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Spotlight On: Evensong


At our leadership retreat last month, there was a request to add an evening services to our virtual offerings. Partly to replace our customary Wednesday contemplative communion, but also out of a desire to carve out time at the end of the day to settle down and find an outlet for our spiritual needs. Several people reported that they found it difficult to set aside time and space for prayer while they had felt stuck inside their homes during lockdown and quarantine. 

For our first attempt to fill this need, we settled on the Evensong service which can be found in our Prayerbook on page 37. This service format may be familiar to you if you have ever attended our New Year's Eve potluck dinner at the Parish House in the past. For those of you more familiar with the pomp and circumstance of Choral Evensong, this much more scaled back and intimate version contains many of the same elements; a sung psalm, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. But for Coronatide, the music is chanted by a sole masked cantor, Alison La Rosa, with sparse organ intonations and accompaniment. So this is a true "back to basics" service that really scales things back to the fundamentals of our Prayerbook.... 

From the Minister
Eight of us from King's Chapel are writing our "Spiritual Autobiographies" in a six-part class. Week by week we remember moments from childhood, adolescence, and with mentors which give us fresh insight into where the Holy may have been present in our lives. We've also used writing prompts from Moses' life: his unlikely journey from threatened infant to national leader. Moses moves from being uncertain about who God is to one who "talks with God face to face, as one talks with a friend." Moses' face is so "radiant" after being with God, that the Israelites beg him to wear a veil...  

Announcements

Join Us for Our Special All Saints, All Souls Service on November 1

Every year the King's Chapel service for All Saints and All Souls Sunday is a meaningful worship service for those remembering a loved one who has died, either this year or in the past. Traditionally, worshippers have come forward to the Communion Table to light a candle in memory of the ones who have "gone on before us" to be with God.  This year, because King's Chapel will not be physically open, we offer two different services so you can choose the most meaningful way for your remembrance. 

At 9 AM, we will host a live service via Zoom, where congregants will be invited to light a candle from home and personally name the person being remembered. The liturgy will be used each Sunday for the Morning Light Zoom service (see below), and music will be provided by our pianist Skip Lewan. A short coffee hour takes place after the service. 

At 11 AM, Music Director Heinrich Christensen and the King's Chapel choir will sing selections from the Faure Requiem; our clergy will light candles and offer the names of those shared with them in advance of the service; and holy communion will be celebrated virtually.  At approximately 12 noon, a separate Zoom coffee hour will be opened, all are welcome to join.   

If you'd like for us to include the name of a loved one in our worship video, please email Laura by Tuesday, October 27th
Chapel Restoration Project Update

Everything is going wonderfully at the chapel.  The staging in the rear is almost completely down.  Our contractor has called to have the tower portion of the scaffolding taken down, as that work is done as well.  Once the tower is down the roofers will come back and finish the repairs on the metal roof. The railing at the bell tower is about 90% done.  The work at the columns is continuing and all the bases are on site and installation is finishing up.  As of now we are still on schedule. It's looking great!
Call for Volunteer Sandwich Makers
Parishioners: 

I am writing to ask and welcome you to volunteer to help make sandwiches for our unhoused neighbors.  

We at King's Chapel do this service regularly. Each of three volunteers make 50 sandwiches on Saturday or Sunday to be delivered to the Boston Common for Sunday late morning. It takes about 2 1/2 hours to make the sandwiches.  I suggest you enroll a friend to help you.  It makes me feel fulfilled knowing some of our neighbors are receiving these sandwiches.  Our next commitment will be Saturday December 13th.

Carol  Genovese buys the food, delivers it, and makes arrangements when and where to pick it up so all you have to do is make the sandwiches!  It is very rewarding to know I am helping others.  For more details contact Carol (617-738-6367) or Amanda 860-518-4555.

I appreciate and I'm grateful to belong to King's Chapel and I feel all the people are a very caring compassionate group. I am very proud to be a member of King's Chapel!

Thanks for any help you can give at this time! I'll be glad to answer any questions. Call if you just want to talk.  

