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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Service Schedule

Holy Week & Easter

14 April, Palm Sunday
8  and 10 am services

18 April, 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday rite

19 April, Good Friday
10 am, 7:30 pm

20 April, Holy Saturday, 11 am, Easter Egg Hunt

21 April, Easter Day
8 am, Holy Eucharist
10 am, Festive Choral Eucharist


Holy 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!

We now approach Holy Week and Easter. Be with us as we celebrate these ancient and universal traditions of our faith.  Centerpiece of the Jewish celebration of Passover is the Seder meal, a retelling of their liberation from Egypt.  Jim Hedrick will lead our Seder on Maundy Thursday at 6 pm, followed by Holy Eucharist at 7:30.  Breathtaking poster.

Voice in the Wilderness for April is here.  Fr John muses on faith and abundant life.  Lucy Eldridge reports on a retreat to Holy Cross Monastery that a group made in February.  It was a day of worship and renewal.  Marjorie Hoog, senior warden, reports that "things are chugging along nicely".  Bob Dodd, laments again the tension in the Anglican Communion over LGBTQ rights, now surfacing in preparation for the Lambeth Conference for 2020.

Flight: Birds of the Hudson Valley, an exhibition of photographs by Heather Kitchen and Stephen Schumacher, will be on display in Burke Hall through 19 May.  Come to the opening on 2 March at 5 pm.  See poster for more.

We mourn those lost in the terrible shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue.  Our rector, Rev John Thompson, lived  in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and has friends in the Tree of Life congregation who knew the victims.  His letter to us.

Holy Cross Monastery, an Anglican Benedictine community in West Park welcomes visitors for a day or a longer spiritual retreat.  Fr John encourages us to spend some time with the monks in prayer and worship.  It can be a life changing experience.  West Park is on the Hudson, about a 70 minute drive southwest.
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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: 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 claim spiritual progress not perfection."  AA calendar.

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Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:3-11
External Resources:

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