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From the Minister

In this week's New Testament reading, Jesus rattles off a list of people he calls 'blessed'. The story is known as the so-called 'Sermon on the Plain.' The passage is similar to the Sermon on the Mount, but is more rushed, urgent, quick:  Blessed are you who are poor. Blessed are you who are hungry. Blessed are you who weep. Jesus recites a litany of those groups of people close to the heart of God; types of people whom God favors. Everything seems pretty normal. That is, until I realized I am no where on the list! I am not poor. I am not hungry. I rarely weep. What about me? Then Jesus recites 'The Woes.'  Woe to you who are rich. Woe to you who are full. Woe to you who are laughing. Ah. There I am. Yikes. Now what? 

Upcoming Events...

Hymn Sing! | Tonight | 7PM 

Join us tonight, Wednesday July 20 at 7PM for a special Theology on Tap Hymn Sing! We will be joined by Music Director Heinrich Christensen; bring copies of your favorite hymn! We will have copies of the Pilgrim Hymnal. We will gather at our Parish House 64 Beacon Street. Light appetizers will be provided.  All are invited to bring refreshments to share. R.S.V.P. to 
Tuesday July 26 | 6-8 PM | Exploring Slavery | RSVP

If you are interested in helping to brainstorm about how King's Chapel might address its history with slavery, please come for an informal dinner and discussion at the Parish House on  Tuesday, July 26th.  Shawn and Joy would like to get your thoughts.  RSVPs are appreciated. 

Our hope is to develop a reading list so that we understand our history accurately, including past church members who were slaveholders and benefitted from slave trafficking; a program in February 2017 for both the membership and visitors to our Freedom Trail program; and greater engagement in justice issues, as a response to our history.  We'll also talk about resources and possible collaborative efforts with other organizations. 

These are preliminary conversations; if you are unable to attend, please share your thoughts via email:;

Historic Sermons Series 
Delivered each Sunday in August, 2016

During the month of August, on Sundays at 
11AM, King's Chapel will be reading aloud past sermons preached from our historic pulpit. Our history will be made alive as ancient words are read anew. 

We will 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.  We will explore how the nation tried to make sense of the assassination of President Lincoln and how each of us could follow the good example of Boston native Charles Sumner. 

These are more than just passing words. They are sermons that captured and reflected upon key moments in this nations history. Join us as we step back in time and hear again the sermons that defined a nation.

August 7
Holy Communion 
(1662 Liturgy) 11 AM
"A Sermon upon the Occassion of the Death of Our 
Late Most Gracious Sovereign King George II"
The Reverend Henry Caner
January 1, 1761
August 14
Morning Prayer 11 AM
"A Sermon on American Independence, Political Discourse and Unity"
The Reverend James Freeman
July 4, 1796
August 21
Morning Prayer 11 AM
"A Sermon on the Death of President Abraham Lincoln"
The Reverend Henry Foote
April 19, 1865
August 28
Morning Prayer 11 AM
"A Sermon in Memory of Charles Sumner"
The Reverend Henry Foote
March 22, 1874
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 Gretchen Horton,
Parish Administrator,, 617-227- 2155 x 108. We hope you can join us!
News from the Parish House....

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. 
Our Morning Prayer Service and Offering Response

Our Minister Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Carl Scovel, has been writing a Commentary on  our Prayer Book that is in its final stages of editing. A few of us have been privileged to be
reviewing the book with him. Carl recalls that the Rev. Joe Barth began the practice in 1961 of having the congregation sing this response:

We give Thee but Thine own,
What'er the gift may be
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.

It's a beautiful response, that some of us have sung in other churches. More recently  at King's Chapel we've sung a Doxology to the tune of the Old Hundredth. For this  summer, I've suggested that we try the older response sung during most of Carl's  time as our minister, as a way of honoring our past history. Let Shawn, Heinrich,  and me know what you think!

In This Issue
Wednesday, July 20 |  6 PM
The Rev. Joy Fallon, Preacher
  • Amy Meyer, Hospitality
  • Dan Perry, Soloist

Sunday, July 24 | 11 AM

Morning Prayer
The Rev. Shawn Fiedler, Preacher
  • Amy Meyer, Lay Reader
  • Michael Gonzalez, Soloist
  • Anne Sexton & Paul Luca, Head Ushers
  • Charles Perry, Usher in Marie Wells, David Wheeler, and Amy Meyer, Ushers
  • Cathy Price, Verger
The Readings:
  •  Psalm 85
  •  Old Testament:         
    Proverbs 31: 1-20
  •  New Testament:         
     Luke 6:17-26
The flowers on the communion table are given by the Chancel Committee.

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 the Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench
By Heinrich Christensen

Since Michael Gonzalez came down with a late breaking case of strep throat when he was scheduled to be the soloist two weeks ago, we have programmed the same two spirituals, Deep River and Oh, Didn't It Rain, both arranged by Harry T. Burleigh, in hopes that Michael will have made a full recovery and be back in splendid voice this week.
The organ voluntaries are based on the Lutheran chorale If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee , one setting by Johann Sebastian Bach from hisOrgelb├╝chlein , and a set of chorale variations by Robert Sirota.
Tuesday Recital
Tuesday, July 26, 12:15 PM

Racha Fora
Hiroaki Honshuku, director
Jazz/Brazilian Fusion
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 to all of you who help to keep our Stewardship Campaign strong and are happy to report that we have reached almost 80% of our goal toward $195,000!  There is still time to make your pledge. Stewardship is about working together to be stewards of King's Chapel. Pledges of time and talent are also necessary to help us grow!  
Thank you to those who pledged this past week:

Peter and Vicky Cocolutto
Ray Hardin

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

Interested in Membership?
More News from  The Parish...

Last Wednesday, Rev. Fiedler's high school civics teacher surprised him by showing up at the  Wednesday  service!

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.