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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


Stephen Courtney first attended Kings Chapel at a Maundy 
Thursday Service in 2011. By 2014, he was a regular attendee of the Wednesday service and became an official member of King's Chapel the next year. Stephen has given reflections for the Wednesday service on five occasions, has served on the Building & Grounds Committee and, most recently, on Vestry.  

Stephen and his wife Lisa have five children: Tyler, Dylan, Mike, Andrew and Lindsay from ages 35 to 24. Three are married, but no grandchildren yet. 
 In his professional life, he is an architect with a specialty in cancer fighting proton therapy facilities, as well as preservation architecture which he puts to ample use here at King's Chapel.  Early in Stephen's career, he served the U.S. Peace Corps in Belize. He will be preaching this Sunday on "Waging Peace" looking back to an experience he had in Antiqua, Guatemala.
All-Church Barbecue | This Wednesday, July 18 | 6 PM | Parish House Garden

Join us for another informal and fun church barbecue in the Parish House garden, 64 Beacon Street. Joy and Bob Fallon will provide the main course (hot dogs, veggie and beef burgers) and the drinks and, if you're able, you bring either a side or a dessert (potato chips, salad, cookies, etc). It's a great time to see old friends and meet new ones.
RSVP if you can ( but come even if you haven't. We start at 6 PM in the backyard. Come one, come all!
Save the Dates
Wednesday, August 15 | All-Church Barbecue
  • 4:30 to 6 PM: African American Freedom Trail Tour. Meet at the Parish House (Tentative)
  • 6 PM | Final Barbecue of the Summer in the Parish House Garden. Bring side dishes or dessert.
Sunday, August 19 | Usher CPR Training |
1 to 4:30 PM | at King's Chapel
Sunday, September 9 | Free Church History Tour by our History Program Staff |  12:15 PM | 
For all Worshippers

You may have worshipped at King's Chapel for years, but have you ever taken the official Bells and Bones history tour offered by our history educators? This is your chance, for free, as we welcome everyone back to King's Chapel for the fall. The tour has been updated by our staff, and covers both the crypt burial spaces under the sanctuary and the famous Paul Revere bell in our bell tower. Plan for a 30-45 minute tour beginning about 12:15 or 12:30 PM.
Tuesday, September 11 | "Many Meetings" | 6 to 8:30 PM | Parish House
  • 6 PM - Worship in Little Chapel
  • 6:20 PM - Dinner
  • 7 PM - Various Committee Meetings Begin
Sunday September 16 | Homecoming Sunday
  • 9 AM - Morning Light Worship in the Little Chapel, Parish House
  • 10 AM - Church School Begins, Parish House
  • 10 AM - Sandwich Making for the common cathedral, Parish House Kitchen
  • 11 AM - Morning Prayer Worship with full choir and Blessing of the Backpacks
  • 12:30 PM - Lunch, Parish House
Sunday, September 23 | Morning Worship and Evensong
  • 9 AM - Morning Light Worship at the Little Chapel, Parish House
  • 10 AM - Church School at the Parish House
  • 11 AM - Morning Prayer Worship at the Chapel
  • 12:15 PM - Free Historical Tour of King's Chapel Crypt and Bell Tower
  • 12 PM - Beacon Hill "Fall Fest," King's Chapel booth and open house for kids and adults
  • 6 PM - Evensong service with American Guild of Organists
Saturday, September 29 | Leadership Retreat | Held offsite at Trinity Church in Copley Square
All-day: For all elected officers, Vestry and Council members, and staff
Sunday, October 14 | Celebrating Amelia's Recent Wedding| 12:30 PM | at the Parish House
Reception to celebrate the wedding of the Rev. Amelia Nugent and Jacob Edson
Saturday, October 20 | "Peace-ing It Together"
All-Day Anti-racism Training led by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute for King's Chapel.  Registration required. For more information, contact
Summer Vacation Schedules

"The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest." 
- Seneca

Our staff heeds this concept and will be taking time off this summer, as follows:

July 12 - 16: Faye away
July 27 - August 3: Faye away
July 29 - August 7: Joy away
July 30 - August 13: Heinrich away
July 31 - August 4: Amelia away
August 10 - 13: Faye away
August 19 - September 2: Joy away
August 26-27: Amelia away

Joy will be away on Sundays for the remainder of the summer.
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.
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
From the History Program

A big thanks to all who made Harborfest at King's Chapel such a success!

Last week, the King's Chapel History Program participated in the annual Boston Harborfest, America's largest 4th of July celebration. Our history staff and visitors braved the heat, and had one of our busiest weeks on record! 

Visitors from not only around the country, but around the world, flocked to Boston to discover the city's rich history surrounding American independence. In addition to visitors from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, we also hosted guests from as far as Sydney, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Between June 29 and July 5, a whopping 12,703 people visited King's Chapel as part of Harborfest, with 2,626 people touring the church on July 4th alone. Even after the festivities, 3,402 visitors toured King's Chapel last Saturday. This means that 23% more people visited King's Chapel this Harborfest than last year. We also saw a 105% increase in total visitor donations over Harborfest 2017. 216 guests extended their visits with guided  Bell & Bones and  Art & Architecture tours. 

The next time you see our crew of History Educators -- Rosalie, Christina, Jennifer, Lin, Lauren, Tori, and Armando -- thank them for all they do, sharing King's Chapel's rich history with the public!
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.
"We rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep."  - Romans 12:15

We rejoice with Julina Rundberg, our former Parish Administrator, who was married last month to Greg  Kanarian.  Congratulations to this wonderful couple!
Amelia Jake and Wilco
We rejoice with Rev. Amelia and her fiancée, Jake, who are fostering a dog, Wilco, for the summer while their friend is undergoing chemo treatments. Wilco is adjusting to life in the Parish House well, and looks forward to meeting everyone!

In This Issue
Last Week's Sermon
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Click HERE to watch part of our Summer Sermon series.
Sunday Services 
July 15

Morning Light at the Little Chapel | 9 AM
Stephen Courtney, Lay Preacher
Morning Prayer | 11 AM
  • The Rev. Joy Fallon, Senior Minister
  • The Rev. Amelia Nugent, Assistant Minister
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
  • Stephen Courtney, Lay Preacher
  • Carol Kemp, Lay Reader
  • Andy Troska, Soloist
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Sylvia Soderberg, Usher in Charge
  • Betsy Peterson, Usher
  • Clark Aitkins, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 34:4-14
  • Old Testament,
    Isaiah 9:6
  • New Testament,             
    Romans 14:13-19
At the communion rail following the service, Christopher LaRoche will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.

After the service all are invited to Punch on the Bricks, hosted by Betsy Peterson and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
From the Bench
Our soloist this week is tenor Andy Troska who will offer peaceful works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Bach. 
The prelude is the Fantasia in E Flat Major by Moritz Brosig, a work in four movements and quite reminiscent of Mendelssohn's organ sonatas. 
Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, July 17, 12:15 PM 
Gabriel V Brass Quintet
Bach, Calvert, Ewald, Mathias, Scheidt
Save the Date
Sunday, September 9: Sandwich Making with common cathedral
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.