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.

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent 2016

“The Lenten season is especially a season of prayer”
The Rt. Rev. Charles T. Quintard
Bishop Quintard’s words are particularly poignant as the Lord’s Prayer appears in today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew. In fact, all three of our readings today encourage us to pray–the prophet Isaiah exhorts us to “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;” and the Psalmist reminds us that “his ears are open to their cry.”
Clearly God wants to hear from us, but how do we do it? Prayer is hard. Talking to the Creator of the Universe seems like a challenge. Is there some secret formula? Can we pray for what we want, or just what we need? Should we pray only for ourselves, or for others? Do we have to stand, or kneel, or bow our heads? Thankfully, Scripture gives us some guidance, and it seems quite simple. The first step, as Former ABC Rowan Williams said, is to boldly assert that God is our Father.
In seventy-two words, Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray, but he also gives us what N.T. Wright calls “the means by which the church celebrates what has been accomplished already in Christ and strains forward for what lies ahead.” As Episcopalians, the Lord’s Prayer forms a central part of our liturgy as it appears in almost every service from Morning and Evening Prayer to the Holy Eucharist to Baptism. The Lord’s Prayer gives us the template for our individualized prayers and gives us something to fall back on when we don’t know exactly what to say.
Having this immediate familial access to God gives us comfort and hope in times of suffering. It can be the only solace when a family member is sick or dying. It can give us the strength to persevere in the most adverse of circumstances because we know God is with us.
As we continue to journey through Lent, let’s remember Archbishop Welby’s call to just pray.

Matthew Taylor

Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 55:6-11, Psalm 34:15-22, Matthew 6:7-15


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