Keeping King's Chapel's members and friends connected each week between Sunday worship services with updates from the Parish House.
From the Minister:  

Joy will be away for the next three Sundays.  Please join us in welcoming our guest preacher this week, Jennifer Murray. 
Jennifer Murray is a third year MDiv student at Andover Newton Theological School. She currently serves as the Youth Minister at South Church in Andover where she also fulfills a student ministry role. She loves preaching and meeting new people - so she's very excited to get to do both this weekend! She'll be preaching on Romans 5:1-8 and being our true selves this Sunday at 9am and 11. See you then!
From the Freedom Trail
From  June 17-June 22, a regatta of over 30 tall ships from around the globe will be visiting Boston. Sail Boston is hosting events and programs along the water in celebration. Join King's Chapel's Freedom Trail Program further inland for a week of special tours and programs, including the official debut of our new Constructing King's Chapel: Art and Architecture

Programs and events:

Bells and Bones Tours 
11 AM *,  12 PM *,  2 PM , and  3 PM

Constructing King's Chapel: Art and Architecture Tours
10:15 AM* and  4 PM

Revolutionary King's Chapel Talks
Offered throughout the day

*Tours not offered at  these times on  Sunday June 18 and Tuesday June 20 due to worship services and the music recital.

Leading up to Sail Boston, we are offering the art and architecture tour free of charge at  10:15 PM and 
4:00 PM as the education team works to familiarize themselves with the new program. Feel free to join in!

Upcoming Events...

King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity-Boston Build | June 17

We are gearing up for the King's Chapel Habitat for 
Humanity-Boston build.   The build runs on Saturday June 17,  from 10 AM   to 3PM with a lunch break.   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 none). For more information on  HFH-Boston and the site where they build, go to  and 

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. The minimum age to participate is 16. To enroll or for more information contact Emanuel Genovese at 617-738-6367 or

From the Parish House
Pride Parade Weekend

King's Chapel had a good showing at the annual Boston Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, June 10. A group of 20 members and friends joined tens of thousands of "proud" Bostonians in a 2.5-mile march through the city. Former Senior Warden Cliff Allen commented, "I truly enjoy participating in the parade. The mood is so uplifting and affirming." Our former assistant minister Shawn Fiedler, in Boston to attend a wedding, made a surprise appearance to everyone's delight.


Changing of the Guard

The Annual Changing of the Guard party was held at the Parish House this past week.  Due to threatening weather, the party was held indoors, but that didn't dampen the spirits of those attending.  It was delightful to have so many together for this festive gathering.  In addition to the thank yous for all of the work that our Trustees, Officers, Vestry and Committee Chairs do, a special thank you was offered to Anne Sexton for her many years of work as head usher. 

Thank you all for helping to move King's Chapel forward.  There is much to be excited about!!!


Heinrich's 50th Birthday!!!

We rejoice with our Music Director and Organist, the beloved Heinrich Christensen, on his 50th birthday! Heinrich has served King's Chapel wonderfully, beginning as assistant organist under Daniel Pinkham, and becoming the revered full-time Music Director and Organist in 2000. We are richly blessed not only by his remarkable musical talents as organist, choir director, composer and music impresario; we also have among us a caring, witty and steadfast friend, who has touched our individual lives. To celebrate his milestone, Heinrich will be on sabbatical, away from King's Chapel, for the months of July and August. He and husband Gregg Sorenson, Chair of Hospitality, have plans for travel in Europe and Canada, about which we'll all hear in September. Please join me in prayer and thanks for Heinrich. His music ministry to us is extraordinary.

Bathroom work underway!

The long anticipated renovation to the bathroom and vestry at the chapel has begun.  After a decade of discussion and years of detailed plans, the upgrade to the bathroom at the chapel, to make it accessible, has begun.  King's Chapel has hired Continental Builders to manage the project and this week they started with removal of the bathroom fixtures, walls and cabinets.  We anticipate this project to last the full summer.  During this time there will be no running water upstairs.  We will make every attempt to have the vestry room cleaned and organized prior to each service for ease of chancel set up. 

Pictures below are of the outer walls, which were behind the cabinets.  More pictures will follow each week!

Stewardship 2017

We continue to be so grateful for your continued support through our annual Stewardship Pledge Drive.  To date we have reached over 45% of our goal, and pledges are still coming in - we have received pledges of over $25,ooo in the first two weeks of June alone!

If you did not receive a pledge card, contact Gretchen Horton at the Parish House offices at 617-227-2155 x 108, who will be happy to send one to you!

