Please join us
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
I think the only appropriate response to the
of creation, to the blessing of life, and to the blessing of Jesus, is
gratitude. Gratitude is not commanded by God; it is the
response of the thankful heart. Happy Thanksgiving, all. -ed
This year's Copake Falls Winter Walk will be held
Sunday, 6 December. There are events all around the hamlet. Details.
Also on 6 December, we welcome the Handbell Choir
from Salisbury Congregational Church for a Holiday
Concert to benefit the Backpack program. Colorful poster.
Louise and Dale Peterson have published
the Advent edition of A
Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John reflects on an
Advent of waiting and the concern of the "startling new pope, Francis"
for the poor and our common home. Lucy Eldridge
reports on fall activities, like planting a dogwood tree in memory of Ginny
Boughton. Also, Wendy Langlois speaks
from the heart on our children's need for Sunday School, Susan
Mollo caries the Ground Zero flag, and we install Michael
Women will hold their annual Christmas Lunch
on 13 December at The Pond restaurant in Ancramdale. Please RSVP to Jeanne
VanHoesen by 4 December.
Dale Paterson reports that as of 18
November, we are at 93% of our $80,000 goal. Help enable everything we
do; consider a pledge.
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!
Peace, and Integrity of Creation
(JPIC) is a worldwide movement to promote social and economic
justice and respect for the environment. Diocese of Central NY is
as an organizing principle for social justice.
We made a list of the many Good
Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness. Can
you add to
Wednesdays at 3 pm on your calendar and gather with us in the rectory
for the Divine Reading/Centering Prayer Group. This
approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.
If you would like to receive occasional emails
Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at email@example.com.
you checked the St John's Photobook? Several new faces have been
the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of
God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all
the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for
the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of
the prophet Isaiah,
- "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
- 'Prepare the way of the Lord,
- make his paths straight.
- Every valley shall be filled,
- and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
- and the crooked shall be made straight,
- and the rough ways made smooth;
- and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"