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Summer Sermon Series

Have you ever looked around on a  Sunday morning and wondered Why are all these people here? What brings them to church? To Christianity? To King's Chapel? 

Especially in this congregation, the answers to those questions are interesting and diverse. Often the most fascinating stories are in the pews. This July we will honor the diverse beliefs, stories, and backgrounds of our congregation by celebrating a month of lay preaching. Several members of the congregation have been working on sharing stories of faith -- and they are powerful! Come on Sundays in July to listen, learn, and support our lay preachers. 

July 1st: Elizabeth Barnett
July 8th: Christopher Barnett
July 15th: Stephen Courtney 
July 22nd: Megan Benders 
July 29th: Timothy Nelson-Hoy
From the Lay Preacher


Elizabeth DeMille Barnett has been a member of King's Chapel for 25 years. She has served on the Denominational Affairs Committee, as a Sunday School volunteer and on Vestry. She also has served as Chair and Clerk for the Christian Council of Churches in the Unitarian-Universalist Association. In her professional life, she is a certified City Planner with a specialty in affordable housing. She is married to Christopher J. Barnett. They had two sons who attended King's Chapel Sunday School. Alexander, who lives in Baltimore with his new bride Laura, and Nicholas, who died in 2007 and is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Using Psalm 139 as text, she will be preaching on how the role of nature, particularly birds, reinforces her belief in God.

-- Elizabeth DeMille Barnett

The Parish House offices will be closed on July 4, 5 and 6th in honor of Independence Day.

King's Chapel Summer Reading List

The Adult Religious Education Committee, in collaboration with the Community Action Committee, have some summer reading suggestions.  Enjoy!  We'd love to talk about any of these in the fall, if readers are interested.  Let us know!
  1.  Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn (recommended by Medb Sichko)

    Local poet and author Nick Flynn was a social worker at Boston's Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter, where he was startled to meet his long estranged father.  As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger father, a self-proclaimed poet and conman doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. The title, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, is the description his father made of life as a homeless person in Boston. This book tells the story of the trajectory that led Nick and his father onto the streets, into that shelter, and finally to each other. 
  2. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself by Harriet Jacobs (recommended by Amanda Pickett and Kent Wittenberg)

    book almost banned when first written, this is the life story of an American slave as told by a slave herself in 1861.  One of the actual "slave narratives" available today, the book is an autobiography by a young mother and fugitive slave published with the help of white abolitionist L. Maria Child, who edited the book for its author, Harriet Ann Jacobs, and became Jacobs' lifetime friend. 
    Jacobs' book is addressed to white women in the North who do not fully comprehend the evils of slavery.  The author makes direct appeals to their humanity to expand their knowledge and influence their thoughts about slavery as an institution.  Newspapers began to publish excerpts, but later stopped  because  the author explores the struggles and sexual abuse that female slaves faced on plantations, as well as their efforts to practice motherhood and protect their children when their children might be sold away. 
    3.   The Art of Meditation by Joel Goldsmith (recommended by Stephen Courtney)
    This classic, bestselling introduction to a regular program of daily meditation defines meditation's vital role in spiritual living, and features careful instructions, illustrative examples, and specially written meditations. 
    4. Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle (recommended by the Rev. Joy Fallon)
    The best book I read this year, I'd recommend this for everyone.  I both laughed out loud and teared up, and keep returning to many lines I copied down inside the front covers.  With great humor and memorable stories, the author unveils how full our lives could be if we could find the joy that comes from loving others and in being loved unconditionally.   The context for the real life stories told here is the work Greg Boyle has done for twenty years running Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the gang capital of the world, in Los Angeles.  The book may sound as if it's about gang kids but it's really about all of us.
Welcome to New Members
Melinda Merino

"I love Boston and have lived here on Beacon Hill since 2000, when I moved "back East" to start a new job as Executive Editor at Harvard Business Review Press.  I grew up in Central New York (nor'easters do not intimidate me) and after graduating from Colgate fell by accident into a publishing career that has lasted 33 years and counting.  I have lived in Austin, San Francisco and London, but Boston is where my roots are and it grounds me.  I'm excited to be extending my roots here even further by becoming a member at King's Chapel.  You have all made me and my husband, Gary, feel so welcomed here and we look forward to meeting all of you!"

