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

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2019

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38)

What an apt analogy! Water is important to all forms of life that we know. It’s important to human life, animal life, plant life, and to the Earth. In Genesis 1, the Creation is explained in terms of water. Without water, the Earth would dry up and become a lifeless rock. Scientists studying the universe look for signs of water on distant planets and moons.

Water is a constant reminder that life repeats. It is the only aspect of nature that has a visible cycle – the hydrologic cycle (storage in the oceans, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, storage in lakes and ground, flowing in rivers back to the oceans).

Water is cleansing. Water allows plants to grow. Without it, we would have no food to eat. (Not even my favorite potato chips!) We depend on water.

So it’s pretty easy to understand why Jesus compared himself to water. But what about the rest of the analogy? What’s this “living water” bit? If we believe in Jesus, how does our dependence on Him affect our lives? How do the fruits of that dependence flow to the people around us? That question is one of the challenges of our Lenten preparation.

Bill Josey

Appointed readings for today: Jeremiah 11:18-20, Psalm 7:6-11, John 7:37-52