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Volume XLII Number 9


October 2010

The Society of King’s Chapel • 64 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 • 617/227-2155 •

Dear Friends,

Inside this issue: Sundays........................................


Tuesday Recitals...........................


Wednesday Services.......................




Announcements, Updates, & Events


Senior Warden.............................


Church School..............................


King’s Chapel Calendar................


Special This Month: Celebrating Heinrich Christensen’s Music Ministry, page 5

I drove home the other evening on School Street, as I do so many other nights, and spotted high over King’s Chapel the largest orange Harvest moon with Jupiter below as a sparkling diamond. It nearly took my breath away. I responded not only to its sheer surprise and aesthetic beauty, but wondered how many other such moons have hung over our church during its past 325 years. The Harvest moon is called such because in agrarian times it signaled the longest day of labor for farmers. As the sun of the first day of fall set late and the full moon rose early, the conditions made for almost twenty-four hours of light. It was our version of the Midnight sun! Granted the laborers would not work the full time, as their energy would thereby be spent for yet another sunrise, but they, like us, reveled in the gift of light at the autumnal equinox. Here at King’s Chapel we are busy harvesting in the field, not the full fruit of our work for that is God’s harvest but with special energy and purpose. Last year having mounted a behavioral covenant, three interim focus groups, two retreats and three vestry working groups-and introduced the image of the five-pointed star to describe our public ministries-- we have put into perspective some of our past. And we will continue to draw on these learnings this year as we forge forward. This month we are planning three important interim focus groups to start on Sunday, the 24th, including one on ministry and two on mission & visioning. We are also organizing two small group ministries for members and parents, if enough members and friends commit. Besides, our Church School is gathering our next crop of little ones, and our annual Concert series will be debuting on the 17th with special music to lift up our royal heritage. As Paul wrote to the Corinthians about harvesting: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing, and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us….Thanks be to God for [this] indescribable gift! (2:10-11, 15)







King’s Chapel is at the corner of School & Tremont Streets in downtown Boston. Sunday services begin at 11 a.m. and last for approximately one hour.

Tuesday Recitals at King’s Chapel present a variety of programs, featuring local and visiting musicians. Admission is by suggested donation of $3; the donations are given to the performers. Programs begin at 12:15 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes. For more information, please call 617/227-2155, or visit

Midweek prayer services begin at 12:15 p.m. and last approximately 35 minutes.


World Communion Sunday The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, co-officiant William Kuttner, lector The lessons are Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 and Luke 17:5-10.

10 Morning Prayer The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, co-officiant Marie Wells, lector The lessons are Micah 1:2; 2:1-10 and Luke 17:11-19. 17 Morning Prayer The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel, co-officiant Stefanie Muscat and Abby , lectors The lessons are Habbakuk 1:1-3; 2:1-4 and Luke 18:1-8. 24 Morning Prayer Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preacher The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, co-officiant Charles Perry, lector The lessons are Zephaniah 3:1-9 and Luke 18:9-14. 31 All Saints The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel, co-officiant Todd Lee, lector The lessons are Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 and Luke 6:20-36.


Emmanuel Hocdé (France) plays the C.B. Fisk Organ Works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Fauchard

12 Alan Weiss, flute Works by Bach, Delibes, Telemann 19 Kristine Vestergaard, oboe Hugo Jensen, organ (Denmark) “Danish Modern” by Grønbech, Nørholm, Møller 26 Karl Henning, clarinet Heinrich Christensen, organ Favorite Works by Karl Henning



Midweek Prayer Kristin Grassel Schmidt, preacher Clifford Allen, lector

13 Midweek Prayer Dean Denniston, preacher Mebd Sichko, lector 20 Holy Communion The Rev. Dianne Arakawa, preacher Kristin Grassel Schmidt, co-officiant Ray Lynds, lector 27 Midweek Prayer Chaplain Dr. Arthur Judge, preacher Clifford Allen, lector

FLOWERS If you wish to donate flowers, please contact Louise Perkins, Chancel Committee Co-chair.

Every other Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the Little Chapel at the Parish House, 64 Beacon Street, from September to May. OCT. 10

Family Service & Church School Kristin Grassel Schmidt will preach.

OCT. 24

Family Service & Church School Kristin Grassel Schmidt will preach.

