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From the Minister

In the Boston Public Garden there is a statue of Charles Sumner, a Republican who served as our  U.S. Senator for 24 years. In 1874, the Rev. Henry Foote of King's Chapel used the death of Charles  Sumner as the springboard for a sermon about the qualities we need in our national leaders - not all of  which, Foote acknowledged, Senator Sumner had shown.

Come hear a remarkable sermon this Sunday, to be read by our Vestry Member Patricia Bass, about  the fearless abolitionist Charles Sumner. It's inspiring, and remarkably relevant to us today, as we  approach the selection of our national leaders in November. Hear about the mark that Sumner made  on our nation and on many individuals, including the 2000 black men who gathered to march in  Sumner's funeral procession, from the State House to Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Upcoming Events...

Historic Sermon Series 
 Sunday August 28

Our history will be made alive as King's Chapel reads aloud past sermons preached from our historic pulpit!

Listen as we explore our final installment of the series and how each of us could follow the good example of Boston native Charles Sumner.

August 28
Morning Prayer 11 AM
"A Sermon in Memory of Charles Sumner"
The Reverend Henry Wilder Foote
March 22, 1874
Read by Pat Bass 
with Hallie Speight assisting
Choral Evensong | September 11 | 5 PM
King's Chapel, Tremont and School Streets

Join historic King's Chapel on September 11th as we commemorate and observe the fifteen anniversary of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks with a service of Choral Evensong. The King's Chapel Choir leads us in this somber poem of liturgy, music, and remembrance. Choral works by Johannes Brahms, Samuel Barber, Carson Cooman, Charles Wood, and David Ashley White. An organ prelude recital performed by Heinrich
Christensen will precede the service at 4:30 PM.

Based on the services held daily in the medieval Church, Choral Evensong as arranged in the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England has been sung regularly since the sixteenth century. The King's Chapel Choir, seventeen professional singers under the direction of Heinrich Christensen, regularly sing at Morning Prayer on Sundays at 11:00 AM and on major holidays from September through May.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sermon Series on Parables: Stories Jesus Told | September 18 - October 30

This fall, Shawn and Joy will offer a sermon series on the parables, as told in Luke. Has "church" missed what Jesus wanted to convey? What's relevant now? Catch the
series at all worship services, September 18-October 30.  Can't come some day? Sermons also are posted on our web site and on YouTube.
Theology on Tap | September 21 | 7 PM

Believer. Non-believer. Confident. Curious. Join us for a lively discussion of big questions at a local pub. On September 21, at 7 PM, we will discuss Homosexuality and the Christian Tradition. What exactly does the bible say about homosexuality? What has the tradition had to say over the centuries? Can you really be gay or lesbian and Christian? Anyone 21 and over is welcome to join. We will meet at The Kinsale Pub and Restaurant, located across from City Hall Plaza. RSVP to 
common cathedral  | Upcoming October 16

On Sunday August 14th, King's Chapel made sandwiches for our neighbors--common cathedral--a worshiping community of housed and un-housed people that meets outside on Boston Common. After making and delivering lunch, many of us stayed to worship with the community. Thanks to all who participated! Save the date: 
We will be providing lunch again on  October 16th ! More information to come.
News from the Parish House...


The UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) has issued this important request for help. Please get engaged, if you are interested. Many of you indicated support of UUSC last February when their outgoing president came and preached at King's Chapel.

This fall is an important time for refugee rights. The outcomes of two global summits, one convened by the United Nations and the other by President Obama, have the potential to either put our world on a better track to give more refugees opportunities to rebuild their lives, or result in more of the same limited commitments that are driven by fear and xenophobia. 

In the lead up to the two September refugee summits organized by the United Nations General Assembly and President Obama, more than 40 organizations have developed a postcard to be delivered to Congress and President Obama urging the U.S. to lead by example and expand our commitment to refugees.

You can print copies at

The postcard can also be signed electronically at refugeepostcard/d4npp/47981202. 

