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.
Pathways Through Lent

First Sunday of Lent

So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders.

Deuteronomy 26:8

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91:2

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

Luke 4:8

Deliverance, refuge and faithfulness. As we are delivered, so are we granted refuge – a sanctuary, a safe haven – a time and place of peace in which to restore our faith. Lent is a refuge, and a time of deliverance from the busyness of our lives into a haven and an opportunity to deepen our trust and our faith in God.

I used to struggle with the concept of Lent – the giving up of one of life’s many fruits. I struggled to find something that was meaningful, a daily temptation, but not too inconvenient to relinquish. I squirmed each year. But then I realized that Lent is less about giving up than it is about discipline, which for me, is carving out time each day to deepen my relationship with God. I pray on the fly; I hope the Sunday sermon, music and lessons will carry me through the week. But in Lent, I “give up” time – I create time – to read, to pray and to meditate daily. To know my refuge; to know my God, in whom I trust; and to pray that I might give more of myself and serve Him better in the year ahead.

Susan Carlson

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


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