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.

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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 Fifth Week of Lent 2019

Merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve you with a quiet mind, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you forever. Amen. (The Book of Occasional Services, a companion volume to the Book of Common Prayer)

I recently have had difficulty falling asleep. Even after a long day when my body and mind are physically drained, the proverbial hamster wheel willfully keeps spinning. I roll through my to-do list, unpack thoughts from the day, or find myself mulling over something random of which I have no control. Running, running, running…wheel whirring.

To try taming the hamster, I attended the first session of our St. John’s “Prayer that Goes Deeper: A Short Course on the Practice of Prayer.” We learned good disciplines and practiced two forms of meditative prayer. In one style, we focused on certain phrases or words in scripture; the other style encouraged us to harness our imagination and senses while reflecting on a passage. But I could still hear the wheel spinning. Serving God with a quiet mind is a challenge.

This Lent, we have been reciting the above blessing following communion, which calls us to serve God with a quiet mind. I’ve been sitting with that phrase a lot. A quiet mind sounds lovely, ethereal even. Is it possible to achieve? I am trying to figure that out. Often, I don’t do a great job. The hamster keeps running; I catch myself and try again to let go.

As Holy Week approaches, how can we turn toward Jerusalem and recommit to a quiet mind? My prayer is that we are each able to find that quiet, if only for a few moments: for the whirring of life to slow and the wheel to stop–that we may walk with Jesus, fully present and intentionally, toward Easter.

Sara McGanity

Appointed readings for today: Jeremiah 20:7-13, Psalm 18:1-7, John 10:31-42