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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God Can Free Us

Psalm 137:1-6 Jeremiah 31:27-34 Romans 11:26-36 John 11:28-44
Jesus said to Mary, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
And so they took away the stone.
–John 11:40–41
Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead is one of the most intriguing stories in the Bible.
Lazarus has died, and Mary and Martha are standing by their brother, distraught because they had called for Jesus and Jesus had not arrived until after Lazarus had died. Mary says to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died,” and in response Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. His last words in the story are a command to those around Lazarus: “Unbind him, and let him go.”
The late Rev. Dr. Peter Gomes, in a sermon here at St. John’s, once said that Jesus’ command was also His invitation to us at Easter to let go of whatever is binding us—those things that cause us to not fully engage with Christ. Perhaps it is drinking too much, or working too much, or spending too much, or watching too much TV. Whatever they are, they prevent us from enjoying the pure pleasure of being in Christ’s presence.
May this be the time of year to chart a new course, to change our priorities, and look forward to the future. May we, like Lazarus, be let go—and see the glory of God.

–Ralph Olson



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