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.
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Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

How many times have we set out on a difficult path, forged a new route in our lives, or been forced to pursue a new way forward not of our choosing, only to find ourselves becoming impatient along the journey like the Israelites in today’s reading? We question our motivations. We wonder why we ever thought this new route would work. We tend to see only the negative challenges before us and the things that make our road difficult. We may even question God, “Why me? Why this? Why now?”

It’s hard to see God in these instances. 

It’s hard to find God in these crooked and challenging places.

And yet in this Lenten season, we’re invited to be still and reflect on where God may be working in our lives alongside us. At our recent Vestry retreat, shifting from a TO mindset to a FOR mindset helped clarify our priorities: What if the things that cause us the most challenge, frustration, and trepidation are not hard things happening TO us, but rather hard things happening FOR us, so we might see God and follow Him on paths we never knew we were meant to travel?

May you find and rediscover God on your Lenten journey this season and reimagine the path on which you find yourself.

Krista Bradley

Links to the appointed readings and prayer for today: