Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister:  On Mother's Day, Why a Mother Forgave the Man who
Killed Her Son

On Mother's Day, twenty or more of our members will walk through Boston with thousands of others, in the annual Mother's Day March for Peace. It's a remarkable event, created by a mother whose 15-year old son was killed by gang violence, on a Christmas Eve, as he walked to an anti-violence meeting. Many who march have lost children to gun violence.

Most remarkable: the mother whose son was murdered has forgiven the murderer. Tina Chery, founder of the March and of the Lewis D. Brown Peace Institute now works with Charles Bogues, who pleaded guilty to the murder and served 16 years for it. How could Tina forgive him?

"Because of my faith, my God, this is what we're called to do," Tina said last week on WGBH. "Within society, we pay our dues to society [through the criminal justice system], and that's man's justice. I feel that by extending my hand and my heart for forgiveness, that is God's justice .... Jesus said, 'Forgive them, they know not what they do.'" Under Tina's leadership, the Center works towards restorative justice, where all those affected by the violence - victims and perpetrators - agree on the steps needed to make amends and reconcile.

Now Tina and Charles are working on multiple programs together. Because he's been forgiven, Charles feels a more "urgent" need to pay his debt to the Chery family. He reaches out to kids to talk about his story: "[I tell them,] if you do some things, this is what is inevitable. I've been down that road."

Come learn more on Sunday. To contribute to the Peace Institute or the Walk, see the information below. We are matching all gifts up to $1000.

Can we match Tina's gift of forgiveness? That's a transformational gift. Forgiveness always is.

From the Church School

This  Sunday, May 14th, the Church School is taking a break from our usual activities so we can join other members of King's Chapel in the Mother's Days Walk for Peace. Join us, rain or shine, as multiple generations from King's Chapel walk to support victims of violence and promote peace and reconciliation. 

Mark your calendars for June 4th! During the 11AM Morning Prayer service, we'll celebrate Pentecost, Holy Communion, and Children's Sunday all in one go. You don't want to miss it!

Upcoming Events...

Join King's Chapel, this Sunday, in the annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace, in support of the Lewis Brown Peace Institute.  The Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a powerful way to express love and support for our neighbors.

To register for the walk,  go to their website at .  We encourage all to register with the King's Chapel Team and wear purple in solidarity!  

Walkers can do the full walk of 6.8 miles, by meeting at Field's Corner in Dorchester at 8 am.  Jim Power will be there to spirit everyone on.  Please contact Jim at if you plan to walk with him. 

Others, who want a shorter walk of 3 miles, can meet at Madison Park High School at 9:15 am.  Contact Carol Genovese at  if this is your plan.  

The walk will be held rain or shine, and will end at Government Center.  We hope that all walkers will be able to join us in time for our 11 AM Morning Prayer service.

If you cannot walk, you can still make a donation to this organization.  Our Community Action Committee will match any funds up to $1,000!
Racial Justice: Addressing Whiteness  

King's Chapel is hosting a free and open racial justice program for all members of King's Chapel and anyone in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. This program is an opportunity to meet people where they are, by providing a judgment-free but challenging educational space. All are welcome.

Book Group | Wednesdays, May 17 - June 7  |  7 PM

Waking Up White by Debby Irving. A book group meeting at  64 Beacon Street , Boston (King's Chapel Parish House).

Light refreshments provided at Parish House events at 7 PM.  RSVP to Gretchen Horton, Parish Administrator at 

Join the conversation online: Racial Justice at King's Chapel Facebook group


Blessing of the Animals | Sunday May 21 | 9 AM

Join the King's Chapel community in the beauty of our Parish House Garden (located behind 64 Beacon Street, accessible via Branch Street) for an annual service in celebration and thanksgiving for the animals that give us so much joy. 

Through a liturgy that includes brief readings, prayers, and hymns, we will bless each animal and each relationship. We will thank God for the loving and forgiving creatures that bless our lives. If you cannot bring your animal, we will gladly bless photos, stuffed animals, or any other item that invokes memory.

King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston Build | June 17

We are gearing up for the King's Chapel Habitat for 
Humanity-Boston build.   The build runs on Saturday June 17,  from 10 AM   to 3PM with a 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

Stewardship 2017
We are on our way with our Stewardship Pledge Drive of 2018.  To date we have reached 24% of our goal in three short weeks!  Please remember to submit your pledge soon, so that we count that toward our ambitious goal.

If you did not receive a pledge card, contact Gretchen Horton at the Parish House offices at 617-227-2155 x 108, who will be happy to send one to you!

From the Parish House

Wrap Up - Visit  to  local Mosque

On Thursday afternoon, May 4, a group from King's Chapel visited the mosque of the Islamic Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in Roxbury.  

The visit was arranged by the Adult Religious Education Committee (ARE) which coordinated the event working with Ms. Hayfaa Ali, chief aide to Senior Imam Yashir Fahmy at the ISBCC.

In the spirit of showing solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and learning more about the world's third largest faith, the King's Chapel group enjoyed a two-hour visit which included a tour of the facility, an opportunity to observe a prayer service, and the chance to ask many questions about past and contemporary Muslim beliefs.  

