly insurmountable burden on top of insurmountable grief. A proper funeral and burial is an essential step in any families healing journey after the tragic death of a loved one."
Please click HERE to watch further information about this bill and watch a short video to hear the moving and
very courageous testimony at the end of the newsletter on Channel 5's Survivors on Primetime. Then please, if you agree, TAKE THE NEXT STEP and call your state legislator to support H.742.
I often have felt helpless when I heard of the murder of so many young people in Boston. Taking action and
prayers are the only thing that help me. The victims need to know we care and they are not alone. I regard this
and taking part in and contributing to the Mother's Day Walk for Peace as a way we can help .

3) Opening Our Freedom Trail Doors

At King's Chapel, we do not require any visitors to pay a fee to enter our sanctuary, or take a self-guided tour, unlike some other sites on the historic Boston Freedom Trail. However, we do hope that guests will make voluntary contributions to support our costs. We also do charge for any of the special tours given to groups.
In order for us to open our groups tours more widely, also, King's Chapel's Freedom Trail Program recently applied to participate in the "EBT Card to Culture" program.

This new program 
through the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) began in August 2017 and is an inclusive, community-based initiative working towards the MCC's Universal Participation Initiative.

This initiative strives to break down 
barriers preventing people from participating in cultural organizations in Massachusetts.

Economic inaccessibility remains an issue at many organizations. Through Card to Culture, EBT

cardholders and their families are granted free or discounted admission to over a hundred cultural
and historic institutions throughout the Commonwealth. The program has been dubbed the "nation's most comprehensive effort to expand cultural access for low-income families."

Through the EBT Card to Culture, a family or group of up to 5 people with an EBT card will be able to take a guided tour of King's Chapel for the price of one regular adult ticket. The Freedom Trail Program staff look forward to welcoming under-served communities to the historic building and sharing our history with new audiences. 

Buildings and Grounds Update

Many of you were surprised to find, upon returning back from summer travels, that the handicap accessible bathroom project was not complete.  This is a result of a larger issue having to do with the corrosion of pipe in the sprinkler system of the church.  The corrosion and a special valve needs replacing and we are waiting on the work for this. Once this is done, an existing sprinkler
head and piping can be relocatedallowing the installation of other ceiling located equipment. With this work accomplished, we can get back on track with the project.  Unfortunately, the need for this sprinkler system maintenance was unknown initially and has taken substantial time and effort to contract for and schedule the execution of the work.  We anticipate completion for this whole project by mid-November. 
Our glass doors are in and we are still tweaking some of the details so that it will meet our exact needs.  The good news is that it has allowed visitors from all over the world the chance to see our sanctuary from the sidewalk, and they are enticed to enter.  A warm welcome follows  with new entry carpets underfoot.

From the Church School:

What does it mean to make a Joyful Noise? For our Church School, it sometimes means letting loose on a small drum in the childhood spirit of fun. It often means following Skip to create a beautiful musical number with a xylophone, a few orffs, and a piano. Whatever the age group, Skip excels at teaching our kids rhythms and melodies. 

Children usually don't need a motivation to make a Joyful Noise, but what about adults? What form does our Joyful Noise take? We sing during the service. Some of us play instruments alone or with a group of other musicians. However, music isn't the only way to produce noise that is joyful or purposeful or innovative. At King's Chapel, we operate democratically. We form committees for each aspect of our congregation so that your voice, your Joyful Noise, can be heard. This  Sunday, October 1st, our Church School Committee is meeting in the Parish House at  10AM. If you're curious about what happens in our Church School or if you have some ideas you would like to share, I encourage you to attend. All are welcome this Sunday to share a Joyful Noise.


Our 2017 Stewardship Appeal
King's Chapel needs your help!  We are far short of the needed goal of $200,000 as approved by the congregation, and the $225,000 set by the committee. Please send in your contribution if you have not already done so!

"We Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, and Weep with Those Who Weep" 
                                                    ~ Romans 12:15

We rejoice with our Assistant Treasurer Micah Niemy, who shared this wonderful photo of his wife Carrie and  son Auggie: 

We rejoice with Ke nt and Becky Wittenberg on the engagement of their daughter Natalie Wittenburg to Max Kueckelhaus .

