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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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

Friday in the First Week of Lent 2020

None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. (Ezekiel 18:22)

I certainly wouldn’t want to be remembered for the worst things I’ve done in my life. I look back and cringe at some of the things I did when I was younger. Disrespectful things I said. Hurtful things I did.

I struggle to understand what drove me to make some of these choices. I would like to chalk it up to simple immaturity. But that doesn’t explain why I still find myself doing things I later regret.

As I sit here, the answer is probably an easy one. I’m human. As Alexander Pope said, “To err is human.”  A truer statement has never been made.

Thankfully, as we read in Ezekiel, we do not have to be defined by our transgressions. If we change our ways. If we apologize to those we have hurt. If we seek forgiveness for our sins. If we seek the path of the righteous, we will find God. And God will welcome us into the eternal kingdom.

Jeff Hanston

Links to the appointed readings for today:

Ezekiel 18:21–28

Psalm 130

Matthew 5:20–26