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.

Living in a Good Friday World 2015

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If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him.

Good Friday service, Book of Common Prayer

Today, we observe the darkest day in the Church. It is a time to mourn Christ’s crucifixion and realize the cost of our betrayal. We are called to remember and accept our role, as humans, in His death. On Good Friday, we are exposed to our sin.  It is out there, obvious, ugly, and vulnerable. Good Friday is rock bottom, and in our own lives, we have plenty of rock bottom moments. Sometimes, they can last weeks or months. It is in these times that we learn a lot about ourselves, our priorities, and how to respond. Often, these responses define us. Will we react in love or anger; empowerment or indifference?
As part of Christ’s body, we are called to be more than a Good Friday people. Luis often says that, and I agree.  We are called to rise from rock bottom, to rise from our humanness – and it is through the acceptance of our sins, and Christ’s death for that sin, that we arrive to Easter Sunday. Truly, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are divinely connected. We cannot have one without the other: we experience Good Friday in the hope of living more fully as Easter Sunday people.  Just as the darkest moment is before the dawn, Christ must die to be raised.

-Sara McGanity


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