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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Welcome to all!
Please join us

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!

You may now subscribe to a digital edition of our church newsletter, A Voice in the Wilderness. Sign up here to receive future editions by email, saving money and trees.

Lent, our season of reflection and reconciliation, begins on Ash Wednesday, 1 March. Join us for Solemn Liturgy, with imposition of ashes, at 10 am and 7:30 pm. "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

On  Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, 5 March, we have an opportunity to live out the Promises of our Baptismal Covenant, to serve Christ in all persons,  to care for the poor, the hungry, and the sick. We will collect an offering to support ER&D's mission "to heal a hurting world".

Charity Sock Auction on 18 February! Neighborhood Knitters of Hudson are auctioning socks at Vertigris Tea and Chocolate Bar in Hudson to benefit the homeless and needy. Details here.

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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A Psalm of David, when Nathan the Prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight,
so that You are justified when You speak, and You are blameless when You judge.
I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin my mother conceived me.

Psalm 51: 1-5
External Resources:

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