WELCOME TO SAINT JOHN’S CHURCH

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.

History

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.

Mission

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

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.

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

In today’s Old Testament reading (Isaiah 55:6-11), Isaiah talks of how God is merciful, looking to pardon and forgive those who do not believe or those who may not live in his image. While doing that, God also acknowledges that we as people are not God and may not be able to fully comprehend God. The Word of God is instead intended to be treated and viewed as an inflection point, a beginning to a greater level of thought or healing. In essence what Isaiah is attempting to convey is that God knows the Word may not be taken literally and we may not live exactly as God’s Words intend; instead God knows the Word is an investment. Those words are never intended to be followed perfectly, but instead Isaiah seems to infer the intent of the Word is to be a launching point to live a better life.

Personally, I find it comforting that God doesn’t intend us to follow his Words “to a T.” It reminds me of sitting in math class in high school and walking out of a lecture thinking, “Well, I have no idea how this equation functions, but at least I get the general concept.” To me, learning seems often forgotten in the Bible, and its absence can be somewhat alarming. This passage, however, shows me God knows the plan and that even if at first the answers don’t come easily, they do eventually come to fruition through a process of understanding – however slow that process may be.

Throughout Lent I encourage everyone to remember that change and understanding doesn’t often come readily assembled as a loaf of bread, but often begins as a small seedling. If you are struggling with something, know to be kind to yourself! Understand that God knows change takes time, and through small increments you will not be left empty.

Andrew Tomlinson

Links to the appointed readings for today:

Isaiah 55:6–11

Psalm 34:15–22

Matthew 6:7–15


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