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From the Minister

Twenty years after the Declaration of Independence, the United States was still in its infancy. The nation was still learning how to operate as a free, democratic society. There were fierce differences of political opinions. How could the nation continue with deep political divisions? Was the American experiment failing? Deep questions asked in 1796; questions still very much alive in 2016. In 1796, the Rev. James Freeman addressed the members of King's Chapel hoping to provide a faithful response to America's deep political divisions.  On Sunday at  11AM, we will hear again Freeman's timeless words. Words from the past still speaking to our twenty-first century nation. 
James Freeman, the first Unitarian preacher in Boston, served as the first minister of King's Chapel following the American Revolution, from 1783 until his death in 1835. 

Upcoming Events...

Help Welcomed for a Short Notice Community Action Committee (CAC) Event! Making Sandwiches for common cathedral | August 14th | 9 AM

common cathedral is our partner outdoor church ministry that serves the homeless community of Boston. They have an unexpected open opportunity to help serve their community Lunch on August 14th. common cathedral worships on the Boston Common each Sunday, providing lunch to the homeless community after the service. King's Chapel will be making and serving approximately 150 sandwiches, snacks and drinks for June 26.

If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry,  please contact Jim Carroll 
at, or Judy Luca at
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!

Come hear how British Boston mourned the death of King George II and how we struggled to live into our new fledgling democracy when the nation was in its infancy. 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 14
Morning Prayer 11 AM
"A Sermon on American Independence, Political Discourse and Unity"
The Reverend James Freeman
July 4, 1796
Read by Marie Wells, with Miguel Gomez-Ibanez assisting
August 21
Morning Prayer 11 AM
"A Sermon on the Death of President Abraham Lincoln"
The Reverend Henry 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 Foote
March 22, 1874
Read by Pat Bass
Summer Barbecue |  August 16  |  6 PM

Following our tradition, please plan to join us for an informal barbecue in the beautiful garden behind the Parsonage and Parish House.  This is a time of fun and fellowship, a chance to connect with old friends and meet new ones. Our final summer barbeque will be held Tuesday, August 16.

The main course and drinks will be provided, but we'd love you to bring a side dish or dessert. If it rains, we'll eat indoors.

To RSVP, contact Brad Werner,
Administrative Assistant,, 617-227- 2155 x 104. We hope you can join us!
Save the Date | 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 5PM and is preceded by an organ prelude at 4:30PM given by Heinrich Christensen.

From the Freedom Trail Program

King's Chapel is now on Instagram! Follow us @kingschapelboston. We will be sharing historical fun facts, pictures of King's Chapel old and new, selected visitor photos, upcoming events, and more! Feel free to tag us in your own photos and be sure to use #kingschapel and #kingschapelboston. While our page is getting started, we would love to see your submissions, which can be sent to

Head Educator Taylor Hughes spent last week hiking the White Mountains. The weather held and so did her legs!  

News from the Parish House...

Last Sunday, Rev. Henry Caner Redux! 

On August 7th, we celebrated Holy Communion as would have been celebrated at King's Chapel prior to the American Revolution. We heard the Rev. Caner's sermon on the death of H.M. King George II. 

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 6PM or Sunday 9AM (Morning Light) services throughout the month of August. All are invited to Morning Prayer on Sundays at  11 A.M.

Our regular worship schedule will resume in September. 
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. 

Senior Minister Joy Fallon will be with extended family at Chautauqua, NY from
August 4-11. 

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

In This Issue
Sunday, August 14 | 11 AM

Morning Prayer
  • Marie Wells and     Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, Lay Readers
  • Michael Gonzalez, Soloist
  • Anne Sexton &             Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Gregg Sorensen, Usher in Charge
  • Julie Hyde, Jim Carroll, & Judy Luca, Ushers
  • Anne Sexton, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 80: 8-19 
  • Old Testament:        Isaiah 5:1-7
  • New Testament:              1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
The flowers on the communion table are given with love for August angels young ones and old, distant and dear.

At the communion rail following the service,
Marie Wells will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
After the service, all are invited to Punch on the Bricks,  hosted by Barbara Fay and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday August 16, 
12:15 PM

Thomas Gregg, tenor
Philip Lima, bass
Heinrich Christensen, organ
Bell, Ives and Broadway
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 an 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?
"We Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, and Weep with Those Who Weep" (Romans 12:15)
Anne Perkins, daughter of the Rev. Palfrey Perkins and mother of Louise Perkins, has recently entered into hospice care. Anne is in a beautiful, peaceful facility in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is surrounded by her loving family and friends. Please keep Anne and her family in your prayers. 

Ray Hardin continues to recover from his spinal surgery. Ray experienced a slight set-back last week, but is on the mend again. Visitors and calls of encouragement are welcome. Ray can be reached via his email or cell phone  617.731.8088.  Please call or text before visiting. Ray sends his gratitude to all those who have assisted in the past few weeks. 
More News from the Parish House...

Simon Pilecki , former King's Chapel Administrative Assistant, at his new position as a teacher in Zambia!

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.