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

Godspeed, Rev. Shawn Fiedler | March 5 |  11 AM

At our service of Holy Communion, we will celebrate Shawn's ministry through the new communion mass composed by Heinrich Christensen for this occasion.  All of us will offer our thanks and praise for the many gifts Shawn has showered upon us during this time at King's Chapel.

Almighty God, who annointest leaders amongst us
that we may be fed and grow in spiritual nourishment,
we offer Thee heartfelt thanks for Thy bounteous love
which brought into our midst the Rev. Shawn Fiedler,
our pastor, teacher, preacher and friend.

Continue to bestow on Shawn, we pray,
the bounties of Thy manifold grace and mercies
which have shone through him unto us
during his ministry at King's Chapel.

Watch over him and bring him safe passage
to the new call
which Thou has given unto him in Chicago.

We ask this through Thy son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Farewell Party | March 5 | 12:30 PM

Following the Morning Prayer service this Sunday, we will celebrate Shawn's ministry among us with  a fe stive reception at the Parish House. We  will toast Shawn, give thanks for his work at King's Chapel, and wish him Godspeed as he embarks on a new journey in Chicago. Shawn has been with us since 2014 and was our first full-time Assistant Minister in recent memory. All are encouraged to attend. 

Ash Wednesday at King's Chapel

"I'll never forget sitting in that old box pew, watching as people went up for the imposition of ashes. I realized something: this was a place where people told the truth. The liturgy made them do it. They told the truth about themselves-that they were mortal, that they were sinners, that they were scared."

Check out this wonderful lectionary column featuring King's Chapel in the Christian Century by Nurya Love Parish.

From the Parish House...

Handel & Haydn Society Concert

This past 
Sunday afternoon, a large and enthusiastic crowd enjoyed our guest performers, Susanna Ogata and Ian Watson of the Handel and Haydn Society, as they performed three violin sonatas by Beethoven. Save the date for our final concert this season, Bach Family Reunion on March 26

Upcoming Events...

Lent and Holy Week:
Important Dates to Mark on Your Calendars

A full brochure of all Lent and Holy Week programs and services can be found on our website at and in the church vestibule.  Please mark your calendars now for upcoming services, concerts, and special presentations on this theme: Discovering the Sacred in Art. Among other activities, we'll hear presentations on our church architecture, the Jesus Window at the front of the church (why is it closed except on Easter?), and the stained glass work Emanuel Genovese has crafted for many sacred spaces in the Boston area.
Lenten Series for 2017: "Imaging the Word"| Beginning Wednesday March 8  | 7 PM

Many of us associate Lent with giving something up, such as alcohol or red meat.  But do these sacrifices really make us more spiritual or merely help us shed a few pounds? This year, instead of focusing on subtraction, the Reverend Joy Fallon is offering a special positive Lenten series called "Imaging the Word."  Her series explores visual perceptions that will enhance our understanding of the Bible passages for sermons the following week.  Each discussion will draw on artwork, photography, and poetry to deepen the participants' experience of the passage ("the Word.")   

Copies of a beautiful coffee-table book called Imaging the Word will be available for participants' use during the discussion sessions and at the Parish House.

Participants need not attend all sessions, and there is no charge, but please RSVP to gretchen@kings-chapel.
Please note, these sessions will take place at King's Chapel Parish House at 64 Beacon Street, each Wednesday evening beginning March 8th and ending April 5, at 7 PM.  A light supper will be provided at the beginning of each gathering.

common art show at King's Chapel Parish House | March 12 9:30 - 11:30 AM


Join us on Sunday March 12 as we host an art show between our two Sunday services.  common art, a program of  common cathedral,  is a unique program that provides sp ace, materials and support to homeless people to help de velop their artistic abilities. People who live in shelters, rooming houses and on Boston's streets, gather every Wednesday at Emmanuel Church in Boston to draw, paint, sculpt, make crafts and to share with other artists in like circumstances. 

For most members, common art is a chance to express their artistic gifts. For some, art is a professional path, interrupted and suspended by calamity and homelessness. For others, it's pure joy, an oasis of form and color in otherwise dry times. For all, it's a simple and welcome relief from daily difficulty.  common art meets once a week. A typical gathering includes 40 - 75 artists, along with volunteers, interns and staff. Artists are provided with materials and space to draw, write, paint and sculpt, as well as create beautiful crafts. 

Meet some of these artists and support their efforts by attending a common art show on Sunday, March 12, 9:30- 11:30 AM, at King's Chapel Parish House, located at 64 Beacon St. 

Sponsored by the Community Action Committee, w e are looking for people to help with the show or to donate food for a light breakfast and lunch. To sign up to help contact Judy Luca at .

Learn more about common art online here.
From the Church School

Last Sunday, Church School families and staff offered pancakes and waffles in abundance to our community at King's Chapel as we celebrated Shrove 
Tuesday  a little early during our annual Shrove Pancake Breakfast. Although we begin the Lenten season this week, children at the Church School will be playing a Joyful Noise with Skip, our Little Chapel Music Director. Children of all ages are welcome to this joyful and, more often than not, melodious event. If you would like to know more about our Church School program, please email Ryan at

From the Parish House

Building Homes in Transylvania, Romania | Summer, 2017

King's Chapel member Peter Sexton is leading a trip to Transylvania, Romania, in the summer of 2017, where participants will help build homes, in conjunction with Habitat Cluj. The trip, from June 29-July 14, will be sponsored by Youth Build International, and will include 8 days of building plus additional days of touring. The group plans to worship with King's Chapel's Partner Church on their Confirmation Sunday, July 2, and to visit a number of important churches and historic sites relevant to the roots of Transylvanian Unitarianism. A comprehensive tour of Budapest is also planned. The cost per participant is $1,900, which covers everything except airfare to Budapest and personal items, e.g. alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, etc. This will include a contribution of $400 per person to Habitat Cluj.  Scholarships may be available. For more information, please contact Peter Sexton, build organizer, at 781.383.9028 or .

