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.

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

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.

Second Sunday in Lent

A Reflection on Psalm 121 I am in love with city living. There’s nothing more beautiful to me than a densely populated urban landscape, teeming with energy, diversity, and vitality. There’s perhaps nothing more emblematic of those characteristics than a city’s uniquely crafted skyline..

Saturday in the First Week of Lent

Life is short. And we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. So be swift to love. Make haste to be kind. [Then comes the blessing:] And the blessing of God, Father, Son,.

Friday in the First Week of Lent

None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. (Ezekiel 18:22) I certainly wouldn’t want to be remembered for the worst things I’ve done in my life. I look back.

Thursday in the First Week of Lent

Navigating the Road Ahead When I was a boy, our family lived for several years in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s major port on the Pacific coast. Duty called my Dad to Quito, the capital, and he decided to make a family trip out of it. We.

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

Our Lenten readings today really hit home the point about the importance of having faith without expecting constant signs, direction, or affirmation from God about how we are doing. It reminds me of the challenges facing parents these days, as well as anyone tasked.