WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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

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.

Love at All Times 2012

Psalm 70 Isaiah 50:4–9a Hebrews 12:1–3 John 13:21–32
On this Wednesday of Holy Week, we recall the betrayal of Jesus by his friend Judas. Externally, Judas appeared to be the perfect friend to Jesus. He treated Jesus with all due respect and devotion, and his actions had the appearance of friendship. Yet they were not sincere, as Judas intended to—and did—betray his friend.
The same night Jesus revealed Judas’ betrayal, He gave the world a beautiful commandment: “Love one another.” As Judas was betraying Jesus, Jesus was offering the cure: love, the antithesis of Judas’ act of betrayal.
Jesus said his followers would be known to the world by their love. In Christian thought, the Greek word agape describes this love we should have for others. This love does not respond to the antecedent value of a person but instead unselfishly cares for the beloved friend. This is the love that God has for all persons and that we, as followers of Christ, must show our fellow man.
It is easy to pass judgment on Judas, but his story calls us to examine ourselves. Evaluate if you are being a good friend to others. Examine where you may fail to follow Jesus’ charge to love one another, and vow to improve. Try to avoid feigning intimacy like Judas did. As you reflect upon the Gospel reading, resolve that you will become a better friend to someone in your life. And remember: “A friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17).
–Niquelle Allen


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