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.

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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Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2018

Skiing in the mountains of Utah: God’s country. He is present in the overwhelming magnificence of this landscape as I survey the space from a 9,000 feet perspective. It seems unchanging, and yet I know it is evolving just as I am. The trails change; the.

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2018

A dear friend unexpectedly lost his wife in the prime of her life. As he has struggled with his grief and the sorrow of their two teenage sons, he has also tried to find a way to recognize his wife as the brilliant architect,.

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2018

“I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me.” (Psalm 30:1) Although David recounts his distress, he encourages others to praise God and put their trust in Him. As I read this passage,.

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2018

“I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17) “Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:6) The last chapters of Isaiah are written amidst.

Fourth Sunday in Lent 2018

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God.

Saturday in the Third Week of Lent 2018

The excessive pride and faux gratitude of the Pharisee in Luke 18:9-14 may be something familiar to us right now. We live in an era where America, as a country, puts itself first and refuses to provide sanctuary for the helpless and take in.

Friday in the Third Week of Lent 2018

Two of the three lessons for today mention “hearing:” Psalm 81 states, “Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me!” The first commandment from Mark 12 states, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the.

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent 2018

Many years ago, in another time and place (and career), a competitor offered me an attractive management position as a member of its commercial real estate team. I was happy at my present company where I enjoyed my colleagues and the work, but the.

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent 2018

Lent gives us an opportunity to reflect upon what it means to fully surrender to God’s will – to completely let go of everything we think we know. We are asked to relinquish control over all the things we can’t control. We remember where.

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent 2018

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” For many reasons, I always love reading this familiar passage about.