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Upcoming Events

New Members | This Sunday

This Sunday, January 10th during Morning Prayer, the Society of King's Chapel will welcome new members into the life of our community. They will promise to seek truth, serve God and serve this congregation. In turn, the members of the Society will pledge to welcome these new brothers and sisters into the life of this congregation.

We will then rise and reaffirm our  covenant
together:  In the love of truth and in the spirit of Jesus Christ, we unite for the worship of God and the service of man.

Following the service we will celebrate these new members with cake and refreshments sponsored by the Membership Committee! Please join us in welcoming our new members.
Speakers Series on Islam - Begins Sunday, January 10, 10-10:45 AM, at the Parish House

Islam, Judaism and Christianity share much as the three Abrahamic faiths, but Islam remains poorly understood in the US. In January, King's Chapel begins a series about Islam, with our first guest speaker, Celene Ibrahim, the Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence and Co-Director of the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education at Hebrew College & Andover Newton Theological School, and the Muslim Chaplain at Tufts.  We'll meet at the Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, from 10-10:45, between our 9 AM and 11 AM services.
King's Chapel Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey, January 15-17: Register NOW!

There are only a few spaces left! Shawn Fiedler and Heinrich Christiansen will lead a stimulating program focusing on hymns. It's also a very  special opportunity to get to know other parishioners. The retreat house on the Abbey grounds offers a peaceful, relaxed setting that encourages both rich conversation and quiet contemplation. For d etails and registration form ,   click here .
Martin Luther King Weekend Preacher

On Sunday, January 17th, we welcome as our preacher the Executive Director of  Common Cathedral, the outdoor church on Boston Common that gathers weekly by the Park Street T stop. We've partnered with this congregation several times recently, including our Christmas backpacks project. Amanda Grant-Rose is a frequent preacher at other churches, sharing about the work of her organization with those in Boston without homes -- times of worship and adult education, meals and spiritual reflection, artwork and conversation.  Come and learn more about this important work and how we can continue to deepen our relationships.
Theology on Tap | January 20 7PM

We love the Christmas story. We love to hear the message of the angels and sing with hearts uplifted. We love our nativity pageants and Christmas cards. Have you ever wondered about the annunciation-the biblical scene in which the angel tells Mary (a virgin) that she is going to give birth? Was she really a virgin? Does it matter? For centuries, it mattered so greatly that some were willing to die for their belief. Join us for Theology on Tap as we discuss "The Virgin Birth: Fact or Fable." No homework required. No previous knowledge needed. Curious and confident minds welcomed. Anyone 21 and over is welcome to join.  We will gather at The Kinsale located at 2 Center Plz, across from City Hall. R.S.V.P encouraged and appreciated; please contact
Budget and Committee Hearing | January 24

The meeting to hear committee reports and the proposed budget for 2016 will be held  Sunday January 24 at the Parish House. A luncheon will be provided at  12:30, with the meeting to start immediately after. Come and hear of all the work that was done in the past year, while looking to the future at King's Chapel!

The Annual Meeting will be held  Sunday February 28, immediately following the Morning Prayer service.
News from the Parish

Second Sunday Offering - Bridge Over Troubled Waters

On Sunday, January 10th, all collection not designated for the Annual Appeal will go  to Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters is Boston's premier organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships and effective and innovative services that guide them toward self-sufficiency.
Bridge began in 1970 with a group of staff and volunteers, who offered free and confidential services to homeless young people on the streets of Boston. Bridge's free Mobile Medical Van and Street Outreach Program soon became national models. In 1982, Bridge became one of only nine service agencies in the nation to offer transitional living to its clients, providing support and housing for youth who were working on completing their education, building job skills, and saving money for the future. In 1996, Bridge developed the  Transitional Day Program, a safe and clean setting where homeless young people can get a hot meal, take a shower, access lockers, do their laundry, and participate in life-skills workshops. In July 2011, Bridge opened Boston's only emergency youth shelter, the West Street Residence, to offer safe, supportive short-term housing on an open-intake, low-barrier basis. Shortly after, in February 2012, Bridge expanded access to emergency shelter, opening the The Warming Center  during the coldest months of the year, to provide emergency overnight accommodations to youth as an alternative to the adult homeless shelters or sleeping on the streets.

Of the young people who seek help at Bridge, 100 percent live at the poverty level. They are likely to be struggling with any number of serious issues: court involvement, gang involvement, domestic violence, addiction, pregnancy, mental-health issues, school failure, significant learning disabilities, trauma histories, sexual exploitation, discrimination based on sexual orientation, or aging out of foster care.

