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,
Although Easter Sunday is past, we now have 50
days to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord! Let us
be glad and rejoice in them!
Mary accepts God's call in the passage to the
right. In Nazareth, the Church
of the Annunciation celebrates this pivotal
moment with artworks from around the world. My favorite.
In the Easter Voice
in the Wilderness, Fr John opens
with a close reading of Scripture and ends with the Goodness
of God. Warden Karen Flynn thanks those in our
"feeding ministry", Wendy Langlois, who
becomes our new Communications Chief, David Webb,
who continues as principal Investment Manager, and Louise
Peterson, who is retiring after 5 years as Treasurer.
Brian Boom updates the Capital Campaign and Wendy
invites everybody to the Holy Saturday Egg Hunt and
the opening of the Feed My Sheep Garden on Earth
Day, 22 April.
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.
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.
Rectory porch repair and landscaping the church grounds made
the list. Make your preferences known with the Priority Survey.
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. They exhibit
pieced, embroidered, applique techniques, with several from
the late 19th century to mid-1940’s. 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. "Our public relations policy is based on attraction
rather than promotion." AA
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a
town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a
man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The
virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said,
"Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was
much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of
greeting this might be. The angel said to her, "Do not be
afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now,
you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will
name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son
of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the
throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house
of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a
virgin?" The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow
you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be
called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her
old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth
month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be
impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the
servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your
word." Then the angel departed from her.