Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister
Can you smell the sweet bread baking? My mother-in-law had ten children, so often she would dump a five pound bag of flour into her antique tin bread mixer, with the yeast and butter, water and salt.  The mixer looks like a big bucket with a tin lid, and the hand crank on top is attached to a huge bread dough hook, that catches the dough inside, and kneads it over and over, with each crank.  No electricity or batteries make this mixer work - just old fashioned elbow grease.  The children would all have to take turns turning the dough, but for their efforts, a few hours later, there would be five or six big loaves of fresh bread.  The best wedding gifts each successive generation has received has been a mixer, found in some dusty barn or antique shop, somewhere across New England.  I treasure mine.

This Sunday we'll talk of yeast and bread and our hungers.  What it takes to make bread rise, or any of us rise, up to be the people we want to be. At 9:30 our children and any adults who'd like to join them, will make bread sandwiches at the Parish House, for delivery to common cathedral, the outdoor church on Boston Common that ministers to those without shelter. Amanda Grant-Rose, Executive Director of the related Ecclesia Ministry, and some of her congregants will also join us.

What is the yeast in your life, the small thing that makes all the difference between a flat existence, and the sense that you, too, can rise with hope, be nourished, nourish others?

Upcoming Events...

Sermon Series on Parables:
Stories Jesus Told |
September 18 - October 30

This fall, Shawn and Joy will offer a sermon series on the parables, as told in Luke. Has "church" missed what Jesus wanted to convey? What's relevant now? Catch the series at all worship services,
September 18-October 30.  Can't come some day? Sermons also are posted on our web site and on YouTube.
Lecture Series: Islam Beyond the Stereotypes | October 13 and 27

The Adult Religious Education Committee is pleased to sponsor three lectures this month called "Islam: Beyond the Stereotypes."   The goal of this series is to present an informed view of Islam tha t avoids stereotypes and acknowledges the wide variety of cultural, social and political contexts that chara cterize the world's second largest faith.
The remaining evening lectures are as follows:

*Thursday, October 13, 2016: "Contemporary Muslim Women: Challenges and Opportunities" by Natana J. Delong-Bas, Professor of Theology, Boston College. Professor Delong-Bas is a recognized expert on contemporary Islamic thought and practice and the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women . She will speak on issues facing Muslim women and the differing roles women assume in Muslim societies worldwide.

Thursday, October 27, 2016: "The Challenges of Young Mu slims in America" by Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University. He is a colleague of Shaykr Yasir Fahmy, Imam of the Society of the Boston Cultural Center and a regular speaker at the ISBCC. He will speak on issues facing young Muslims and a vision of Islam in America that reflects the tradition as wel l as the cultural realities of life in Boston and the US.

Each talk will take p lace from 7:00 and 8:30 pm at King's Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, Boston. Light refreshments will be provided at 6:30. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Gretc hen Horton, Parish Administrator at    indicating the dates of the lecture(s) selected.

We wish to acknowledge and thank Babak Bina and Lala Rokh   Restaurant on Beacon Hill for their generous donation of wonderful Persian refreshments for these King's Chapel's lectures.
Volunteers Needed: Sandwich Making |This Sunday | 9:30 am

This Sunday we will be partnering with common cathedral to provide lunch and fellowship. common cathedral is an outdoor congregation, housed and unhoused, that worships each  Sunday  at  1 pm  on Boston Common. King's Chapel members will be gathering at  9:30  at the Parish House to make sandwiches that we will be sharing with the common cathedral community at  12:30
Amanda Grant-Rose, the Execut ive Director, of common cathedral will be joining us on  October 16th  for worship at both the  9 and 11 AM  services, and for  sandwich making.  Daughter of a Presbyterian minister and a social worker, Amanda has long been drawn to working,on behalf of others. Come and meet her, and stay if you can to walk over with us to serve lunch. 

Theology on Tap | October 19 | 7 PM

Believer. Non-believer. Confident. Curious. Join us for a lively discussion of big questions at a local pub.

On October 19, at 7 PM, we will discuss Sister Faiths: Islam and Christianity. We will ask the question: how exactly are these two major world religions related? We will finish in time for the final US Presidential Debate.