Rita Horgan
978-502-0170

Upcoming

How To Be An AntiRacist Book Group Encore Discussion
Monday, October 26 | 6:00-7:30 PM | Zoom 

Antiracism is challenging, ongoing work. Join David Waters and Community Action Committee Chair Amanda Pickett on Monday for an encore conversation about Ibram Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist. All are welcome as we learn to see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and ourselves. Please email Amanda if you wish to join this important conversation.
Halloween History Trivia Next Week with History Program
Thursday, October 29 | 6:00-7:30 PM | Zoom 
Still looking for Halloween plans? Join the History Program next Thursday, October 29 for a fun-filled evening of seasonal history trivia!

While we are unable to explore the crypt together in person, we are hosting "Trivia from the Crypt!" Join the King's Chapel History Program for this online trivia night themed around Halloween history, death and burial practices, mourning traditions, historical burial places, and more! Throughout the evening, attendees will also get to experience a virtual exploration of King's Chapel's 18th century crypt.

Players will have the opportunity to compete on teams of their choosing or as individual competitors.

Advance registration is required through Eventbrite:

Suggested donation for members: $5. All are invited to join!
Ongoing Events and Activities 

All events below held via Zoom.  Click HERE to find more information. 

Tuesdays at 3:00PM: Voter/Environmental Action Initiative Meeting

Tuesdays at noon: Talk about Music!
- a weekly conversation with Heinrich Christens on musical topics

Wednesdays at 6:15 PM:  Bible Study- weekly discussions on the lectionary readings

Thursdays at 10 AM:  Coffee with the Clergy - Join Joy and David for an informal coffee hour

Thursdays at Noon & 5:30PM: Conversations with the History Program - presentations by the history staff and guest lecturers.  Times and topics vary. 
In This Issue
Sunday Services 

October 25th Morning Light via Zoom

  • The Rev. Joy Fallon, Senior Minister
  • David Waters, Minister for Education and Membership
  • Skip Lewan, Piano
  • Paula O'Keeffe, Lector
October 25th  Morning Prayer  |  11 AM on YouTube
  • The Rev. Joy Fallon, Senior Minister
  • David Waters, Minister for Education and Membership
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Mary Sears, Lector
  • Carol Genovese, Emma Healy, and Gordon Holmes, Lay Readers
Scripture: Exodus 33-34 
Did you miss last Sunday's Holy Communion service?  If so, click here to see the full service. 
A Sermon Series on Moses and the Exodus: God's Transformation of a Person and a Nation 
Each Sunday through October 25
 
This fall, join us to journey with Moses and the Israelite people, a journey not so different from ours today. Discover when you have been freed from old ways to become a new person, how to cross long barren stretches, and how a nation slowly grows into who it is meant to be.  Will we dare to make demands of God, as our forebears did? The old stories - from the Odyssey to Exodus -- still speak truth. Listen in whenever you want, through the  King's Chapel YouTube Channel.
From the Bench
 
As we are wrapping up our Exodus sermon series, we will revisit our March 2018 archived concert performance of Handel's Israel in Egypt, presented in memory of Jay R. Schochet. The service will open with full orchestra and chorus in He is My God, a grand statement of faith from the Israelites. And our motet is the soprano duet The Lord is My Strength, featuring Emily Bieber-Harris and Denise Konicek. 
Monday Music Meditation
This week's Musical Meditation took place in a cranberry bog - it is time to plan for Thanksgiving!

Watch the latest Musical Meditation, posted every Monday on social media and on YouTube!
Talk About Music!

Next Tuesday, Talk About Music features Jennifer Lester, director of the Seraphim Singers. Jennifer founded the ensemble 22 years ago; we will discuss its history from the inspired beginning through the ups and downs of running a fledgling arts organization, and of course checking in on how Seraphim is reinventing itself in our current predicament. You can do advance studies at 
Giving to King's Chapel

During this difficult time of COVID-19, King's Chapel continues to offer weekly worship services online, provide spiritual guidance, host zoom gatherings on various topics, and support our community partners. The statement  "the more things change, the more they stay the same" is strangely true. 

What this message does not state is that while most of the normal costs of operating our church continue-- salaries, overhead expenses, physical maintenance, etc.-- our income streams do not.  Significant income from visitors to our History Program, rentals, and our Sunday offering are gone right now. Your support now is more essential than ever. 

Please consider a stewardship offering in a spirit of thanksgiving to help us through this challenging time.  Every single gift in any amount is equally valued and helps enormously.

