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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Forgetting What is Behind

Psalm 37
Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18
Phil. 3:12-21
John 17:1-8
“Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14
As a man who discovered Christ later in life, I am drawn to the story of Paul and his redemption on the road to Damascus. Like Saul, I became a new man when I joined the Church. Like Paul, I know that my spiritual journey is nowhere near complete. In today’s reading, Paul teaches us to forget what is behind us and strive toward what is ahead. This is often one of the most difficult things we can do. Lent is a good time of year to try.
In every person’s past there are things said or left undone that prevent us from fully experiencing Christ’s love in the present. Paul knew this perhaps better than anyone, and Paul reminds us that we must strive toward what is ahead. Learning to accept—and forget when necessary—the past allows us to move closer to the person that Christ wants us to be. We need to be as willing to accept forgiveness for our own past as we are willing to forgive the pasts of others.
As we travel through our chosen Lenten disciplines this year, let’s take a moment to allow ourselves the Grace to forget what is done and make room for what is to be.

– Collin Klamper

March 6 - Forgetting


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