In other exciting wedding news, we rejoice with our Assistant Minister Amelia Nugent and her  partner Jacob Edson on their engagement! They've set a wedding date for Fall 2017. 

Congratulations Amelia and Jake! Be sure to look at the beautiful new ring on Amelia's finger.

With great sadness, we announced yesterday the death  of our long-time member Charles  Perry. A funeral will take place at King's Chapel in the future, but no date has yet been set. To  see the letter earlier sent by our Senior Minister and Senior Warden, click HERE. We  hold in our prayers the Perry family - Charles' wife Adelaide, and their children Nick, Laura and  Mark.
In This Issue
Sunday Services
October 1
Morning Light | 9 AM
At the Little Chapel

Morning Prayer | 11 AM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Andy Troska, Soloists
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Cliff Allen, Usher in Charge
  • Cathy Price, Pam and Michael Bergeron, Ushers
  • Zach Charette, Verger

The Readings:
  • Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 
  • Old Testament:       
    Exodus 17:1-7
  • New Testament: 
    Philippians 2:1-4
Bill Kuttner will meet those interested in learning more about  King's Chapel at the Communion Rail.
After the service, all are invited to Coffee Hour,  hosted by Cathy Price and friends of the Hospitality Committee.

From the Bench
Our musical thematic thread this Sunday is the ancient church hymn Tantum ergo sacramentum, originally the last two verses of  the Medieval Latin Hymn Pange lingua gloriosi, ascribed to St. Thomas Aquinas ca. 1264. The singing of the Tantum ergo is traditionally associated with the veneration of the Blessed Sacrament of communion. You will first hear it in the organ prelude in three canons, the first one by
Maurice Duruflé who set his canon with the soprano and tenor parts chanting the hymn an octave apart. Duruflé's setting will be repeated in the original choral version as our Offertory anthem. German Romantic composer Max Reger used the Tantum ergo text for his own setting, very different from the Duruflé. 

New choir member Andy Troska will sing an aria from Handel's oratorio Jephtha for th e Introit. 

The communion music is by Spaniard Tomas Luis de Victoria, a so-called "parody mass". Not that Victoria intended to make fun of anyone, but he used the musical material from Francisco Guerrero's motet Simile est regnum (which dutiful church-goers heard last Sunday for the Offertory as it was based on our gospel reading) as the main theme of an entire mass, of which you will hear the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei movements.

Heinrich Christensen
Music Director

Introducing New Choir Member: Andy Troska

Andy Troska is thrilled to join the choir of King's Chapel this year and is even more excited at the prospect of getting to ring the bell before the service on Sundays. By day Andy is the assistant to the Executive and Artistic Directors of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. By night and weekend, he is an active singer in operas and choral groups around Boston. Recent roles include Fronimo in Hasse's Alcide al bivio (Harvard Early Music Society), Don Curzio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (Harvard College Opera), Jesus in Carson Cooman's Thieves (Harvard Memorial Church), 1st Hermit in Stephen Paulus' The Three Hermits (Harvard Memorial Church), Artemidoro in the US Premiere of Salieri's La Grotta di Trofonio (Lowell House Opera), and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress (HCO). Andy is a recent graduate of Harvard University, where he studied Slavic Languages and Literatures and Italian. Andy studies voice with Frank Kelley. He hopes you will come see him transform into a ferocious beast in WholeTone Opera's The Werewolf  this October.

Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, October 3 |      
12:15 PM

In Radiance Flute Quartet
Dvořák, Rossini, Pentatonix

Upcoming Meetings
* Tuesday October 10 | Many Meetings at the Parish House  | 7 PM

Prayer Groups Begin at the Little Chapel

Tuesday | October 3 - November 14 | 12 PM |  Led by Joy

Thursdays | October 5 - November 9 | Led by Amelia

Sundays| October 8 and November 12| Led by Joy
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Accessibility Assists

Our beautiful Georgian sanctuary designed by Peter Harrison and completed in 1754, has been lovingly maintained by the congregation since its completion. One of the box pews has been made wheel-chair accessible. Ushers are available to assist those who are wheelchair-bound to that pew.

A sound system has been installed in the sanctuary of The Chapel to amplify the sound during worship services. Hearing assistance devices are available for your use. Please see an Usher for assistance.