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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Be Open. Be Present. Be Loving.

by Lisa Kirchenbauer
The Third Wednesday of Lent
Jeremiah 8:18-9:6 Psalm 81, 82, 119:97-120 Romans 5:1-11 John 8:12-20
At the beginning of each year for the last five years or so, as I prepare for the Lenten season, I have listened quietly and deeply for a message that I will follow for that year. The messages have often built upon the prior year. Last year was, “A gentle heart opens many doors.” It was a good reminder to me that by being gentle and non-judgmental I can open up relationships and opportunities and find grace.
My message this year is a simple chant…
Be Open, Be Loving, Be Present
Be Open, Be Present, Be Loving

  • Be Open…to the possibilities, to God’s will, to another’s heart
  • Be Present…so that I can clearly hear my calling, so that I am aware of my true feelings, so that I can truly connect with others
  • Be Loving…because it is a better and easier way, because my children and husband need it from me, and because the entire world needs more love these days

Although I may not always remember my mantra, it serves to focus me and remind me of what is important and how I can live a more Christian life. Through meditation and prayer, we each have the ability to reconnect with ourselves, to discover our purpose in this world and begin to put this mission into place. Please join me as I strive to live this year’s message to the fullest!


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