Members of the King's Chapel community live their faith "24-7". Here are a few of the ways in which our members and friends demonstrate "Faith in Action":
Paula O’Keeffe is among the members who makes sandwiches for common cathedral, an outdoor congregation of unhoused and housed persons who worship together on Boston Common—and one of King’s Chapel’s Community Action partners. At common cathedral, “religion and human comfort meld in the best way,” says Paula. “It is very special to make sandwiches to serve to the guests and we feed their spirits, also. As God feeds the souls of the homeless, so he takes care of their physical needs.”
For Cynthia Perkins one aspect of her stewardship of our King’s Chapel faith community is leading the Prayer Circle. By leading a group in confidentially praying for the needs of our church community, she has deepened her daily practice of using prayer and contemplation to help others who are in difficult emotional, physical, or spiritual situations. “Our small, devoted group puts faith into action each time we pray, individually or together as a group. As we read or say the name, we hold the person and family in our hearts, and we put our trust in God’s healing power and presence,” says Cynthia. She has extended her involvement as a member of the church’s Lay Pastoral Care team, where she is a present, prayerful companion to individuals in times of difficulty or joy.
Hollis Day, MD, is one of many in our King’s Chapel community whose faith is integral to her daily life. As Chief of Geriatrics at Boston Medical Center, she regularly encounters challenging situations, such as leading intense conversations with patients and families about tough diagnoses or end-of-life care. “Faith is where I go when I am struggling with something,” says Hollis. The early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic were especially devastating for her patients and colleagues–and for Hollis personally. She found strength during that dark time in KC’s Morning Light community, then meeting by Zoom, who rallied around her and her work. “This group’s prayers and support were incredibly meaningful,” says Hollis. “As a welcoming community we support each other in difficult times, but also celebrate each other’s joys. I appreciate how quickly the church pivoted to remote services to keep us connected, and how we continue to accommodate the needs of all” with the hybrid Zoom and in-person format.
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