Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
Spotlight On...
A service of thanksgiving and celebration of pets!   If you cannot bring your animal, we will gladly bless photos and even stuffed animals. We welcome all.
From the Minister
This Sunday we will read Isaiah 6:1-8, often referred to as Isaiah's Commission. While worshiping in the Temple in Jerusalem, Isaiah is confronted with a vision from God, in which he hears God asking, "Whom can I send?" (6:8).  Isaiah responds, "Here I am; Send me!" and God gives him a message to deliver to the people.

Omitted from the lectionary reading (and many a sermon!) is the rest of the passage, where we discover that the message that Isaiah must share is far from good -- it is a message of damnation and desolation, warning a people who have gone astray. 
 
Tuesday marked the 162nd anniversary of the caning of Charles Sumner, an abolitionist and King's Chapel member who was attacked on the floor of the US Senate after speaking out against slavery.  Meanwhile, on the Common the memorial flags recognizing those who died in military service wave, reminding us of the high cost of answering the call to serve.
 
How do we respond to difficult commission, or speak distressing truths? What might our faith require, or call, us to speak or act against today? This Sunday we will think about these questions, while remembering our fallen soldiers in our songs and prayers.  

-- Amelia
Upcoming
Community Action Committee: Make Sandwiches and Worship at Common Cathedral | Sunday, June 3rd | 10 AM | Parish House

Common cathedral has reached out to us for help with providing lunches on  Sunday, June 3rd. The organization that was scheduled had to cancel. We will meet at the Parish House on the 3rd at  10 AM to make lunches, bring them to the Common at  noon and then join the common cathedral for service at 1 AM. Let us know if you can help with any of these times by emailing Judy Luca at  judyg143@gmail.com.
March with King's Chapel in the Pride Parade | Saturday, June 9 | 10 AM | Boylston Street

As a welcoming and affirming congregation, King's Chapel will once again march in the Boston Pride Parade on June 9th.  Please consider joining us in our 8th year  participating!

The 2.5-mile  parade  begins in Back Bay, weaves through the South End, marches past the Boston Common and the King's Chapel Parish House, and concludes at Boston City Hall. As we near the church, our approach will be greeted by the venerable sounds of King's Chapel bell, forged by Paul Revere. Both the Parish House and Chapel will be decorated in rainbow colors.

The King's Chapel contingent will gather somewhere on Boylston Street between  10 AM and 12 PM (exact time and date to be determined).  Dogs on leashes are welcome! We should reach Boston City Hall by 3 PM.

For questions, or to receive the latest information on marching with us, please contact one of the parade marshals, Tim Nelson-Hoy or Chris LaRoche.  Please provide your cell phone number so we can contact you the day of the march.

We hope to see you there!
Tim Nelson-Hoy | (607) 7793-8873 |  tim.c.nh@gmail.com
Chris LaRoche | (617) 513-7176 | silvaire@gmail.com
King's Chapel's 332nd Birthday and New Member Brunch | Sunday, June 10 | 12:30 PM | King's Chapel



Everyone is invited to a festive brunch to celebrate the church's birthday and welcome new members who will have joined on June 10th. For more information or to help, contact Gregg Sorensen, chair of the hospitality
committee, at gds1960@yahoo.com, or Cathy Price, chair of the membership committee, at
cmmp48@comcast.net .
Wednesday Night Worship Taking Summer Hiatus: Feedback Session | Wednesday, June 20 at 6 PM | The Kinsale
 
The Wednesday Evening service, held at 6 PM in our candlelit chapel, will be taking a break for the summer. Consistent with the end of our main church program year, completed on the King's Chapel Birthday (June 10), the final Wednesday service will be on Wednesday, June 13. The following week, on Wednesday, June 20th, all worshipers at the 6 PM service are invited to come together to share supper and drinks, while we offer and receive feedback about the service. Join us Wednesday, June 20th at Kinsale at 6 PM for the feedback session.  
Look Back
Pentecost Languages!
 
On Pentecost Sunday, May 20th, we heard the New Testament lesson in many languages, just as the Holy Spirit enabled every person in the crowd to hear the Good News in their own language. At King's Chapel we heard:

Thanks to everyone who helped!
Choral Evensong | Sunday, May 20th
 
Two services of Evensong were offered at King's Chapel this year. The second was held on Pentecost last Sunday evening. Evensong, as its name suggests, is a service of music in the evening: music played and sung, including hymns, prayers, and readings from the bible.
 
Our organist, Heinrich Christensen, played a half-hour organ recital as prelude to the Service, which began at 5 PM. The music throughout, with Pentecost as a central theme, was unfamiliar to most people who were there, and the programming was so insightful and the music, much of it contemporary, so beautiful, that one did not long for familiarity. Responses to the two New Testament readings were composed by contemporary English composer Philip Stopford: his Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis. After the benediction, the choir sang God Be with You, by the famous gospel composer, Thomas Dorsey. It was a blessing. Two organ works by Louis Vierne bracketed the service; the Postlude, his florid Toccata from Pieces de Fantaisie, brought down the house.
 
