Keeping King's Chapel's members, friends, and subscribed visitors connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister
In 1819, in Baltimore, at the ordination of one Jared Sparks, a man ascended the pulpit and preached a sermon. Because of what he said in that sermon, the face of religion in Boston and New England would change forever.

The title of William Ellery Channing's sermon that day was "Unitarian Christianity". In it, he set forth principles around which the growing Unitarian movement would coalesce. He was reacting to many tenets of the then-current Calvinist faith of the Congregationalists, Presbyterians, and others. Channing was standing against traditional doctrines: original sin, the total depravity of humankind, and the belief that God would banish anyone to eternal torment.

Each of which was controversial in its own way, but the real issue? The issue that would split churches all over New England in two, the issue that would drive ministers from pulpits, the issue that mattered enough that families dissolved, seminaries divorced, and long-lasting friendships ceased? The Trinity.

This Sunday, many churches are celebrating 'Trinity Sunday.' They praise and honor the three-in-one God. But you won't find this at King's Chapel. Why? 

Join us on Sunday at 11 AM


Upcoming Events ...
Theology on Tap | Tonight, 7 PM

Believer. Non-believer. Confident. Curious. Join us for a lively discussion of big questions at a local pub. Tonight at 7 PM, we will discuss the theologies, mysteries, and curiosities of Holy Communion. Anyone 21 and over is welcome to join. We will meet at The Kinsale, located across from City Hall Plaza.
Blessing of the Animals | May 22, 9 AM

Join us 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. Please contain animals that sting, bite, or scratch. If you cannot bring your animal, we will gladly bless photos, stuffed animals, or any other item that invokes memory. We welcome all.
Memorial Service for Jay Schochet | June 1, 11 AM

Our longtime member Jay Schochet died in March, and his Memorial Service will be held at King's Chapel on Wednesday, June 1, at 11 AM. Jay served on the Vestry, and founded the Men's Dinner group. Jay's widow Suzie has arranged for the service to include music provided by a small orchestra and choir because of their love of the King's Chapel concert series. A reception will follow the service. All members of King's Chapel and friends of the Schochets are warmly invited to the service.
Children's Sunday | June 5, 11 AM

On June 5th, we will not have a Morning Light Service or Church School. Instead, we invite everyone to join us at the Big Chapel at 11 AM where children, youth, parents, and teachers will take part in the Morning Prayer Service with Holy Communion. 
All Parish Picnic  | June 5

On June 5th, please join us at the Parish House after the 11 AM Morning Prayer Service with Holy Communion for the All Parish Picnic. Hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments, and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a salad, side, or dessert to share. While enjoying food and fellowship, take the time to say hello to the younger generation of the Kings Chapel community and discover what the Church School has been up to this year.
Pride Parade | June 11

Join King's Chapel as we march in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 11th at 12 PM. The parade kicks off at Copley Square, travels through the South End, then passes both the King's Chapel Parish House and Stone Chapel before finishing at Government Center. All are welcome to participate. For more information, contact
King's Chapel's 330th Birthday |  June 12

June 12th will be a day of celebration at King's Chapel: We will be celebrating King's Chapel 330th Birthday, welcoming new members at our Morning Prayer service, and will be treated to free tours of the bell tower and the crypt, provided by our Visitor Program after the service. We hope that you can join us!
King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston Build | June 25

We have nearly a full team for the June 25 (the first Sunday of Summer) King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston build.  We can accept 1 or 2 more.  The build runs from 9 AM to 3:30 PM with a one hour lunch break.  In the past the KC teams have enjoyed lunch in one of the local ethnic restaurants. 

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 hy 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 .
News from the Parish House
From the Freedom Trail Visitor Program

Meet our Educators!

This week, please welcome another new educator to King's Chapel: Lia Atanat.


Lia is thrilled to share and explore Boston's history with the King's Chapel education team. After a few years of academic and non-academic soul-searching (including five years living in Alaska), she graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in anthropology and archaeology. She is currently finishing her M.A. in U.S. History at Boston College, focusing on urban social history and the undercurrents of race, class, and gender that have shaped events in this country for centuries. In her free time, Lia likes making art, cooking, and spending time outside.

Simon enjoying his
goodbye desert.
In This Issue
Wednesday, May 18 , 6 PM

The Rev. Joy Fallon, Preaching
  • Amy Meyer, Hospitality
  • Emily Bieber, Soloist
Sunday, May 22, 11 AM

The Rev. Shawn Fiedler, Preacher
  • Medb Sichko, Lay Reader
  • Anne Sexton and Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Charles Perry, Usher in Charge
  • Marie Wells and Amy Meyer, Ushers
The Readings:
  • Psalm 8
  • Old Testament: Proverbs 8:22-31
  • New Testament: John 16:12-15
The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of Lydia and Jose Gomez-Ibanez by their children and grandchildren.

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 Coffee Hour, hosted by Kathe German and friends of the hospitality committee.
From the Bench
By Heinrich Christensen
The organ prelude this week will be variations on the hymn tune Nicaea (Holy, Holy, Holy) by Peter Lutkin, and for the postlude you will hear the excerpt of the orchestral work The Planets, that Gustav Holst ended up using when he was asked to provide the hymn tune now known as Thaxted. 

The choir will open with William Byrd's beautiful Non vos relinquam orphanos (I will not leave you orphaned). The offertory is Henry Purcell's elaborate setting of Psalm 8 with five soloists alternating between choral passages. Our motet will be Shawn Kirchner's arrangement of Unclouded Day, an American song of unbridled optimism. 
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday, May 24, 12:15 PM

Kristiaan Seynhave (Belgium)
plays the C.B. Fisk Organ
Works by J.S. Bach
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The Parish
Matt's Departure

Join us in wishing Godspeed to our seminarian Matthew Weinstein. Matt has been a regular presence at all three worship services and has taken leadership roles in Wednesdays at 6 PM and Sundays at 9 AM. Join us on May 25th following the Wednesday 6 PM service for a dinner in his honor at Scholars Bistro (located on School Street). RSVP to
Stewardship Update

Thank you to all who continue to make their commitment to be a Steward of King's Chapel. 

This week we want to thank:
John Beuhrens,
Elena Kingsland,
Sylvia Soderberg,
and David Wheeler
for their commitment.
If you haven't made your pledge, there is still time.  We hope to have this wrapped up by June 1.
to donate!
Upcoming Meetings
Parish Council Meeting-
Tuesday, June 7, at 6 PM

Community Action Committee Meeting-
Friday, June 9, at 6:30 PM

Vestry Meeting-
Tuesday, June 14 at 6 PM
Changing of the Guard 
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 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.