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 Second Week of Lent 2017

Isaiah 1:2–4,16–20
Matthew 23:1–12
Psalm 50:7–15,22–24
 
Throughout history, humans have placed each other before God. In Isaiah Chapter 1, God reminds Israel that God is God. The Lord says, “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.” The Lord laments, saying, “Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”
I often rebel against God and feel estranged. When I am graced by the Holy Spirit, I am reminded that I belong to God and am enveloped by God reminding me who I belong to. God never leaves us alone. God is there to pull us back, reminding us we are not in charge, and helping us find our way back: “I will testify against you, Israel: I am God, your God.” The Lord commands, “wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doing from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” That is what God commands us to do.
In Matthew 23, Jesus preaches against hypocrisy saying that the teachers of the law and the Pharisees “love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.” Jesus tells us that our ideas of what it means to be the greatest are not reality. Jesus tells us it doesn’t work the way we think it does. “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
This Lent, I will try to remember that we are not called to put ourselves first, but that we are clearly called to action.

Thom Sinclair

Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 1:2-4, 16-20, Psalm 50:7-15, 22-24, Matthew 23:1-12


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