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Internet Church, 9 am
Holy Eucharist, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation. Please observe
The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector
Your Reopening Team, following advice of Columbia
County, has planned our live, in person, service
of Holy Eucharist. Please bring your own bread to be
consecrated. Wine will not be distributed. Read
Fr John's invitation
for further detail. Supporting
For the next several weeks, we will also continue Zoom
Church now at 9 am. We thank Elen
Freeston for her work as Zoom "producer", acting
behind the scenes to coordinate the service. Please
feel comfortable choosing either the Outdoor Church at 10 or
the Zoom Church service at 9.
Dale and Louise Peterson have published the September
edition of the Voice.
This special edition features the stories from the community
about life during pandemic. Fr John lays out
the situation with the nation crippled by Covid-19, riven by
political discord, fighting fires in the West, floods in the
South, and trying to ensure justice while facing endemic
racism. He finds reason to hope in our faith
traditions. Wendy Langlois, Senior Warden,
finds optimism despite the pandemic shutdown. Her
family has grown closer and more supportive and she has
found solace in our beautiful natural environment. Karen
Flynn, Treasurer, describes the challenges she faces
as a nursing supervisor preparing her team for a tsunami of
Covid cases that (thank God!) never overwhelmed
us. There is much more, Jean Peck writing from
Rochester, Bob and Marya Dodd describing a quiet
life in isolation, Zita and Vinnie Kobos with a
positive message from the farm, and Lucy Eldridge
taking comfort from spiritual heroes, past and present.
After a decade of faithful service, Dale and Louise
wish to pass the Voice in the Wilderness on
to a new person. We hope one or several persons will
feel called to this important ministry.
Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge of our Capital
Campaign Committee have put together a compelling brochure,
Campaign for St. John in the Wilderness: Sustaining
People, Place, and Peace, 2019-2022.
Please take a look and decide how you might contribute to
the future vitality of our church. Supporting
This is a hard time for our community. Fr John
is calling all parishioners personally and lining up others
to make phone calls, too. If you are willing to phone
your neighbor, please drop
us a note.
Marya and Bob Dodd thank everyone who left
food at the church for the food pantry. Please bag
your donations and know that you are helping
If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr
John on church activities, request a subscription at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church of St John in the Wilderness
is located in a park-like setting, Taconic
State Park! We're on the Harlem
Valley Rail Trail and Bash-Bish
Falls is just up the road. Come, enjoy!
Reading & Contemplative
Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3
pm in Zoom
Internet Space for Divine Reading & Centering
Prayer. This meditative approach to scripture will
bring peace to your soul.
Our little church hosts meetings of Alcoholics
Anonymous twice a week, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30
pm. "Resentment is the number one offender. It
destroys more alcoholics than anything else."
Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you have hidden these things from the wise and the
intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father,
for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed
over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the
Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and
anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy
burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and
my burden is light."