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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.
Pathways Through Lent

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 to let arrogance lead to misunderstanding and anger, preventing us from living in God’s will.
Naaman’s army captured a young girl from Israel and put her to work as a servant for his wife. It was was this young girl, enslaved by strangers, far from home, who suggested to Naaman’s wife that he should seek healing from Elisha in Israel. The king of Syria sent a note to the king of Israel introducing Naaman and asking for help in healing his leprosy. The king of Israel became enraged, saying, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore, please consider and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.” Of course, the king of Syria was not seeking a quarrel. He was looking for help for his friend. Elisha heard of the King’s reaction and asked to send Naaman his way. When Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house, Elisha sent a messenger to tell Naaman to bathe seven times in the Jordan River and he would be healed. Naaman was furious that Elisha had not received him personally and thought it ridiculous to bathe in the Jordan when they had perfectly good rivers in Syria. But it was Naaman’s servant who basically said, “Why not give it a try? If Elisha had asked some great, brave thing of you, you would have done it. What could it hurt to bathe in the Jordan?” And so, Naaman was healed.
While the arrogance and suspiciousness of both the king of Israel and Naaman were obstacles, it was the quiet advice of two servants that brought Naaman to healing. However, lest we begin to think all servants are saints, keep reading. The story only gets more interesting!
Sherill Mason
Appointed readings for today: 2 Kings 5:1-15b, Psalm 42:1-7, Luke 4:23-30

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