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 Second Week of Lent 2019

Our Lenten readings today point in the direction of unexpected consequences. The Genesis story describes Joseph being sold into slavery, but the Psalm response says this catastrophe resulted in Joseph’s becoming master in his household in Egypt. He was put in a position to instruct his rulers and then to become a source of wisdom and salvation for his brothers when they arrived in Egypt suffering from famine.
Today’s Gospel passage presents Jesus recounting the parable of servants being rejected by tenants in a vineyard when these servants came to collect produce owed their master, owner of the vineyard. In the end, they even kill the son of the vineyard owner, an obvious reference to Jesus himself rejected by his people when he sought from them the fruit of response to his kingdom preaching. But then Matthew’s Gospel adds that the stone rejected by the builders has in fact become the cornerstone. The very rejection and crucifixion of Jesus have led to resurrection and the beginning of life for all of us.
These readings draw us to reflect on how good can come from bad things, grace from suffering, life from death—all the unexpected consequences of our lives. Suffering may help us find new strengths we did not know we had; may help us focus on what is really important to us in life; or may confirm who our true friends are. Even our failures can teach us and can make us more tolerant of the faults of others. Perhaps our Lenten reflections should open us to unexpected consequences.
Anthony Tambasco
Appointed readings for today: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-28, Psalm 105:16-22, Matthew 21:33-43