Anyone 21 and over is welcome to join. We will meet at The Kinsale Pub and Restaurant, located across from City Hall Plaza. RSVP to
Lord's Prayer Book Group |  Sundays, October 23rd and 30th  at the Parish House | 9:45 AM  led by Rev. Joy Fallon 

Have you found the Lord's Prayer lose its meaning over time?  Is the comfort mainly in the cadence and familiarity, but the actual content seems distant?  If so, you aren't alone.  When Jesus taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer, he spoke to them in Aramaic, their local language in which each word and even sound can have multiple, textured meanings. Going back to the original raises surprising new and universal possibilities for this old prayer.  It can come alive! There are so many possibilities. Imagine:  "Radiant One: You shine within us, outside us - even darkness shines - when we remember. Focus your light within us - help us let go, clear the space inside of busy forgetfulness..." 

For two Sundays, in the time between our 9 AM and 11 AM services, we'll explore together the possibilities, using Prayers of the Cosmos: Reflections on the Original Meaning of Jesus' Words.  Copies are available for you to peruse after church this Sunday, October 16 th .  
Concert Series: Requiem Concert, October 30 | 5PM

The next concert in our Sunday series will take place on October 30 at 5 PM. Join us for a unique concert experience as the King's Chapel Choir performs two stunning a cappella Requiem Masses by Palestrina and Pizzetti, Italian masters separated by 400 years.  Interspersed between the mass movements will be reflections on mortality from scripture, Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, and more. Following the concert, parishioners and friends are invited to greet the performers and each other a wine and cheese reception at the Parish House.
Habitat for Humanity Fall  "Build Out"   Saturday,  November 5
Join us at a local area HFH home, place to be determined in the Roxbury or Roslindale area. We would like to gather ten generous people who enjoy using their hands at a variety of tasks. There is room for every level of skills...fear not!! This will be a full day, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, with a one hour lunch break.
A donation to HFH of $40.00 per volunteer is welcome, and is optional. Please feel free to adjust amount up or down according to your situation.  Make contribution out to King's Chapel with a notation "HFH Build". The Community Action Committee will match and assure that HFH Greater Boston receives a minimum of $750.00, and, of course, the volunteer's handiwork. To register, and for more information, contact Emanuel Genovese at
Fall 2016 Minns Lectures: Sources of a Global Faith | November 11, 12, and 13

Register at for this unique opportunity to hear and learn from three prominent Unitarian ministers from Kolozsvár, Transylvania who serve the Transylvanian partner churches of King's Chapel and First Church Boston. Lectures, panel presentations, and concluding sermons will explain the ideals and core practices that Transylvanian Unitarians hold dear, and explore how they may help to shape a compelling Unitarian faith for the future that has true global appeal.

Specific speakers, topics and times are as follows: "Transcendentalism in Transylvania" by the Rev. Csaba Mezei, Friday, November 11, King's Chapel, 6 pm; "The Future of Transylvanian Unitarian Liturgy" by the Rev. Norbert Rácz, Saturday, November 12, First Church Boston, 12 Noon; and "What Will Be the Sources of a Global Unitarian Faith?", a panel discussion with Revs. Norbert Rácz, Mária Racz, Czaba Mezei, and Roger Bertschausen from the UU Partner Church Council, Saturday, November 12, First Church Boston, 3 pm. In between the two Saturday events a free lunch will be served, and there will be time to visit information tables on UU partner church activities and the July 2016 Habitat for Humanity build in Transylvania being organized by King's Chapel member Peter Sexton.

On Sunday, November 13, the Rev. Norbert Rácz will preach at the 11 am service at King's Chapel and the Rev. Czaba Mezei will preach at the 11 am service at First Church Boston. Additional opportunities to meet and greet our guests from Transylvania during their stay will be announced soon.
Sunday, November 13: A Day to be Experienced and Remembered

On Sunday, November 13, at King's Chapel, the morning service will honor our Unitarian Partner Church in Kolozsvár, Transylvania. Its minister, the Reverend Norbert Rácz, will preach the sermon. We are expecting a delegation of UUA leaders to participate in the service, and the partner church ministers,
Reverend Rácz and Reverend Fallon, will celebrate communion in the Transylvanian tradition. 

As sixteen parishioners who've been to Transylvania well know, the relationship between our congregations is deep and transformative. Since the 1920s, there have been numerous visits between
Boston and Kolozsvár. Transylvania is considered the birthplace of Unitarianism as we know it.

Reverend Rácz and his wife Mária will be in Boston to deliver the Minns Lectures (see above). During their week-long visit, we will have opportunity to visit with this young couple and share our cultures and our faith. More information about opportunities to meet and greet our guests from Transylvania will be announced soon.
"We Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, and Weep with Those Who Weep" (Romans 12:15)
We rejoice with the celebrations of which we've learned this week:  the 12 th wedding anniversary of Dick and Cynthia Perkins; the 50 th Anniversary of the Rev. Joseph Bassett's ordination to ministry last week; the recent birthdays of Jane Kuchefski, Chelsea Turgeon, and Joie Perry.

