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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First Sunday in Lent

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days; and when that had ended, He became hungry.
Luke 4:1-2
I have a confession to make: I am really bad at observing Lent. During a season that is supposed to be calm and reflective, I inevitably end up speeding up rather than slowing down, to the point where I arrive at the cross exhausted. I don’t advise this approach.
Without fail, I fly through Lent like it’s any other time of the year: putting emphasis on the destination, rather than the journey; more attention to the daily sprint than to the 40-day marathon. I attempt, albeit inefficiently, to map out the right prayer routine, the right topics to contemplate, the right books to read, the right food to give up—and I end up right back where I started.
The devil really is in the details…
How, instead, do I put God in the details?
Lent it supposed to be a challenge, but I’ve been making it tough for all the wrong reasons. I’ve been focused too much on the little things and not about spending time in the wilderness. So, that is my goal: to get lost and to be OK going deeper; and not feel like a step-by-step plan is the only way toward a more meaningful Lent.
It’s time to ditch the map, and instead, allow the Holy Spirit to chart the course.

Sara McGanity

 Appointed readings for today: Deuteronomy 26: 1-11, Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-16, Luke 4:1-13


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