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.

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm – used with permission May we who are merely inconvenienced Remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors Remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from.

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

Ichigo Ichie I recently began reading this book Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, the authors of Ikigai. It reminds me of the way we finish our services each week: “Life is short…”  Ichigo Ichie is about seeing each time we meet friends and.

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

One of my favorite scriptures is Ecclesiastes 3:1 — “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Time is one of the most precious gifts that God gives to us. With it, we can do what we want..

Third Sunday in Lent

The Lenten message posted on a neighborhood Baptist church’s signboard reads: Seek Justice Love Mercy Walk humbly with God What might Micah’s message to the Israelites [Micah 6:9] ask us to do today, in the context of being better stewards of this good earth,.

Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

As the youngest of three sisters, I have always been especially moved by the Parable of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke. As a child, I often found myself angry that my parents did not seem to punish my sisters for misbehaving. Of course,.

Friday in the Second Week of Lent

Today’s readings are about how lives and even kingdoms can be upended. Our paths through life are not straightforward. We read about Joseph, his father’s favorite son, whose jealous brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt. Instead of completing an errand for his father,.

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of.

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

Many of us have heard sermons on how the Potter can take a blob of clay, a life, and turn it into a vessel of usefulness and beauty. Today’s reading, Jeremiah 18:1-11, struck me in that the Potter was actually shaping an evil vessel..

Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

A Warning against Hypocrisy (from Matthew 23:1-12)  Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they.

Monday in the Second Week of Lent

I have long been troubled by the use of the word “shame” in the Bible. In my studies, shame means “I am bad”; yet God made us in his image and God is most definitely not bad. We are human, we are not bad; we do.