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.

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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.
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Monday in the First Week of Lent

In our Ash Wednesday service and again in yesterday’s worship for the First Sunday in Lent, we sang Hymn 149 “Eternal Lord of love, behold your church walking once more the pilgrim way of Lent.” The author, Dr. Thomas Cain (1931-2003), builds on the connections between the Exodus and our Lenten journey (“led by your cloud by day, by night your fire”). His text reminds us that we share in the baptism of Christ and that we anticipate Easter. (“so in you we arise…glorious in the springtime”)

Dr. Cain served on the Worship Committee of the Diocese of Niagara. When the Standing Commission on Church Music issued a call for a new Lenten hymn, he submitted this text. It was included in Hymnbook 1982 and has become a well-used hymn for this season.

The tune is one of the most famous of the Genevan Psalm tunes from the 16th Century (Old 124th). This tune underlies also our hymn “God of the prophets, bless the prophet’s heirs” and was used by Gustav Holst for his anthem “Turn Back O Man.”

Here is a link to a wonderful devotional on this rather new hymn and a chance for you to pray it again.

Links to the appointed readings and prayer for today:


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