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.

Saturday in the Third Week of Lent 2018

The excessive pride and faux gratitude of the Pharisee in Luke 18:9-14 may be something familiar to us right now. We live in an era where America, as a country, puts itself first and refuses to provide sanctuary for the helpless and take in the others. We say, “Thank God we’re from America, and not from another country” or “Thank God we were blessed with the right things in life (gender, color, class, etc.), and were not taken down the other path leading to poverty and sin.” However, it is too easy to make the comparison, to take the bait, and end up in the same place. “Thank God I didn’t vote for him. Thank God I’m not a deplorable. I made the right choices.” Jesus was clear that, “all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

This season of Lent, I’m working to not exalt myself above those who are easy targets to look down upon. God desires us to acknowledge our own brokenness and come to God with a contrite heart. I know I won’t be effective in making change in the world if I don’t start there. As I read Hosea 6:1-6, I think it captures much of this and what I hope will come: “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

Thom Sinclair

Appointed readings for today: Hosea 6:1-6, Psalm 51:15-20, Luke 18:9-14


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