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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Feast of the Annunciation

Psalm 40:1-11
Isaiah 7:10-14
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:26-30
In the Gospel stories of the Annunciation, the Divine overshadows something so basically human as conception.  Three vulnerable people are asked to deal with the resulting earthly dilemmas: Mary, a virgin, is told she will have a child of the Holy Spirit; Elizabeth, a woman who is old and thought to be barren, is found to be pregnant; and Joseph, a proud man with doubts, is told to trust God and wed Mary who is with child by another.
Societal standards then and now hold these characters to worldly judgments. Each is in a situation that could subject him or her to condemnation or ridicule. Although they face drastic and terrifying changes in their lives, they submit to God’s plan.  None knows what will be the outcome.
Whether we take the story for fact or allegory, the message for us is to accept what the Lord requires of us no matter how unlikely or uncomfortable. The angel tells Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” She replies, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”
Most of us will not face such enormities, nor will we have angels to guide us in finding God’s plan.  But if we use Lent to reflect, pray and listen, we may discover it.

– Louisa Barker

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