Both individual cards and packages of cards must be mailed to: 110 Maryland Avenue, NE, Suite 110, Washington, DC, 20002 by September 12th so they can be delivered all together in a DC press event geared towards President Obama on September 15 th . UUSC President and CEO Tom Andrews will be one of the speakers at the press conference!
Photos from the Barbecue at the Parish House on August 16th

Sad News

We are saddened to learn of the death of Anne Hervieux Perkins, mother  of our long-time member, Louise Perkins. Anne died  peacefully at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester on August  11th, surrounded by her children. Louise has been attending to her  mother since last month, when Anne suffered a stroke; she was 89 years  old. Anne was also the daughter-in-law of the Rev. Palfrey Perkins,  minister of King's Chapel 1933-1955.

A memorial service celebrating Anne's life will be held on Saturday,  November 5, 2016 at 11 am at the First Congregational Parish  Unitarian in Petersham, Massachusetts, where Anne was active.

Notes and cards may be sent to Louise at 17 Williams Street, Salem MA  01970.

"Give rest, O Lord, to thy servants with thy saints, where sorrow and  pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Amen." 
( King's  Chapel, Book of Common Prayer).
Staff Comings and Goings in August

As we lead to the end of summer, staff continue to be in and out during this quieter time of year.

Assistant Minister Shawn Fiedler will be unavailable on the 25-26, as well as the last week in  August (Aug. 29-Sept. 3). 

Parish Administrator Gretchen Horton will be out of the  office on Friday August 26.

So that you can always reach us in any emergency, Administrative Assistant Brad  Werner will be at the front desk of the Parish House every day, Monday-Friday, from 9 AM-1 PM. He will always know how to reach us in any emergency. 
Services Resume in September

As we wind down through the dog days of summer, we look ahead to September and rejoice.  All of our regular worship services will begin again!  Our Morning Light service at the Little Chapel will resume on 
September 4 at 9 AM; our Wednesday 
Evening service will resume on September  7 at 6 PM.  

We welcome you to join us!
"We Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, and Weep with Those Who Weep" (Romans 12:15)
We are delighted to hear from Kathy Page that her husband, Alan Heim, for whom we have often prayed, is now officially cancer free. Blessings to both Kathy and Alan!

Leo Johnson reports that he is one step closer to resolution of his heart challenges, and is close to being approved for the surgery we hope will bring him relief. Keep those prayers coming.

Did you know? Longtime member Miguel Gomez-Ibanez (left) and newcomer Herman Woerner (right) discovered at the recent Parish House Barbecue that they were both at Brown Daltas Associates, Architects about 1980. Miguel was in Puebla working on projects in Mexico and Herman was in
Cambridge working on projects in Saudi Arabia. It was a firm with offices in Jeddah, Cambridge, Puebla, and Rome. All roads eventually lead to King's Chapel.....?

We hol d in prayer Parish Council Chair Betsy Petersen, who is having hip replacement surgery  August 25th . She's seen here with former Senior Warden Dean Denniston and her granddaughter Shannon, in town to help post surgery.

In This Issue
Sunday Services
Sunday, August 28 | 11 AM

Morning Prayer
  • Pat Bass and Hallie Speight, Lay Readers
  • Emily Bieber, Soloist
  • Anne Sexton and             Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Charles Perry,           Usher in Charge
  • Anne Sexton and Marie Wells, Ushers
  • Amy Meyer, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 5:1-7
  • Old Testament:       Isaiah 40:3-8
  • New Testament:   Matthew 25:31-40
The flowers on the Communion table are given by Allen and Hallie Speight in memory of their aunts Rose Allen Whitter, Geraldine Speight Knight, and Marjorie Bosack Hasson.

At the communion rail following the service,
Marie Wells will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
After the service, all are invited to Punch on the Bricks,  hosted by Barbara Fay and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench:
By Heinrich Christensen
For this Sunday's prelude, last week's cliffhanger will be resolved when you hear the remaining two Sketches from Robert Schumannn's opus 58. The postlude is by Haydn's exact contemporary and Bach student Johann Christian Kittel. 