SECOND SUNDAY OFFERING October’s second Sunday offering will go to STRIVE. STRIVE's mission is to recruit, train, place in jobs, further the education, and advance the careers of chroniNEWS FROM KING’S CHAPEL cally unemployed young men and women Tel. 617/227-2155 • Fax 617/227-4101 from the inner city who have little chance Email: on their own. Some are ex-offenders, some are gang members. STRIVE also Published monthly, with a combined July/ works in collaboration with Bridge Over August issue, and distributed free of charge to Troubled Waters, Teen Empowerment Members and Friends of the Society of King’s and other organizations. Chapel. Brandon Goad, editor ©2010 The Society of King’s Chapel USPS 011-271 Periodical Postage rates paid at General Mail Facility, Boston, MA 02205-9618 Postmaster: Send address changes to News from King’s Chapel 64 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY In this service on Sunday, October 31st, we will light candles and celebrate our saints: Barbara Edgar Vera Innes James Kimball II “Let light perpetual shine on them.”


SAVE THIS DATE! Interim Focus Group on Visioning & Mission Sunday, November 14 1:00-3:00 p.m.



FROM THE ASSISTANT MINISTER It is with great anticipation and excitement that I begin my third week at King’s Chapel. Having completed my ministerial internship and graduated from seminary just a few short months ago, I am grateful to be serving with Rev. Arakawa, and to be serving a congregation with such a rich history and with such tremendous potential for the future. I have enjoyed meeting many of you already, and I look forward to getting to know those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting just yet. And, of course, I am thrilled to be in Boston! Just as this congregation is experiencing a time of interim transition, I too enter my service with you amid a flurry of life changes. As I mentioned before, I recently finished seminary, but I also married my husband, Christian, and made the crosscountry move from Texas to Boston. While it most certainly has been busy, this has been a period of deep reflection for me. It has been a time of many difficult goodbyes and exciting hellos, and a time when I often have not known what to expect next. Transition, of any kind, can be challenging, but also rewarding. As a newlywed, I am learning how to live into my new vocation as a married woman. As a congregation in interim discernment, King’s Chapel is learning how to live even more deeply into its vocation as a people called by God to serve. As the autumn leaves begin their exquisite transformation from greens to yellows, oranges, and burgundy, I think with anticipation about the similar journey we can experience together. Though challenging, any sort of transformation pushes us into new places. Just as a tree must grow out as well as up in order to absorb energy-giving sunlight, our God who continually does new things is ever beckoning us to grow outward, into spaces unknown, opening our arms ever wider to welcome the new and strange in anticipation of the blessing it might bring. I look forward to sharing this time of transition with you. Thank you for your warm welcome, and may our work and time together be blessed. In faith and gratitude,

THANK YOUS To Barbara Fay & Sally Kahn and their stalwart helpers for a fabulous Homecoming Luncheon! The food was delicious, the drink refreshing, and it was wonderful event to be together after a long summer. To Stefanie, Ty & Abigail Muscat, Shannon Lee, Pei-Chun Lin and Dianne Arakawa for creating and staffing a Church School table at which one could make wind chimes with sea shells at the Beacon Hill Block Party on September 19th. Children and adults enjoyed themselves. To Paula Tranter for decorating our planters at King’s Chapel for the fall. And to Patsy Sharaf and Elizabeth Thomson for trimming and weeding the garden for a new season.

- Kristin

(from left) Emmanuele Genovese, Barbara Fay, Carol Genovese, Elizabeth Thomson, Julie Hyde, Louise Perkins, and Sally Kahn gather in the Parish House kitchen on Homecoming Sunday, September 19. 3


ANNOUNCEMENTS, UPDATES, & EVENTS  PRAYER CIRCLE This group, which has been ongoing for a long time, prays for people named in our Bede List and those known to our ministers and to one another. Each member prays in different ways, but sincerity of heart and respect are foundational. If you are interested in joining this group, please speak with Lee Glenn or Dianne Arakawa.  PARISH CONCERNS CIRCLE This group writes pastoral cards, helps people find rides if they need them, and prepares meals for parishioners when needed. If you are able to help, please call Kristin Grassel Schmidt at the Parish House: 617/227.2155 ext. 312.  PASTORAL CARE CIRCLE This group, which brings a variety of spiritual gifts and depth of experience, is assisting the Interim Minister with visitation in order to extend the healing ministry of our church. If you feel called to become a part of this group and to be trained, please speak with Dianne Arakawa.  INTERIM FOCUS GROUP ON MINISTRY, OCTOBER 24TH As we move into this second year of our Interim, let us take the time on October24th from 12:30-2 pm in the Parish House - to come together as a congregation to talk at an Interim Focus Group about what is ministry. Given our history of the past 50 years, let us listen to a few stories in the light of our historical time line, consider what ministry has been like and how you might wish it to be at King’s Chapel, hear about our Transitional Ministry Committee for the Interim Senior Minister and Committee on Ministry for the Assistant Minister, look at best practices and boundaries for former ministers—both senior and assistant, and watch a video on the subject produced by the Alban Institute, a pastoral consulting group. If planning to attend, pls leave a message for Dianne Arakawa on her answering machine, 617-227-2155x310. Bring a sandwich on the day; drinks will be provided.

FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN As we begin our three hundred twenty fifth year of continuous worship and celebration together as a community of faith, I am looking forward towards an exciting, challenging, and, with God's grace and your help, a productive year. Shortly, we will begin those specific steps which are a necessary part of the process of calling a new settled minister. One major part of this process will be to put together a search committee whose task will be to do the extremely important and arduous work of selecting a candidate to be presented to the Society in the spring. In thinking about the committee, its size, representation, and charge, it is important that the congregation have a voice in this process. The Wardens would welcome your thoughts and suggestions with respect to qualities and other considerations which would be important in the selection of both the search committee and also of our next minister. The Wardens are in agreement that the committee will be small (perhaps no more than seven individuals plus the Wardens), and that there will be a serious time commitment involved in serving on the committee. It is our goal to have the search committee selected in time to participate in the next congregational focus group on "Mission and Vision", which is being planned for early November. I would welcome your thoughts and suggestions as we begin in earnest the ministerial search process. Please e-mail me directly at Thank you in advance for your prayers, suggestions, and your willingness to be a part of this process

- Dean K. Denniston, Jr.  ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SERIES: THE STORIES BEHIND OUR PRAYERBOOK Every prayer, chant, hymn, reading, versicle, preface, introit and other liturgical piece in our prayerbook has a history, sometimes a long history and sometimes a very short one. Ever since the publication of the ninth revision in 1986 Carl Scovel, who chaired the revision committee, has been collecting information on the authors, prayerbooks, collections of prayers and chants and other sources of our worship services. Although this work is hardly finished, he hopes with the help of parishioners to have ready by the celebration of King’s Chapel’s 325th anniversary in 2011 an online version of what he has been able to assemble so far. On Wednesday evening, October 27, at Carl Scovel will tell the story of some of our liturgies and invite questions, comments and suggestions for this companion to our prayerbook. We gather at 6 p.m. for refreshments and conversation. The talk begins at 6:30 and will end by 7:45 p.m. Those who wish to gather for a late supper in the area are invited to organize the same.  CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF HEINRICH CHRISTENSEN’S MUSIC MINISTRY



 CONCERT SERIES SEASON OPENER, OCTOBER 17 Please join us as we kick off this season in celebration of the 325th anniversary of King's Chapel. The program begins with examples of the musical tradition the Anglicans brought with them across the sea: music created in England from the time of the Reformation until the time of James II's coronation in 1685. Beginning with the "Father of English Cathedral Music," Thomas Tallis, and his collaborator/successor William Byrd, we will follow the development of the verse anthem and take a couple of detours into more secular repertoire, notably the City and Country Cries by Richard Dering, that offer witty and vivid musical depictions of daily life and commerce in 17th-century Britain. The major work on the program is Henry Purcell's rarely performed coronation anthem for James II (1685) "My Heart is Inditing" for double chorus and strings. For this program, the King's Chapel Choir is joined by the El Dorado Consort of Viols, whose members, Carol Lewis, Rosalind Brooks Stowe, Mai-Lan Broekman, and Alice Mroszczyk, violas da gamba, are all Boston-based musicians, specializing in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music for viol consort, and collaborating frequently with soloists, choirs and other instrumentalists. Doors open at 4:30; the music begins at 5 pm and lasts about an hour. A donation of $15 ($10 for seniors and students) is requested at the door.  TWO SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES: DEEP LISTENING AND FAITHFUL PARENTING This month our Ministers will be gathering two new small groups—one for deep listening and discussion about friendship, forgiveness, God, Christ and money, and another one for parents to reflect together on the challenge of raising faithful children in today’s culture, parenting techniques, and the rewards of being parents. As with all healthy small group ministries, the groups are open to all members and friends of the church, are lay led, begin with brief devotions, come together to discuss particular topics of concern, develop trust and hold confidences, meet once or twice a month, and at the end of the year decide whether or not to continue. In 2009 two small groups were started in our congregation, but disbanded by May 2010. If you might be interested in one or both of these groups, please speak with Dianne Arakawa and Kristin Grassel Schmidt. We wish to hold a first kick-off meeting on Tuesday, October 12, at 6:30 pm at the Parish House. Invite a non-church friend, if you wish.


