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.

Marvelous Things 2013

Psalm 85:7-13 Isaiah 32:11-18 Hebrews 2:10-18 John 8:30-32
Lent is a time for spiritual introspection.
One avenue for this introspection is considering the worship service and what parts of it provide that special feeling of connection to the mystery of God. For me, it is the hymns, which both console and uplift.
One in particular stands out in my mind: For All the Saints. Many years ago, my father died suddenly a few days before All Saints Sunday. I remember my late wife clutching my arm as we sang the traditional hymn during our time of grief. It was the last two stanzas that gave me strength and courage to face the coming days:

But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of Glory passes on his way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
 
From Earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
and singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
 

As I reflect during Lent, I remember this hymn not only for its joyful and energetic tune but also for its message of hope. And I pray that, as we all reflect during our journey through Lent, we may lift up our hearts and, as Psalm 98 says, “sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things.”

–Robert Beizer

February 20


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