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.

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

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.

Rector Transition

On October 17, 2017, the Rev. Dr. Luis León, rector of St. John's Church, announced his retirement in May 2018.
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Maundy Thursday

“Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you. If you love one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35

I find this passage in John to be such a simple reminder of God’s task to us: Love one another. Every single day we see reminders of the hate in this world. We listen to the news and hear one individual or group turning a different individual or group of people into “the other.” Making a group of people “the other” insinuates they are less than equal, less than deserving of whatever we have in our lives. Is “the other” so different from each of us? People who have hopes and dreams, successes and failures, fill the category of “the other.” They are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. They love, they fear, they laugh, they cry. If we look in the mirror, we will see that “the other” looks just like all of us, made in God’s image just as we are.

Resist allowing ourselves to create “the other.” God and his son Jesus Christ tasked each of us to love one another as he has loved us. If we truly believe we are modern day disciples of the word of God, we must lead with love, not hate. We must lead with courage, not fear. We must talk, not shout. We must embrace each other, in God’s love, and be the disciples he asks us to be.

Lauren Edwards

Appointed readings for today: Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:1,10-17, John 13:1-17,31-35


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