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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Welcome to all!
Please join us

Spoken Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 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!

Jazz Vespers: As part of Sacred Sites Open House Weekend St. Johnís will host a Jazz Vespers service on Saturday, 21 May at 4:30 pm. Music will be by master musicians, John Myers and Sharon Powers. Hope to see you there!

Although Easter Sunday is past, we now have 50 days to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord! Let us be glad and rejoice in them!

Fr John notes our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Easter Letter, in which he shows that the story of crucifixion and resurrection is not a fairy tale.

Read the Lent Edition of Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John writes on Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit working with the gangs of LA. Also Martha Glantz tells how she came to be here, Lucy Eldridge and Jane Peck anticipate the annual Country Fair and Auction, and Karen Flynn describes a potentially lifesaving device. Babs Croteau tells the history of the Birthday and Memorial Candle Fund.

Thanks to Karen Flynn, we have a new defibrillator! Heart attacks kill many. Learn how to save lives, watch this video.

On 14 January at Canterbury, the Anglican Primates issued a statement  suspending the Episcopal Church for 3 years because of our "fundamental departure from the faith" regarding LGBT rights. Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued a statement in response expressing regret and surprise and suggesting that ours was the position to which the church is headed. Context at the Washington Post.

Our Diocesan Bishop William Love has reflected on the Primates' actions at Canterbury. He opposed the marriage equality changes adopted by 2015 General Convention and is sympathetic with the Primates' traditional position. Read his letter to the parish.

Dale Peterson
, stewardship chair, reports that as of 18 January, we are at 99% of our $80,000 goal. Help enable everything we do; consider a pledge. New News!

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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But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

`In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.

And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.

Acts 2:14-20
External Resources:

Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org