As always, Heinrich played in his world-class way, and our choir, singing from the heart, sounded gorgeous. It was a deeply thrilling hour and a half, a perfect way to let go of last week and to greet the next.
From the Church School
Meet Our New Summer Nursery Care Provider: Kayla Popik!

Kayla's passion for childcare began when she was just 12 years old and her neighbor, pregnant with twins, moved in with a one year old child. Kayla became mother's-helper and, soon after, babysitter for these children, and had the honor to witness their growth while she herself transitioned through her teen years into young adulthood. Kayla continued to build her childcare skills as an assistant teacher for her local preschool, Chesterbrook Academy.  
In this position she loved creating imaginative, process-based activities for the kids, but her favorite part was witnessing their unique personalities emerge and facilitating their discovery and growth. For the past two years she has worked for the Life is Good Kids Foundation, an organization that provides professional and personal development for childcare providers. While with the Kids Foundation she deepened her intellectual understanding of child development and bolstered her childcare toolkit. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to once again work directly with kids and apply her new skills and knowledge. When Kayla is not caring for children she can be found climbing trees, baking bread, painting strange pictures, being goofy with friends, or exploring Krista Tippet's On Being project. Kayla has a deep passion for social justice and a rich curiosity for the intersections of inner and common life. She looks forward to continuing to nurture these parts of herself through relationships with the King's Chapel community. 


Last Sunday, our Church School, with the help of Emanuel Genovese, came closer to finishing this year's mosaic art project. Below are mere samples of the overall pieces, a tease to encourage you to attend their unveiling on  June 10th  when the mosaics will be presented during the  9 AM  Morning Light service and be put on display during the  11 AM  Morning Prayer service. 
The end of our Church School program is quickly approaching. June 3rd will be our last Church School session until the Fall. However, we will continue to provide nursery care in the Parish House through the month of June.
From the History Program
                     

Good Luck, Will!


After joining the History Educator team in fall 2016, Will Stilwell is moving on to an exciting position with the National Park Service. Beginning in June, Will will be working as a Park Guide with the Boston African American National Historic Site, which interprets African American history along the Black Heritage Trail and at the African Meeting House in Beacon Hill. During his nearly two years on King's Chapel's interpretive staff, Will greatly enjoyed sharing the chapel's history with visitors from around the world, and especially enjoyed our after-hours crypt tours. Look out for Will this fall during our Halloween tours Tales from the Crypt. Please join us in sending our best wishes to Will in this new chapter in his career.
Weep/Rejoice
"We rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep."
We rejoice with Paula O'Keeffe, our weekly worshiper at the 9 AM Morning Light Service, for receiving the prestigious Beacon Award, presented to her this week by the Beacon Hill Civic Association. This annual award is given to an individual or group that has offered significant and sustained work greatly benefiting the community. We are proud of you, Paula!
We also wish happy birthday blessings to Lauren Landers, our administrative assistant.
Finally, we mourn with all those who knew and loved our member Jarmila Vogel, who died in Washington State, where she has been living with her son, Tom Jaffa. We have learned that Tom has suffered from a stroke, so pray for his recovery. May God's healing power be with Tom.
In This Issue
Last Week's Sermon
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Sunday Services 
May 27

Morning Light | 9 AM
The Rev. Amelia Nugent

 
Morning Prayer  | 11 AM
  • The Rev. Joy Fallon, Senior Minister
  • The Rev. Amelia Nugent, Assistant Minister
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Emily Bieber-Harris, Soloist
  • Todd Lee, Lector
  • Jim Power, Lay Reader
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Chris Allen, Usher in Charge
  • Dorothy Waldron, Anne Sexton and Julie Hyde, Ushers
  • Clark Aitkins, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 29
  • First Reading,
    Isaiah 6:1-8
  • Second Reading,              Romans 8:12-17
The flowers on the communion table are given for children around the world, that they may feel safe.

After the service, all are invited to coffee hour, hosted by Amanda Cegielski and Friends of the Hospitality Committee.

At the communion rail following the service, Jim Power Jr. will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
From the Bench
 
This Memorial Day weekend, we will sing a couple of beloved patriotic hymns,  America, the Beautiful and  My Country, 'Tis of Thee, set to the tune known both as  God Save the Queen and  America, which in turn inspired Charles Ives' festive, and at times a bit kooky,  Variations on America for organ.
Soloist Emily Bieber-Harris will sing "songs of the spirit" inspired by our scripture lessons, as well as perhaps the ubiquitous presence of the Holy Spirit in last week's Pentecost services. Her selections are  Spirit of God by W. H. Neidlinger and  God is a Spirit by local hero Charles P. Scott, born in Newport and active around Boston as an organist, composer, music teacher, and arranger from about 1894.
Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday  May 29, 12:15 PM 
Robert Simonds, violin
Bach, Bunch, Bacon
Save the Date
Sunday, June 3: Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, June 3: Make Sandwiches and Worship with the Common Cathedral

Saturday, June 9: Pride Parade

Sunday, June 10: King's Chapel's 332nd Birthday

Sunday, June 10: New Members Join and Brunch at Parish House
Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, June 14 | 7 PM: Changing of the Guard
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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.