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Wednesdays, 3 pm
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Church is open daily for prayer and meditation. Please observe
The Rev John P ,Thompson, Rector
Although the pandemic may be over for the vaccinated, we
will continue taking prudent measures in our
gathering. Please join us in person as
you feel able. Our service will be streamed
in real time on Facebook Live. Read all the
details in Fr John's
An exhibition at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society,
in Wood: Greek and Gothic Revival Churches" will run
July through October. On 15 August at 2 pm, Dale
Peterson will talk on Richard
Upjohn, renowned architect of St John in the
Wilderness, followed by a tour of the exhibition.
What have we missed during the pandemic? Adam
Grant says it might be collective
effervescence, that feeling of shared euphoria
that we sometimes find in church. Émile Durkheim
identified the experience in his pioneering
study of religious life (1915).
Jim and Patricia Wann have published the May edition
of Voice in the
Wilderness, our parish newsletter. Fr
John is astounded at the love of God
for the outrageous diversity of creation. Brian
Boom and Lucy Eldridge emphasize how our Capital
Campaign reflects our concern for our beautiful
environs. Elen Freeston of the Alter Guild
asks all gardeners to grow flowers to decorate the
church. Elen the Senior Warden proposes to
continue Zoom meetings to maintain contact with our
Jay Corcoran and Dale Peterson, with
technical assistance from Jacob Rieper, have enabled
video streaming from the church! Thanks
to Mibs, Lucy and John
for valuable assistance and motivation.
Don't let down your guard! Covid
infections persist and we must all avoid trading air.
Masks, distance, limiting assembly -- keep pandemic
protocols a few weeks longer. Read the Columbia
County COVID-19 Report..
After 13 years, Charley Musselman is retiring as St
John webmaster. We have hired Suzanne
Trevellyan, who has
helped numerous local businesses, to build a modern
website for us. She will work with Jay Corcoran,
supported by a small team from the congregation. You
may read her proposal.
We support the Roe
Jan Food Pantry. You may drop off canned or
boxed food in the basket inside the door of the
church. It will be taken to the pantry every
Friday. Many thanks for these much needed donations!
Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge of our Capital
Campaign Committee have put together a compelling brochure,
Campaign for St. John in the Wilderness: Sustaining
People, Place, and Peace, 2019-2022.
Please take a look and decide how you might contribute to
the future vitality of our church. Supporting
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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!
Reading & Contemplative
Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3
pm on the rectory porch or in Zoom
Internet Space for Divine Reading & Centering
Prayer. This meditative approach to scripture will
bring peace to your soul.
Alcoholics Anonymous is meeting in person again,
on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Carved into our
meeting log, "You are not alone."
The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her
sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And
he said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him,
"Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your
right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom." But Jesus
answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able
to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to
him, "We are able." He said to them, "You will indeed drink
my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is
not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been
prepared by my Father."
When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two
brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know
that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their
great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among
you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your
servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be
your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but
to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.