Staying Connected with King's Chapel

While we are physically closed we are spiritually open and are working to find ways to continue our connection with you, our beloved members and friends.  

Worship
Morning Light Worship via Zoom, 9-9:30 AM each Sunday. Contact Laura Zeugner at  laura@kings-chapel.org for login information. 

Morning Prayer services are posted each Sunday at 11 AM on our website at www.kings-chapel.org 

Prayer Connection
King's Chapel is a praying church and we have added a new link to our website page to make easy any request you may have:  prayerrequest@kings-chapel.org .   Requests sent here will be received by Joy Fallon, David Waters, and Cynthia Perkins, Prayer Circle Chair. If you prefer, also know that you can always reach out to any of us individually. 

Coffee with Clergy
Join Joy and David each week at 10 AM on Thursdays for an informal coffee hour via Zoom.  See old friends and meet new ones! Contact laura@kings-chapel.org for login access. 

CAC Office Hours | Mondays 5 PM









What does the King's Chapel Community Action Committee do? Who are our CAC partners? What can I do to help?  For answers to these questions and more, come to CAC Office Hours! Starting this week, CAC chair Amanda Pickett will be piloting CAC Office Hours every Monday 5:00-5:30 PM via Zoom. Drop in and discuss community action at King's Chapel. Contact Amanda Pickett  for login access.
Internet Fraud - Protect Yourself

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, churches across the nation have seen a steep rise in incidents of internet fraud and scams, especially using ministers' names and targeting church members. So far in the last two months, we've had twenty or more. Please watch out for these. I promise, we will never ask you to send us gift cards.  We will never ask for your personal identifying information or bank account info.  If we ever purport to say that we can't be reached by phone, be suspicious. 
 
Some other hints to protect yourselves: Double check the "from" address to see who really has sent it, and double check the email of the person to whom you're supposedly replying. Verify suspicious emails by phone, especially if the email says not to call. Click the link below for more information on how to protect yourself and your family from internet crime. 

Contributing to Between Sundays

Our e-newsletter is sent each Thursday afternoon.  Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Communications Coordinator Jennifer Roesch with a written piece and/or pictures before Wednesday at 5 PM.
From the Voter Action Initiative
It's stunning to see the millions of people around the country pouring into polling locations to vote or return their vote-by-mail ballots at these centers or at drop boxes.  Our Voter Initiative is in its final sprint and we won't stop until the finish line is behind us! Phone-banking and texting opportunities still abound-please contact Dorie Seavey for information. If you're interested in helping at the polls, visit this site. We'll be having our last meeting before Election night on Tuesday, October 27th at 3pm (Zoom link ). Please join us to come together and check in before the final push.
A Message from our Friends at UU The Vote

Let's get out the vote! On November 2nd we have two national phone banks lined up to Get Out the Vote in FL with New Florida Majority and in WI with Wisconsin Voices
Looking Back

Rally Against Evictions and Foreclosures

Last Thursday our clergy and Amanda Pickett, chair of the Community Action Committee, joined tenants' rights activists with City Life/Urbana Vida and others in the community to rally against evictions and foreclosures that could render as many as 100,000 homeless even as the pandemic worsens. After a die-in at the housing courthouse, the demonstration proceeded to the State House to advocate for measures to protect those in danger of evictions or foreclosure.
Membership Orientation
On Tuesday the Membership Committee held a Zoom social for four prospective members of King's Chapel. After introductions and conversation there followed a brief presentation of King's Chapel's history and our congregational life. We look forward to welcoming these new friends into our midst as members very soon!

We rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.                                                   ~Romans 12:15

We hold in our prayers Miguel Gomez-Ibanez who will have back surgery on November 9, followed by several months of recovery. He is as upbeat and as humorous as ever, but this choice was forced on him by the failure of other treatments and the ongoing severe pain. May we all offer support to him in the ways we can and that he needs. 

The Massachusetts registration deadline for the up-coming election is this Saturday, October 24Info and register online here:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
Send us your voting photos! For the next few weeks, we will add photos of members and staff at the polls in our Facebook and Instagram stories. Send a selfie of yourself voting - by mail or in person - to Jennifer for a chance to be featured and show that we're an active, voting community!