Welcome to all!
Please join us
Spoken Eucharist, 8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am
Wednesdays, 3 pm
Church is open daily for prayer and meditation
The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector
On Saturday 30 April, our church is the start of the 5K Walk/Run to benefit
the Taconic Hills School
backpack Program. This
program supports hungry school children on weekends. Rebecca Garrard has
prepared a flyer.
Although Easter Sunday is past, we now have 50
days to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord! Let us
be glad and rejoice in them!
Fr John notes our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's
Letter, in which he shows that the story of
crucifixion and resurrection is not a fairy tale.
Read the Lent Edition of Voice
in the Wilderness. Fr John writes on Gregory
Boyle, a Jesuit working with the gangs of LA. Also Martha
Glantz tells how she came to be here, Lucy
Eldridge and Jane Peck anticipate the annual
Country Fair and Auction, and Karen Flynn describes
a potentially lifesaving device. Babs Croteau tells
the history of the Birthday and Memorial Candle Fund.
Thanks to Karen Flynn,
we have a new defibrillator! Heart attacks kill many. Learn
how to save lives, watch
On 14 January at Canterbury, the
Anglican Primates issued a statement
suspending the Episcopal
Church for 3 years because of our "fundamental
departure from the faith" regarding LGBT rights. Our Presiding Bishop Michael
Curry has issued a statement
in response expressing regret and surprise and suggesting
that ours was the position to which the church is headed.
Context at the Washington
Our Diocesan Bishop
William Love has reflected on the Primates'
actions at Canterbury. He opposed the marriage equality
changes adopted by 2015 General Convention and is
sympathetic with the Primates' traditional position. Read
his letter to
Dale Peterson, stewardship chair, reports that as of
18 January, we are at 99% of our $80,000 goal. Help enable
everything we do; consider a pledge. New News!
Church of St John in the Wilderness is located in a
park-like setting, Taconic
Park! We're on the Harlem
Rail Trail and Bash-Bish
Falls is just up the road. Come, enjoy!
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
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?
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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Have you checked the St
John's Photobook? Several new faces have been
added. Welcome all!
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And
people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people
of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him
in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was
clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his
waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed,
"The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I
am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his
sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize
you with the Holy Spirit."
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was
baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up
out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the
Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from
heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well