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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Please join us

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
24 December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service

Christmas Day
25 December,  10 am

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!

Louise and Dale have published the Advent Edition of Voice in the WildernessFr John reflects on current events in light of history, Martha Glantz reports on research linking church to well being, and Rebecca Gerrald is forming a Social Justice Committee. Dale Peterson reports that pledges are on target,  Corie Miller writes of love and family, and Regina Shea describes ECW doings. All this and more, fiction by Bob Dodd!

Shepherds Tell the News, will be presented by the Philmont Methodist Church Chorus at 2 pm on Saturday, 3 December.

2016 Copake Falls Winter Walk is Sunday 4 December,
noon to 5 pm.
St. John's will hold a Winter Market, from 1 to 3, in Burke Hall including the popular sale of homemade Christmas cookies in festive tins, as well as beautiful evergreen table decorations. At 3:30, we will welcome once again the wonderful Handbell Choir from the Salisbury Congregational Church. They will help us ring in the holiday season with joyful Christmas music. Tickets are $10, children free. At the end of the concert,  we will sing traditional Christmas carols as we make our way down to the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.

Episcopal Church Women invite everybody to the annual ECW Christmas Lunch on Sunday 11 December. Please read their invitation.

Blue Christmas Service on Wednesday, 14 December at 6 pm. All are invited to this low-key service designed for those who may be grieving a loss or for whatever reason find Christmas a difficult season, and anyone seeking a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle. Come, and bring your friends.

Christmas Eve at the Church of St John in the Wilderness, nestled among the trees, softly lit by candlelight, singing our traditional hymns, a warm and welcoming community sharing Holy Eucharist -- this is an experience not to be missed!
Episcopal Relief and Development is our church effort to "heal a hurting world". They do development and relief work around the world. This is a cause well worth our support.

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!

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.

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In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

"The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
'Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.'"

Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

Matthew 3:1-10
External Resources:

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