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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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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Who Crucified Jesus? (Let’s Name Names)

Psalm 22
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9
John 18:1-19
Sometimes the most challenging questions on religion come from persons of other faiths. In one such instance a co-worker, after discussing how we observed particular traditions, asked me, “Do you mind telling me who you think crucified Jesus?”
The Gospels offer two possible answers, either the Roman soldiers who physically did the deed or the temple authorities in Jerusalem who persuaded the Roman governor to permit the execution and maintain peace. Historians tell us Pontius Pilate previously had caused a brutal slaughter of Jews and likely feared dismissal by the Emperor over further incidents.
But my questioner emphasized, “who do you think crucified Jesus,” just as Jesus asked, “who do you say I am?” What personal stake do I have in the issue? In a cost-benefit assessment, the Crucifixion can look rather lopsided:  here is a piece of God in human form, put through abject human pain and anguish, somehow not avoiding the ordeal, and, in some people’s eyes, making the final sin offering for all eternity. From it, we obtain a divine companion with a distinct recollection of our sufferings.
One way to adjust the formula is to view my own unkindness, anger, selfishness and acquisitiveness as part of the nailing, the thorns, the sour wine and the spear thrust. Doing so yields an answer to the question, with at least one name specified: “I did it. I contributed to the incident.  But Jesus somehow found a way to forgive me.”

– Greg Capaldini

April 18 - crucified


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