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Between Sundays
January 16, 2014
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In this Edition:

Adult Religious Edication
From the Minister
From the Church School
From the Bench
Sunday Concert Series
Beacon Hill Village
Meet Our Choir

Worship Services
Tuesday Recitals

 





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
Building the Beloved Community
 
Dear Friends,
 
A year ago, on Martin Luther King Sunday, I preached my first sermon for you, during my “candidating” week.  This year, I preached my Martin Luther King sermon a week early – sharing last Sunday my hopes for us at King’s Chapel, as we seek to build King’s “Beloved Community,” both within our walls and beyond them.
 
I asked,  â€œWhich is harder for you:  To imagine that you are God’s Beloved, or to see as God’s Beloved the person who hurt you, perhaps in the difficult years here at King’s Chapel?” As one member wrote me this week,  “We listened very hard; you could have heard a pin drop in King’s Chapel.” (For more, click here).
 
This year, I’ll be away for Martin Luther King Sunday, visiting my mother in Seattle who just had knee replacement surgery. We hope she’ll be released from rehab shortly after I arrive, so I can help her settle back into her home.   She lives in a retirement community, with much support nearby, but I wanted to be there. 
 
Kimberly Luck will be preaching on Sunday, and I know you’ll enjoy her message.  Kim has been a Godsend for us this year, stepping in as our Church School Director when our need arose.  Kim is graduating in June from Harvard Divinity School, after many years working with youth in UUA Churches, and most recently, in the city of Lynn.  She just turned in the draft of her M.Div. thesis, based on the use of humor in churches – ask her about it!  Kim is a Spirit-filled person, committed to serving others: the perfect leader to preach on MLK Sunday.   
 
Be sure to watch for your invitation to dinner the Sunday I return: there will be an all-church dinner at the Parish House, after the 5 p.m. Concert.  Come one, come all, for hearty soup, salad, bread and tempting desserts. 
 
See you on the 26th –
 
Joy 
Kimberly Luck, Church School 
 

From the Church School
This Sunday, on January 19th, the students of King's Chapel Church School will gather for a special mosaic creation day lead by Emanuel Genovese. They will be creating offertory plates to use in the Family Service. Through this project, they will be exploring the idea of stewardship, and how we give the gifts we have to one another. 
 

From the Bench
This Sunday we will celebrate our annual MLK Spiritual-Palooza with beloved and less familiar selections in arrangements by Burleigh, Dawson, Hogan and others. Be sure to get there early so you don't miss any of the choir members singing solos for the prelude. In the spirit of Dr. King's message, the choir will also sing Dan Pinkham's setting of Psalm 133:1, "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity", written in 1966. Hymns will include Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing as well as Blessed Assurance - so do your vocal warm-ups on the way to church (especially if you're on the T; your fellow passengers will thank you) so you can lift your voice and sing with blessed assurance.

--Heinrich
 

Monday January 20:  Hospice Care CEO to Present Free Lecture
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Engineering Center, One Walnut Street, Boston

(corner of Beacon Street, between the State House and the Parish House).
 
Beacon Hill Village invites you to learn more about Hospice Care.  Learn what you need to know, before you need it. The program has been organized by King’s Chapel member Betsy Petersen.
 
Diane T. Stringer, President and CEO, Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, will be the featured speaker.
 
What exactly does Hospice offer? Who should get it, when, and how do you get it? Who pays? You will hear an expert address these questions, get a chance to ask your own, and learn from people who have experienced such services.
 
All are welcome. Seating is limited, RSVP required at 617 723-9713 or info@beaconhillvillage.org. Free. 
 

Borg and Crossan Book Group
First Christmas, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 15, 29 – at the Parish House, 64 Beacon St.

There is still time to join us for the book group, led by Rev. Fallon, on First Christmas.  This is the book on which she preached in December.  At this week's meeting the group covered the first two chapters.  At our second session, on Wed. Jan 29, we’ll cover Chapters  5 and 6.
 
This book offers a good method of assessing bible stories, including those of how and why Jesus was born.  When do we take stories literally, how do we assess what really happened, is there a way to find deep meaning in stories that are not factually accurate? 
 

The Nominating Committee Requests Your Help
We are beginning our work and would like to hear from you. 
 
The Committee, which is responsible for presenting to the Society at the Annual Meeting a slate of candidates for officers, vestry, and chairs of committees, asks for your recommendations for persons to fill these important roles.  In accordance with the Society’s  By-Laws,  nominees must be members of the Society;  however, the opportunity to serve on a committee is open to Friends as well as to members.  Please share your ideas with any one of us, either by telephone or email  at the number or address printed in the Directory.  Self-nominations are also welcome.  We will hold all comments and suggestions in strictest confidence.  Let us hear from you by January 31, 2014.  Many thanks.
 
