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.

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent 2019

Luke tells us the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar asking for scraps off his table. When the two die, the situation reverses. Lazarus is at Abraham’s side. The rich man, in contrast, finds himself in hell begging that Lazarus give him a simple drop of water to cool his burning tongue.

Unfortunately, we see the former situation repeat itself more times per day than we can count. In its most recent survey, the federal government estimated that there were 6,904 homeless in Washington, DC.  We see them every day: on our walk to the metro; as we leave our offices for lunch; as we walk to church on Sunday morning. But, do we do anything to help?

I’ll be the first to admit that far too often I am like the rich man.  Far too often, I ignore those in need around me. Why?

Lent is a time to reflect on our lives. And today, let us reflect on how we can help those less fortunate then us. No single one of us can solve the problem of homelessness in our city. But, if each of us contributes in some way—buying someone a meal, volunteering at Grace’s Table, editing resumes through Miriam’s Kitchen—we can improve the lives of our fellow men and women. In doing so, we can avoid the fate of the rich man and live in God’s eternal love.

Jeff Hantson

Appointed readings for today: Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, Luke 16:19-31


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