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Holy Eucharist, 8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
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Church is open daily for prayer and meditation
The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector
| Good News,
In the February issue of Voice
in the Wilderness, Fr John sees
reasons for both optimism and concern in the year just past.
There's a review of the Christmas Pageant, with
photos, and a preview of the Church Calendar for
2018. Thanks to Louise and Dale Peterson for putting
A Lenten tradition: Soup and Bread Suppers with Our
Neighbors. All are welcome at 6:30 each Wednesday in
Lent as we share supper and Christian fellowship. More.
Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of
nearly 70 Episcopal bishops who call
for an assault weapons ban, as well as prayers of
lamentation. This is a response to the latest in a long
list of school shootings.
February being Black History Month, we remember Absalom
Jones and Fredrick
Douglass on our Calendar.
Du Bois, born 23 February 1868 in Great
Barrington. You may visit the boyhood
homesite of this remarkable man, just 10 miles over
the mountain to Rt 41/23.
We commemorated Episcopal
Relief & Development Sunday on the first
Sunday in Lent, 18 February. This is an opportunity to live
the promise of our Baptismal Covenant to care for the
hungry, sick, and poor. ER&D
is our church's mission to "heal a hurting world."
Our Capital Campaign is underway! We want to
prioritize those projects most important to many people.
Make your preferences known with the Priority
An exhibit, Quilts from Community Collections, will
be held in Burke Hall, from 4 March – 3 June. Come and
enjoy a wide array of quiltmaking traditions including
coverlets, crib quilts, and wall hangings. Contact Lucy
Eldridge for more.
We welcome Fr John back from a spiritual journey to
the sacred islands of Iona
where Bishops Columba and Aidan laid the
foundation for a distinctly English Christianity.
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Church of St John in the Wilderness
is located in a park-like setting, Taconic
Park! We're on the Harlem
Rail Trail and Bash-Bish
Falls is just up the road. Come, enjoy!
We made a list of the many Good
Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness.
Can you add to this list?
Reading & Contemplative
Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3
pm in the rectory for the Divine Reading & Centering
Prayer Group. 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. "It is agreed that alcoholism is a disease, not a
moral failing." AA
Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must
undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the
chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after
three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning
and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said,
"Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on
divine things but on human things."
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them,
"If any want to become my followers, let them deny
themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those
who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose
their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will
save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole
world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in
return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my
words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the
Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory
of his Father with the holy angels."