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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Please join us

Service Times

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!

Bake Sales at KOA Campground. First of the season is this Saturday, 23 May from 10 am to noon. Please contribute yummy baked goods for sale. Proceeds benefit St Johns. Thank you to our hosts Gary and Cathy Reinard.

This Sunday, Christians all over the world will celebrate Pentecost. Learn why this holy day is called the "birthday of the church."

Voice in the Wilderness for March is out! Fr John reflects on self-knowledge and authenticity, both nurtured through prayer. Karen Flynn writes a warm portrait of Edie Hedrick, our organist, celebrating 30 years of service! Lucy Eldridge waits for Spring Blooms and Bob Dodd recaps the schism.

Our Bishop, Rt Rev William Love, will visit St John in the Wilderness on Sunday, 21 June, an occasion for baptism, confirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church. If you are interested, contact Fr John regarding preparation.

Climate Change Crisis Forum is now available for viewing. Next 30 Days of Action leads up to Earth Day.

Fr John
reflects on Rev Martin Luther King, Jr and his dream of justice, justice too often denied to the poor, the Black, the powerless. Read John's sermon of January 18.

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!

Justice, 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 adopting JPIC 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 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.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

Have you checked the St John's  Photobook? Several new faces have been added. Welcome all!

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So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

Ezekiel 37:7-10

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