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.

Friday in the Second Week of Lent 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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.

Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent 2019

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only,.

Monday in the Second Week in Lent 2019

Most days, I am downstairs first. I start the coffee, get the papers off the porch, and turn on the radio. One day when the radio came on, I heard a woman’s voice say, “So that just goes to show that it’s hard to.

Second Sunday in Lent 2019

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca   Gilda Radner is quoted as having said that dogs, through their unconditional love, are the “role model for being alive.” Countless books have been written about all they teach us, and we.

Saturday in the First Week in Lent 2019

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. (Matthew.

Friday in the First Week in Lent 2019

Psalm 130 dates back to the 6th Century BCE. It was authored during the 70-year period of the Babylonian captivity under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. The people of Israel were detained or exiled to Babylonia. The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. The Jewish.

Thursday in the First Week in Lent 2019

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8).

Wednesday in the First Week in Lent 2019

When the prophet Jonah finally got back on course and arrived in Nineveh to preach, he had one big “fish story” to tell: I was a goner, I was drowning in the sea, and I was saved by a fish this big! Can you.