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.

Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2017

The Face of Suffering
“… so that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:10
We’ve all seen it—in the newspaper photograph of a desperate, elderly man in the heart of the Syrian conflict; in a neighborhood’s struggle to understand how an eight-year-old could be shot in mindless crossfire; and in the quiet pain of a co-worker who lives every day with the loss of his children in a tragic accident. Suffering surrounds us and we risk becoming immune to it in the throng of the media that envelops us.
As I try to comprehend the suffering of Christ and the burden of sorrow that he carried, I look into those faces around me. It can be difficult to know how to respond to a suffering soul and often is easier to turn away. But by looking into someone’s eyes, offering a simple gesture such as a smile or a hug, by acknowledging a person’s suffering, I might help alleviate it. In choosing to face the sorrow of those around me, I may come closer to understanding what our Lord went through for us on His road to the cross.

Barbara Van Woerkom

Appointed readings for today: Micah 7:7-9, Psalm 27:1, 10-18, John 9:1-38


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