Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister:  

All Parish Birthday Celebration and Brunch | Sunday, June 11 | 12:30 PM

This Sunday we celebrate the church's 331 st birthday, by welcoming new members and by gathering for a wonderful brunch after church, at the Parish House!

For 331 years, we've been returning to the important stories, and puzzling out the meaning we take from them - the story of how we came to be, in 1686, the first Anglican church in a hostile Puritan town; the story of our rebuilding, after the American Revolution, as the first Christian Unitarian Church, dedicated to our love of truth, service of all, and worship of God; the story we make today, a church in the heart of the city open to all.

I'm struck by stories, because of the story Matthew tells this week: it's one I've passed along over the years to others. In the story, Jesus tells the remaining eleven disciples, among whom are doubters, "I will be with you always." Over the years, I've made little wall hangings with that promise on it for all my nieces, nephews, children, and godchildren, as they were baptized: Jesus' promise to you: I will be with you always. Now those children are in high school, in college, married, having babies of their own. Have they found the promise true? Do I still find it true? What is your story? I'll share part of mine on Sunday.

Spotlight On:
Second Sunday Offering | B.A.G.L.Y

June 11th, any offerings not specifically designated for the Stewardship Appeal will go directly to support the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Youth (B.A.G.L.Y.).  BAGLY is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies, and services for the GLBT youth community. BAGLY has a drop-in center for youth located at 14 Beacon Street. The center hosts health clinics, free computer use, counseling services, snacks, and other resources. Your donation will help to support their important work.  
From the Freedom Trail
From  June 17-June 22, a regatta of over 30 tall ships from around the globe will be visiting Boston. Sail Boston is hosting events and programs along the water in celebration. Join King's Chapel's Freedom Trail Program further inland for a week of special tours and programs, including the official debut of our new Constructing King's Chapel: Art and Architecture

Programs and events:

Bells and Bones  Tours 
11 AM *,  12 PM *,  2 PM , and  3 PM

Constructing King's Chapel:  Art and Architecture Tours
10:15 AM* and 4 PM

Revolutionary King's Chapel  Talks
Offered throughout the day

*Tours not offered at  these times on Sunday June 18 and Tuesday June 20 due to worship services and the music recital.

Leading up to Sail Boston, we are offering the art and architecture tour free of charge at 10:15 PM and 
4:00 PM as the education team works to familiarize themselves with the new program. Feel free to join in!

The Freedom Trail Visitors Program has debuted two new t-shirt designs, available for purchase during our open hours. One design showcases an 19th century engraving of the 1717 wineglass pulpit, and the other features a colonial map of Boston. These t-shirts make a thoughtful gift and are a great memento for members. 

From the Church School

Last Sunday, we had our annual Children's Sunday. We celebrated Pentecost, shared Holy Communion, witnessed a baptism, heard beautiful music performed by the Church School, and gazed upon this year's mosaic project. That means another year of King's Chapel's Church School has come to an end. To all the parents, volunteers, staff, and, especially the children who persistently challenged me as much as I challenged them, thank you for a wonderful year! Enjoy your summer and stay tuned for information about our Church School returning in the Fall.
Upcoming Events...

Wendy Thomson Memorial Service | Saturday June 10 | 4 PM

A memorial service for Wendy Thomson, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Thomson, will be held at King's Chapel this Saturday at 4:00 PM.  The family welcomes all members of King's Chapel to come and celebrate Wendy's life with them at this time. 

A reception will be held at The Prescott House at 55 Beacon Street following the service. 

For those driving in for the service, please note that there are road closures due to the many activities happening in Boston on Saturday, including the Pride Parade.  

For information on traffic flow and where to park, visit our website

King's Chapel Celebrates Gay Pride Parade | Saturday, June 10 
As a welcoming and embracing congregation, King's Chapel will once again participate in the annual Boston Gay Pride Parade, this Saturday, June 10Chris LaRoche and I are heading up the King's Chapel contingent. I'm writing to see if you might be interested in joining us and to also provide information about the event. 

