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.

The Fifth Sunday in Lent 2018

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’” John 7:37-38

I think this scene is akin to a homeless person coming into St. John’s on one of our holiest festival days – perhaps Easter Sunday – and interrupting the 11 a.m. service to rail against the finery displayed in the church and the power, status, and comforts enjoyed by many of its members.

Who wouldn’t be aghast at the nerve of this person? Who wouldn’t be uncomfortable with his message if his words hit home – if he spoke with the authority we hear in John 7:46, “No one ever spoke the way this man does.”

Jesus was a social gadfly from the wrong side of the tracks (Galilee) – an outspoken zealot with only one thing on his mind. This scripture poses uncomfortable questions: If we witnessed this scene, would we believe this guy, or would we dismiss him as a radical? If we only heard about it from someone else, is he less credible – or more?

Have you ever played the telephone game? You know, the one in which the players form a line, and the first person in the line whispers something to the second; the second repeats it to the third; the third to the fourth, and so on, until the last person ends up with a rather different story – one that has been subjected to some sensationalism, insinuation, creativity, and elaboration?

It’s not hard to imagine that lots of people didn’t know what to believe about Jesus – in His time or now in our time. So, what do we believe? To whom do we listen?

Bill Josey

Appointed readings for today: Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, John 7:37-38


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