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

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve:
7 pm Carols
7:30 pm Service

Christmas Day:
10 am Service

Service Times

Spoken Eucharist,  8 am

Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

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!

Blue Christmas Service
on Wednesday, 17 December at 6 pm. All are invited to this low-key service designed for those who may be grieving a loss or for whatever reason find Christmas a difficult season, and anyone seeking a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle. Come, and bring your friends.

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 -- this is an experience not to be missed!

Read all about it! November issue of The Voice is here! Fr John reflects on gratitude in the season of Thanksgiving. See photos of the Harvest Fest and read about all the celebrations, concerts, dinners, and parties planned and enjoyed!

Our Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori asks for a day of prayer for those in the Diocese of Liberia and all affected by the Ebola Pandemic, the sick and those who care for them.

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!

On 14 September, Wendy Langlois honored the children of St John in the Wilderness and described the new Sunday School program. Registration for the new term beginning 21 September remains open.

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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When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad indeed.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
bearing seed for sowing,
shall return with shouts of joy,
shouldering his sheaves.

Psalm 126


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