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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Friday in the Second Week of Lent

Look for the Good

The Book of Genesis shares the story of Joseph, a young man who was sold into slavery by his brothers (after they had first thought to kill him). Inspiringly, even in the face of this injustice, Joseph held to the inner knowing that “God intended it for good” (Genesis 50:20). This knowing served as a foundation for forgiveness. As we know from the story, Joseph went on to become the most powerful man in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself. And when his brothers were before him at his mercy, Joseph ultimately chose to forgive.

Joseph’s actions serve as an example for all of us as we move forward in our lives. Whatever we may be facing, we can choose to proclaim the good in everything. Through faith, we can focus on our spiritual abilities to transform circumstances into opportunities that benefit everyone.

As our abilities to work peaceably through all situations increases, our capacity to let go and forgive is strengthened. With absolute forgiveness comes freedom and joy – and it is a wonderful feeling. As you move through this world choose to look for the good in everything and everyone.

Hilary West

Appointed readings for today: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-28, Psalm 105:16-22, Matthew 21:33-43


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