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

Easter Sunday 2019

Simon Peter … went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed. (John 20:6-8)

Easter is…

one death-defying, life-changing, earth-shattering event.

So when it’s not Easter, which is most of the time, I try to remind myself that my faith is built on the reality of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. It was not so much that death did something to Jesus and then that God reached down and undid it; that is to say, resuscitated him. Rather it is that Jesus did something to death; Jesus made life and death no longer two distinctly different conditions, but rather that Jesus included death in life.

What this means to me is that Easter is not one event but an on-going death-defying, life-changing, earth-shattering way of life.

The “other disciple,” the disciple who saw and believed in this text, is St. John, our patrimonial Saint. Following in his footsteps we can go on unafraid to love one another and allow our love to reach out beyond the walls of our church into the world.

Easter can also be a verb, so let us Easter together for the whole of the year, making St. John’s a more and more moral, self-transcendent community.

If we can do this, we can transform the world around us.

All of it as a result of this death-defying, life-changing, earth-shattering way of life that for us …is Easter.

The Reverend W. Bruce McPherson

Appointed readings for today: Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, John 20:1-18