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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 the Fall edition of Voice
in the Wilderness, Fr John tackles
the hard words of Jesus in Luke
12:49 that He has not come to bring Peace but rather
Division. John concludes that certain times demand
conflict in the cause of justice before peace can be
realized. Marjorie Hoog, our Senior Warden,
asks how can we maintain cordiality when political
discussions seem so fraught today? See photos of our
2019 gala Soirée, Into the Wilderness, and
read about the exciting exhibit of nighttime paintings by Peter
Fritsch, local artist. Also, our own Richard
Peck is exhibiting at the NU Arts Gallery in
Our Stewardship Harvest Dinner is Saturday 2
November at 6 pm. Come and renew your commitment to
Winds in the Wilderness will present "Baroque in
many Moods" on Sunday 10 November at 3 pm.
Reception will follow the concert. $15 suggested
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
On 6 October, Fr John preached on, inter alia, the Great
Pacific Garbage Patch and the hopeful progress made in its
all about it.
Story of the snake,
the apple, and Eve led to a harsh emphasis on original
sin. His luminous idea, Original
Blessing, got Matthew
Fox kicked out of the Roman Dominican
Order by Cardinal
Ratzinger. We received Matthew Fox
into the Episcopal Church in 1994. Creation
Spirituality might revitalize Christianity for an
increasingly secular age.
An exciting interfaith series, Exploring Pilgrimage,
will be introduced here at St. John on Saturday, 22 June
from 2 to 3:30 pm. Hear about openings of Spirit, both
inward and outward. See the poster
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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!
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. "We have stopped fighting anybody or anything. We have
For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people
as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
* * *
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent-- its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.