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.

Monday in the Third Week of Lent 2017

Reflection
I’m a Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and as such, recently attended a presentation by Dr. Kathleen Wolf for the Smithsonian Gardens and other federal and local public gardens staff. During the morning Dr. Wolf shared with us research data affirming what we already know—getting outside in God’s green earth is good for what goes on inside of us!
Dr. Wolf’s mission: “To discover and understand the human benefits of nature in cities.” Among the many benefits social scientists have explored include proof offered that natural settings help us heal and learn, help us focus, and enhance our native creativity. Give your ideas legs! Forest schools for preschoolers and forest “bathing” (Shinrin Yoku in Japanese) for urban-dwellers; ‘Hike-it Baby’ walking programs, walking meetings, philosophers’ walks—all these measures, proven to enlarge the human soul, had me imagining Jesus and his disciples.
Breathing deeply the breezes of the Galilean Sea while preaching to hungry crowds, walking from village to village to heal bodies and souls, hiking to Jerusalem through the Judean desert, taking to prayer in a garden in Gethsemane: all are biblical images that reflect the call of the soul to bathe in God’s glorious creation, to take strength, nourishment and refreshment from the natural world around us.
And, by extension, all suggest reasons to be gracious and careful stewards of the natural world given us.
Do you find your days more often “mind-full” rather than “mindful,” as do I? This Lent, let’s get outside, and perhaps even let our legs help us with mindfulness and prayer. As we ask ourselves during this season of study and quiet reflection how we can best model discipleship and share God’s love, let’s go walking, and let’s give our baptismal call legs!

Joanne Hutton

Appointed readings for today: 2 Kings 5:1-15b, Psalm 42:1-7, Luke 4:23-30


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