We want to thank John Natoli, chair of ARE, for organizing this tour.  The King's Chapel group is very appreciative for the opportunity to have this worthwhile and interesting visit.  ARE plans to arrange for more such visits in the future.

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

We mourn this week with Peter and Elizabeth Thomson, on the death of their dear daughter Wendy, at age 62, of cancer. We hold in our prayers all those who will miss her. Arrangements for Wendy's service will be forthcoming, and we will share them. Please help us surround Peter and Elizabeth with love. Peter continues to live at their long-time residence. Elizabeth is currently at Goddard House, being treated for Alzheimer's.

We rejoice with Herman Woerner, who celebrated a birthday this week.

We hold in prayer Harriet Hofheinz, longtime loving partner to Bob Bradford, whose burial and memorial service took place last weekend. The service at King's Chapel spoke to Bob's many talents and friendships. Join us in offering our deepest sympathy to all the friends and family of Harriet and Bob.

This upcoming Saturday, we will hold a memorial service for Susan Storey Lyman, who died in late December at the age of 97. We will honor her memory and legacy at 11 AM. Her son Ronald T. Lyman will deliver the eulogy. Please hold the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Leo Johnson this week reported feeling better this week. That's wonderful news for him and Dorothy.
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In This Issue

last week's Sermon by Rev. Joy Fallon
Morning Prayer
May 11

Morning Light | 9 AM

Church School | 10 AM

Morning Prayer | 11 AM
Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Joan Hunt, Lay Reader
  • Elizabeth Barnett, Lector
  • Ronnie Bell and Denise Konicek , Soloists
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Todd Lee, Karen Dalton, & Julie Hyde, Ushers
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 31:1-5   
  • Old Testament:        
    Nehemiah 9:9-10,16-17 
  • New Testament:  
    Acts 2:14a, 36-41

This week is our Second Sunday collection, honoring the The Louis D Brown Peace Institute. All collection monies not designated to Stewardship Appeal  will go to this organization to help with their programs.
The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of  Pauline, Delmas, Gary Don and Jill Hardin, by Ray Hardin.
At the communion rail following the service,
Jim Power will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
After the service, all are invited to Coffee Hour,  hosted by Amy Meyer and friends of the Hospitality Committee.

Wednesday Service
May 17
Holy Communion |  6 PM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Dan Perry, Soloist
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
From the Bench:
By Heinrich Christensen

For Mother's Day, we will honor that universal mother figure, Mary, in a tour of Marian texts from around the world.

You will hear the perhaps best known song to the Virgin, the Ave Maria or Hail Mary, in Church Slavonic, set to music by Sergei Rachmaninov in a selection from his choral Vespers. 

The Salve Regina will be heard in Latin with music by Frenchman Francis Poulenc, paired with soprano Denise Konicek singing Poulenc's setting of Priez pour paix, a French medieval text by Charles d'Orléans. German folksong will be represented in Der J äger, arranged by  Johannes Brahms. Brahms also wrote our postlude, based on the lilting chorale Herlzlich tut mich erfreuen.

The prelude is a simple prayer by Eduard Mörike, set to music by Hugo Wolf, arranged for organ by Max Reger. The tenor soloist is Ronnie Bell.

Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, May 16 |  12:15 PM

Allison LaRosa Montez, flute
Daryl Bichel, harpsichord
J.S. & C.P.E. Bach

From the Freedom Trail...

The Freedom Trail Visitors Program is pleased to introduce the newest member to our Education Team, Zack Charette! If you see Zack working at the chapel, be sure to give him a warm welcome.

After working as a sixth grade History teacher in Fall River, Massachusetts, where he was born and raised, Zack has taken his passion for history and public education to King's Chapel as our newest Educator. Prior to teaching professionally, he completed his bachelor's at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, earning a degree in Secondary Education and History. In addition to working at King's Chapel, he plans to begin working toward his Master's degree in Urban Education Policy at Brown University in Providence, hoping to ultimately advance the Social Sciences and Humanities as key scaffolds for educating students across all disciplines. He enjoys studying and performing music on guitar and is an avid fan of Boston sports.

Upcoming Meetings

* Tuesday, May 23: 
   Vestry Meeting 6 PM

* Tuesday, June 13:
   Parish Council Meeting 6 PM
   Changing of the Guard 7 PM

Staff Away:
Joy's Study Leave

I will be out of the office Monday through Friday, the week of May 15-19, attending the annual "Festival of Homiletics." This is the 25 th anniversary of the weeklong conference on preaching, booked solid with many classes and opportunities to listen  to nationally renowned preachers. I'll be with you on Sunday May 14 (Mother's  Day) and on Sunday May 21 (Blessing of the Animals at 9 AM). If any major pastoral  issues arise in my a bsence, let our Parish Administrator Gretchen Horton know, and  she'll know the best way to reach me.



Brad Werner, the Administrative Assistant usually found at the Parish House, will be away from the office until May 15 - 22, on a family trip to Europe. 

For assistance please contact the Parish Administrator at 617-227-2155 x 108 or

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Contributing to Between Sundays

Our  enewsletter is sent each Thursday afternoon.  Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Brad at  with a written piece and/or pictures before Wednesday 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.