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.

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

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.

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent

That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)   I love this verse..

Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Pilgrims in the Land of the Holy One bask and bathe in sights, sounds, smells and tastes of so much that is unique to the places and people here: vivid Armenian pottery designs; cool church interiors at biblical sites; the unique dress of so.

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

This is the time to be slow, Lie low to the wall Until the bitter weather passes. Try, as best you can, not to let The wire brush of doubt Scrape from your heart All sense of yourself And your hesitant light. If you.

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent (Feast of the Annunciation)

Maria by Elizabeth Eybers   An angel was the bearer Of that joyful tiding, and you Responded with a hymn of praise, Mary, young maid from Nazareth. When Joseph thought of deserting you And suspicious neighbours peered out at you Did you, I wonder,.

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…. Psalm 46, 1-2.   It is nearly impossible to read anything in the Bible and not immediately interpret the calamities as symbolic of our world today. We are.

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Dew by Naomi Shihab Nye   A Kickapoo grandmother pulled deerhide moccasins out of her bosom, said, If you really want these to fit your feet, walk in the dew a little, walk in the dew. She lived in a cattail hut ringed by.

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Untitled by Kitty O’Meara   And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And some listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced,.

Saturday in the Third Week of Lent

I don’t remember the first time I heard Allegri’s Miserere, a setting of the text from Psalm 51. Probably in the car while my mother drove us around the Anchorage suburbs, meditating through the potholes and the deep snow and the seasonal depression. I.

Friday in the Third Week of Lent

Greetings from the Editors of Pathways through Lent! Many of the reflections for this Lenten season were written by gifted members of St. John’s Church weeks ago. We will continue publishing them each day for the wisdom and insight they provide in our Lenten.

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent