Church of St. John in the Wilderness
The Episcopal Church in Copake Falls, NY
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PO Box 180
261 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY 12517
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Service Times

Spoken Eucharist,  8 am

Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

3 pm Divine Reading/Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation


The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Good News, Everyone!

At 6:30 each Wednesday in Lent, join our church neighbors for a simple soup and bread supper.  As says this poster, "Journey with us as we encounter the divine in each other."

This Wednesday, 4 March, is St John's turn to provide the Ecumenical Lenten Supper. We need volunteers to bring soup and bread to Burke Hall before 6:30.

Dale and Louise have published the February Voice. In it you will find Fr John's exhaustive review of the people and events that made 2014 so exciting. Remind yourself of our Mission Statement and meet the leadership of the church for the next term.

Katharine Jefferts Schori, with many other church leaders, has issued a pastoral letter on Climate Change, the existential issue of our day. Religion might move people to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow (nothing else will).

Fr John
reflects on Rev Martin Luther King, Jr and his dream of justice, justice too often denied to the poor, the Black, the powerless. Read John's sermon of January 18.

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!

Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)  is a worldwide movement to promote social and economic justice and respect for the environment. Diocese of Central NY is adopting JPIC as an organizing principle for social justice.

We made a list of the many Good Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness. Can you add to this list?

Divine Reading/ Contemplative Prayer Group: Put Wednesdays at 3 pm on your calendar and gather with us in the rectory for the Divine Reading/Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

Have you checked the St John's  Photobook? Several new faces have been added. Welcome all!

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Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength

1 Corinthians 1:20-25


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