Welcome to all!
Please join us
24 December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service
25 December, 10 am
Holy Eucharist, 8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation
The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector
| Good News,
at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Sunday 24 December
at 7 pm Carols, 7:30 pm Service (This annual celebration is
not to be missed!)
Christmas Day Service: Monday, 25 December at 10 am.
Wendy Langlois invites everybody to our first Community
Christmas Pageant at St John in the Wilderness,
Saturday 16 December at 11 am. There will be
refreshments following the pageant.
We have a new Voice
in the Wilderness for Thanksgiving and
Advent. Fr John reflects on quiet meditation and
truth seeking. Warden Brian Boom writes movingly on
his first experience of a St John's Christmas. Wendy
Langlois makes an appealing pitch for Sunday School.
Also, see photos of the baptism of Caroline Aurelia Mae
Crawford, Harvest Fest, and the Jacob
Stickle Memorial 5K run/walk.
Last summer, all the flowers decorating the alter and window
sills were grown by parishioners. Meanwhile, vegetables
grown by the Sunday School children have added to
coffee hour bounty.
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
newsletter, A Voice in the Wilderness. Sign
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You may know St John in the Wilderness was placed on
the National Register
of Historic Places in 1995. Noted architect Richard
Upjohn and our
role in local history are cited as distinctive
features. Read the NRHP
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?
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.
Our little church hosts meetings of Alcoholics
Anonymous twice a week, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30
pm. Carved into their log are the hopeful words, "You are
not alone." AA
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This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent
priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are
you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am
not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you
Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He
answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us
have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about
yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the
wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the
prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the
Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if
you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”
John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands
one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I
am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took
place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.