 PARTNER CHURCH COMMUNION SERVICE AND RECEPTION SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 Partner Church Communion Service and Reception Sunday, October 3. Communion will be celebrated in the Transylvania Unitarian tradition at Morning Prayer on Sunday, October 3. Also, a reception in the church foyer after the service will be hosted by the King’s Chapel Partner Church Committee, with Hungarian style refreshments and an exhibit celebrating the 88-year partnership between King’s Chapel and the First Unitarian Church of Kolozsvar, Transylvania (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). Four important events will be celebrated at the reception: (1) the appointment of Reverend Norbert Racz as the new minister of First Unitarian Church succeeding Reverend Ferenc BalintBenczedi who recently assumed the position of Bishop of the Unitarian Church of Romania; (2) the completion of King’s Chapel’s fundraising for the Kolozsvar Church Attic Project; (3) an announcement of plans for a second Habitat for Humanity “build” in ClujNapoca in 2011; and (4) the launch of the campaign for a ministerial exchange between Kolozsvar and Boston sometime in the next three years. Parish members are encouraged to attend Morning Prayer and experience the spirituality of communion in the Transylvanian tradition and afterwards to learn anew about the historical and contemporary importance of the Kolozsvar connection.


FROM THE CHURCH SCHOOL DIRECTOR Greetings from the Church School. Now that we have celebrated King’s Chapel’s Homecoming and the Church School’s Opening Day, it is time to commit to a year of learning and community building. We are fortunate to have Aaron Stockwell return to the Church School for his second year of teaching. Aaron is continuing his studies in the Master of Divinity program at Andover Newton Theological School; and he has been delivering sermons at his home church, the First Parish Church of Groton. Aaron brings many gifts to our Church School, including but not limited to a gifts of knowledge and spiritual growth. While Aaron is teaching our youngest children, we are still seeking a teacher to teach our oldest children and youth. We ask members of the congregation to consider teaching at the Church School. We would welcome someone to teach all year or to join a class to talk about a specific topic of interest. This would help to meet our church’s goal of better integrating the larger congregation with the Church School. Also, we hope to increase our number of participating children and youth this year, and in an effort to get the word out there about our Church School, Stefanie Muscat and I hosted a table at the Beacon Hill Block Party. We distributed brochures about King’s Chapel and the Church School, and spoke to parents whose children visited our table for arts and crafts. In sum, we are looking forward to maintaining stability, joining together with the larger church, and expanding to serve more families. We appreciate your support in helping us to do all of this and more. Thank you, - Shannon Lee

Top (from left): Stefanie Muscat, Ty Muscat, Abby M, Shannon Lee, and Pei-Chun Lin staffing the Church School table during the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Block Party on September 19. Left: Ty Muscat



27 Midweek Prayer 12:15 p.m. Adult Religious Education Program 6:00 p.m.

26 Midweek Recital 12:15 p.m. Parish Council 6:00 p.m.



Halloween Morning Prayer 11:00 a.m.


Family Service & Church School 9:45 a.m. Morning Prayer 11:00a.m. Interim Focus Group 12:30 p.m.

Midweek Communion 12:15 p.m.

Midweek Recital 12:15 p.m.


Vestry Meeting 5:45 p.m.


Midweek Prayer 12:15 p.m.



Midweek Recital 12:15 p.m. Small Group Ministry 6:30 p.m.


Midweek Prayer 12:15 p.m. Trans. Ministry 2:00 p.m.



Morning Prayer 11:00a.m. Choir Rehearsal 3:30 p.m. Concert Series 5:00 p.m.

Family Service & Church School 9:45 a.m. Morning Prayer 11:00a.m. Choir Rehearsal 1:00 p.m.





4 Midweek Recital 12:15 p.m. Church School Committee 5:30 p.m. Charities and Appeals 6:00 p.m.




Vestry By-Laws Working Group 5:30 p.m.


Minns Committee, First Church 5:30 p.m.





Morning Prayer 11:00a.m.







November Newsletter Submission Deadline




Choir Rehearsal 10:00 a.m.


9 Guidi-Neshat Wedding 4:30 p.m.

8 Guidi-Neshat Wedding Rehearsal 5:00 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal 10:00 a.m.




King’s Chapel House 64 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108

PERIODICAL Postage PAID Boston, MA USPS 011-271

RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED The Rev. Dianne E. Arakawa, Interim Senior Minister Kristin Grassel, Assistant Minister The Rev. Carl R. Scovel, Minister Emeritus Heinrich Christensen, Director of Music Pei-Chun Lin, Children’s Music Director Shannon Lee, Church School Director Brandon Goad, Parish Administrator



October Newsletter  

King's Chapel Boston's monthly newsletter for October 2010.

October Newsletter  

King's Chapel Boston's monthly newsletter for October 2010.