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From the Minister

The nation was shocked. Just six days earlier, on April 9, 1865, the  South had surrendered and the bloody American Civil War had finally  ended. The 26 year old minister at King's Chapel, Henry W. Foote  held a service of thanks, grateful for peace, grateful for the l iberty granted the nation's black citizens, grateful for all those whose  sacrifice had made it possible. 630,000 had died, and over a million  were wounded. Many must have been hopeful for the reconciliation of  which President Lincoln had so eloquently spoken in his second  inaugural speech a month prior: "With malice toward none, with  charity for all..."

Then on April 15, Lincoln was assassinated, at age 56. Rev.  Foote had to ascend the pulpit at King's Chapel again, the world about  him suddenly changed. What could he say now, to Boston's exhausted, worried worshipers

On Sunday, we'll hear the eloquent words offered by the Rev. Foote  about President Lincoln. If you are unable to join us, a video of the  sermon will be posted.

Upcoming Events...

Historic Sermons Series 
Delivered each Sunday in August, 2016

Our history will be made alive as King's Chapel reads aloud past sermons preached from our historic pulpit!

Listen as we explore how the nation tried to make sense of the assassination of President Lincoln or how each of us could follow the good example of Boston native Charles Sumner.

These are sermons that captured and reflected upon key moments in our nation's history. Join us as we step back in time and hear again the sermons that defined a nation!

August 21
Morning Prayer 11 AM
"A Sermon on the Death of President Abraham Lincoln"
The Reverend Henry Wilder Foote
April 19, 1865
Read by Todd Lee 
with Karen Dalton assisting
August 28
Morning Prayer 11 AM
"A Sermon in Memory of Charles Sumner"
The Reverend Henry Wilder Foote
March 22, 1874
Read by Pat Bass 
with Hallie Speight assisting
Choral Evensong | September 11

The King's Chapel Choir returns on the evening of September 11th for a special Choral Evensong. We will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001 with this somber service of prayer, readings, and music. Choral Evensong begins at 5 PM and is preceded by an organ prelude at 4:30 PM given by Heinrich Christensen.

News from the Parish House...

Sad News

We are saddened to learn of the death of Anne Hervieux Perkins, mother  of our long-time member, Louise Perkins. Anne died  peacefully at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester on August  11th, surrounded by her children. Louise has been attending to her  mother since last month, when Anne suffered a stroke; she was 89 years  old. Anne was also the daughter-in-law of the Rev. Palfrey Perkins,  minister of King's Chapel 1933-1955.

A memorial service celebrating Anne's life will be held on Saturday,  November 15, 2016 at 11 am at the First Congregational Parish  Unitarian in Petersham, Massachusetts, where Anne was active.

Notes and cards may be sent to Louise at 17 Williams Street, Salem MA  01970.

"Give rest, O Lord, to thy servants with thy saints, where sorrow and  pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Amen." 
( King's  Chapel, Book of Common Prayer).
Common Cathedral Last Sunday | Upcoming October 16

Last Sunday, King's Chapel made sandwiches for our neighbors--Common Cathedral--a worshiping community of housed and un-housed people that meets outside on Boston Common. After making and delivering lunch, many of us stayed to worship with the community. Thanks to all who participated! Save the date: We will be providing lunch again on 
October 16th! More information to come.
Common Cathedral 2
Common Cathedral 1
Barbecue Fun

Last night, August 16th, we dodged the raindrops to hold our final summer barbecue at the Parish House garden. 25 young and old(er) new members and long-time King's Chapel folks all gathered to share fun and conversation.

Staff Comings and Goings in August

During the month of August, all of your parish house staff will be coming and going, taking a week of vacation here, or an extended weekend there.   

Assistant Minister Shawn Fiedler will be unavailable the last week in  August (Aug. 29-Sept. 3). 

Parish Administrator Gretchen Horton will be out of the  office during August 12-19, and partial days at other times.

So that you can always reach us in any emergency, Administrative Assistant Brad
Werner will be at the front desk of the Parish House every day this month, Monday-Friday, from 9-1. He will always know how to reach us in any emergency. We've got you covered!

Many blessings to all for a restful and restorative August.

- Joy
No Wednesday Evening Services or Morning Light in August

During the month of August, we will give our worship spaces time to rest and recover from a wonderful year of worship and music together. There will be no Wednesday 6 PM or Sunday 9 AM (Morning Light) services throughout the month of August. All are invited to Morning Prayer on Sundays at         11 AM.