The 2013-20014 Nominating Committee   

Allen Speight, Carol Genovese, and Beth Chapin

Adult Religious Education
Join us for King's Chapel's Winter Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey, Presidents' Day Weekend
February 14-16, 2014
 
How do you create time and space for the most essential things in life?
 
Ciael Hills, a longstanding member of King’s Chapel and a trained Minister and Chaplain (M. Div. Andover-Newton Theological School), will lead us in this year’s program, called “Taking Time and Making Room,” exploring ways to access the spirit within and discover what is meaningful to each participant and also what needs attention. The program will offer relevant biblical passages, reflective exercises, conversational sharing, and writing in the comfort of each person’s own private room at the abbey. (Double rooms are also available).
 
Glastonbury Abbey offers simple services of prayer and chanting—which all may enjoy. Participants may also explore the abbey grounds, a labyrinth, and nearby World’s End beach. Rides and scholarships are available. The full cost for the program, including room and board for the weekend, is $130. Please join us!
 
For more information, or to register for the retreat, please call the Parish Administrator at King’s Chapel House at 617-227-2155 or Ciael Hills, Chair of the Adult Religious Education Committee at 781-647-0719. Brochures and Registration Forms will be available in January at Coffee Hour after church services and in the Parish House in the Reception Area. We hope you will take time and make room for this in your busy schedule. Happy New Year!

Worship Services

SUNDAY JANUARY 19
11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
Kimberly Luck, preacher
  • Paul Luca, lay reader
  • Judy Luca, lector
  • Anne Sexton, head usher
  • Sylvia Soderberg, usher-in-charge
  • Karen Dalton, Todd Lee and Betsy Peterson, ushers
  • Todd Lee, Volunteer Guide
The lesson is 1 Corinthians 1:1-9.
 
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22
12:15 p.m. Midweek Prayer
with Holy Communion
Julina Rundberg, preacher
  • Amy Meyer, lay reader
  • Judy Thomas, lector

Upcoming Preachers


Sun., 1/19
Kimberly Luck

Wed., 1/22
 Julina Rundberg

Sun., 1/26
 Joy Fallon

Wed., 1/29
Todd Lee

Sun., 2/ 2
 Joy Fallon

Wed., 2/5
Emod Farkas, visiting from the Romanian Unitarian Church
 

Tuesday Recitals
Join us next Tuesday, January 21, for the New England Chamber Players performing works by Mozart and Beethoven.
Rev. Fallon's sermons are now online! Click here to find downloadable PDFs of her sermons from January 2013 to present.
 

Sunday Concert Series: Americana
An a capella treasure trove of American choral music from Colonial to Contemporary.

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
King's Chapel, 58 Tremont Street

The King's Chapel Choir presents a survey of choral music in America. Ranging from William Billings' "Lamentation over Boston" ("By the rivers of Watertown...") through Sacred Harp, Southern Harmony, Folk Songs, Spirituals and composers as Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber to Philip Glass, we journey across the continent to explore what defines quintessential American choral language. Suggested donation $15/10. No advance ticket sales; doors open at 4:30 p.m.
 

Church-Wide Dinner following Concert January 26th

Watch for your invitation this week to the hearty soup dinner we’ll share at the Parish House, after the Choir’s “Americana” a capella concert at 5 p.m.   If you do not receive an invitation, please call the Parish House and let us know you’ll be coming.
617-227-2155.  Thanks to Anne Sexton and Heinrich Christensen for organizing this!
 

Partner Church Sunday and Special Historical Tours of the Church, Free to all Members

Sunday, February 2nd
As part of our celebration of the Beloved Community in January and February, we will acknowledge our link across cultural lines, with the Unitarians of Romania, in our Partner Church in Kolozsvar, and across history with our predecessors.
 
Sunday morning, February 2nd, Morning Prayer:  Special Celebration of Communion, enacted in the style used in Romanian partner church, where all gather around the communion table to receive. Rev. Fallon will preach about our links with Unitarians in Europe.
 
Sunday at 12:30 – Following the Service.  Special history tours will be available free for all members, offering information about three vital aspects of our history.
  • Members of the Denominational Affairs Committee will describe our links to the development of Unitarianism in Transylvania, where Religious Tolerance was initially supported.
  • Our Paid Guide Staff will offer “Bells and Bones” Tours of the Revere bell in the bell tour and Graves underneath the church in the basement Crypt.
  • Our Member Guides will offer information that they often share with our out of town visitors about the sanctuary, our worship and our prayerbook, as these developed over our history. 
 

King’s Chapel to Welcome Visitor from Partner Church:  Wednesday,
Feb. 5

 
We are honored to receive as a guest from our Partner Church in Kolzsvar, Romania, Emod Farkas, who will be with us on Wednesday, February 5.  He will offer remarks during our worship service at 12:15; meet with the Vestry in the evening; and gather will all those interested at an informal reception at 4:30 p.m. at the Parish House. All are welcome. 
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