Pilgrimage to Transylvania on Unitarian Roots | Summer, 2018

Another trip to Transylvania, in July 2018 is in the initial stages of planning.  King's Chapel has learned from the Reverend Roger Bertschausen of an imminent announcement about the "Unitarian Roots Pilgrimage to Transylvania," probably in the first week of July, 2018.  The event will celebrate the year of religious freedom (450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda) and the dedication of the former Bishop's House in Kolozsv├ír as the Transylvanian Center for Unitarianism to be coupled with special programs and tours to historic sites.  The pilgrimage will be jointly sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the International Council of Unitarian Universalists (ICUU), and the UU Partner Church Council.  Discussions between American Unitarian and Hungarian Unitarian churches regarding Christian Unitarian roots are anticipated.  The trip is expected to be both a ministerial and partner church visit opportunity for King's Chapel, and parishioners will be invited.  For more information, please contact Denton Crews, committee chair, at 617.227.0363 or
Some of the participants at the Glastonbury Retreat, weekend of February 17-19.
"We Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, and Weep with Those Who Weep" 
~ Romans 12:15

We rejoice that our wonderful long-time member, Widad Ayad, celebrates her 90th birthday on Saturday with  her usual remarkable grace, flair and beauty. Widad has gifted the church with not  only her presence, but also her stunning flower arrangements, warm and generous  hospitality, and joie de vivre. Happy Birthday, Widad!

We also rejoice with new members Patrick and Elsie Wilmerding who, on Saturday  March 4th, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary! If you ask, they'll tell you about  how they met - Patrick says he fell in love at first sight.

We also rejoice with Ciael Hills, who remembered her father's birthday last Sunday  at the 9 AM service with tulips and hyacinth, recalling happy childhood memories  when the family lived near Holland, and he would take them there to see the spring  flowers.

We mourn with Tamara Hammer and her daughter Felicia, on the death of Tamara's  mother, Penelope Johnson, on February 19 in Florida. A memorial service was held  last week at the Unity Church of Venice, Florida. As described in her obituary, " Penny-- smart, feisty, stubborn-- deeply loved her family. She was known to  everyone as the most honest person they had ever met. She was a former Maine  State Tennis Champion, psychometrician, massage therapist, wonderful friend,  mother and grandmother. 'Say not in grief she is no more but live in thankfulness  that she was.'"  

In This Issue
Sunday Services
March 5
Morning Light | 9 AM

Church School | 10 AM

Holy Communion | 11 AM
The Rev. Shawn Fiedler will Preach
  • Cathleen Price, Lector
  • Brian Church, Conductor
  • Joei Marshall Perry, Soloist
  • Anne Sexton & Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Cliff Allen, Usher in Charge
  • Cathleen Price, Pam & Michael Bergeron, Ushers
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 32
  • Old Testament:        
    Deuteronomy 8:1-10
  • New Testament:  
    Matthew 4:1-11
The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of  Charlie Fay by his son Jonathon Fay and Barbara Fay.
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 the Parish House  for a celebration of Rev. Fiedler's ministry .
Wednesday Service 
March 8
Evening Service | 6 PM
  • Joei Perry, Soloist
  • Carson Cooman, Organist
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
From the Bench:
By Heinrich Christensen

Our prelude this Sunday is a set of Theme and Variations on a familiar theme which you may entitle according to your loyalties.

The motet is O Taste and See, a short communion anthem originally written by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the coronation ceremony of Elizabeth II. 

During communion you will hear the newly written Missa Nunc Dimittis, written especially for this occasion. It is based on a plainsong setting of the Nunc Dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word) that Shawn selected for our Wednesday evening services in the recently concluded season of Epiphany. This particular chant is characterized by the antiphon/refrain and verses apparently being in two different tonalities, but somehow working very well together. These two themes are explored and juxtaposed in the Kyrie and Agnus, whereas the Sanctus seeks to emulate the ringing of Sanctus bells, the sweetest sound to Shawn's ears. 

Our offertory is Herbert Howells' Te Deum, first composed for use at King's College, Cambridge. It is very British and full of pomp and circumstance, in celebration and thanksgiving for Shawn's ministry at King's Chapel. The music department wishes him Godspeed and hope that neither he nor we shall ever be confounded.

Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, March 7
12:15 PM

Mary Sullivan, soprano
Carrie Cheron, mezzo-soprano
Works by Bach, Pergolesi, Verdi
From the Freedom Trail...

The Freedom Trail Visitors Program thanks all who joined us in celebrating the Revere bell's 201st birthday last week! During the celebration week, about 3,500 people visited King's Chapel, 91 of whom visited the bell on a guided tour. Many others created bells of their own at our craft stations and learned about the bell from staff. This is the first time the Freedom Trail Visitors Program was open throughout February School Vacation week. Thanks again to all who helped make last week a success, and here's to another 201 years for the bell!

Upcoming Meetings at King's Chapel

* March 20 | 8:30 AM: 
   Building and Grounds     
   conference call meeting

* March 28 | 6 PM:
   Vestry Meeting
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Contributing to Between Sundays

Our  enewsletter is sent each Thursday afternoon.  Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Brad 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.