Welcome to St. John's Church, Lafayette Square—a vibrant historic Episcopal church located across from the White House. We invite you to join with us for worship, Christian fellowship and outreach.


From our organization as a parish in 1815 to today, St. John's Church has provided a powerful symbol of faith in the heart of our nation's capital.


At St. John's, we believe Christ is calling us to be a renewed church in a changing world. In worship, education, parish life, and social action, we seek to expand our horizons by serving God by loving one another.

Clergy & Staff

Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

Directions & Parking

Located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in Northwest Washington, St. John's is near the McPherson Square and Farragut North Metro stations. Limited street parking is available; free valet parking is offered for certain hours.
Pathways Through Lent

Pathways Through Lent, our annual series of devotions, is a companion in the deeply spiritual time of Lent. Parishioners contribute to this series by writing reflection, sometimes based upon the day’s readings from the Daily Office, and often drawing from their lives’ experiences.

New entries appear here daily through Lent, or you may subscribe to receive a daily email.

Easter Sunday

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was visiting Trinity Wall Street on the morning of September 11, 2001. Because Trinity is very close to the World Trade Center, he and a number of others were caught basically underground when the towers came down. There was.

Holy Saturday

Psalm 118 (A Song of Victory)   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say,.

Good Friday

Good Friday is an ending, not a beginning. It is not a dark blur in the rear view mirror as we hurry towards Easter morning. It’s not just a dip in the road before the sun breaks out at the brow of the hill..

Maundy Thursday

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. Lady Julian of Norwich     I carry these words with me on a post-it, courtesy of a sermon by former St. John’s clergy Lisa Sanders Ahuja..

Wednesday in Holy Week

It’s almost clichéd for spiritual writing to ask you to step back and savor the moments of your life. God is eternal, we’re reminded, and there’s value in taking it slow.   The readings today are not like that: Jesus would like Judas to.

Tuesday in Holy Week

Over the years, it has been our delight and honor to be invited to friends’ Passover Seders. This year, as with everything else, we have to celebrate at a distance, but already I find that I am paying special attention to the joyful song.

Monday in Holy Week

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5   Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to.

Palm Sunday

Who doesn’t love a parade? On Palm Sunday, we reenact a parade through Jerusalem: Jesus, mounted on a donkey, clops through the streets, and we cheer, “Hosanna” and wave our palms. But every year, this parade fills me anticipatory grief, a feeling of dread.

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent

When I received the readings for today’s Pathways, I was told that I could write whatever was in my heart. I opened my Bible and read the assigned words and they did not touch me, so I decided to sit quietly to see what.

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent

O Lord, you relieve our necessity out of the abundance of your great riches: Grant that we may accept with joy the salvation you bestow, and manifest it to all the world by the quality of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives.