WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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, & Vestry

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.

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent

History

The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely…they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it…But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, “Why should the Egyptians say, `It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people …” And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people. – Exodus 32

Confession

We have sinned as our forebears did; we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.

In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works, nor remember the abundance of your love; they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.

Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb and worshiped a molten image;

And so they exchanged their Glory for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.

They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt…

So he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath from consuming them. – Psalm 106

Prayer

Almighty and most merciful God…accomplish what you want us to do; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Pathways Editors

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