Welcome to all!
Please join us
24 December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service
25 December, 10 am
Spoken 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
Louise and Dale have published the Advent Edition of
Voice in the
Wilderness. Fr 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!
the News, will be presented by the
Philmont Methodist Church Chorus at 2 pm on Saturday, 3
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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n 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
'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."