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.


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.


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, & Vestry

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.
Pathways Through Lent

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2018

“I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me.” (Psalm 30:1)

Although David recounts his distress, he encourages others to praise God and put their trust in Him. As I read this passage, I acknowledge the many difficulties I’ve experienced in my life and the greater challenge of truly putting my trust and faith in God. We live in a day and age where relying on someone else may be considered weak or passive, while striving for what you want and need without asking for help is often rewarded as hard work and strong initiative.

In this season of Lent, may we understand the importance of letting go and letting God. As we fumble through our day-to-day activities with never-ending checklists and to-do’s, may we pause and recognize the role that God plays in seeing us through what may seem like insurmountable challenges in our lives. David reminds us that every cry should be a cry to Him and giving in to our grief will ease our burdened spirit. “O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me” (Psalm 30:2). We may not be running from life-threatening situations like David, but we can certainly turn to the true Healer who is capable of restoring us to safety, peace, and serenity.

This Lenten season I will let go and let God.

Justin B. Dean

Appointed readings for today: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12, Psalm 46:1-8, John 5:1-18