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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Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Lent is a season of preparation—a time of reflection, penance and prayer in order to grow closer to God. Today’s readings focus on choice: “life” or “death;” good vs. evil.
In our daily lives, we are constantly faced with making choices. They may be big ones—those that only come once in a lifetime—or those that occur daily and seem so insignificant they go by practically unnoticed. Do we make the “right” choices? And who is to say what the “right” choices are? In some situations the choice may be obvious, but in others there may be uncertainty.
And, in my opinion, perhaps more important than the choice made is the reasoning behind it. What is your motivation when making the decision? Are you thinking of others or are you thinking of yourself?
While choices we face may oftentimes feel heavy and uncertain, I would proffer that deep down we know what the right one is for us. We’re just scared to accept and make it. Some call it a sixth sense, other perhaps a gut reaction—I call it the voice of reason working through us. There is something deep inside that speaks to us. But so often it is explained away or ignored.
We are all faced with making choices in our lives—big and small, major and seemingly insignificant. Let’s always strive to have the strength to make the right choice for the right reasons, and always choose to find the good, both in ourselves and in others. And let us never forget that every day provides a new opportunity to choose again.

Hilary West

Appointed readings for today: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 1, Luke 9:18-25


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