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From the Minister

My Dear Friends-
 
Life is full.
 
Sometimes, at the end of a long meeting, or perhaps a long day, or even just a brief encounter in the hall, Joy will pause, reflecting a moment, and then pronounce, often with a wry smile, "Life is full." At first I thought it was just "minister-speak" for "Life is hard." Or "What a day!" Or even, "Ugh!" And, if we're being honest, there might be a bit of that too-at least sometimes. But later I came to understand that there's something more to this little turn of phrase. Life can be hard. The days can be long. And sometimes? We don't have the words to express our frustration or exasperation or weariness. Ugh!
 
Haven't these last few weeks put us intimately in touch with these truths?
 
But to pause, in the midst of uncertainty, anxiety, difficulty... to pause and recall ourselves to the fullness of life... this is to abide in another truth: that life, like we ourselves, is never one thing only. The lives we live, the people we are (and are becoming), the faith we practice, the stories we share to make sense of it all... these are all so full: of nuance and complexity and richness and beauty.
 
We are approaching Palm Sunday and nearing the end of our Lenten journey. Our prayerbook tells us that "Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's entry into Jerusalem and anticipates his crucifixion. It has been our custom to observe the themes of acclaim and rejection in alternate years." Thus, this year, even in the midst of sickness and isolation, we observe the theme of acclaim. We lift our palms with the throngs who welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem and we raise our voices in the familiar refrain: "Hosanna!"
 
Our sacred story gives us one who arrives even in the midst of our world's heaviness and darkness-who yet comes to lighten and illumine. Do we imagine the trace of a wry smile as he greets the crowds from atop his humble mount? For surely he knows that these crowds will give way to others, less adoring; that acclaim and jubilation won't be the last word; that in the fullness of the story, light shines brightest in the darkness.
 
Life is full, indeed. Full of joys and sorrows, love and loss, hope in the dark. Those "hosannas" that we'll echo on this Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion? Our tradition commonly understands them as cheers and shouts of praise, and indeed, that was probably how many in the crowds who greeted Jesus intended them. But there was another meaning for those of Jesus time. In Hebrew, hosanna was "Help" or "Save, I pray." In the fullness of life, in the fullness of our story, praise is commingled with petition, adulation with entreaty. As it was for our forerunners in faith, so it is for us. In the darkness, hope in the light.
 
In faith and love,
 
David
Voices of King's Chapel About These Times

Dorie Seavey From Dorie Seavey:

I have been touched and comforted by the services you all have been streaming online. I received a wonderful call of kindness from Cliff yesterday to "check in" on how KC members are doing. And I've taken such meaning from our environmental group meeting on Mondays at 12:30 PM-such interesting folks and the combination of our musings is always fascinating.  My best to all of you and thank you for everything you all are doing.
Creation of Our Online Services: If You Want To Know How the Sausage Is Made....
 
My sister said this week, "I feel like I'm starting my profession all over again." She's been a speech and language pathologist for 30 years, and superb at helping very young children with multiple special needs learn to say sounds and talk. It's a lot of hands-on care and encouragement, playing with toys, helping the infants and toddlers mimic her sounds, having them feel the shape of her mouth. Now my sister has to try to teach through a zoom call, with children darting on and off screen. In the past, she could serve 40 children each week. Now she is relieved if she can spend "zoom" time with 10. To prepare for the new sessions, my sister is watching and re-watching the webinars distributed by other speech and language pathologists; "I only can absorb a certain amount with each viewing," she told me.
 
This was one of the best conversations I've had recently, because my sister put in words what I've been feeling: (click here to read more from Joy)

Earth Day Commemoration
Watch this space for more details of the Sunday before Earth Day, April 19.    In addition to our recorded service with guest preacher Tricia Brennan, there will be a live online event featuring members of the congregation sharing their thoughts, experiences, and actions related to the climate crisis. We are all on this journey together.
From the History Program
Despite changes to our scenery over the last couple of weeks, the History Program has remained hard at work determining the best ways to engage our community and visitors remotely. In addition to increased social media and blog posts on the History Program blog, there are exciting new projects in the works. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing new digital content and online exhibits, aimed at sharing our programs and history with online audiences and maintaining visitor engagement at this time. 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our first online exhibit,  Literary King's Chapel, exploring literary works and writings from the church's historic community throughout National Literature and Poetry Month. 

We look forward to hearing your feedback on this effort. Please contact  faye@kings-chapel.org with your questions and comments.
From our Community Action Committee
Our unhoused neighbors are in need during these uncertain times. You can help!  common cathedral invites us to donate items out of which their staff will then build "to-go" bag lunches. Sign up to donate HERE .  They are still in need of donation from April 15 - 17.