We also rejoice that Joie is feeling stronger, in her time of rest and recovery from chemotherapy at her parents' home in Ohio. Continued blessings, Joie.

Ray Hardin continues to recover from his back surgery, and is moving forward in the next several weeks towards additional surgeries for cataract removal and on his shoulder.  We continue to support him with our love.

We mourn with the Rev. Shawn Fiedler, whose grandmother Regina Noell died at age 98 last week.  The Mass of Christian burial took place this morning in Maryland. Shawn plans to return to Boston by the week's end. The obituary of Mrs. Noell can be found at  

+ Joy

In This Issue
Wednesday Service
October 12
Holy Communion | 6 PM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach 
  • Carolyn Balkovetz, Soloist  
  • Herman Woerner, Hospitality 
  • Lia Atanat,Verger
Sunday Services
October 16
Morning Light | 9 AM
  • The Little Chapel
Church School | 10 AM

Morning Prayer | 11 AM
The Rev. Joy Fallon will Preach
  • Amanda Grant-Rose , Lector
  • Anne Sexton and             Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Sylvia Soderberg, Usher in Charge
  • Todd Lee, Cliff Allen, and  Julie Hyde , Ushers
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 121
  • Old Testament:    
    Genesis 18:1-11
  • New Testament:              
    Luke 13:20-21
The flowers on the Communion table are given by the chancel committee.
At the communion rail following the service, 
Todd Lee  will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.

After the service, all are invited to Coffee Hour hosted by 
Julie Hyde and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench:
By Heinrich Christensen
The music this Sunday opens with a plethora of arrangements of the beloved Irish tune Slane, perhaps best known as Be Thou My Vision. You will hear Daniel Pinkham's Partita for the prelude, followed by Stephen Chapman's choral arrangement. 

Our lectionary Psalm 121 will also be sung in a setting by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály. 

The offertory is the triumphant Judge Eternal by Gerre Hancock who was the music director at St. Thomas on Fifth Avenue in New York City. 

For the postlude, you will hear a new Toccata on the contemporary hymn Gather Us In, written by Don VerKuilen and published in the "Bayoubüchlein" for the Houston national convention of the American Guild of Organists in June 2016. 
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday October 18 |
12:15 PM

Music at Marsh Chapel
Scott Allen Jarrett, director
Bach Cantata 75
News From the Parish House...
Please excuse the delay in sending this week.  Staff was busy with the Afternoon Tea, offered to all members and friends.  We are thrilled to have hosted around thirty guests to the Parish House this afternoon.  It was a joy to see friends old and new, but all near and dear. 
Refreshed Website Coming Soon 

Church websites are now considered to be the "front door" of the church for visitors. Many looking for a new spiritual community will first explore a church website before ever sitting foot in the sanctuary. Our website is currently being cleaned up and refreshed. Look for updates and more information soon.
Leadership Opportunities with King's Chapel

The KC Nominating Committee (Carol Genovese, Lee Glenn and Allen Speight, Chair) is currently seeking suggestions for candidates for leadership positions for new terms starting in 2017.  These include Senior and Junior Wardens, Vestry and At-Large Parish Council representatives, as well as Committee Chairs not appointed at the last Annual Meeting.   Please forward any suggestions to one of the Nominating Committee members.
October Meetings

Thursday October 13:
*Leadership Team, 5:30 pm

Tuesday October 18:
*ARE Mtg., 7:15 pm

Thursday October 20:
*CAC Mtg., 6:30 pm

Tuesday October 25:
*Parish Council, 6:00 pm


Is your committee planning to meet in the next month? Please contact our Parish Administrator, Gretchen Horton, to add to our calendar.


From the Chancel Committee
Have you ever thought you would like to donate flowers for the Sunday Service but are unsure what one needs to do?

Flowers are placed on the chancel table every Sunday of the year with the exception of the 6 week Lenten period.

Flowers can be donated for a variety of reasons. They can be in memory of a loved one who has died, in thanksgiving for a special occurrence, or in celebration of a new birth or anniversary. They may also be donated as living prayers and symbols for peace and hope.

Please confirm with Anne Sexton if you have a regular Sunday that you would like to continue. Anne can be reached at the following email:

Sign up for Hospitality
Interested in Membership?
Contributing to Between Sundays

Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Brad at  with a written piece and/or pictures before Tuesday 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.