Gary Riccio
"I was raised as a Catholic but left the church at 18 years of age.  I still admire much about the Catholic Church, but notably Pope Francis and medieval thought.  My religiosity has always been important, and I have spent significant time in a variety of Christian churches --Quaker, Episcopal and Lutheran for example -- but I also am interested in Islam and Eastern Religions.  I am most interested in the varieties of religious experience, the mind of Christ, the faith of Christ, and the second person standpoint (e.g. Buber's I-thou).
From the Parish House

King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston Build | Saturday, July 21 | 10 AM
We are gearing up for the King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston build.   The build runs on Saturday, July 21, from 10 AM  to 3 PM.  The build will be at one of the HFH-Boston sites now under construction in Roslindale, Mattapan, or Dorchester.  The exact location will be selected by HFH-Boston based upon the specific build site requirements.  Work will be available for all skill levels, including those who have never done this before!  For more information on HFH-Boston click HERE.
King's Chapel has supported HFH-Boston both financially and with multiple volunteer efforts.  If you haven't done this before, please consider joining now. This is a wonderful opportunity for hands on support for an important organization.  The minimum age to participate is sixteen.  To enroll or for more information contact Emanuel Genovese at
(617) 738-6367 or
Leo Johnson sends his greetings to his friends at King's Chapel.  Leo has been a faithful, long-time, active member but has had many health challenges in the last year making it impossible for him to attend worship.  He reports he is gaining strength and able to cut back on some of his in-home services.  He had to give up driving but now has been able to be more mobile using a walker.

He and his wife, Dorothy, live in an assisted living community in Dedham.  He goes out very occasionally for lunch with friends but greatly misses being part of a wider community.  He keeps connected with us by reading Between Sundays each week and following the sermons online.  He hopes to be able to come to service some time this summer.

Please feel free to reach out to him by sending a card or note and continue to send prayers for God's Blessings for Leo and Dorothy.

Cards can be sent to:
Leo and Dorothy Johnson

Many thanks to Gregg Sorensen, Chair of Hospitality, and Becky Wittenburg, Committee member, for their work cleaning and organizing our Parish House Kitchen!
From the History Program
Join the History Program during Boston Harborfest 2018, America's largest Fourth of July Festival!

From  Thursday June 28 through Thursday July 5, swing by King's Chapel for tours and programs beginning every 15 minutes. 

Activities include our signature  Bell & Bones tours, our new-and-improved  Art & Architecture tour, Revolutionary King's Chapel talks, a craft station, and scavenger hunts! 

Tickets for guided tours during HarborFest are available online or at the door.  All other programming is free and open to the public.  

We hope to see you there!
From the Chancel Committee
If you would like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a birth, anniversary or graduation the following dates are still available for 2018:
July 15th, 22nd, 29th and September 9th.
Look Back

The first of the summer barbecues was held last night at the Parish House.  Thanks to everyone who brought such delicious dishes!  The rain held off and all were able to celebrate in the true form of the King's Chapel community!
Thanks to all who came to the Kinsale last week to talk about our Wednesday 6 PM service. Everyone filled out a survey and offered their thoughts. 
"We rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep."
We rejoice with Eleanor Graber who won the Biggest Heart Award from her teachers at the Park Street School for going out of her way to help others. Congratulations Eleanor!
In This Issue
Last Week's Sermon
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Sunday Services 
July 1

Morning Light with Holy Communion | 9 AM
The Rev. Amelia Nugent
Holy Communion | 11 AM
  • The Rev. Joy Fallon, Senior Minister
  • The Rev. Amelia Nugent, Assistant Minister
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Elizabeth Barnett, Lay Preacher
  • Timothy Nelson-Hoy, Lay Reader
  • Thomas Gregg, Soloist
  • David Carrier, Guest Organist
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Cliff Allen, Usher in Charge
  • Cathy Price, Pamela Bergeron and Michael Bergeron, Ushers
  • Clark Aitkins, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 139, 1-18
  • Old Testament,
    Job 39:1-18
  • New Testament,             
    Matthew 6:25-27
The flowers on the communion table are given in loving memory of David Perkins, who struggled to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, by his sister Cornelia P. Zinsser.

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 Punch on the Bricks, hosted by Cathy Price and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench
While Heinrich is attending the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Kansas City, our guest organist this week will be David Carrier from the Wellesley Village Church.  David will play Russian and French music by Muschel and Franck.  The soloist is Thomas Gregg who will observe the Bernstein centenary with Simple Song from Mass, in addition to offering his own Summer Mass, composed especially for King's Chapel summer services. 
Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, July 3, 12:15 PM 
Cheryl Van Ornam
Plays the C. B. Fisk Organ
"Patriotic Fireworks for Organ"
Service Updates
Church school and nursery care have ended for the season.  Classes will reconvene in September.

Wednesday evening Holy Communion services have ended for the season.

Our Morning Light service will continue through the end of July.
Donating Decorative, Fine Art, and Furniture to Kings Chapel

Some of our generous members and friends have asked about how and whether to
donate furnishings or decorative arts to Kings Chapel.

We encourage you to consider Kings Chapel as a wonderful place to find a home for some things that you might wish to donate. Gifts of furniture and decorative objects donated by members over the years have enriched the rooms of our beautiful Parish House and Church. Members wishing to donate furniture or decorative art objects should first contact Gretchen Horton, Parish Administrator, at for a determination as to the current usability of such donated items.
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Contributing to Between Sundays

Our e-newsletter is sent each Thursday afternoon.  Want something in Between Sundays? Feel free to email Lauren 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.