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.

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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A Different Kind of Joy

Psalm 78:1–72 Genesis 45:1–15 1 Corinthians 7:32–40 Mark 6:1–13
In Lent, a season of sober reflection, we do not face the happy bustle of Christmas, nor the triumphant release of Easter, nor the in-rushing energy of Pentecost. Lent is a season of awful and awesome anticipation, testing our understanding of Christian joy.
What is Christian joy, that special state of confidence that let the young Saint Stephen face hate, violence, and death, praying for forgiveness for those stoning him? That steadied the young Joan of Arc, praying for forgiveness for her judges, affirming her vision and voices, and crying out, as the flames and searing heat engulfed her, “Jesus, Jesus!” That, in 2006 in nearby Pennsylvania, filled the young Amish farmers with forgiveness for the man who had held their children at gunpoint and then killed them—such forgiveness that, instead of vengeance, the Amish families sought out his family to offer help. “The fruit of the Spirit,” Paul wrote, “is love, joy, peace…” Do you know this joy?
Pope Paul VI wrote that “this joy of living in God’s love begins here below. It is the joy of the kingdom of God. But it is granted on a steep road which requires a total confidence in the Father and in the Son, and [in] the kingdom. The message of Jesus promises above all joy—this demanding joy…”
Jesus commanded us to love one another as He has loved us, and if we but will, we have His assurance “that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
–Robert Park

St. Stephen


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