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Spotlight On
Preparation for Lent
Focus On: Feast and Fast
 
This week we can go from feast to fasting - the traditional final fling of rich, delicious food and joyful partying before the more thoughtful, contemplative time of Lent, the six week season of preparation for Easter.  Then with Easter, we party again! 
 
Traditionally, "Mardi Gras" parties were "Fat Tuesday" extravaganzas before Ash Wednesday. Shrove pancakes were eaten to use up all the butter and fats and sugars in a home before Lent's somber restraint, where only fish would be eaten on Fridays, rather than red meat.  Today many of us do not so strenuously "give up" foods for Lent, but the concept is a good one - for when we set aside something such as sugars or desserts or liquor for Lent, it makes us think. We hunger for it, yearn for it - and that can spark a reminder of the most important thing we are really hungering for, yearning for - a Savior's unending love and support.
 
At King's Chapel, join us for Pancakes on Sunday February 11 at 10 AM; a Mardi Gras dinner on Tuesday February 13 (advance reservations required); and Ash Wednesday.  More information on all these below.
From the Minister

"Journey to Freedom": what images do you think of when you hear that phrase? It's our Lenten theme this year, for the six-week period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. We travel from winter's gray tree limbs to spring's new buds, from ashes to a riot of orange and yellow blooms, from some lonely place in our hearts to.... To what?

What would freedom look like for you?

From what do you yearn to be free? What would need to happen to feel as if a weight had been lifted from your shoulders or heart, heavy shoes removed from your feet?

We're all different. Freedom could mean
* worrying less about the future
* showing up somewhere and feeling safe
* respite from caregiving
* speaking your mind without reprisal
* roadblocks gone
* loneliness. resentment, or uncertainty lifting
* freedom from others' judgments or God's or our own.

In Lent we journey towards Freedom. The idea is to start in one place and end up somewhere different.

It helps to know the place you want to end up. From what do you yearn to be free?
- Joy
Upcoming
Shrove Pancakes | Sunday February 11 | 10 AM

Before celebrating Mardi Gras this year, join us on the second floor of the Parish House to eat as many pancakes and waffles as your belly can possibly hold, made by our church school. A buffet table will be set up with plenty of toppings. Bring your friends, bring some Mardi Gras flare, most importantly, bring your appetite! 

Bistro 64: Mardi Gras | Tuesday February 13 | 6:30 pm | 64 Beacon St, Boston

Spaces still available!

B istro 64 continues with a festive "Mardi Gras" dinner on  Tuesday, February 13 . We celebrate this occasion - also knows as "Fat  Tuesday " - with sumptuous creole cuisine.  Don your favorite mask and get ready for a fun evening. 

Please select a dish to bring, either an appetizer, salad, or side dish. There is a limit of 20 individuals. You many prepare your dish at home or make it in the Parish House kitchen starting at  5 pm. 

Click here for full information and to Sign up online  -
 or - contact co-chairs: 
Anne Sexton ( annewsexton1@gmail.com
or  Gregg Sorensen ( gds1960@yahoo.com ).

We look forward to getting together with you!
Ash Wednesday: Imposition of Ashes and Services | February 14 

Members and clergy of King's Chapel will be outside the chapel all day, 8 AM - 6 PM, to provide ashes to anyone who chooses to receive. 

A brief midday service will be offered at 12:15 PM
Our Holy Communion service will be offered at 6 PM
King's Chapel Winter Retreat: Fueling the Fire: Spiritual Practices for Modern Faith | February 16-18 | Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA
 
At this year's retreat at Glastonbury Abbey we will explore ways to fuel our inner spiritual fire and come back to our center. Come and join us to reconnect, recharge and refuel. Hosted by Rev. Amelia Nugent. Please contact assistant.minister@kings-chapel.org for more details.

Lenten Bible Study | Beginning February 21
7 pm Wednesdays - OR - 12 pm Thursdays 

There is an old saying about the Gospel of John: it is like a pool that's safe for a child to paddle in but deep enough for an elephant to swim in. 

This Lent we will dive into the language, imagery, and complex theology of the Gospel of John, discovering what it means to you, while listening to what it means to other people in our congregation. 

Please contact host Rev. Amelia Nugent for further details here: assistant.minister@kings-chapel.org
Save the Dates
  • 5:30-7 pm Saturday-Sunday February 9-10; 16-17: Till Death Us Do Part: History Program Tours. Tickets available here.
  • 7 pm Wednesdays OR 12 pm Thursdays beginning February 21: Lenten Bible Study
  • 10 am Sunday February 25: Social Justice Visioning
  • 5 pm Sunday February 25: 60th Anniversary Concert Series: Concerto! 
  • 6:30 pm Thursday March 1: "An Elegant and Lofty Steeple": A Lecture by Aaron M. Helfand; hosted by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, New England Chapter at King's Chapel. Tickets available here.
  • 2 pm Saturday March 3: Family Game Day
  • 6:30 pm Saturday March 10: Bistro 64 Greek Easter Vigil
  • 10 am Sunday March 18: Praying with the Mystics; hosted by Rev. Joy Fallon
  • 5 pm Sunday March 18: 60th Anniversary Concert Series: Israel in Egypt

Lenten Save the Dates

 

11 am March 25: Palm Sunday with Passion Story

6 pm March 29: Maundy Thursday Footwashing and Communion

12:15 pm March 30: Good Friday Midday Service

8 pm March 30: Good Friday Tenebrae

8 pm March 31: Holy Saturday Easter Vigil

11 AM April 1: Easter Sunday Holy Communion

Look Back
New Members Welcome!

   Rita Horgan           Amelia Nugent
 
Rita has lived on Beacon Hill for 4 years after making the move up from the South Shore. She originally lived in Ayer, MA for 30 years where she raised her three children. She decided to move closer to the city for the many attractions it offers as she is active, energetic, and social.

Besides enjoying the city, Rita is also fond of the country, being involved with outdoor activities such as road trips, camping, bird-watching and visiting new places. She loves traveling and would prefer not to do so alone as it is certainly more fun with another person.

She is generous; with a kind heart, and volunteers at many organizations. She enjoys meeting new people, so if you see her at the 9 am service at 64 Beacon St, please introduce yourself! 

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Rev. Amelia is happy to be in covenant with King's Chapel, both as a minister and now as a fellow member. She looks forward to continuing to worship God and living with the King's Chapel community in the freedom of truth and the spirit of Jesus Christ as we work towards living our lives in the service of all.

More about Rev. Amelia here.
Building Updates: Window Restoration at King's Chapel Parish House and Parsonage

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From the History Program

If you're dying for something different to do this Valentine's Day, join the King's Chapel History Program on a candlelit crypt tour, exploring the history of love, loss, and laying the dead to rest!

Uncover the history of American mourning traditions, funeral customs, and burial practices as they relate to the loss of a loved one throughout Boston's history. Explore the crypt beneath King's Chapel, walking among the 21 tombs, and discover the stories of the historic people and couples laid to rest within them.

Tours offered at 5:30 PM and 6:15 PM on February 9-10 and 16-17.   $10 per person. Advance tickets required.

Please purchase your tickets here.
From the Church School
This Sunday, the Church School will host its annual Shrove Pancake Breakfast. In the tradition of celebrating before Lent begins, the children, staff and families, will offer a breakfast buffet to the entire King's Chapel community. Sometimes, I view the transition from Fat Tuesday to Ash Wednesday and Lent to be something of a metaphor for growing up. As a child, fun is the operative word. As we grow older, life requires us to use discipline in order to be responsible, productive adults. However, unlike the transition from Fat Tuesday to Lent, growing up is a lengthy journey. Our main goal in our Church School program is to foster spiritual development and growth in our children. The process is long but always fun and occasionally requiring a little discipline. Come see for yourself! You might find something insightful along your own journey.
 - Ryan Harrison
Weep/Rejoice
We rejoice with Medb Sichko that she has finished the first draft of her novel! Congratulations Medb.
Calendar in Brief

Sunday February 11
  • 10 am Shrove Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday February 13
  • 6:30 pm Bistro 64: Mardi Gras 
Wednesday February 14
  • 8 am - 7 pm Ash Wednesday; ashes available all day.
  • 12:15 pm Ash Wednesday Midday Service
  • 6 pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion
  • 7 pm Lenten Bible Study
Thursday February 15
  • 12 pm Lenten Bible Study
Friday February 16
  • 5:30 pm Till Death Us Do Part History Program Tours
Friday February 16-Sunday February 18
  • King's Chapel Winter Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey
Saturday February 17
  • 5:30 pm Till Death Us Do Part History Program Tours

Sunday February 18 

  • 9 am Morning Light
  • 10 am Church School
  • 11 am Morning Prayer 
In This Issue
Last Week's Sermon
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Sunday Services
February 11
Morning Light | 9 am

Morning Prayer | 11 am
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Paul Luca, Usher in Charge
  • Judy Luca, Julie Hyde and Amanda Pickett, Ushers
  • Clark Aitkins, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm: 50:1-6
  • Old Testament: Kings 2:1-12
  • New Testament: Corinthians 2:1-12           
The flowers on the Communion table are given by Louise Perkins in loving memory of her father Arthur Wellington Perkins, her brother Peter Palfrey Perkins and her grandnephew Joshua Seth Dempsey.
 
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 Christopher Allen,  Amanda Cegielski,  and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench
 
Our musical signature tune this week, for some final festivity before all the penitential seriousness of Lent sets in next week, will be the happy hymn Praise to the Lord, heard as both pre- and postlude and opening hymn. In observance of Transfiguration Sunday, the choir will sing the traditional Antiphon for that feast, O nata lux, set to music by Thomas Tallis. And in a gentle nod to that other great feast coming up this week (although somewhat preempted by Ash Wednesday this year), we will also offer the world premiere of a lovely new anthem written by our good friend Graham Gordon Ramsay to a text from perhaps the Bible's foremost love poem, the Song of Solomon, entitled Set Me As a Seal.
Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, January 30
12:15 pm


Harriet Bridges, soprano
Sheila Beardsley, recorder
Robert Barney, organ
"A Baroque Valentine"
Monteverdi, Gluck, Handel
From the Chancel Committee
Dear Members and Friends:

The flowers, for our beautiful Chancel, have traditionally been paid for by a combination of member donations for memorials and the Chancel Committee budget. Flowers are always on the Communion Table every week of the year, except during lent.

Unfortunately, the cost of purchasing flowers each week has gone way beyond the Chancel Committee's resources.

The Chancel Committee is seeking members and friends to help defray the Committees expenses by making a donation. People in the past have had a number of motivations to give flowers. Among the examples are: honoring a loved one, celebration for a new birth, an anniversary, in thanksgiving for parents, grand-parents grand-children. [Click to Read More]
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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.