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

Spoken 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!

Louise and Dale have published the Advent Edition of Voice in the WildernessFr John reflects on current events in light of history, Martha Glantz reports on research linking church to well being, and Rebecca Gerrald is forming a Social Justice Committee. Dale Peterson reports that pledges are on target,  Corie Miller writes of love and family, and Regina Shea describes ECW doings. All this and more, fiction by Bob Dodd!

Wendy Langlois needs players for a Children's Epiphany Pageant, Sunday 8 January. We call the visit of the wise men to Jesus's birthplace an epiphany, introducing God to the world. All the usual cast is welcome, wise men, angels, and shepherds. Contact Wendy at 518-929-8179.

This year's Christian Unity Service will be held at Our Lady of Hope Church in Copake Falls at 7 pm on Wednesday, 25 January. Steve Wildermuth, Music Coordinator, invites all choir members to participate. We will have a rehearsal at 6:30 pm on Monday, 23 January. Review the music we'll be using.

Christmas Eve at the Church of St John in the Wilderness, nestled among the trees, softly lit by candlelight, singing our traditional hymns, a warm and welcoming community sharing Holy Eucharist -- this is an experience not to be missed!

Did you know that nearly every Christian Church reads the same lessons on Sunday? Our Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of Sunday Eucharistic readings  in which the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are read in ecclesiastical years A, B, and C. John is read mostly in Eastertide.

In San Juan de la Vega, Mexicans celebrate the Feast of St John the Baptist, their patron and ours, in a festival of exploding sledgehammers. Details in The New Yorker.

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: Put Wednesdays at 3 pm on your calendar and gather with us in the rectory for the Divine Reading/Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

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esus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased."

Matthew 3:13-17
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org