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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

Fifth Sunday in Lent 2020

Psalm 130 (De profundis)

Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice;
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss,
O Lord, who could stand?

For there is forgiveness with you;
therefore you shall be feared.

I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;
in his word is my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, wait for the Lord,
for with the Lord there is mercy;

With him there is plenteous redemption,
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.


From Latin, de profundis translates to “out of the deep” or “out of the depths.” It’s a psalm that has been adapted and re-imagined through music, prose, theater, and poetry in beautiful, complex, and tragic ways:

While there are themes of despair in Psalm 130 and these other adaptations, there is also great opportunity for consolation—for turning and for growth—and, importantly, for assurance that God is with us and among us.

I imagine we are all digging deep each day during this extraordinarily fluid time—literally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. We are continuing to adapt, determine new routines, and find a sense of normalcy. Across the next two weeks (i.e. for the rest of Lent), give yourself grace in the trenches to learn, grow, and pivot where needed. In doing so, my hope is that we don’t have to cry out too loudly, for God is closer to us than we realize.


Sara McGanity


Appointed readings for today:

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130

John 11:1-45

Romans 8:6-11