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.

Service Times

St. John's offers several opportunities on Sundays and during the workweek for you to join us during worship. All are welcome.

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

Second Sunday in Lent

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

 

Gilda Radner is quoted as having said that dogs, through their unconditional love, are the “role model for being alive.” Countless books have been written about all they teach us, and we see the extraordinary work performed by service and search and rescue dogs. As our companions, they capture our hearts, enhance our lives, and become our best friends.

I am the rescue coordinator for Hungarian Vizslas in the region, covering several states. When individuals, families, or shelters need to surrender their dog, they find our rescue and contact me to rehome them. Dogs come in for a variety of reasons: some have had people trouble, dog trouble, health and/or behavioral trouble. Some, no trouble at all. And while I have had some difficult cases, the majority come from loving homes who faced one of the hardest decisions they ever had to make.

When I reflect on my work with rescue, I realize that it is, for reasons too many to convey here, the most fulfilling “work” I feel I’ve ever done. The dogs and I find ourselves in the space between great heartache at the goodbye and the joy and promise at what is to come. Rescue work can be a constant reminder of the very essence of life in many ways: its ebbs and flows, sorrows and joys, endings and beginnings. I have had burly, grown men sob as they hand me the leash; I’ve had families tear up in happiness as they then take it, welcoming a new family member to accompany their little ones through childhood or become a friend to one who has experienced loss and loneliness. I feel a great responsibility to be fully present in the receiving and the giving, cognizant and kind in light of the complex emotions involved in surrender, and in the reassurance I try to provide. I am there to say “I am sorry you are going through this” and ask them to have faith in the process and to trust it. To trust me, really. I have a different perspective and can see further, out into the group of wonderful people I have waiting for my call, with so much love to give.

In times of great uncertainty in my life, I try to think of God as trying, again and again, to get me to trust as well, even when things may not make sense and are difficult and uncertain, my heart aching with worry. For He sees further than I can even imagine.

I was a child when I first heard the saying, “Dog is God spelled backwards.” Not only do I see God in the unconditional love of a dog, but in the goodness of those who help me in rescue, in the gratitude of those who both surrender and adopt, in the hope of a new beginning and in the joy that comes from love.

Audrey Wood Corcoran

Appointed readings for today: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27, Luke 13:31-35


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