Each month, King's Chapel dedicates it Second Sunday offering to a program serving our community.  Thank you for your generous gift to this worthy cause.
King's Chapel Needs Your Help!

After our Morning Light service, we offer refreshments and coffee as we catch up with each other about the past week's events. We need volunteers to help supply the refreshments (the Parish House will supply the coffee). There is a sign up sheet available every  Sunday  after the service. The Morning Light service needs readers and offering collectors! Next to the refreshment sign up sheet, there is another sheet for children, youth, and adults who would like to volunteer to read the passage for the service and/or collect the offering. If you would like to sign up in advance of  Sunday  morning, send an email to
In This Issue
Wednesday, January 6, 6PM

The Rev.Shawn Fiedler,
  • Emily Bieber, Soloist
  • Cathy Price, Hospitality
Sunday, January 10, 11AM

The Rev. Joy Fallon,
  • Emanuel Genovese, Lector
  • Anne Sexton, Head Usher
  • Gregg Sorenson, Usher in Charge
  • Sylvia Soderberg, Marie Wells, Betsy Peterson, & Julie Hyde, Ushers
  • Simon Pilecki, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 29
  • Old Testament: Isaiah 43:1-7
  • The Gospel: Luke 3:21-22
The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of Clyde Christie Russ, from Carolyn Russ and Chris Kellogg.

 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 Coffee Hour, hosted by 
Caroline and Orian Welling  and friends of the hospitality committee.
 Volunteer to Host Coffee Hour!
From the Bench
By Heinrich Christensen
This Sunday we will hear musical echoes of Christmas and Epiphany. 

We will kick off an African theme that will keep popping up over the next month or so, as we explore aspects of the rich choral traditions of that continent, this week in our motet which is a Luo Christmas Spiritual.   Wikipedia tells us that the Luo (also spelled Lwo) are several ethnically and linguistically related Nilotic ethnic groups in Africa that inhabit an area ranging from South Sudan and Ethiopia, through northern Uganda and eastern Congo (DRC), into western Kenya, and the Mara Region of Tanzania.

For contrast, the choir will also sing Praetorius' setting of How Brightly Shines the Morning Star, for 9 voices. The organ voluntaries are setting of that same chorale by Pachelbel and Reger. 

The choir will also sing David Carney's setting of The King's Chapel Covenant as a special welcome to our new member. And in response to Joy's sermon on Isaiah 43, Heinrich's setting of that text, Do Not Fear, written for Joy's installation in 2013.
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday, January 12, 12:15 PM

Handel & Haydn Society presents:
Susanna Ogata, violin
Ian Watson, fortepiano
Beethoven: Sonata in c minor, opus 30, no. 2
Church School
Did you know...

The Coming of Age participants, ages 12-17, will be observing a prayer within a Mosque, practicing meditation under the guidance of a Buddhist leader, and learning about the Hindu system of Karma?

Did you know...

Children ages 7-11 participating in our Superheroes of Our Faith group are going to learn about the courage of the Prophets of the Hebrew Bible, the determination of Civil Rights leaders, and the compassion of heroes who use peace over force around the world?

Did you know...

In our Godly Play group, young children ages 3-6 are learning about religious language and the mystery of faith by seeing stories told before their eyes from master storytellers?

If you haven't heard what's going on with the Kings Chapel Church School, you might be missing out. Come see what's yet to come in 2016.
Interested in Membership?
Click here to learn how to become a member of King's Chapel!
More News from
The Parish
Shrove Pancake Breakfast | Save the Date, February 7 10AM

Who can say no to the aroma of pancakes and waffles wafting through the Parish House on a cold February Sunday morning? We welcome you to stop by the Parish House at  10AM  for a savory breakfast treat before attending the  11AM  Morning Prayer at King's Chapel. Your pancake and waffle options include blueberries, chocolate chips, and cinnamon and brown sugar. Your chefs and servers will be none other than the Church School Staff and participants.
Greening Recap

Many, many thanks to all the volunteers who helped decorate our beautiful church for Christmas:  Cliff Allen, Cathy Price, Kathe German, Elsie Herrmann, Jessica Allan Schmidt, Amanda and David Pickett.
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. 
Contributing to Between Sundays

Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Simon at with a written piece and/or pictures before Wednesday at 12 PM!