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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Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, 17th
Seder meal, 6 pm
Maundy Eucharist, 7:30

Good Friday, 18th
10 am & 7:30 pm

Saturday, 19th
Easter Egg Hunt, 11 am

Easter Sunday, 20th
Spoken Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am

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 Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Good News, Everyone!

Please join us for Holy Week and Easter services. Celebrate Jesus’ love for us and his resurrection, starting tomorrow with Palm Sunday and concluding Holy Week with our joyful Easter. We also offer a Seder (Passover) Meal on Thursday and an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday.

Read the April Voice in the Wilderness for Fr John's view of the quiet place in the midst of the information onslaught. Lucy writes a bit on Rebecca Garrard  and Jeanne VanHoesen reports on the Episcopal Church Women.

After 3 decades of devoted service, Jane Peck, our esteemed treasurer, is passing the mantle to Louise Peterson. We thank Jane, Louise, and all the faithful serving the church, sometimes in shadows and in silence.

Our parishioner, Jack Moody, recently celebrated his 60th anniversary of his ordination as an Episcopal priest. With prayers of thanks...

Annual Meeting of St John in the Wilderness was held on Sunday, January 19. We elected new officers and vestry and Fr John preached a sermon celebrating the joy and good ministry that abounds at St John's.

Rev George Brennan is editing a new information resource, the Ecumenical News, for church events in SE Columbia County. You may request a subscription from him.

An study from the Greater Good Science Center reveals that an attitude of gratitude changes brain chemistry so as to strengthen relationships and increase happiness. As has been said before, science is catching up to truths that religion found long ago.

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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From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "This man is calling for Elijah." At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

Matthew 27:45-51

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