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

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent 2020

Ichigo Ichie

I recently began reading this book Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles, the authors of Ikigai. It reminds me of the way we finish our services each week: “Life is short…”  Ichigo Ichie is about seeing each time we meet friends and family as unique and special. It’s about seeing the beauty in a random encounter with a stranger, never to be repeated again. In short, showing gratitude and appreciation for shared moments together, knowing our passage through life is fleeting. At the end of the book, they share 10 tips for finding Ichigo Ichie in your own life:

  1. Don’t postpone special moments
  2. Live as if this were going to happen only once in your life
  3. Dwell in the present
  4. Do something you’ve never done
  5. Practice zazen (being still: meditation, centering prayer)
  6. Apply mindfulness to your five senses
  7. Notice coincidences
  8. Make every gathering a party
  9. If you don’t like what there is, make something different
  10. Be a “hunter of special moments”

Great advice as we settle into Lent and appreciate all that is around us.

Lisa Kirchenbauer

Links to the appointed readings for today:

Song of the Three Young Men 2–4,11–20a

Psalm 25:3–10

Matthew 18:21–35