| Welcome to
Please join us
March, Ash Wednesday, 10 am and 7:30 pm
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,
In our tradition, Lent
is a season of solemn self-reflection,
remembering Jesus' 40 days in the desert. Ash
Wednesday on 26 February begins Lent, with a
reminder of our mortality, "Dust thou art, and to dust thou
shalt return." We read Psalm
51, King David's confession to God
after his sin
with Bathsheba. Services at 10 am and 7:30 pm.
First Sunday of Lent, 1 March, is Episcopal
Relief & Development Day. ER&D is
our church mission to "heal a hurting world." They are
most deserving of our support.
During the 5 Wednesdays of Lent, our neighborhood churches
offer simple meals 6:30, followed by a quiet service.
We host the first supper on 4 March. More details in
Dale and Louise have published the Winter
Edition of the Voice.
Fr John reviews the year just past and Wendy Langlois,
our newly elected Senior Warden, welcomes new members to the
Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge present an
upbeat Capital Campaign Update. We are
grateful for the grant funding they have secured and thank
all parishioners and friends who are supporting the
Our Capital Campaign Committee has put together a compelling
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
than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight"
Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists maintains a Doomsday
Clock to emphasize the threats we face. They write,
"Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential
dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded
by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare,
that undercuts society’s ability to respond." Global
CO2 emissions continue to increase year over
year. Christians must remain hopeful, despite failure
to date to mount an urgent response.
If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr
John on church activities, request a subscription at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
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. "The only meeting you are late for is your first
So the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to tell David this
“There were two men in a certain city, one very rich, owning
many flocks of sheep and herds of goats; and the other
very poor, owning nothing but a little lamb he had managed
to buy. It was his children’s pet, and he fed it from his
own plate and let it drink from his own cup; he cuddled it
in his arms like a baby daughter. Recently a guest
arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing
a lamb from his own flocks for food for the traveler, he
took the poor man’s lamb and roasted it and served it.”
David was furious. “I swear by the living
God,” he vowed, “any man who would do a thing like that
should be put to death; he shall repay four lambs to
the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”
Then Nathan said to David, “You are that rich man!..."