Welcome to all!
Please join us
Holy Eucharist, 8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation
The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector
| Good News,
Our first Winds in the Wilderness concert is Sunday
11 February at 3 pm. Sharon Powers, flute, alto; Judith
Dansker, oboe; Ronald Gorevic, violin, viola;
John Myers, sitar, guitar; and Pete Toigo,
bass. Details in poster.
Wednesday Liturgy is on 14 February at 10 am and
7:30 pm. Ash
Wednesday starts the season of Lent,
a time for self-reflection and repentance. In our tradition
we impose ashes as a reminder of our mortal nature. We
recall Jesus' 40 days in the Wilderness and David's
plea of repentance.
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
We will commemorate 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."
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. Announcement.
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.
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.
You may now subscribe to a digital edition of our church
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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. "We will intuitively know how to handle situations
which used to baffle us." AA
We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that
in him we might become the righteousness of God...
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of
salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so
that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as
servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way:
through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships,
calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors,
sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience,
kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech,
and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for
the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in
ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and
yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying,
and see-- we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many
rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.