You can sign up to donate 50 sandwiches, 50 pieces of fruit, and/or 50 granola bars. Drop-off is 8AM-9AM at Emmanuel Episcopal Church - 15 Newbury Street on the day for which you sign up. The bag lunches will be used every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next few weeks.
Mother's Day Walk for Peace | Sunday May 10 
New walkers and old walkers are invited to early register now for the Mother's Day Walk for Peace, scheduled this year for Sunday May 10th. King's Chapel has been supporting the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute for many years, and they are one our major Community Action partners.  This year's goal for the King's Chapel team is $3,000. To register or donate go HEREWhen registering, please note that all registration fee and donations are to go to the King's Chapel Team.
 
Contact Carol Genovese or Amanda Pickett for more info. More will follow in the weeks to come.
News from Adult Religious Education
Starting the week after Easter, Cynthia Perkins and Kent Wittenburg will be leading a weekly discussion of the poetry of Ranier Maria Rilke from Book of Hours: Love Poems to God.  We will be using the edition translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, widely available digitally or in print at local libraries, Amazon, or other booksellers. Watch this space for more details.
Last Wednesday, nine members and friends of King's Chapel came together by teleconference to discuss the Valley of the Dry Bones from Ezekiel, and the raising of Lazarus from the Gospel of John.  Although this was only our second teleconference Bible study (and the first for most participants), the technological aspects came together very easily, leaving us free to focus on a two weighty and multidimensional texts. In a thoughtful and wide-ranging conversation, we discussed the bestowing of spirit and breath, methods of connection, miracles and transformation.  We ended with a round of hearty thanks to each other for the many insightful perspectives offered, but most of all for each others' presence and connection in this time of isolation.
In This Issue
Sunday Services 
Sunday, April 5
Palm Sunday

Morning Light | 9 AM
  • Skip Lewan, piano
Morning Prayer  | 11 AM 
  • The Rev. Joy Fallon, Senior Minister
  • David Waters, Minister for Education and Membership
  • Heinrich Christensen, Music Director 

The Readings:
Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Matthew 21:1-11


Each Sunday, 10% of the plate collection will go to our Community Action strategic partners: common cathedral, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministries, to do works of mercy, justice, and healing. All cash and checks not specially designated will be considered a plate offering.
Did you miss last week's sermon or want to hear it again? Listen HERE
From the Bench
 
Again this week, as Between  Sundays goes to press, there are several hanging musical chads for our Palm  Sunday service. The main attraction this week will be the Church Family Singers, currently hard at work at a very special version of Ride On, King Jesus. Be sure to tune in - film at 11, as the saying goes. 

You are also likely to hear snippets from our 2013 choir concert performance of John Stainer's T he Crucifixion. Depending on final selections, you may hear soloists Thomas Gregg, Brian Church, and guest organist Ross Wood in there.  Thanks to Mary Sears for unearthing and transferring CDs to MP3s - much technology is required to keep the music  playing!
Tuesday Recitals
While the church building remains closed, several of our scheduled Tuesday recitalists are exploring different platforms to keep the music playing. 

This past Tuesday, former choir member David Hughes performed his program Songs of Sadness, Satire & Seduction on his (very elegant, if perhaps not entirely period appropriate) living room couch, with his wife Racha as head videographer. 
You can watch it HERE

And one of last week's performers, guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan, is planning a similar program on a different platform this Friday April 3, at 7 pm. You can find it HERE 
 
We'll keep you posted as more such musical offerings come down the pike in April. 

Contemplative Communion Service
I f you have been yearning for the quiet, intimate candlelit service of Wednesday nights, you can find the video HERE
Staying Connected
with King's Chapel
While we are physically closed we are spiritually open and are working to find ways to continue our connection with you, our beloved members and friends.  We are learning new technologies so that we can continue social distancing while being here for you, as best we can. 

Ways in which you can reach us are:

Worship
Our  worship services are posted on our website: go to www.kings-chapel.org or to King's Chapel on Facebook to see videos of 9 AM Morning Light, 11 AM Morning Prayer, and Wednesday Evening  Contemplative Communion. 

Prayer Connection
For those in need of a prayer, or a virtual pastoral call, please reach out to Joy  at 617-227-2155 x109 or email  joy@kings-chapel.org  , or you can reach David at 617-227-2155 x 105 or email david.waters@kings-chapel.org

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Accessibility Assists

Our beautiful Georgian sanctuary was designed by Peter Harrison and completed in 1754.   To make our services and programs more accessible, one of the box pews has been made wheel-chair accessible. Ushers are available to assist those wheelchair users to that pew.  Additionally, we have installed an accessible bathroom on our main floor. An usher can direct you to the vestry. 

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.