Soprano Emily Bieber will teach you about the birds and the bees in two wonderful arias from Haydn's Creation, With Verdure Clad about the creation of plants and flowers, and On Mighty Pens, detailing the origins of the birds in the sky.
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday August 30, 
12:15 PM

Anne Horsch plays the C.B. Fisk Organ
Mozart, Wagenseil, Hildén 
Save the Date
Homecoming Services and Lunch | September 18

Our annual Homecoming Sunday marks the beginning of our program year and the beginning  of Church School. Come and celebrate at lunch in the Parish House after our 11 AM Morning Prayer service.
Come to the Cabaret!

Please join us for the 6th annual Alto Extravaganza  Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24  at  7:30 pm ! Once again our hostesses with the most, Heather Holland and Mindy Hinkel, take over the Parish House to make you laugh, cry and blush!  This year expect lots of special guests to keep the excitement going. Food and libations provided. So mark your calendars, invite your friends and come join these lovely ladies! All proceeds go to the Kings Chapel Concert Series... now that's got to make you feel good!!!

Friday  and  Saturday  September 23 and 24  at  7:30 pm  
(doors open at 7)
Kings Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, 2nd floor
Lots of Music in September

The choir makes an early return again this year for Choral Evensong,  September 11th at 4:30 PM . On the fifteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, the King's Chapel Choir will lead this ancient service of music, prayer, and remembrance. The service begins at  5 PM  and is preceded by an organ prelude recital by Heinrich Christensen at  4:30 PM Homecoming is  September 18 , and then on  September 25 , the Concert Series opens its season at  5 PM  with a program entitled "More and More Mozart". Following up on last season's finale of Mozart's sacred vocal music, we offer 6 of his so-called Church Sonatas for organ and strings, as well as his Fantasia in f minor arranged for flute, clarinet, and organ. Choir member Emily Bieber will be the soloist in the famous Exsultate, Jubilate . This event is presented in collaboration with our friends at First Parish UU in Bedford, MA, and will be conducted by their music director Bradford Conner.
From the Freedom Trail Program
As another busy summer approaches its close, the Freedom Trail Program has some exciting events coming this fall.

On Wednesday September 7, King's Chapel will participate in Boston Charter Day, commemorating the naming of Boston, Massachusetts for Boston, Linconshire on September 7, 1630. Our bell will ring at 4:30pm, or 1630 military time.

Later in the month, we are participating in Street Pianos Boston 2016. Some may recall Street Pianos Boston from 2013, when vibrantly decorated pianos popped up around the city for the public to play and enjoy. From September 23 - October 10, King's CHapel will play host to one of these 60 pianos.

For more information about these events, please visit and
From the Chancel Committee
Have you ever thought you would like to donate flowers for the Sunday Service but are unsure what one needs to do?

Flowers are placed on the chancel table every Sunday of the year with the exception of the 6 week Lenten period.

Flowers can be donated for a variety of reasons. They can be in memory of a loved one who has died, in thanksgiving for a special occurrence, or in celebration of a new birth or anniversary. They may also be donated as living prayers and symbols for peace and hope.

Please confirm with Anne Sexton if you have a regular Sunday that you would like to continue. Anne can be reached at the following email:
September Meetings

* September 13: Vestry Meeting - 6 PM

* September 20: Buildings and Grounds - 7:30 AM

* September 20: ARE - 7:15 PM

* September 27: Joint Vestry/Council Retreat and Dinner - 6 PM


Is your committee planning to meet in the next month? Please contact our Parish Administrator, Gretchen Horton, to add to our calendar.


Sign up for Hospitality
Stewardship Campaign

We are grateful for your continued support to our Annual Stewardship Campaign.  We are at 85% of our goal of $195,000. Your commitment in time, talent and treasure helps King's Chapel grow in faith and generosity.  Thank you all for all you do for our community! 

Need a pledge form? Contact 
for a form! Thank you!

Interested in Membership?
Contributing to Between Sundays

Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Brad at  with a written piece and/or pictures before Tuesday at noon!
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.