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Between Sundays
March 28, 2014
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In this Edition:

King's Chapel Concert Series
Lent and Holy Week 
Lenten Reflections
Continuing Lent in the Little Chapel
Pledges and the Annual Appeal
King's Chapel Habitat Build
Worship Services
Second Sunday
Tuesday Recitals
From the Bench
Good News from the Perry Family!
Community Action Committee
Lost & Found
 



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.
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From the Minister: Lent and Holy Week at King's Chapel
At King’s Chapel, we are blessed to worship in a church which takes liturgy seriously.  This is especially clear during Holy Week – the amazing stretch of eight days from Palm Sunday through Easter.  If you’re able, please join us for services mid-week, as well on Sundays. The power of Easter is most fully experienced by those who have.

If Jesus went down on his knees, like a servant, to wash your feet, holding each one, and pouring warm water over it, how does that affect your experience of Good Friday, your waiting on Saturday, your surprise on Sunday? 

If on Thursday night, Jesus asked you to stay awake with him, but you were so exhausted you couldn’t, you nodded off, several times, how do the hammer nails sound, when they ring out on Friday? 

If the night began with total darkness Saturday, then the ancient word was read by the light of a single candle, telling the old, old story again, of a God of steadfast love, one who always casts light into our darkness, even when we least deserve it, how does the dark night air strike you when you leave later that evening – is it suffused with Light somehow?  

Join us, whenever you can.
Joy 

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 in an open table, so all are welcome --  skeptics and doubters, and 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 they soldiers have taken him away.
 
Good Friday Mid-Day Service
Friday, April 18, 12:15 – 1:15 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, 6 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!

Stories from Lent: New 'Lenten Reflections' by Members
Have you been in church for the new Lenten Reflections by parishioners? For a few minutes on Sundays, during Greetings and Announcements, we’ve heard brief statements about the faith lives of our Senior Warden, Dean Denniston; new member and long-time chorister Mindy Hinkel; and Chair of Membership, Ray Hardin.  On this upcoming Sunday, the speaker will be Carolyn Russ, Chair of Parish Council. Each is sharing something about their lives here at King’s Chapel – how the church has made a difference.
 
Dean told us why he finally said “Yes,” the third time he was asked to serve as Senior Warden.  He’d been thinking of leaving the church, because times were hard here and spirits low.  But by the third request, he realized it might not be just the Nominating Committee pursuing him. “You can’t really run from God,” said Dean.
 
Mindy Hinkel spoke of a turning point, when she prayed alone in the room behind the organ for her mother, and when she was warmly supported by the choir, after her mother’s death. Last fall Mindy joined the church and now has jumped in with both feet: she just agreed to serve on the Vestry and to chair a new Task Force. 
 
Ray Hardin took the slow route to involvement, circling around the church a few times before fully committing.  Again, it was the death of a parent that led him to discover that King’s Chapel was his home away from home.
 
What’s your story?  I’d love to know.  Others probably would, too.  Call or email me with your thoughts anytime –
            Joy

The Season of Lent at King's Chapel
In the six week period leading up to Holy Week and Easter, you are invited to Wednesday Evening at the Parish House.  Come to all or any part:
                       
6 – 6:45 PM
  Taiz
é Service in the Little Chapel
 64 Beacon St
A quiet, contemplative, candle-lit service of lessons and song
developed by the Taiz
é community in France.
Music led by Heinrich Christensen and Choir Members
 
6:45 PM – 7:15
  Light Repast

A light meal provided by the Adult Religious Education Committee
time for fellowship and conversation
 
7:15 – 8:30
Book Discussion Group

Led by Rev. Joy Fallon
A Season of the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent
By Martin Smith

(some books will be available for purchase after Sunday Worship for $14; it also can be ordered through Amazon.com)

"For me, the Taize music and services have been quiet and holy I replay the music and experience all week. and take it to the light repast and engaging book discussion  following the service It feeds me..  . I feel a deep connection to God and to our beloved community at King's Chapel .Come and join us!!!" ~Carol Genovese                                 

"The Taize music and service in community create foe me a holding environment for our spiritual journeys,  Sometimes the spirit leads me, sometimes it drives me and sometimes I push back. Ultimately the answer lies in the way all of these "movements" are reconciled.  "  ~Emanuel Genovese

“We are looking forward to the Taizé Services and reflection on the readings from “A Season for the Spirit”. We have actually written all the dates into our calendars (and rescheduled other engagements!) so that we can dedicate these six Wednesdays for our Lenten contemplation time, to open up our minds and hearts to an understanding of life and our place in it. We have experienced the simplicity and serenity of the Taize service and found it to be moving and meaningful. We look forward to doing this together and with our friends at King’s Chapel.”  ~ Dick and Cynthia Perkins

Pledges are Making the Budget Work
Too bad if you missed the Hearing on Sunday, 3/23.  You would have been among the first to get the good news that our early Pledging has been going very well.  So well, in fact, that the Annual Appeal chairs are confident that this year (unlike recent years) the Appeal WILL make its target as carried in the Budget.
 
We all know that every year there has been an optimistic goal for the Appeal – “aspirational” we think it’s called.  But we also know that we never make it, at least not recently.  It’s been getting better and better – last year we made 88% of the goal, better than 2012’s 75%.  But the Appeal needs to contribute ALL of its part of the Budget, especially this year with so many good new things planned.
 
Quickly, here is the breakdown of the Members’ numbers:
  • more than $125,000 already pledged from 71 Members,
  • plus a very conservative additional $6,000 from habitually contributing Members not-yet-heard-from (we’ve identified 12, and assumed only $500 from each – which may be overly cautious since last year’s average gift was $1,170),
  • less a small reduction for non-completed pledges (bad things happen to good people),
  •  equals an anticipated, say, $129,000 from Member sources. 
 
