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

Thursday in the Fourth Week of Lent 2019

The tough little Timex watch I wear on a daily basis is showing signs of age. It loses about a minute each day; the light dims after a few seconds, and one of the loops on the band has fallen off. I have learned from past experience that a new band and a new battery will cost about the same as a new watch, and that fact poses a dilemma for me.

The Creation Care initiative at St. John’s has reminded me to consider the choices I make every day. Ours is a throwaway society. We use disposables for convenience. We often buy more than we need or shop for entertainment. In addition, larger items like appliances are often designed so that repairs are either impossible or impractical, since they will cost almost as much as the item itself. The result is that most of us accumulate things. Our basements and garages are filled with things that amused us for a moment, things that we intend to use some day, things we think our children may eventually want.

I am not sure if I will repair or replace my watch; possibly the consequences for the earth in this case are about the same. However, I do know that we all must become more deliberate and mindful about the things we buy, how we use them, and how we dispose of them. It takes 2,700 liters of water to grow the cotton for a single t-shirt. Globally we waste about a third of the food we grow. What’s more, when that food ends up in a landfill, it contributes to harmful CO2 emissions. This path is not sustainable.

This Lent I am prayerfully focused on the way I use God’s creation so that our beautiful earth will be here for the generations that follow us.

Appointed readings for today: Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 106:6-7, 19-23, John 5:30-47