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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Meet St. John’s diverse and engaging clergy, vestry and staff.

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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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Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

The Hebrew Scriptures appointed for today is from Isaiah, and for me, it contains some of the most comforting words. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.” God is clearly telling us that our human thoughts, anxieties, foibles – are not God’s. God is not troubled by the things that trouble us. Nor is God necessarily pleased with the things that please us. God is God, and we are not. How comforting to know that God doesn’t get caught up in our human ways! God loves us infinitely. God is always there for us as a steady presence, abiding with us through our good and bad times. But God doesn’t act the way we might think or hope God should. God’s agenda is not ours.

“For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Not only are God’s thoughts and ways not our ways, but they are higher. They are not earthly, bound up in this often difficult world. God is free from that. But we can be with God. We can connect with God and for moments enter into God’s presence, letting go of the Earthly things that pull us down and take our attention. This Lent I hope we can all find those times to let go of our worldly thoughts, hopes, fears – and enter into God’s higher presence and experience God’s higher love for us. 

Thom Sinclair

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