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Between Sundays
April 10, 2014
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In this Edition:

From the Minister
The End of Lent
Holy Week
Annual Meeting
Remembering the Boston Marathon
Earth Day in the Garden
Kids for Cows
Waving our Palms
Worship Services
Second Sundays
Easter Flower Memorials
Tuesday Recitals
From the Bench
Easter Eggs!
Community Action Committee
Boston Habitat
Fixing our Doorbell & Phones



 








Between Sundays is the weekly electronic publication of King's Chapel, Boston, MA. Its purpose is to inform members, friends, and subscribed visitors of events that occur between Sunday worship services.

From the Minister
Carolyn Russ and Sudeep Agarwala offered moving Lenten Reflections during Morning Worship recently. Carolyn, Chair of our Parish Council, described the flow of our prayerbook service, through the years and through various readers, and its constancy in her life and ours. She also shared about the experience of renewing her Baptismal Vows during the Saturday night Easter Vigil, a chance each of us will get on April 19th, if we wish. 
 
Sudeep, a valued member of our choir, read a reflection on this spare season, the silence of a holy space, and unseen growth in cold soil – all things that prepare us for Holy Week and Easter risings. Cynthia Perkins, who has been organizing our Wednesday Lenten Taizé services, will offer her Reflection on Palm Sunday.

Read the full reflections on our web site.

Last Lenten Taizé Service and Book Group:  Wednesday, April 9th
Wednesday marked our last Lenten Taizé Service at the Parish House.  Thanks to all who helped create this beautiful, reflective, song-filled service.  Special thanks to Heinrich Christensen and Hannah McMeans for leading the music.  We also concluded our discussion on the powerful, thought-provoking book by Martin Smith, A Season for the Spirit.
 
For any who missed either the book group or the Taizé service, look for more opportunities to deepen your spiritual journey this spring through Adult Religious Education offerings or other services at King’s Chapel.  When was the last time you stopped by a Wednesday 12:15 service at the Church?

Holy Week
Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m.
The joyful entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, with our children waving palms, and our choir singing Hosanna! 
                          
Tuesday, April 15  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
One Year After the Marathon Bombing 
Our church will be open as a place of quiet sanctuary and prayer, with candles lit for all lives affected: all sinners and saints, all wounds healed or still raw.  Prayers may be written in special notebooks. At 2:46 p.m., the time of the first bomb blast, we will join with other churches in tolling our bells.
 
Maundy Thursday  
Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m.  
Foot washing and Communion
A service that re-enacts what took place that day in Jesus’ life:  he washed the feet of his followers, then offered them bread and wine at his Last Supper.  Foot washing will be available for anyone who chooses it; after having your feet washed, you may gently wash another person’s. Communion will be offered; as always, ours is an open table, so all are welcome --  skeptics and doubters, as well as believers -- because Jesus served all his disciples, though they would soon betray him.  At the end of the service, we clear the table, shrouding all in black because Jesus was arrested. We mourn that the soldiers have taken him away.
 
Good Friday Mid-Day Service
Friday, April 18, 12:15 p.m.  
A somber mid-day service for any nearby, where the full Passion Story is read:  the trial of Jesus, his last words and crucifixion. 
 
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 18, 8 p.m
An evening service, where the candles are slowly extinguished, as the story of Jesus’ betrayal, accusation, and death is told, in word and song, until we are left in darkness. (Tenebrae is Latin for shadows or darkness).  We leave the sanctuary in silence.
 
The Easter Vigil 
Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m. 
In the tradition of the ancient Orthodox Church, we begin in darkness, retelling the story of God’s love through all time for us small humans.  By Bible lessons and music, we gradually recognize that the Light of the World has dawn still in our lives. We witness a new baptism and are invited to renew our own baptismal vows.  We discover God’s presence with us still, not lost but resurrected!  Light fills the space and we can exclaim, “Christ is risen!  Christ is risen indeed!”
 
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 20, 11 a.m.
A day of glorious majesty and power, we marvel that Love is never overcome, not even by hatred or death.  With remarkable music and lessons, in a sanctuary filled with flowers, we rejoice together in Christ’s resurrection.  And at the very end of the service, adults greet one another and children search for eggs.  The holiest day of our church year:  what could be better?  Alleluia, we all proclaim!

Annual Meeting Last Sunday – A New Senior Warden! 
On April 6th, King’s Chapel elected a new Senior Warden, Cliff Allen. Cliff has most recently served as a member of Vestry, Chair of Fiscal Affairs, Co-Chair of the Ministerial Search Committee, Co-Chair of the Community Action Committee, and Chair of Membership.  Cliff lives with his wife Cynthia in Beverly, and first discovered King’s Chapel through the Wednesday 12:15 service, while he worked at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as Reporter of Decisions.  During his tenure at the Court, Cliff worked closely with the Architects and Contractors on the $147 million restoration and preservation of the John Adams Courthouse, neighbor to King’s Chapel just up the hill, representing the Court on the Executive Design Committee. Now that he has retired as an attorney, King’s Chapel is determined to keep Cliff busy! 

Boston Marathon Remembered at King’s Chapel
On Tuesday, April 15th, King’s Chapel will be open for quiet reflection and written prayers, in witness to the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Several stations for writing prayers will be available throughout the church.  King’s Chapel will also join in tolling its bells with all other Boston churches at 2:49 p.m., the time the first bomb went off.
                                                                                   
Please join us in offering prayers for all of those who have been touched by the tragedy, that there may be continued healing, and continued learning for us all. 