Add to that - add to that - $43,000 in Unsolicited contributions designated for the Annual Appeal.  That’s what we got last year.  Not from members.  Not from anybody we asked (since we did not yet know who they would be.)  There is no reason that we will not receive at least that amount this year.  So, $129,000 from Members, plus $43,000 Unsolicited, equals the $172,000 carried in the 2104 Budget!
 
We’ll be able to do that.  Probably more!  It is so great to have all of you pitching in with increased pledges and enthusiastic support for who we want to become.
 
Many thanks and Blessings,
 
Todd  Lee and Karen C. C. Dalton
Co-chairs, 2014 Annual Appeal

King's Chapel
Habitat Build in Transylvania

 
Final Call for Registration!
 
Registration will close on April 7 for the King's Chapel Habitat for Humanity build in Cluj, Romania (Kolozsvar, Transylvania) and partner church visits. We need a minimum of 2 additional participants to proceed. If not, this activity will be cancelled. Stipends may be available for church youths (minimum age 16-maximum age 25).

Partner churches that will be visited are First Unitarian, Kolozsvar (partner King's Chapel),  Second Unitarian, Kolozsvar (partner First Church, Boston), Torda (partner First Parish, Weston), and Torocko (partner Unitarian Society Wellesley Hills). If members from churches not listed join then every effort will be made to establish contact and visits at the appropriate partner churches..

This is the third time for this activity. Previous builds were in 2008 and 2011. The 2011 activity was a joint effort with First Church, Boston. These builds received very favorable review with the participants and our Transylvanian partners.

This year's build/visits will be held July 4-20 or July 11-27 (The exact dates will be established by March 31). For full information contact Peter Sexton, email:  petersexton@alum.mit.edu, phone 781-383-9028.

Worship Services

SUNDAY MARCH 30
11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer with Great Litany 
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher
  • Carolyn Russ, lay reader
  • Karen Dalton, lector
  • Carolyn Russ, Lenten Reflection
  • Anne Sexton, head usher
  • Todd Lee, usher-in-charge
  • Karen Dalton, Cathy Price, and David Wheeler,
    ushers
  • Marie Wells, Volunteer Guide
The lesson is John 9:1-3a, 5-9, 13-25.
 
WEDNESDAY ARPIL 2
12:15 p.m. Midweek Prayer
Amy Meyer, preacher

 
6:00 p.m. Lenten Taizé at the Little Chapel with a light repast to follow
The Rev. Joy Fallon, preacher

Second Sundays: April 13
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.

Tuesday Recitals
Join us next Tuesday, April 1, for Duo Maresienne: Carol Lewis on viola da gamba, and Olav Chris Henriksen on the lute/theorbo, performing German Baroque Music.

From the Bench

The music this week begins and ends with Danish national treasure Carl Nielsen. Heinrich will play selections from his collection of 29 Preludes, and the choir will sing his setting of the first two verses of Psalm 23. We also continue or series of different settings of John3:16, this week in a recent version by Brit and former King's Singer Bob Chilcott. Mindy Hinkel will offer the spiritual The Blind Man Stood By the Road in reflection of our gospel reading. And finally, for the Offertory, we continue our other Lenten series of American shape-note hymns in old and new guises. This week's selection is The Turtle Dove, a fascinating hymn that starts with the familiar Song of Songs imagery of the Advent of Spring (Snow, Be Gone!). Eventually the text morphs into musings on the second coming, making for a unique mix of metaphors of Spring, Lent, Advent, The Last Trumpet, and the Loud Hosannahs we shall sing in The Great Hereafter.

When William Duckworth used this 19th century hymn for his Southern Harmony collection in 1980, he chose to set only the Apocalyptic parts of the text. So this Sunday we shall sing the first verse in William Walker's original setting, then turning to Duckworth for the 20th century version.

 
Hark! don't you hear the turtle dove,
   The token of redeeming love?
   From hill to hill we hear the sound,
   The neighboring valleys echo round.
   O Zion, hear the turtle dove,
   The token of your Savior's love!
   She comes the desert land to cheer,
   And welcomes in the jubil-year.

The winter's past, the rain is o'er,
   We feel the chilling winds no more;
   The spring is come; how sweet the view,
   All things appear divinely new.
   On Zion's mount the watchmen cry,
   "The resurrection's drawing nigh:"
   Behold, the nations from abroad,
   Are flocking to the mount of God.

The trumpet sounds, both far and nigh;
   O sinners, turn! why will ye die?
   How can you spurn the gospel charms?
   Enlist with Christ, gird on your arms.
   These are the days that were foretold,
   In ancient times, by prophets old:
   They longed to see this glorious light,
   But all have died without the sight.

The latter days on us have come,
   And fugitives are flocking home;
   Behold them crowd the gospel road,
   All pressing to the mount of God.
   O yes! and I will join that band,
   Now here's my heart, and here's my hand
   With Satan's band no more I'll be,
   But fight for Christ and liberty.

His banner soon will be unfurled,
   And he will come to judge the world;
   On Zion's mountain we shall stand,
   In Canaan's fair, celestial land.
   When sun and moon shall darkened be,
   And flames consume the land and sea,
   When worlds on worlds together blaze,
   We'll shout, and loud hosannas raise.
Rev. Fallon's sermons are now online! Click here to find downloadable PDFs of her sermons from January 2013 to present.

It's Official!
Welcome to
David and Joseph Perry,
born March 3

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.

Lost & Found at the Parish House
Several things have been left behind at the Parish House over the past year, and we'd love to find out who everything belongs to! On our coat roack, we have two coats and one shirt without any owners. If one of these items is yours, please let us know!
 
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