Our regular worship schedule will resume in September. 
"We Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, and Weep with Those Who Weep" (Romans 12:15)

Last week Boston hosted the ComCon, a huge celebration of Comic Book and pop culture. Caroline Sears again created a remarkable costume for the occasion, portraying Rey, the female Jedi around whom the final Star Wars movies center. Congratulations to our artist, Caroline.

In This Issue
 Click here to experience an historic Sermon from the year 1796 by the Rev. James Freeman as part of King's Chapel's August Historic Sermon Series.
Sunday Services
Sunday, August 21 | 11 AM

Morning Prayer
  • Todd Lee and Karen Dalton, Lay Readers
  • Eric Ferring, Soloist
  • Anne Sexton &             Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Betsy Peterson and Julie Hyde, Ushers
  • Anne Sexton, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 1
  • Old Testament:       Micah 6:6a, 8
  • New Testament:   Romans 12:9-21
The flowers on the communion table are given by Betsy Peterson in thanksgiving for a happy marriage.

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 Punch on the Bricks,  hosted by Julie Hyde and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench:
By Heinrich Christensen
Join us this Sunday to say a final fond farewell to tenor Eric Ferring, who is back in town ever so briefly for his birthday week to pack up his Boston apartment and U-haul his worldly belongings off to Pennsylvania, where he is about to being the next chapter of his ascent to the stars as a young artist with the Pittsburgh Opera. In honor of our historical Lincoln sermon, Eric will open the service with the song  Nancy Hanks, sung from the perspective of Lincoln's mother, and set to music by Katherine K. Davis, best known as the composer of The Little Drummer Boy, and longtime faculty member of Wellesley College.
Eric will also delight you with Gounod's  O Divine Redeemer and the famous setting of  The Lord's Prayer by Albert Hay Malotte.
Heinrich will play Schumann and Bach for pre- and postludes.

Tuesday Recital
Tuesday August 23, 
12:15 PM

Timothy Macri, flute
Margot McGowan, clarinet
Michael Mechanic, bassoon
Works by Hummel & Devienne
Save the Date
Homecoming Services and Lunch | September 18

Our annual homecoming Sunday marks the beginning of our program year and the begging of Church School. Come and celebrate at lunch in the Parish House after our 11 AM morning prayer service.
Come to the Cabaret!

Please join us for the 6th annual Alto Extravaganza  Friday  and
Saturday September 23 and 24  at  7:30 pm ! Once again our hostesses with the most, Heather Holland and Mindy Hinkel, take over the Parish House to make you laugh, cry and blush!  This year expect lots of special guests to keep the excitement going. Food and libations provided. So mark your calendars, invite your friends and come join these lovely ladies! All proceeds go to the Kings Chapel Concert Series... now that's got to make you feel good!!!

Friday  and  Saturday  September 23 and 24  at  7:30 pm  
(doors open at 7)
Kings Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, 2nd floor
Lots of Music in September

The choir makes an early return again this year for Choral Evensong,  September 11th at 4:30 PM . On the fifteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, the King's Chapel Choir will lead this ancient service of music, prayer, and remembrance. The service begins at  5 PM  and is preceded by an organ prelude recital by Heinrich Christensen at  4:30 PM Homecoming is  September 18 , and then on  September 25 , the Concert Series opens its season at  5 PM  with a program entitled "More and More Mozart". Following up on last season's finale of Mozart's sacred vocal music, we offer 6 of his so-called Church Sonatas for organ and strings, as well as his Fantasia in f minor arranged for flute, clarinet, and organ. Choir member Emily Bieber will be the soloist in the famous Exsultate, Jubilate . This event is presented in collaboration with our friends at First Parish UU in Bedford, MA, and will be conducted by their music director Bradford Conner.
From the Freedom Trail Program
As another busy summer approaches its close, the Freedom Trail Program has some exciting events coming this fall.

On Wednesday September 7, King's Chapel will participate in Boston Charter Day, commemorating the naming of Boston, Massachusetts for Boston, Linconshire on September 7, 1630. Our bell will ring at 4:30pm, or 1630 military time.

Later in the month, we are participating in Street Pianos Boston 2016. Some may recall Street Pianos Boston from 2013, when vibrantly decorated pianos popped up around the city for the public to play and enjoy. From September 23 - October 10, King's CHapel will play host to one of these 60 pianos.

For more information about these events, please visit and
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
Stewardship Campaign

We are grateful for your continued support to our Annual Stewardship Campaign.  We are at 85% of our goal of $195,000. Your commitment in time, talent and treasure helps King's Chapel grow in faith and generosity.  Thank you all for all you do for our community! 

Need a pledge form? Contact 
for a form! Thank you!

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.