Earth Day in the King’s Chapel Garden – April 22nd
King’s Chapel is owner of the largest private green space on Beacon Hill  - the beautiful grass and garden between the Parsonage and the Parish House, behind 63-64 Beacon Hill.  Or so we’ve been told! 
 
Over the years the garden has been planted with beautiful perenniels, but in the last several years, little has been done to shape these or to tame the weeds.  If you have a green thumb and would like to join with other church members to spruce up our beautiful garden, come over any time after 10 AM on Earth Day – Tuesday, April 22nd.  Raindate:  Saturday, April 26th.
 
Gardening is Good for the Soul!

Kids for Cows:  Bake Sale for Heifer this Sunday
The King's Chapel Church School is hosting a bake sale for Heifer International this Sunday, Palm Sunday. 

Heifer International is a non-profit dedicated to ending poverty and hunger, and to care for the earth through sustainable agriculture and commerce. To learn more, click here.  

We will also be visiting the Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA on June 15th at 2:30.  Mark your calendars! The whole church is invited.

Waving Our Palms – Children Take the Lead!
On Sunday, April 13th, for Palm Sunday we’ll join all those who for millennia have rejoiced, welcoming Jesus with waving palms and songs of Hosanna!  This year the church school children will hand out palms to everyone during the joyful song after Announcements, and we’ll all process out after the Sermon, waving our branches on high. 
                   
Children and their families will lead the Recessional, so parents, grandparents and kids are urged to dash – or walk briskly -- to the Reading Desk as the sermon draws to a close.  Then take your place at the head of the line, up the main aisle, welcoming the One who shows us again and again what Love looks like in human form.  
 
Now, isn’t that worth a trip into Church this Sunday?  Come if you’re able and enjoy!

Worship Services

SUNDAY APRIL 13
11:00 a.m. Palm Sunday
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher
  • Anne Sexton, lay reader
  • William Wilson, lector
  • Cynthia Perkins, Lenten Reflection
  • Anne Sexton, head usher
  • William Sears, usher-in-charge
  • Julie Hyde, Gregg Sorensen and David Wheeler, ushers
  • Hallie Speight, Volunteer Guide
The lesson is Matthew 21:1-11.
 
WEDNESDAY APRIL 16
12:15 p.m. Midweek Prayer
Dean Denniston, Jr., preacher
  • Steven Aucella, lay reader
  • Judy Thomas, lector

Second Sundays: April 13--This Sunday!
April 2014 Second Sunday Collection:
UU Service Committee

 
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization led by the Rev. Bill Schulz, which promotes human rights and social justice worldwide. UUSC currently sponsors grassroots collaborations on topics such as:  compassionate consumption, water and environmental rights, and civil liberties, in 15 different countries, including Haiti, where it has made a long-term commitment to sustainable recovery from the disastrous 2010 earthquake.

Easter Flower Memorials
If you wish to contribute flowers in memory of a loved one for the Easter Sunday Morning Prayer, please complete the Easter Flower Donation form in this week's order of service or email the name of the loved one memorialized and your name, address and phone number to  Julina at  admininstrator@kings-chapel.org. Please send a check for $40 for each flower memorial and mark Easter Memorial Flowers on memo line of the check to:

ATTN: Parish Administrator
King's Chapel Parish House
64 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108

Tuesday Recitals
Join us next Tuesday, April 15, the k ar l h e nn i ng Ensemble will be performing works by Karl Henning.

From the Bench
The Prelude this Sunday will be French composer Jean Langlais' Dominica in Palmis (Palm Sunday!). It will be followed by the final entry in our Lenten series of our John 3:15-16 settings, this week by Brit Edward Bairstow. The choir will also sing Poulenc's gorgeous motet Vinea mea electa (O my chosen vineyard), and we'll finish our Southern Harmony series with the shape note hymn Bozrah, quoting Isaiah's prophecy of the entrance into Jerusalem:
 
Who is this that comes from far,
With his garments dipped in blood,
Strong, triumphant traveller--
Is he man, or is he God?
I that reign in righteousness,
Son of God and man I am;
Mighty to redeem your race,
Jesus is your Savior's name.

From the Church School: Easter Eggs!

Please join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt after Morning Prayer on Easter. Children will have a chance to hunt for eggs filled with candy and small prizes. Families are invited to bring their own baskets, but baskets will be provided for those who forget. I hope you can make it!
Rev. Fallon's sermons are now online! Click here to find downloadable PDFs of her sermons from January 2013 to present.

Community Action Committee
We are actively looking for new CAC members and friends, to increase our ability to offer cheerful service to community programs which serve the needs of our city. Please contact Amy Meyer (Tel. (617)523-3780; amymeyerw@comcast.net) if interested.

Invitation to a Habitat for Humanity Boston Build
In 2012 King's Chapel invited First Church Boston to build with us. Their participants helped complete our team. This year First Church Boston has invited King's Chapel to build with them on Saturday, June 28. The build will be in either Roxbury or Roslindale, to be determined shortly before the event by HFH Boston. The build will be from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. All abilities are welcome. If you are interested, please contact Peter Sexton at petersexton@alum.mit.edu or 781 383-9028.

Fixing our Doorbell at the Parish House
The installation and programming of our new doorbell and phone system at the Parish House began over the weekend on Friday and Saturday and continued through the week this week.  Thank you for your patience as we have been making this much-needed improvement to our building!

The new telephone units each come with a screen which displays video feed from the front or rear entrances when the doorbell is pressed.  Yes, we now also have a doorbell at the back door!  

The new system has assigned new extensions to staff, though you should now also be able to reach individuals at their old extensions as well.  The programming of our system is an active process; as we work out glitches, we welcome your feedback.  

--Julina
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