WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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.

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John's Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.
Pathways Through Lent

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.

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Friday in the Third Week of Lent

When confronting a challenge, making it to the halfway point can be both a relief and a rallying cry: “Whew, that’s behind me.” “I’ve made it this far, I can make it the rest of the way!” The greatest challenge of Lent, however, can.

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

When thinking back on my time spent in the Holy Land during the St. John’s Pilgrimage, perhaps the most poignant day was our journey to the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by Satan, followed by our visit to the Church of the Annunciation.

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

Listen, my people, to my teaching;     tilt your ears toward the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a proverb.     I’ll declare riddles from days long gone—    ones that we’ve heard and learned about,         ones that our ancestors told us..

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24).

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

Two things come to mind in reading the story of Naaman, the great Syrian military officer who suffered from leprosy. One is the importance of listening to good advice that comes even from the meekest, humblest voice. The other is how easy it is.

Third Sunday in Lent

In Luke 13:1-9, Jesus tells the story of a barren fig tree and also asks the question of whether one sin is worse than another depending on the outcome of one’s punishment. The two tales themselves don’t seem necessarily linked at first, but by.

Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

Where would I go to consider “the depths of the sea?” Natural places such as the rocky headlands of Acadia National Park, the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, or the precipitous Pacific Coast Highway immediately come to mind. The vast expanse of ocean visible.

Friday in the Second Week of Lent

Our Lenten readings today point in the direction of unexpected consequences. The Genesis story describes Joseph being sold into slavery, but the Psalm response says this catastrophe resulted in Joseph’s becoming master in his household in Egypt. He was put in a position to.

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

Luke tells us the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar asking for scraps off his table. When the two die, the situation reverses. Lazarus is at Abraham’s side. The rich man, in contrast, finds himself in hell begging that Lazarus give.

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

Two of the readings for today include excerpts from the Book of Psalms and the Matthew’s Gospel that foretell of distress. Jesus, for the third time, talks with the disciples about the ultimate betrayal and death that awaits him in Jerusalem. It’s interesting to.


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