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

Friday in the First Week in Lent 2019

Psalm 130 dates back to the 6th Century BCE. It was authored during the 70-year period of the Babylonian captivity under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar. The people of Israel were detained or exiled to Babylonia. The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. The Jewish people’s survival was hanging by a thread. (Not for the last time, either).

Out of the very depths of despair, the Psalmist cries out for the Lord to hear his supplication. He asks for forgiveness. Patiently, he waits for the Lord. “For in Him there is mercy, in Him there is hope.

Hope, understood theologically, is not simply wishful thinking. For Christians, it is the confident expectation that God will hear the prayer of those, who with a humble and penitent heart, call on him for forgiveness, mercy, healing and peace. In the words of a popular hymn “Praise My Soul,” God is “slow to chide, swift to bless.” His love for us is all-embracing: in the words of the Psalmist, in Him we find “Plenteous Redemption.”

Bob Beizer

Appointed readings for today: Ezekiel 18:21-28, Psalm 130, Matthew 5:20-26