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

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent 2019

Psalm 17 – the Prayer of David – says, “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand.”

This passage is so powerful in terms of what it grants us as Christians: God is always there and always available to listen to our pleas, celebrate our triumphs, and help us work through tough times. In order to participate in this exchange with God, though, we need to keep ourselves open to hear or experience His response.

Our lives in Washington are so busy that we often forget to take time to be present in the moment. We are wired to think about our to-do list, our next meeting, or our next milestone. Being lost in a constant forward-looking mindset causes us to lose sight of the gift of each day. It is in those moments of calm, solemn stillness – often like what we are experiencing during Lent now – that God speaks loudest.

As we look toward Easter, I challenge all of us to take a moment each day to be present. Let the anxiety of our days wash away, and begin to connect with God to see if we can hear what God is trying to tell us. God is waiting, and we can call on Him; God wants to give us love, but we have to open and prepare ourselves to receive it. Maybe we will find the answers to some of our prayers in that calm space.

 Reprinted with permission from 2018 Pathways

Appointed readings for today: 2 Kings 4:18-21, 32-37, Psalm 17:1-8, John 11:18-44