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 make the climb up Beacon Street and turn the corner at Tremont and Schools Streets, our approach will be greeted by the venerable sounds of King's Chapel bell, forged by Paul Revere and located in our historic chapel. Both the Parish House and Chapel will be decorated in rainbow colors. 

The Parade will take place "rain or shine." The exact time will be given to Chris and me this Friday and we'll forward that information to all participants. (We expect to meet around 11 am to 11:30 am near Boylston and Clarendon Streets.) Dogs on leashes are welcome! We should reach Boston City Hall by 3 pm.

To RSVP, please email Also, provide your cell number, so we have a means of contacting you on the day of the march. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Chris.

Thank you!
Gregg Sorensen  617-519-5564
Christopher LaRoche  617-513-7176

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For individuals attending the memorial service for Wendy Thomson at 4 pm at the Chapel, you will be able to change clothes and clean up at the Chapel after we finish marching. Please bring your change of clothes to the Chapel on that day - between 10:30 am and 
11:30 am. (The Parish House is not available.)
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

From the Parish House

Waking Up White Book Club Conclusion

Although our  Waking Up White book club has ended, the Racial Justice program will be continuing. If you would like to participate in the visioning process for the continuation of this program, please contact Amanda at

In the mean time, please consider checking out this list of local engagement opportunities:
And this list of TED Talks, which were recommended by author Debby Irving as supplemental material for our particular book club group:

Stewardship 2017

We continue to be so grateful for your continued support through our annual Stewardship Pledge Drive.  To date we have reached almost 40% of our goal, and pledges are still coming in!
There are other ways you can support us, too!  This week is our final Sunday with our full choir.  Come and hear their magnificent music.  In addition to the music, we will be welcoming   new members to our community, followed by a parish-wide brunch will be held at the Parish House after the service.

We know that many of you have busy lives, but we hope that  all who can make it, will come!
John Appleton, Chair, for the Stewardship Committee

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!

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

We hold in prayer Kent Whittenburg and his wife Becky, as Kent's father remains unresponsive this week in New Hampshire. Dr. Ross Whittenburg has led a long and fruitful life, medically caring for many others. Until this week he has been living independently. Please pray with us for this beloved community.

We also hold in prayer the Thomsons, as we host the memorial service for Wendy Thomson, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth, who died last month. Her service will be Saturday, June 11 at 4 PM at the church. All are welcome.
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In This Issue

Sunday Services
June 11
Morning Light | 9 AM
At the Little Chapel
Morning Prayer | 11 AM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Pat Bass, Lay Reader
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Judy Luca, Amy Meyer, & Amanda Pickett, Ushers
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 8
  • Old Testament:        
    Genesis 1:1-2
  • New Testament:  
    Matthew 28:16-20
Our Second Sunday collection will go towards  Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Youth, Inc. (BAGLY).
At the communion rail following the service,  Bill Kuttner will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
After the service, all are invited to Coffee Hour,  hosted by  friends of the Hospitality Committee.
Wednesday Service
June 14
Holy Communion |  6 PM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Emily Bieber, Soloist
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
From the Bench:
By Heinrich Christensen

For the final Sunday of the choir season, you will hear a couple of our "proprietary" musical selections, namely The Covenant of King's Chapel, set to music by David Carney,  and The Forman Benediction, with music by Daniel Pinkham. In between, we will offer two very different settings of Psalm 150 - a skippy, contemporary version by Graham Gordon Ramsay, and a majestic 19th century treatment by Belgian C├ęsar Franck. The organ voluntaries are by Franck and Pinkham.
Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, June 13 |  12:15 PM

Olav Chris Henriksen, theorbo
Carol Lewis, viola da gamba
Heinrich Christensen, organ
Music of the Italian Early Baroque
Frescobaldi, Selma, and more

Upcoming Meetings

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

Staff Absences

Joy will be away June 16 - July 4.  Guest preachers will be here for each service.
Sunday June 18 - Jennifer Murray
Sunday June 25 - Marc Lousteau
Sunday July 2 - Jake Bitner

Heinrich will be away on sabbatical during the months of July and August.  Carson Coonan and Sean Lair will provide music for our services in his absence.
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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.