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 Fourth Week of Lent 2018

“I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)

“Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:6)

The last chapters of Isaiah are written amidst the contention of a people destroyed, taken into exile in Babylon, yet finally restored to their homeland – to Jerusalem, God’s holy mountain; there they must create themselves anew. It is easy for us to imagine this contention, given our own circumstances today. In the midst of the Hebrew peoples’ turmoil, the prophet’s expansive imagination nevertheless paints a picture of God rejoicing in the possibilities of God’s people, who will become a “delight” (v.18).

We seem to live in the spin of a bleak and unending news cycle that makes it difficult to think a creator God might, “be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating.” Particularly after the wrenching murders at Parkland, it’s hard to imagine God delighting in us, or to countenance that the sound of weeping and the cry of distress will be heard no more, as the prophet foresees (v. 19). And yet, as people of faith, our imaginations also leap toward hope and hopefulness,
don’t they?

As today’s psalmist says so well, “Weeping may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning” (30:6). And it is not the prophet’s diatribes and denunciations, but rather Isaiah’s ecstatic visions that ring in our hearts and heads: “They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)

And a little child shall lead them.

We are called to be God’s holy mountain. May our own imaginations expand to the task, and may our children lead us there.

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“Our worship is over, our service has begun. God sends us into the world to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.” (Dismissal used at St. Martin’s by the Lake Episcopal Church, Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota.)

Joanne Hutton

Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 30:1-6, 11-13, John 4:43-54


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