"We Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice, and Weep with Those Who Weep" 
                                              ~ Romans 12:15

We mourn with several of our beloved members, who have lost ones dear to them.
On Saturday, Kent and Becky Wittenburg were with Kent's father, Dr. Ross Whittenburg, age 96, when Dr. Whittenburg died in his sleep. Please hold Kent and Becky in your hearts and prayers. A service will be held on July 12 in New Hampshire, where Dr. Whittenburg maintained an active medical practice for many years, serving the wide community. To learn more about his life of integrity, accomplishment and joy, his obituary can be found HERE.
We also mourn with Widad Ayad, whose sister Wadea Katkoot died last week. We have been praying for Wadea, whom Widad lovingly terms "a saint." Sadly, Wadea had been suffering for several years, so Wadea's passing on to new life brings her to "a better place." In addition, Widad asks for our prayers for her son, Merit Ayad, who is considering treatment options for his cancer. It is now harder for Widad to attend church, so to best reach her, please call her telephone or arrange a visit.
We are holding in our prayers John Appleton, Chair of our Stewardship Committee, who suffered a major fall last weekend and fractured his skull. Undaunted, John drove home from NYC afterwards, to complete promises he had made to King's Chapel and his friends here; only afterwards was he diagnosed with the fracture. John's adult children are now caring for him at his Beacon Hill home. Prayers and good wishes are welcomed via notes, calls or emails. We are all very grateful to have John in our life, and pray for his healing.

Last Saturday a memorial service was held at King's Chapel for Wendy Thomson, daughter of Peter, who died of cancer last month. Many tributes were offered for what Wendy taught those who knew her. In this time of grief, we continue to pray for all of Peter's family and friends, including his wife Elizabeth, currently in the Memory Unit at Goddard House. Peter and Elizabeth both have been members of our church for many years, and we are grateful for their long service among us.

Next week, on Wednesday, June 21, choir member and good friend Ray Hardin will receive double knee replacements. Ray has recently weathered well numerous other surgeries, and through those experiences, has set up a Helping Hands website. This online tool enables us to view the needs Ray has identified that he has, and to sign up to help if we are able. Contact him if you'd like more information. Unfortunately, Ray's brother Richard, who had hoped to come help Ray after the surgery, has himself ended up in the hospital. We'll pray for both Ray and Richard, in the weeks ahead.

We rejoice with Vestry member Caroline Welling and her husband Orian who are having a baby in the late fall! On top of that glorious news, Caroline also has recently accepted a faculty position in neuroscience at Dartmouth College, which she will begin for academic year 2018. We join both of them in celebrating this joyous family news!

We rejoice with Beth Chapin, too: after six weeks, the sling which has been holding her new shoulder in place has finally been removed. Freedom! Now the hard physical therapy starts in earnest. Husband Walter continues to be loving attendant on all things important.

Leo Johnson reports that he has begun work with a pain clinic to address the substantial pain he still experiences due to the fractures of his lower spine. Leo has persevered, and in the last few years overcome a broken hip, heart surgery, and double pneumonia. We pray that he, his wife Dorothy, and his son Tim, in the future will be able to look upon the current pain as another distant memory. Let us pray that this may be so.

Finally, there is good news about Betsy Peterson: she has progressed enough with her hip replacement that she feels able to travel to her beloved Maine for continued respite and healing. That has been her prayer, and we rejoice with her that it has been granted.

May azaleas
In This Issue

Sunday Services
June 18
Morning Light | 9 AM
At the Little Chapel
Morning Prayer | 11 AM
Guest Preacher Jennifer Murray will Preach
  • Carson Cooman, Guest Organist
  • Amy Meyer, Lay Reader
  • Paul Luca, Head Usher
  • Sylvia Soderberg, Usher in Charge
  • KC Dalton, Todd Lee, & Louise Perkins, Ushers
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
The Readings:
  • Psalm 100
  • Old Testament:        
    Exodus 19:2-8 
  • New Testament:  
    Romans 5:1-8
The flowers on the communion table are given  in loving memory of his dear wife Katy, by Herman Woerner.
At the communion rail following the service,  Todd Lee will greet those interested in learning more about King's Chapel.
After the service, all are invited to Coffee Hour,  hosted by Sylvia Soderberg and friends of the Hospitality Committee.
Wednesday Service
June 21
Holy Communion |  6 PM
Stephen Courtney will Preach
  • Joei Perry, Soloist
  • Lia Atanat, Verger
From the Bench:
By Heinrich Christensen

Carson Cooman is the guest organist this Sunday. He will play selections from "Suite Landaise" by German composer Andreas Willscher. Soloist Emily Bieber-Harris will sing settings of Psalm 23 by Dvorak and Dahl. 
Tuesday Recitals
Tuesday, June 20 |  12:15 PM

Douglas Witte
Plays the C.B. Fisk Organ
Bach, Cabanilles, Sweelinck

Staff Absences

Joy will be away June 15 - July 4.  Guest preachers will be here for each service.

Sunday June 18 - Jennifer Murray
Sunday June 25 - Marc Lousteau
Sunday July 2 - Jake Bitner

Heinrich will be away on sabbatical during the months of July and August.  Carson Cooman and Sean Lair will provide music for our services in his absence.
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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.